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Genre: Drama / Theatrical Release: 2006 / Actors: Ruth Wilson, Toby Stephens ... / DVD released 05 February, 2007 at 2 Entertain Video / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, Colour, PAL

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      31.10.2010 18:43
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      A brilliant rendition of a romantic story. Excellently produced by the BBC.

      Based on the Novel by Charlotte Bronte this is a BBC One production of Jane Eyre running for approximately 240 minutes. You may think that 240 minutes is quite a long film to watch, but this production is so well done, you will be glued to the screen from the very start to the very end.

      This production was directed by Susanna White and stars Ruth Wilson, Toby Stephens, Georgie Henley, Tara Fitzgerald, Pam Ferris and Claudia Coulter. It was released in the UK on 24th September 2006.

      This film is broken into 4 episodes. Here is a brief description of each chapter.

      Chapter One -The young Jane Eyre finds herself with no living family left except her cruel and vicious aunt Mrs Reed. With the children and aunt not excepting Jane Eyre as part of the family, Jane is bullied and left out, until her aunt sends her to live in Lowood School. This establishment treats Jane poorly and after her only friend dies, it seems Jane must survive her entire childhood unloved. With no money or other means of escape, Jane studies and works hard at Lowood, so she can one day leave and become a governess. The episode then moves forward to show Jane grown up and ready to work. Jane leaves Lowood when she is accepted for the position of governess to a young French girl 'Adele' at Thornfield Hall. Whilst walking the grounds one day, Jane accidently spooks a passing horse, which is the first moment Jane meets the master of the property, 'Edward Rochester'. Rochester is cold and unpleasant, but Jane has been told by staff that he never remains at home for long. However something appears to be keeping him home now and Jane begins to find a friendship with the master. As Jane feels settled and welcome for the first time in her life, which is threatened by a fire in the master's bedroom. With the master in extreme danger, Jane is the only person who can save him.

      Chapter Two - Jane is able to save the master from the fire and Mr Rochester shows Jane his gratitude. He shows signs of true affection for Jane and for the first time ever Jane begins to fall in love. However when the master disappears without word and returns with a party of guests, including a very beautiful Blanche Ingram, Jane Eyre begins to suspect she was mistaken in the master's affections. When an old friend of Mr Rochester's makes a visit, he is quite obviously shaken and un-easy in his presence. Late at night, Jane is called upon to take care of the visitor after he is mysteriously attacked by an unknown person. Jane looks after the visitor without a question in devotion to her master. Noises and sights coming from the North Tower leave Jane nervous and suspicious of what is going on.

      Chapter Three - Jane requests a leave of absence when she hears word her aunt is dying and asking for her. Jane goes to her aunt and discovers the reason for her hatred begun because her aunt's husband loved Jane more than his own children. She also discovers her aunt has kept an Uncle secret from Jane. This uncle wished to look after Jane when she was a child, but the Aunt's hatred of Jane made her reply to this uncle stating Jane had died at Lowood. Jane gives Mrs Reed her forgiveness before she dies. The month Jane spends away from Thornfield Hall reaffirms her love of the place and of Mr Rochester. However when Jane returns she finds Blanche Ingram still residing at Thornfield and rumours rife they are soon to marry. However Mr Rochester seems his marriage to Blanche is perhaps not what he wants. Mr Rochester finally gets a confession from Jane that she is in love with him and he proposes marriage. In the middle of their wedding, it is made clear to Jane that Mr Rochester is already married to an insane wife named Bertha.

      Chapter Four - This final chapter shows Jane choosing to leave Thornfield as the pain of being around Mr Rochester is too great. Jane leaves in the early hours and almost dies on the moors, until she is rescued by a gentleman and housed by his family. Jane discovers she has inherited money from her uncle who had no children and left his fortune to her. Jane feels drawn back to Thornfield and Mr Rochester, but finds it burnt down and abandoned. When she tracks downs Mr Rochester she finds him blind and miserable. She learns his insane wife burnt the building and then killed herself. As Mr Rochester is now able to re-marry he and Jane marry and have children.

      Summary - This is such a romantic love story. Both characters are considered plain and both their lives are filled with unhappiness, until they find each other. Although their standings in society begin very different, they recognize mutual souls in each other and slowly heal each other. I personally love this series and have watched it several times. It rivals Pride and Prejudice in the romantic stakes and I rate this 10 out of 10.

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        08.11.2009 21:55
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        Great Film

        Jane Eyre- What can I say I love this film...

        Ever since this was on BBC on a Sunday night, I found myself hooked to it. I am youngish and I would never have thought I would have liked one of the Bronte tales, as this is what my Nan enjoys but I really enjoyed it that much I had to get the DVD version!

