Sense and Sensibility

Directed by Ang Lee

Columbia TriStar Home Video | November 1, 2005 | DVD

Sense and Sensibility is rated 4.25 out of 5 by 4.
This film marks a career high for British actress Emma Thompson as she not only stars, but also writes the screenplay for this excellent adaptation of Jane Austen`s novel. Sense and Sensibility also stars Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant, giving this film the cache of two of the biggest British co-stars a star could want. The story tells of two sisters, Elinore and Marianne Dashwood, and their confusion, failures and successes at the game of love. A trip to London promises many revelations and future direction for these two very different rural sisters.  

Video Release: November 1, 2005

Theatrical Release: 1995

Runtime: 137

Rating: PG (MPAA)

Studio: Columbia TriStar Home Video

UPC: 043396115996

Found in: General, Romance / Tear Jerker

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Movie! I have owned this DVD since it came out in 1995. I watch it over and over and never tire of it! My favourite character is Elinor, played by Emma Thompson. This scenery is beautiful and the acting fantastic!
Date published: 2013-01-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but not engaging enough I watched this movie with pleasure and I cannot deny it portrays some of Jane Austen's magic as to leave you finding new clues and meanings hours or days after enjoying one of her masterpieces. However, even if the performing of the ladies is brilliant I cannot say the same of H. Grant: his character was not as credible and moving as it ought to be. Unlike the last version of Pride and Prejudice, this version of Sense and Sensibility has not enticed me to read the original.
Date published: 2008-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Sense and Sensibility is based on Jane Austen's novel, and is about two sisters finding love. The movie was somewhat uninteresting to me, which may be because of the characters that were chosen, for example the older man. However, it is definitely a good movie because of all of their emotions that were portrayed. Now, I will not have to read the novel, though it may have been better.
Date published: 2008-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! This movie is an absolute pleasure to watch. The acting was superb, the cinematography was outstanding and the story of course was classic! I watched this with my 14 year old daughter and we were both smitten. We've now watched all of the Jane Austin movies and Sense and Sensibility is a definite favourite. Sit back, relax and be carried away to another time and place. Simply superb.
Date published: 2006-07-24

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Sense and Sensibility

Directed by Ang Lee

Video Release: November 1, 2005

Theatrical Release: 1995

Runtime: 137

Rating: PG (MPAA)

Studio: Columbia TriStar Home Video

UPC: 043396115996


Edition Description
  • Dolby Surround AC-3
  • Closed Captioned
  • Color
  • Runtime: 137 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in English
  • Released in Mandarin

Synopsis

Actress Emma Thompson both wrote and starred in this adaptation of Jane Austen's Regency novel -- a novel that perceptively examines the social manners and laws that governed 19th-Century Britain. Set in a rural English village, "Sense and Sensibility" concentrates on the loves and heartaches of sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. The two have extremely divergent approaches to life: Elinor believes in behaving with propriety and thoughtfulness, while Marianne virtually basks in her own emotions. But both women experience the same sense of confusion when their lovers, seemingly on the verge of proposing marriage, suddenly get called away to London -- followed by the swift departure of another of Marianne's suitors. So when the Dashwood family receives an invitation to the capital, they gladly accept. The truths the sisters uncover during their visit cause complications, calamities, and surprises... and teach Elinor and Marianne some hard lessons they'll never forget.

Description

Emma Thompson adapted this acclaimed film version of Jane Austen's 1811 novel about the two Dashwood sisters, in whose romantic dalliances one is representative of the restraint of "sense," while the other characterizes the impetuosity of "sensibility." Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture, Best Actress--Emma Thompson, and Best Supporting Actress--Kate Winslet. Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay (Thompson).

Notes

Released theatrically in the USA December 13, 1995. The film grossed a sensible $41.5 million domestically. A Mirage production. Color by Technicolor; in SDDS (Sony Dynamic Digital Sound). Soundtrack on Sony Classical. Additional cast: Emilie Francois (Margaret Dashwood), Richard Lumsden (Robert Ferrars). Additional credits: Keith Young (assistant director); Chris Plevin (2nd unit director of photography); Robert Zeigler (music conductor). Songs: "Weep You No More Sad Fountains" by Patrick Doyle, performed by Jane Eaglen "The Dreame" by Patrick Doyle, Ben Johnson The Boston Society of Film Critics awarded it 1995 prizes for: best film, director and screenplay. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association voted Ang Lee runner-up for the 1995 best director prize. At the 46th Berlin Intl. Film Festival, the film won the top prize -- the Golden Bear, for best picture. Director Ang Lee had previously won a Golden Bear, in 1993, for "The Wedding Banquet," and it's rare for a director to win the top prize at the festival more than once. The win was greeted with jeers at a press conference following the announcement because many felt that the award should have gone to a movie that wasn't as widely known. Nikita Mikhalkov, the festival jury president, said the decision was unanimous. Rated BBFC U by the British Board of Film Classification. The Collector's Gift Set VHS version (Cat. #94870) also contains the screenplay and making-of diaries by Emma Thompson, all in an elegant keepsake case.
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