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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

17 Feb

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Poster

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Book

First there was a book and now there is a film.  Again I have failed this blog.  I had beautiful, beautiful plans to review the book and to write a lot of posts leading up to the film and then cap it all off with a film review.  I did none of these things.  I’d like to say that I’ll change my ways and start posting more but that didn’t quite work out last time, so I’ll just be honest and hope I at least get another post in before years end.  But we aren’t here to talk about what a terrible job of blogging I’m doing, we are here to talk about Pride and Prejudice, and Zombies.

The movie has a cold open in which Mr. Darcy investigates a possible zombie disturbance at the Featherstone house.  Darcy uses flies (which are attracted to dead flesh) to find a newly turned zombie hiding in the party.  He kills said zombie and we then cut to a montage that explains the zombie crisis and current state of England.  We then start at the Longbourne with the Bennet girls cleaning weapons when a telegram comes informing them that Netherfield has been let by a young Mr. Bingley…

From here we switch back and forth between a straight telling of Pride and Prejudice with some zombie aspect sprinkled in here and there.  Besides the occasional zombie attack and plot points dealing with the zombie war the movie is mostly unaltered Pride and Prejudice.  If I were to make a split I’d say 70% Jane Austen and 30% zombies and added material.  Most of the dialogue is exactly as it is in the book and in general all the major plot points are left as they are.  I was actually very surprised at how much Austen made it through the addition of zombies.  I wouldn’t suggest it but if you were a high schooler assigned to read Pride and Prejudice this might actually make for an adaptation you could use in place of reading the book.

Here are some of the plot points from the book that (more or less) make it through unaltered, most of which with the original dialogue:

  • The initial ball at Meryton in which Elizabeth overhears Mr. Darcy insult her, largely intact
  • Jane visiting Netherfield and getting sick from the ride over
  • Mr. Collins coming to Longbourne and awkwardly proposing and getting rejected by Elizabeth
  • Elizabeth going to Rosings to visit Charlotte Lucas
  • Mr. Darcy awkwardly proposing and getting rejected by Elizabeth in Rosings
  • Mr. Darcy writing Elizabeth explaining why he hates Mr. Wickham and apologizing for his treatment of Jane
  • Lady Catherine confronting Elizabeth about marrying Mr. Darcy
  • Lydia running off with Mr. Wickham
  • The double wedding of Darcy / Elizabeth and Bingley / Jane

The biggest differences were around Mr. Wickham who kidnaps Lydia in order to lure Mr. Darcy.  Pretty much the last 1/4th of the movie is devoted to tying up the whole zombie subplot.  The gist of the zombie plot is that these zombies only become  undead and mindless after eating human brains.  There is s sect of zombies that eat pig brains instead of human brains and managed to maintain their sanity.  Mr. Wickham discovers this sect and proposes a truce to work with the zombies, to get them pig brains and have humans live with the zombies.  It gets a lot more spoilery from here so we’ll just leave it at that.  I know it seems like big differences from the Jane Austen story but I can’t stress enough how much Pride and Prejudice made it in the movie.  When they aren’t dealing with zombies they rarely mention them and the dialogue is generally word for word from the book.

So what did I think of the movie?

Overall I enjoyed the movie and will probably buy it when it comes out on Blu-ray.  The acting was actually done really well and for as silly as a premise as this movie is everyone is playing it very seriously.  When there are emotional beats in the movie the actors are really giving it their all and really putting forth an effort.  The expositionary zombie intro felt really unnecessary.  They spend a lot of time in this movie world building around the zombies that never really pays off.  There is a whole sub plot about Chinese vs. Japanese fighting styles that is mentioned 2 or 3 times before being entirely abandoned.  I can buy in that there are zombies in this world and that our cast is some how trained to fight them.  The over explaining just points out how ridiculous the zombies are.  The movie would have been better off just explaining it once and not digging in to it.  Adding fighting to classic Pride and Prejudice scenes was really great.  When Darcy insults Elizabeth during the first proposal she straight kicks him in the chest and it is really satisfying.  I said it before but if you were just trying to slog through major parts of Pride and Prejudice as they were written, this movie is a decent adaptation.  Overall I still think it was a fun idea to add Zombies to such a classic work and this movie gives you enough to be entertained without straying too far from the source material.

