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Jane Eyre - 2006 (BBC) DVD

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After a wretched childhood as an orphan and two years of being a teacher Jane Eyre yearns for new experiences. She accepts a governess position at Thornfield Manor where she tutors a lively French girl named Adele. She soon finds herself falling in love with the brooding owner of Thornfield; the dark and impassioned Mr Rochester. Jane gradually wins his heart but they must first overcome the dark secrets of his past before they can find happiness as man and wife. When Jane saves Rochester from a fire which he claims was started by a drunken servant she begins to suspect that she has not been told the whole story. Her fears are confirmed when Rochester;s secret past is revealed forcing Jane to flee Thornfield. Penniless and hungry she finds shelter and friendship in the shape of a kind clergyman and his family. But she is soon shocked to uncover the hidden truth of her own past... This brand new adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's much-adored classic Jane Eyre mines the novel for every ounce of passion drama colour madness and horror bringing to life Jane's inner world with beauty humour and at times great sadness. Newcomer Ruth Wilson (Jane Eyre) and Toby Stephens (Edward Rochester) head up an all-star cast in a passionate drama that also stars Francesca Annis Christina Cole Lorraine Ashbourne Pam Ferris Aidan McArdle and Tara Fitzgerald.

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play Continuing the BBC’s unrivalled reputation for costume drama their new adaptation of Jane Eyre proved to be one of the television triumphs of 2006 Based as you’d expect on the Charlotte Bronte book of the same name this two-disc set brings together the full series spread across the best part of four sumptuous hours It’s a faithful adaptation with Ruth Wilson giving an exceptional performance in the title role Mr Rochester’s boots meanwhile are filled by Toby Stephenson and both prove to be wise choices Backed up by an excellent supporting cast they’re also supported by some quite superb scenery warm photography and skilful at times neatly understated the direction that gives the story space to develop Is the best adaptation of Jane Eyre? It certainly builds a compelling case and while there’s the odd slight misstep along the way it’s primarily a terrific interpretation of a classic romance Perhaps the only real disappointment is that the DVD release itself doesn’t offer more in the way of added features but given the presentation and quality of the main attraction that’s unlikely rightly to deter those in search of some classic BBC drama --Jon FosterActors Ruth Wilson Toby Stephens Francesca Annis Andrew Buchan Aidan McArdleDirectors Susanna WhiteFormat Widescreen Subtitled PAL Dolby Digital SoundLanguage EnglishSubtitles EnglishSubtitles For The Hearing Impaired EnglishAudio Description EnglishRegion Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe Read more about DVD formats)Aspect Ratio 169 - 1781Number of discs 2Classification PGStudio 2 Entertain VideoDVD Release Date 5 Feb 2007Run Time 232 minutes

Lavish BBC adaptation of the much-loved Charlotte Bronte novel, starring Ruth Wilson as Jane Eyre and Toby Stephens as Rochester. Orphaned at a young age, Jane is placed in the care of her wealthy aunt Mrs Reed (Tara Fitzgerald), who neglects her in favour of her own three spoiled children. Jane is branded a liar, and Mrs Reed sends her to the grim and joyless Lowood School where she stays until she is 19. Determined to make the best of her life, Jane takes a position as a governess at Thornfield Hall, the home of the alluring and unpredictable Edward Rochester - where Jane's journey into the world, and as a woman, begins.

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