        The Novel Itself

        This is an adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's novel 'Jane Eyre'. This was a much loved classic and BBC provide this excellent version! Jane experienced childhood in a bad way as she was an orphan and she is desperate to have a new beginning. With a position available as a Governess available at Thornfield hall, Jane accepts this career and does not look back!

        She becomes a tutor for a young French girl who is lively and willing to do lot of different activities. She finds herself falling in love with the owner of Thornfield Hall; Mr Rochester! She gradually wins his heart and her future may follow...

        Loves

        The reason why I love this tale is because as always with these novels you can't really predict the ending so it holds you in suspense the whole way through. The DVD also includes interviews with the cast and crew, deleted scenes and a photo gallery! Which can be good bonus features. The last thing I love about this is the fact that if you have rad the book, it is so much better to watch and see it in real life!

        Hates

        I really cannot fault this DVD, unless you do not like this novel, but in my opinion it is very hard not too. It can appeal to young, middle aged and old. It is really great.

        The reason I like this is because Jane Eyre who is played by Ruth Wilson is a great actress and I really like this film. It is really worth buying.

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        14.10.2009 17:02
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        worth watching

        The BBC are well known for their adaptions of Charlotte Brontes Jane Eyre. If you look on Amazon you will see just how many different versions they are, most of them are good, but this one is my favourite.

        Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens are a perfect match for the characters of Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester. The chemistry between the pair is believable and the story felt true to the novel to a certain extent.

        Many other people would say that the 1983 adaption with Timothy Dalton is more true to the book, that may be so but the characters in this version are just how I imagined them to be. Even though it feels slighly more modernized compared to previous adaptions, I still think it is worth watching.

        If you have not read the book, then you will probably like this version, but if you want to watch an adaptation that is true to the book watch the version with Timothy Dalton

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        27.06.2009 14:59
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        Amazing. Watch it! I mean get to HMV NOW and buy it!

        I bought this when I was in Tesco's as I love the BBC adaptions of Pride and Prejudice (oooooh Mr Darcy!) and Sense and Sensability.

        The story revolves around Jane Eyre, who when she is little lives with her aunt and uncle, Mr and Mrs Reed as her parents had died. Her uncle soon dies and she is left with Mrs Reed, who does not like the child's willful and passionate nature. She is shunned from the family and treated terribly.

        When she is 10 she is sent to Lowood School for girls where she meets her first ever friend, Helen. Whilst talking one day Jane asks about when they are older how they can leave the school (as they are expected to stay there and become teacher). Helen tells her that they "advertise".

        Unfortunately Helen dies soon after but Jane takes her advice. When she is of age she advertises as a Governess and is offered a position to teach Adele, the ward of a Mr Rochester of Thornfield Hall.

        It becomes a typical tale of the governess falling in love with the Master of House, or so you are led to believe. I will not go into further detail but I assure you that there are lots of unexpected twists in the story and it is actually quite dark.

        Ruth Wilson plays an amazing Jane. Her expression, or lack of is fabulous and I love that fact that Jane is a very strong character. Although quiet and polite she is quite upfront and has strong opinions. Every line that Wilson utters is with conviction and you really go through the emotions with her, her confusion and frustrations.

        Toby Stephens is an exceptional Mr Rochester. He plays the character so well and you can see he is a man who is tortured with quite a dark past. I like the fact that Rochester plays games with Jane and toys with her emotions a little in an effort to find out her feelings for him. It's what makes it different from the other period dramas as its not simple and clean cut.

        The chemistry between the pair is electric and although its 'way back when' you can really feel the sexual tension, particularly on Rochester's part which is again something you don't often see. In other drama's it is kept very proper but I find that this is not the case in this one. I think they act quite improperly throughout which adds to its credability.

        I also love the costume designs, the fact that Jane is always in drab colours and everything about Jane is plain, grey and white in comparisons to the beautiful purples and blues of some of the other characters.

        My partner also likes this too, which says a lot. When I stick on Pride and Prejudice he rolls his eyes and runs to his PS3 but will actually sit and watch Jane Eyre (asking me to explain parts throughout which drives me insane!) as he thinks it's quite a dark twisted tale in contrast to the 'other boring plain and simple love stories'.

        The fact that it comes in episodes and 2 disks to me is pointless as you won't be able to stop once you get into the plot and will watch the lot in one go!
        I don't think there is anything I can fault with this adaption.

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          21.05.2009 19:18
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          A real must see

          I am a total fan of period/costume dramas, I saw this recent adaptation on tv so had to buy the DVD and loved it. In my opinion this is the best Jane Eyre adaptation to date.