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Lastly I am obsessed with Funko POP! figures and they have released a set of six for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which I will be most definitely picking up.  If you haven’t seen Pride and Prejudice and Zombies yet you should get on it.  It hasn’t been doing too well at the box office (sadly) and will likely not be there for much longer.

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Pride and Prejudice Episode VI: The Half Blood Prince

16 May

Pride and Prejudice 1995

We’ve made it to the end! It only took me almost two years to actually finish watching it but I have finally watched the entire 1995 Pride and Prejudice BBC mini-series.  It’s been a long journey, there have been two Fast and Furious movies, and at least 5 seasons of The Voice.  Anyway now that I am back on track I’m going to continue to write something every week.

We pick up in this episode where the last ended, with Mr. Wickham agreeing to marry Lydia for an unknown sum of money (presumed to be paid by Mr. Gardinder).  Mrs. Bennet has entirely forgiven/forgotten any transgressions and is ecstatic.  Every one else in the family, not so much.  Wickham and Lydia come back to Longbourn and Wickham tries his best to lay the charm on everyone but Lizzy is not having it.  She subtly lets Mr. Wickham know that she knows about him and his past and does not approve.  Lydia manages to be a huge cunt and piss off everyone.  It really is as if she ran away and got married simply to rub it in all her sisters faces.

Mr. Bingley returns to Netherfield!  All the Bennet ladies are pretty stoked even though Jane tries to play it off that she doesn’t really care.  We see a cool scene with Mr. Darcy telling Mr. Bingley that he kept it from him that while he was in London Jane was also there.  Bingley is mad but gets Mr. Darcy’s blessing in him pursuing Jane.  Mr. Bingley immediately goes to see Jane and Miss Bennet slowly makes the daughters leave so they can be alone.  Lizzy and Kitty are excited, Mary gives zero fucks.

Part 6 - Mary Zero Fucks

Next we get a surprise visit from Lady Catherine De Bourgh to Longbourn.  We have seen Lady Catherine being terrible before but this is truly her shinning moment.  She begins by insulting Mrs. Bennet and everyone in the house and asks Lizzy to take a walk with her.  On their walk we find out the actual reason for her visit.  Unknown to Lizzy she had been told that Mr. Darcy was to propose to Lizzy.  Lady Catherine wanted to confirm and shut this down.  Now it wouldn’t be Lady Catherine if she hadn’t done this in the most insulting and demeaning fashion possible.  Seeing as Lady Catherine is being the biggest bitch imaginable Lizzy toys with her a bit before finally admitting that she is not actually engaged with Mr. Darcy.  When Lady Catherine tries to make her promise to reject any proposal that Mr. Darcy might make in the future Lizzy refuses.

Part 6 - Picture 2

Lizzy has her most gangsta moment her and tells her “You have insulted me in every possible way, and can now have nothing further to say.”  aka, bitch be gone.  Lady Catherine has a huge hissy fit and leaves.  Apparently she brought her daughter along with her who looks like she is going to die at any moment.

Part 6 - Picture 3

After this Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy make a surprise visit to Longbourn and decide to take a walk into town.  Mr. Darcy makes one last attempt to Lizzy and asks if her feelings are the same as they were or if they have changed, if they have changed he will not bother her again.  Lizzy confesses they have and that she loves him!  They become engaged and Mr. Darcy gets Mr. Bennet’s permission.  Mr. Bennet is concerned since he believes Lizzy hates him but Lizzy assures him she is in love with Mr. Darcy.

Part 6 - Double Wedding

Also in attendance to the wedding is Mr. Bingley’s sister who’s resting bitch face is amazing.

Part 6 - Resting Bitch Face

Every one is in attendance of the wedding with the only exception being Lydia and Mr. Wickham and Lady Catherine and her deathly daughter.

Thoughts

Mrs. Bennet’s ability to forget what just happened is pretty amazing.  Mrs. Bennet goes from Lydia being the worst and ruining the entire family to her being the model daughter.  Mr. Bennet at least is still pissed and although the drama is over, will likely hate Mr. Wickham for the rest of his life.

