Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

DVD - 2005
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Charlotte Bronte's story of an orphan who grows up to become governess of a mansion, and who carries a tormented love for a man named Mr. Rochester.
Publisher: [United States] : BBC Video ; Burbank, Calif. : Distributed in the USA by Warner Home Video, [2005]
Edition: DVD edition Full screen.
ISBN: 9781419805240
141980524X
Branch Call Number: 791.4372 JANE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (311 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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kpelish
Mar 27, 2018

"Now for the hitch in Jane's character!" says an angry, heartbroken Mr. Rochester, who's been thwarted from his own desire. What happens next in this Gothic, intense love story is the failure of a man to see his beloved's viewpoint. Will they ever re-unite? Can two people step outside the class and gender roles of 1840's England and find happiness? This DVD is one of my favorite romances for BBC’s long and faithful adaptation of the book, including the formative years of Jane's harsh childhood that make her much stronger than she looks. Her reflective, feminist musings while on the mansion ramparts are famous for their support of women’s wider roles in that time period---her determination to teach and support herself financially is unusual.
Both Timothy Dalton (as Edward Rochester) and Zelah Clarke (as Jane Eyre) shine in their respective roles. Various producers have adapted this film several times in much shorter storylines, but these two actors capture the characters as written by Bronte. Dalton is the privileged but haunted master of the manor with, as he says, “a chink or two in his (heart)” still open to redemption and recovering his faith, while the quieter but expressive Clark has a marvelous gift in going from mousy to radiant. Naive in some aspects, she does suss out the fact that Rochester can be far too calculating. For people familiar with the Myers-Briggs, this is a testing, bantering, back-and-forth relationship that slowly develops between two cautious Intuitives, with the Intuitive Thinker having to take the hard lesson of humility, and the Intuitive Feeler willing to die for her values.
The courtship of the beautiful, predatory Blanche Ingraham is well-played.
Nitpicks: missing from this adaptation is the famous chestnut tree, ominously spilt asunder by lightening after they declare their love for each other underneath its boughs (remember, this is a Gothic-inspired tale, with all its drama and symbolism of fire). Also missing is the occasional Christian commentary, the good parts important as a backdrop for Jane’s faith while the original book also ends with the virtue-obsessed, cold-hearted St. John mailing her one last sermon as he dies bravely in India for his missionary work.

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rewulff
Jul 05, 2017

Timothy Dalton is a strong Rochester, but I agree with other reviewers that "Jane" is wimpy and not very strong at all. "Jane" in other adaptations is strong-willed and very vocal. I like the A&E made-for-TV movie the best. This adaptation is okay, 11 BBC television episodes on one DVD, so the breaking up of the story took something away from the flow of the story line. I also had a hard time understanding the dialogue at times, too, making a shorter version more enjoyable.

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bloom
Oct 22, 2013

This is a very good adaptation and does good justice to Charlotte's novel. However, I find the screen chemistry of Clarke and Dalton somewhat lacking. Dalton is an intense and mesmerizingly handsome Rochester. Clarke, for me, is much too waif like and sullen, not the Jane I picture from my readings. The 1970 adaptation with George C Scott and Susannah York is my all time favorite.

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swyckl
Jul 11, 2012

I enjoyed this very much. Well presented. Strong story. Well acted.

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rslade
Mar 22, 2012

Not the best "Jane Eyre" ever, but a good, basic version.

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Janice21383
May 03, 2011

As far as being true to the book, I'd give it equally between this one, and the Michael Jayston one, although I have yet to see the definitive version. They always skate over the manipulative part of Rochester's character (see: Wild Sargasso Sea), and ignore the damage to Jane, if she had gone along with his nefarious plans. Dalton is pretty darned beautiful to be an "ugly man", but I suppose his large features could be called ugly in the 19th century. He has a strong sense of humour about the character, which helps.

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akirakato
May 02, 2011

I've been looking for the best version of Jane Eyre that is the truest to the story. I'm glad that I've finally come across the one, and have been waiting for quite some time---since April 13. I was at position 3, and now I'm at position 1. I'm so eager to view the DVD 'cause Diane (a good-natured, kind-hearted lady friend of mine) asked me for a second opinion on the tormented love and the life of the heroine.

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tmbagley
Apr 01, 2011

Totally agree with zjacobs, the best ever and I've seen all the modern versions. Very true to the novel.

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