          Jane Eyre is about a woman who after spending her childhood in a strict boarding leaves to become a Governess at a place called Thornfield Hall, she has to look after a young girl who is the ward of a Mr Rochester. Jane gets to know Mr Rochester and they eventually deceide to get married but there is a twist in the tale .... (I won`t say too much :-))

          This for me has to be the best adaptation for many reasons, unlike other versions this particular one is portrayed far more darkly. It is full of sinister moments that make it thoroughly watchable. This version is also very rich, vivid and passionate which in my opinion previous versions seemed to lack somewhat. The relationship between Jane and Mr Rochester is explored more fully and Jane is portrayed as more than just a timid woman.

          This is a very recommended viewing especially if you are a fan of this genre, there is a good selection of special features including cast interviews which are very interesting.

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            14.04.2009 13:07
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            Being a Charlotte Bronte and Jane Eyre fan I wasn't expecting it to appeal to me as much as it did. Another period drama to fill in an hour on a Sunday evening. Nevertheless, appealed to me it did.
            Jane Eyre. The classic story of a plain governess falling in love with the master of the house and vice versa. A tale which many a person could watch and read without getting tired off. With a simple background you could easily say what happens is all very obvious and predictable. However that doesn't make it any less enjoyable.

            This BBC adaption stars Toby Stephens ( son of Maggie Smith!) and Ruth Wilson. Both fitting their roles perfectly with Ruth portraying a deep emotive and modest Jane and Toby becoming the powerful and masculine Mr Rochester. The way he managed to show the character as a real emotional figure, reflecting on past times which affects the current goings on and his inner turmoil makes other actors fade into the background.
            The plotline follows the young and somewhat loveless governess Jane Eyre. After being treated badly by her Aunt Reed after her parents died she was sent away to a boarding school for girls. There upon she gained an education and an ability to teach others around her. After advertising she gained a position in looking after the doll like Adele at Fairfield House.

            On rare occassions does her guardian, the brooding and serious Mr Rochester, stay at the house but on seeing the somewhat plain ward he sticks around for longer periods. Despite it being foretold that he would marry the vain and self loving Blanche Ingram that does not stop Jane from loving her employer.
            Will something however stop them from actually getting married? Well I hardly think that sitting through 233 minutes of film time to find out is that a hard a task. Being split into 2 discs means that those of us who haven't enough time to do so can watch maybe 1 episode and then come back for more later.

            Like many a good book there are chapters which have been cut or shortened down to fit in with the feature length timing but that doesn't mean you miss out on anything by it not being there.
            I can safely say that the film in itself is fantastic and well worth sitting down to watch, even if it's just for the scenes of the grand Fairfield and its outdoor surroundings. Or to stare at the lovely face of Mr Rochester or maybe even Jane Eyre. I have to point out that there is a major let down and that would be the special features. A few interviews and deleted scenes. Great. No. It takes ages to trawl though the edited out scenes and half of them are only 1 second long.

            However the initial set up is good for if you do not have such great eye sight to select the right link on the screen, it comes up with a vocal message telling you to press the enter button on your remote so the writing will be shown bigger on a black background in white writing.
            I would definetly recommend this dvd to you and anyone else who happens to be around. Even the person most vocal about how much they dislike romantic novels will be transformed!

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              16.02.2009 20:34
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              A classic of a classic

              The finest Jane Eyre production I've seen, from allegedly the finest novel written in the English Language.

              The production stayed mostly true to the text, with some interesting elaborations that enhanced the overall story of love and inner virtue.

              The actors who played Jane and Rochester were just perfect. Some very good chemistry and Jane was not played by someone with beauty inappropriate to the character, but with the right level of innate character.
              Her acting is all facial expressions in such a role, but she managed it perfectly.

              Consequently, we are witness to her various tests of character-building exposures to various families and scenarios, all captured sensitively and subjectively.

              The production simply never tires, and finally we see a really strong rendition of the quest that Jane Eyre must travel down before she can accept a level of happiness that she can feel is right. Not only this, but the subtle feminist themes and strong nature of her character, become relevant again for all us modern viewers.

              I think Charlotte would approve!

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              21.01.2009 15:21
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              A well-made and wel-cast period drama and don't let the running time put you off !!

              This version of Jane Eyre was on TV over the Christmas period and I thought that I'd probably turn over within the first 30 minutes since a) I love the classics but rarely enjoy the adaptations b) it's on for a fair while, nearly 4 hours and in one go I thought that I may have struggled to sit still for long enough. However, the time flew by and it's by far my favourite Jane Eyre adapation to date !!