Lydia is the worst.  She has at no point learned from her mistake or what the effect of her actions could have had on her sisters.  She not only doesn’t feel bad but is actively bragging and boasting about her marriage to all her sisters.  It seems like her only goal in her entire marriage was to rub it in her sisters face.

Lady Catherine is amazing in her ability to be a cunt to everyone.  I don’t think she has the ability to feel empathy for anyone but her self.  The wedding scene was pretty satisfying when it showed a shot of every one in attendance and then cut to Lady Catherine and her daughter alone in Rosenings, where the pair will assumedly die alone.

Part 6 - Picture 6

In the end I liked a lot of things about this version of Pride and Prejudice.  Being that it is 5-6 hours long as you would guess they don’t leave anything out.  They also include a lot of other moments that weren’t in the book or in the 2005 film version.  I liked the thoroughness and I liked seeing things through some of the other character’s perspective.  I think that the performance of Lady Catherine and Mr. Collins was the best I’ve seen so far.  I felt that the performance of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy was great but not as good as the 2005 Film.  If you are a big Pride and Prejudice fan this mini series is for you, and likely you have already seen it.  If you so-so fan then you might want to avoid this version.  It is very long and honestly the story of Pride and Prejudice just doesn’t require 6 hours of material.

There were really some stand out moments but overall it felt more like a chore to watch the entire series than it was sometime I really got into.  If you want to watch it the entire series is available now on Amazon Prime for members, however it is no longer available on Netflix streaming.

Drinking Game

  • When Mrs. Bennett is terrible and ungrateful
  • Whenever Lydia is a cunt
  • Anyone plays a piano
  • Mrs. Bennet mentions the Collins
  • Every time Mrs. Bennett Winks
  • Lady Catherine is a cunt
  • Miss Bingley’s Resting Bitch Face
  • When they say fornication and cut to Lydia during the wedding
  • Pour one out when you see Lady Catherine and her Daughter die alone at the end

Pride and Prejudice 1995 Episode I: The Phantom Menace

21 Jul

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Here we go…

This begins my five part series on the Pride and Prejudice mini-series from 1995 starring Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet. This is generally considered the pen ultimate version of Pride and Prejudice with the Colin Firth being the best version of Mr. Darcy

My first impression is that it did not need to be so long. I am only on the first episode which ends with Elizabeth and Jane leaving Netherfield after Jane has recovered from her cold. So that means we have had introductions and the first two dances and then the extended stay of Jane at Netherfield. It felt a decent pace so far but I can’t imagine how they stretch the entire story over four more hours.

As the general consensus of the people being that Colin Firth is the ultimate Mr. Darcy I am leaning to agree. He does a good job of not showing too much expression during his scenes but also to have that look that he is constantly absorbing and deconstructing everything around him. I don’t quite like Jane in this version as much as I do Keria Knightly in the 2005 film version. I initially didn’t like the actress who plays Elizabeth but she’s growing on me as I was watching, however she doesn’t quite hold up to Keria Knightly. The Bennet sisters did a great job and the actress who plays Mrs. Bennet also did a great job. In this version you get a better sense of how odd and improper the entire family is. Mrs. Bennet immediately starts hating on Mr. Darcy and has a pretty awesome passive aggressive bitch out moment at Netherfield that is awkward for everyone. Lydia and Kitty are even more boy crazy in this version to the point of being obnoxious, especially at the party hosted by the Lucas’s. Mary was really well cast in this version and there is a particularly good interpretation of the piano scene with her in it. Rather than her playing at the Netherfield ball she is playing at the Lucas party and it’s her own sisters who insult her and ask her to play something else. Mrs. Bennet even joins in and it looks like Mary is about to cry before Mr. Lucas has to step in to defuse the situation. It’s a good example of how Mary is proper and boring but also how improper the rest of the family is especially in front of other people.

I really liked Charlotte Lucas in this version as well. She warns Lizzie early on that if Jane wants to get with Bingley she’s got to act even more interested than she actually is or he’s not going to know. Knowing how things end up later on if she had taken Charlotte’s advice it would have meant a lot less heart ache later on.

