DVD - 2004
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This splendid dramatization brings to life all the glorious wit and sharp humor of arguably Jane Austen's finest novel, recreating her most irritatingly endearing female character, Emma, of whom she wrote "no one but myself could like."
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2004
ISBN: 9780790770246
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama / Emma 3558
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (270 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container
Alternative Title: Jane Austen's Emma [DVD]


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This interesting play-like version from reliable BBC is a good introduction to the story in 6 episodes. You will not be distracted by beautiful film-making, music, or dream sequences. Dialogue and acting are everything in this version. The VPL offers 3 other film versions.

Readers might enjoy these VPL books - (1) "Emma An Annotated Version" edited by Bharat Tandon (2) "Jane Austen at Home" by Lucy Worsley (3) "What Matters in Jane Austen? 20 Crucial Puzzles Solved" by John Mullan.

Apr 18, 2017

Well . . . it's not as good as the book. The book is a masterpiece, but this filmed version (6 45-minute episodes) is merely good. Recommended.

Sep 28, 2013

As a huge Jane Austen fan, I do not think that this version of Emma was anything special. Emma Woodhouse seemed way too snobby, and without any life or personality. She also seemed and acted as if she was very old. Mr. Knightley aswell seemed a lot older than he was in the book. Mr. Elton seemed too dorky for his character, and the overall production didn't really please me. Apart from that, though, I think that Mr. Woohouse, Ms. Taylor/Mrs. Weston, Harriet Smith and Jane Fairfax were best portrayed in this version.

Aug 24, 2013

I really enjoyed this forty plus year old BBC miniseries, although I realize it's not everyone's cup of gruel. The low-budget, unpolished, stage play-like filmed production appeals to me. I find it more intimate. A fine cast performing Austen's delightful drama. Hypochondriac old man Woodhouse and his phobia of chilly drafts was hilarious.

Jun 11, 2013

Please make this available, thanks!

Feb 04, 2012

Emma is a great story, but there are better filmed versions of it.


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Aug 24, 2013

Mr. Woodhouse: "So now, it is poor Mrs. Churchill. Grievous news -- grievous news, indeed. Took cold, no doubt, moving from one room to another." (wraps himself in a blanket)

Aug 24, 2013

Mr. Woodhouse: "It's a sad thing, as it were, when one lives from one cup of gruel to the next."

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