              Ruth Wilson plays a wonderful Jane, but it was Toby Stephens' character of Mr Rochester that stole the show. In general the cast was well chosen ( although I admit, I probably preferred Fiona Shaw's version of Mrs Reed in an earlier adaptation as she had 'Harry-Potter's-Aunt-Petunia-like' characteristics about her and I could almost hear her sending Jane to the cupboard under the stairs !! ) The views, costumes, sets and scenery were wonderful too. A fabulous quality production through and through. The story line in the film mostly focuses on the romance between Jane and Mr Rochester, with only the first half an hour or so highlighting Jane's past and misfortunes and later on much reducing the time spent on showing Jane's time away from the Rochester estate later in the novel. Nevertheless, the changes make this adaptation just as enjoyable, although very strict tradionalists ( usually like me when it comes to novels and adaptations ) may not enjoy this adaptation for this very fact.

              It's sometimes difficult to review films without giving too much away, as even though I had read the novel many times previously and have seen other adaptations and still throughly enjoyed this one, it must be nice to watch a costume drama for the first time, not knowing what happens next. All I shall say is that the chemistry between Ruth and Toby is evident as it should be and Toby manages to play his complicated character to perfection. The incidents and secrets are played out as they should be and has as many up and downs as you'd expect. If you haven't read the novel then the adaptation may inspire you to do so and vice versa. All in all, I'd recommend this for anyone with a love for well-made costume dramas !!

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                29.10.2008 19:55
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                Visually stunning and moving.

                Jane Eyre has been filmed several times, with varying degrees of success. However, I am happy to say that this version is absolutely masterful, and stays reasonably true to the text; I am sure Bronte would have approved. Being far longer than the average film, this adaptation shows many scenes which are often 'glossed over' for reasons of time by other directors, but which nevertheless are essential for a true understanding of the character. For example, while its treatment of her school years is by no means exhaustive, we see how Jane is unfairly punished and ostricised at school, and empathise deeply when her young friend dies tragically of consumption.

                Jane is a fairly plain girl, orphaned at a young age and raised by a vengeful and spiteful aunt. Sent away to an austere school at a younge age, she works hard to free herself from that 'prison' and live her life according to her own agenda. After accepting the role of governess to a young French girl at Thornfield, Jane begins to enjoy a life which she is not 'trampled upon' by people with malevolent intentions.

                Her situation is complicated when the owner of the house, Edward Rochester, returns from his time abroad and becomes fascinated by the quiet but intense Jane, as she is intreigued by him. However, the relationship between the two is complicated by the differences in class and upbringing, and since when did the course of true love ever run smooth?

                The casting here is marvellous; Toby Stephens makes a rugged, but not conventionally handsome Rochester, with changes of mood which make him as fascinating as he is frustrating. However, it is watching Ruth Wilson's Jane discover the joys of life and love that make this the truly beautiful and moving piece of cinema as compelling as it is. A must for any fan of period dramas - or anyone else, for that matter.

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                  08.07.2008 16:44
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                  Highly recommended to any Period drama or just Bronte fans.

                  Between the Bronte sisters have produced some of the most famous and popular novels of all time. Jane Eyre is Charlotte Bronte's most admired work; it has been adapted to the screen, small and big, countless times. Being somewhat a fan of the book I've been searching for the perfect version of Jane Eyre for years with little success. The Dalton one felt a little too theatrical, the '96 version had a mismatch of characters and the '97 version had the worst Rochester I could imagine. While I wouldn't be so bold as to say his version is perfect, it is by far my favourite. Being 4 episodes long it has a reasonable amount of time to fit in the key scenes but I could easily have watched longer.

                  ***The Plot***
                  Jane Eyre grew up an Orphan living with her aunt and cousins and being ill treated by both. When a fight erupted between herself and her elder cousin Jane was shipped off to a strict school where she met her one and only friend. Having grown tired of her school life Jane opts to become a governess and takes a position looking after a young French girl, Adele, the ward of a Mr Rochester of Thornfield Hall. Jane soon finds herself becoming attracted to her employer while noticing the mysterious events that seem to take place around the building.

                  ***Characters***
                  Toby Stephens gives my absolute favourite portrayal of Mr Rochester. Reading the novelised version of the story he was never a particularly likable character but Toby manages to portray his as likable while staying completely in character. Ruth Wilson may not be small and plain, like the description of Jane we are given, but she is undoubtedly excellent in every other respect. The two main characters are excellently portrayed and have a wonderful chemistry together. The other subsidiary characters are very impressive also, Blanche is definitely beautiful and snobbish as is her mother. Adele, despite being somewhat annoying initially, grew on me immensely throughout the production.

                  ***Comparison to Book*** - Beware of some spoilers if you haven't read the book!
                  The majority of key scenes and characters are portrayed well in this adaptation. Some scenes are unfortunately a little shorter than in the novel version, I would particularly note this for the scene after Mr Masons departure. The other scene which is dramatically changed is that before Jane's departure from Thornfield. This is a favourite scene of many in the book form and it is rather a bit more taboo in this film, although the scenes are well produced even if they are not to everybody's taste.

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                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 Foster