The portrayal of Mrs. Bennet is very interesting in this version as well. She acts a lot more improper and offensive which is more in line with how the book describes her. She not only makes an ass of herself at the Lucas party but also really lays it in deep on Darcy when she comes by to visit Jane. She knows that He’s slighted Lizzie at this point but goes much further than a little sarcasm and straight insults him. It’s a lot easier to see in this version why Darcy had thought so low of the Bennet family initially the way they are acting now. Mrs. Bennet also straight tells Jane that she wants her to take horse back so she will get sick due to the rain. That was a strange choice of her to actually tell Jane of this rather than it be part of her “master plan”. Another strange choice was that during the scene in which Miss Bingley and Jane are walking around the drawing room while Darcy is reading. Instead of him giving both explanations on why he would rather sit and let them walk around (so they can talk amongst themselves and so he can stare at that ass) he only mentions the staring at that ass portion. For such a long miniseries it seems odd to cut that part, which now just makes Darcy look like a creeper.

A minor thing that I liked was they mentioned at the Lucas’s party why the troops were there. I don’t remember them mentioning that in any other version, and it playing such a big role later on, it was nice to have at least some explanation.

Overall some of the attention to detail you get in a 5 hour miniseries is nice but it feels entirely too slow. We have so far only gotten up to Jane’s stay at Netherfield in an hour and there is just so much more to cover. The book isn’t entirely that long and doesn’t need this Lord of the Rings style over kill version.

Drinking Game Rules

  • Every time Mrs. Bennet talks about her “poor nerves”
  • Every time there is a direct quote from the book that isn’t dialogue
  • Whenever Mr. Bennet makes a sassy remark about how dumb his daughters/wife is and how smart Lizzie is
  • Whenever Lydia/Kitty mention officers, dancing, or attending a ball
  • Whenever Miss. Bingley makes a snide remark about how awful the Bennet’s are
  • Every time Darcy says something nice about Lizzie
  • Take a shot when Lizzie jumps in the mud

Change in Mission

6 Jul

I have all ways gone into things head first and finding myself on the deep end of any hobby I have. When I was in middle/high school it was music that was the focus of my interest, later it was video games, then it was reading, and so on. When I find a new interest it is all I want to do. I live and breathe whatever new interest I have and let all other things fall by the way side. Usually I will go through phases of really being interested in music and catching up on that end and then it will switch to really being interested in video games, or a book series (I’m looking at you Game of Thrones), or comic books. It really is in phases and I know enough of myself to realize that it will just come and go. One week I may be hardcore into video games again, like a few months ago when Bioshock Infinite was released, and the next week it might be something new. The key is that it eventually comes full circle and whenever the little gerbils on a wheel that run my brain decide it’s time for something new I will to back to these interests that I love, and I will just pick up wherever I left off.

Lately it has been comic books and I have been spending a lot of my time catching up and getting into various series over various decades. Which means as of lately I have been staring at my Pride and Prejudice box set of the mini-series from the 90’s week after week wanting to get it started but finding every excuse available not to. It’s not that I have given up on my mission but it’s just not the peak of my interest as of late and I would rather wait until I am fully back into Pride and Prejudice mode to start writing about it again rather than force myself to write about it when my interests are elsewhere.

That being said I have lots of opinions on other things and have paid my webhosting fees to have this website so I am going to use it. I am now in addition to Pride and Prejudice material will write about whatever else I am interested in at the time while peppering in some Pride and Prejudice material whenever possible. It’s a marathon not a race and I will still complete my goal of watching/reading/listening to every form of Pride and Prejudice out there!

XOXO

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PSA: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies News

5 May

Lily CollinsWhat I think most people (my self included) had thought was stuck in the phantom zone known as development hell the movie adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s master piece Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has risen from the ashes like a mighty phoenix.  Lily Collins has been set to play the part of Elizabeth Bennett.  You may remember Lily Collins from her role as Snow White in 2012’s Mirror Mirror or as Sandra Bullocks’ daughter in the Blind Side.  She is also set to play Clary Fray in the much anticipated film adaption of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.  The movie is set to be directed by Burr Steers who was the Director of 2009’s 17 Again and 2010’s Charlie St. Cloud.  Read more at the link below to the article at Variety, along with lots of puns about zombies and the movie raising from the dead.

