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Movie Renter's Guide Number 153 - December, 2007 - Part I

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"Pride & Prejudice"  (HD DVD)

Pride & PrejudiceSynopsis

Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley stars as heroine Elizabeth Bennet, who upon meeting the handsome Mr. Darcy, believes him to be the last man on earth she could ever marry. But as their lives become intertwined, she finds herself captivated by the very man she swore to loathe for all eternity.

Specifications

    • Universal
      2005, Color, Rated PG, 2 hr 9 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • 1080p
    • English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
    • English/French DD+ 5.1
    • Directed by Joe Wright
    • Starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland, Tom Hollander, Jena Malone, Judi Dench
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Jane Austen's masterpiece of romance and comedy finally finds its way to HD. I've always enjoyed this production of the classic novel, it combines a superb cast, great script and wonderful production value.

Technical

The photography in this film is nothing short of stunning and this HD DVD does an excellent job of bringing the rich photography, gorgeous landscapes and exquisite detail to the small screen. Depth of image and fine detail are excellent all around and contrast levels really help lend to the dimensionality of the image. It doesn't appear that Universal has cleaned anything up here, the transfer has a faithful film look to it with fine film grain apparent through most of the film. Colors are exceptional with rich hues and no bleeding at all. I did detect some very slight edge enhancement, but nothing intrusive. Overall this is a great transfer from Universal.

Universal continues to support lossless soundtracks with most of its new catalog releases and I was glad to see it included here. While not a dynamic mix, the score and atmosphere lend a lot to the viewing experience and each subtlety is preserved. I liked the sense of openness in the track. Some of the interior scenes (like the dances) really give you a sense of space and surroundings. Dialogue is balanced nicely with the main track and imaging in all channels is excellent. While I don't know that I'd use this as a show off disc, it excels in quite a few areas.

Extras

All the extras from the DVD release are included. You'll find a feature commentary, interviews, production features, an HBO inside look, and a look at the family and homes of the film.