A Few Words About A few words about...™ Pride and Prejudice -- in Blu-ray

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  1. Robert Harris

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    The 1995 UK mini-series -- all 5 hours and 27 minutes of it -- is a very high quality production of one of Jane Austen's masterworks.

    Shot in super 16mm, with audio originally in Dolby stereo, the entire series is a joy to both the eye and ear.

    Quality of the new Blu-ray is superb. There was an earlier variant, and I've not checked the difference.

    Directed by Simon Langdon, dramatized by Andrew Davies (Bleak House, Mr. Selfridge), and with a score by the brilliant Carl Davis, the series shines.

    Image - 4.5

    Audio - 5

    Highly recommended.

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    I was forced to watch this in school on VHS and I recall being the only person who enjoyed it (and the book!). I bought the UK Blu-ray a few years ago and was still mightily impressed.
     
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    I've always enjoyed the BBC mini-series version from 1985, with Elizabeth Garvie and David Rintoul. That version gets the period and manners more precise than any other. The classic scene with Lizzy and Darcy at odds is portrayed supremely.
     
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    The earlier blu was pretty darn good. I for one had never imagined you could get that quality of image out of 16mm. The discs also included a brief, reasonably informative chat from the technician who supervised the restoration. Did they go back and do it all over? Or is this the same work simply re-packaged?
     
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    I'd also be interested whether this new bluray is an improvement over the original.
     
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    Excellent miniseries. In fact, I'd call it one of the finest adaptation of a novel ever made.

    Given that it was shot in 16mm, and originally shown 4:3, it looks quite good in this reframed widescreen presentation at 1.75:1.

    I also recommend it highly.
     
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    It was shot Super16, and as demonstrated in the below caps, we're gaining much more on the sides than we are losing top and bottom:

    http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDReviews44/pride_and_prejudice_blu-ray.htm

    I wouldn't be surprised at all if it was originally composed wide going by the Blu-ray framing.
     
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    Super16mm has a native aspect ratio of 1.66:1, so both 1.33:1 and 1.78:1 are cropped, with 1.78:1 being less so.
     
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