Original Article

A Very Pride Hard Christmas Featuring Die Hard (1988)

3 Jan

die hardWhat better way to celebrate the season than to watch the greatest Christmas film of all time?  Some might say that It’s a Wonderful Life, A Miracle on 34th Street, or Elf is the greatest Christmas movie of all time, and those people would be wrong.  Die Hard is the greatest Christmas film of all time.  Case closed.  That being said, I had never actually seen Die Hard all the way through, so this is my thoughts about the film having never seen it before.

Drinking Game

We weren’t going to watch this sober now were we?  Here are the rules I came up with for Die Hard.

Drink

  • Every time they mention Christmas!
  • Whenever we see John’s feet or we are reminded that he is barefoot.
  • Every time a henchmen is killed.
  • Every time that John switches out the clip on his gun or takes out a clip of his gun to check the bullets.
  • A drink for each time a level of security on the safe is broken.
  • Every time that Deputy Robinson shoots down Carl Winslow’s ideas or advice.
  • Every time there is an explosion.
  • Every time that we get a cutaway to Argyle in the Limousine.

Chug

  • Someone says “Yippie Kia-Yay Motherfucker”
  • Hans Gruber Dies

Pour One Out

  • Every time a hostage is killed.
  • Whenever John McClane is shot.

Thoughts and Opinions

Again I have never seen this movie so over all it was a great time, pretty much everything you would want from an action movie with lots of 90’s hair.  I thought the pacing of information on the terrorists plans was done well.  We got little tid bits along the way which was nice and left a lot of misdirection so you never knew for sure what they were up to.  Too often we get all the information in some monologue all at once or it’s some crazy unbelievable twist at the very end.  Die Hard did a good job of keeping the plan complex enough that they had a getaway plan but not so complex that it was off the wall crazy.  Alan Rickman makes a great villain, it’s no wonder he would later go one to play Snape, he’s just too easy to hate.

My favorite part is how the cops and FBI were beyond incompetent.  I get that its better if the lone guy inside doesn’t have the cops on his side but wow.  They didn’t even believe it was a real hostage situation for way too long.  At one point Carl Winslow’s boss is convinced John McClane is the only terrorist and that the body that fell out of the building was a suicide jumper.  This is after Carl Winslow’s car has been decimated by machine gun fire and moments later the cops are fire on from every angle with guns and rocket launchers.  After which Carl Winslow’s boss doesn’t then say “oh shit we are in real trouble” he just keeps on believing that it is a couple guys and will blow over.  The FBI then come in to take over and plan on using attack helicopters to kill the terrorists.  They then say out loud that they will probably lose 20-25% of the hostages which “they can live with”!

Some observations were:

  • John McClane totally is carrying his gun on the air plane; this is definitely a pre-9/11 film.
  • Definitely a pre-cell phone film, once the landlines are cut no one is able to reach the police.
  • McClane recovers from his feet getting cut up pretty quickly.
  • Carl Winslow got off with no consequence for accidentally shooting a 13 year old kid.

Interesting Trivia from IMDB

  • This was Alan Rickman’s feature film debut.
  • The German that the terrorists speak is sometimes grammatically incorrect and meaningless. In the German version of the film, the terrorists are not from Germany but from “Europe”.
  • The scene where McClane falls down a shaft was a mistake by the stuntman, who was supposed to grab the first vent, as it originally was planned. He slipped and continued to fall, but the shot was used anyway; it was edited together with one where McClane grabs the next vent down as he falls.
  • On-screen body count: 22.

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

19 Dec

pride and prejudice 2005 cover Director – Joe Wright
Elizabeth BennetKeira Knightley
Mr. Darcy – Matthew Macfadyen

Introduction

My goal is to be as thorough as possible when watching these adaptations so I watch the movie twice, once just watching and once with the director’s commentary.   I also watched all of the extras on the Bluray Disc version of the movie and cross referenced the DVD to make sure I didn’t miss any.  So I will split this up into three parts, the film itself, the director’s commentary, and the extras.

The Pride and Prejudice (2005) Drinking Game

When we watched the movie we decided to make a drinking game out of it.  In order to remember when to drink we had to cut down some of them but here were our original rules.

Drink for the following:

  • Mrs. Bennet mentions anything about her nerves.
  • You want to punch Lydia in the face.
  • Anything Lady Catherine says anything that causes you to audibly yell “Bitch”.
  • Any time someone curtseys (a drink for each person, so if all five Bennet sisters curtsey that’s five drinks).
  • Mr. Collins mentions Lady Catherine.
  • Any time any character plays a piano.
  • A proposal of marriage occurs.
  • Any time a character is reading a book.
  • Anytime you see a fuck ton of ribbons.
  • You see a loose animal inside the Bennet Home.

Pour one out:

  • When Charlotte Lucas marries Mr. Collins.

Feature film

This is the only version of Pride and Prejudice I will have seen prior to starting all this blog business.  I was working at a movie theater at the time it came out which means I could see any film for free.  So I think I might have seen this movie at least 5 times in the theater when it came out.  So in other words I am pretty familiar with it.  This is the first time I have seen it though since reading the book so I was able to take in any differences and read in between the lines on a few of the scenes.

The film is great.  I think all the actors and actresses did an amazing job and embodied their characters very well.  From the awkwardness of Mary and Mr. Collins to the casting of Knightley and Macfadyen as Elizabeth or Darcy everyone was top notch.  Pride & Prejudice purest prefer Colin Firth as Darcy, from the 1990’s miniseries (which I haven’t seen) so we’ll have to compare when we get there.  In particular Judi Dench was fucking nails as Lady Catherine de Bourg.  When I imagine in my mind of Lady Catherine the image of Judi Dench is automatic, she just owns that part.  The only other actress that I think does as good of a job as playing an evil bitch lady is Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films.  Both women own their parts so much that you get a physically angry when you see them on screen.  I really liked Donald Sutherland as Mr. Bennet as well as Talulah Riley as Mary Bennet.

The cinematography is also great in this film.  I think Joe Wright does a wonderful job on some of the outdoor scenes, you really get a sense of scale and contrast when they shoot the outside shots.  So much of the movie takes place indoors its good to see how grand all these places really are.  I also really enjoyed the ball room scenes where it is this chaotic jumble and you get to see several perspectives of characters at the same time.  The movie is a solid two hours long but I feel like it moves at a pretty good pace.  You feel the effect of time as some of the characters deal with feelings but it keeps the momentum of the film moving.

Comparing to the book the film shorten a lot of what happened in order to have it all fit in a two hour film.  In the book when they travel it’s all ways for a few weeks at a time.  You don’t quite get the impression of that in the film.  They never give specifics on the passage of time so for all we know the film takes place over a couple of weeks or years.  I don’t really care that they shortened some of the trips.  Honestly Elizabeth’s stay at Rosings in the book felt like it lasted forever and I think the movie did a great job of distilling its essence in a few scenes.  The only criticism I have of the film deal with the whole Wickham incident.  I don’t think they could have cut out his relationship to Darcy since it is the catalyst that brings Elizabeth and Darcy together, however I don’t feel they did a good job of explaining his and Darcy’s relationship.  They just say in the movie he was engaged to Darcy’s sister and broke it off leaving her heart broken when in the book he had boarder line kidnaped her and was on the verge of eloping.  It all just comes across as muddled and you don’t get the full effect of Darcy and Wickham’s hate.  To me this lessened the impact of the rain scene where Darcy proposes and Elizabeth rejects him.  The Wickham situation was her biggest basis of hating him.  It’s still a great scene and they do a great job of acting during it but if you have only seen the film I could see it being confusing of why she’s so mad at him.  There were some other changes here and there in the film but over I think they were generally made for time and that it didn’t really affect the core of the story.

Favorite Scenes:

  • One not in the book scene I loved was the hangover scene after the ball at Netherfield.  You know that people must have been getting shitfaced even in 18th century so it’s great to see even proper ladies feeling the morning after effect.
  • I really like the outdoor scene when Elizabeth is walking to Netherfield.  The lighting is just gorgeous and looks amazing on bluray.
  • I really like the super long fork things the servants use to place food on the table.
  • The ending scene with the whole “Mrs. Darcy” part is great.
  • All most every scene with Mary
  • Every scene with Mr. Collins
  • The scene with Mr. Bennet as Elizabeth is convincing him to let her marry Mr. Darcy.

IMDB Trivia (All this information comes from the trivia section of IMDB)

I love the trivia parts of IMDB.  If you have never looked at this stuff before I suggest it.

  • At the beginning of the movie, Elizabeth is shown reading a novel titled “First Impressions” – this was Jane Austen’s original title of her novel before she altered it to “Pride and Prejudice”. Additionally the text of the visible pages is readable when paused; it is the last chapter of Pride and Prejudice, with names changed.
  • Georgiana Darcy did her own piano playing in the film.
  • Rosamund Pike was Joe Wright’s first choice for the role of Jane. She turned down the role of Rita Skeeter in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for this film.
  • Keira Knightley was preparing for her role in Domino while she was filming this, and had already cut her hair. She had to wear a wig during the last few weeks of filming and long sleeves to hide her muscles.
  • The actresses who make up the Bennett family (Keira Knightley, Rosamund Pike, Jena Malone, Talulah Riley, and Carey Mulligan went to the Bennett house location, in Kent, before the crew, and played Sardines (similar to Hide and Seek in America) in order to get better acquainted with the house and each other before filming began. (That game again!!! Its in everything!)

Directors Commentary

The director’s commentary was so-so.  Since it’s only the director the commentary is mostly about how this was short or how conditions were filming on this day.  If you are super into Pride and Prejudice then you might enjoy it but otherwise I wouldn’t really bother.

Fun Facts learned during the commentary:

  • The blackbird is representative of Elizabeth and when we hear one on screen it’s only during scenes involving Elizabeth.
  • My favorite shot of Elizabeth walking to Netherfield was CGI.
  • During the ball scene we learn that there is no toilet for ladies at a ball.  If a lady had to go to the bathroom they would just go home for the night.  Guys on the other hand would sneak out to take a leak in the woods.  Which knowing that would making getting drunk at the ball difficult knowing you had to hold it in afterward the rest of the night.
  • The director had Mary play her part as being in love with Mr. Collins.  This was a cool perspective of Mary who would actually probably have gotten along really well with Mr. Collins.  You only see it in her expressions but it’s a nice little add in there.
  • This was first film for both Carey Mulligan (Kitty) and Talulah Riley (Mary).

These seem like cool tidbits but trust me, just read the trivia section of IMDB, it’s not worth watching the whole directors commentary.

Extras

I’m watching the Bluray/DVD combo version of the film so I assume the separate Bluray and DVD versions of the film are these same versions.

Conversations With The Cast

  • Same as at the ball behind the scenes on DVD version, it just has a bunch of interviews of the cast and some behind the scenes

Jane Austen, Ahead of Her Time

  • Talks about Bridget jones and bride and prejudice
  • Discussed how Jane Austen only wrote about her own observation of society and class.  This again helps to explain how the lower classes are non-existent.
  • You can visit Jane Austen’s home in England.
  • The prince regent requested she dedicated Emma to him.  I thought this part was really interesting, I mean how arrogant does a person have to be to demand someone dedicate a book after them.

A Bennett Family Portrait

  • Mostly cut from scenes on the other behind the scenes featurettes, no new information.

Pride & Prejudice: HBO First Look

  • Mostly cut from the behind the scenes interviews that we see in other featurettes.
  • They mentioned how the cast visited the set/home of the Bennet family which was an existing house in England.  They came before the camera crews set up so they got to see it in its natural state.  While there they played a game called “sardines”, I’ve never heard of it but it’s mentioned in like 4 separate featurettes and in the directors commentary as well. It must be a British thing.

The Politics of 18th Century Dating

  • Kind of lame, just talks about how dancing was important to dating.

The Stately Homes of Pride and Prejudice

  • You get to look at all the houses from the movie, yay!