Sense & Sensibility is a well made adaptation of the Jane Austen classic headlined by a stellar cast but especially Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant and is well worth watching as it has its heartfelt but funny moments. The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time has good video and audio transfers and a fine selection of bonus material.
Sense and Sensibility
Genre(s): Drama, Romance
Screen Archives | PG – 136 min. – $29.95 | November 10, 2015
Blissfully romantic, witty, and shrewd, Emma Thompson’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility is brought to the screen by director Ang Lee. Thompson also stars as the reserved Elinor Dashwood and Kate Winslet as her more impulsive younger sister, navigating a world in which love and money are often distressingly intertwined. They’re joined by the scintillating likes of Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Greg Wise, Gemma Jones, Harriet Walter, Imelda Slaunton, and Hugh Laurie.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5
This release comes with a 6-page essay booklet. All features from previous releases appear to have been ported over.
Audio Commentaries – There are two tracks included: 1) Actress Emma Thompson and Producer Lindsay Doran and 2) Director Ang Lee and Co-Producer James Schamus. Both are fine though the first is a bit more entertaining.
Adapting Austen (11:18) – Filmmakers, including executive producer Sydney Pollack, discuss taking Sense and Sensibility onto the big screen adapted by actress Emma Thompson.
Elegance & Simplicity: The Wardrobe of Sense and Sensibility (3:57) focuses in on the costume design bringing that era to life.
Locating the World of Sense and Sensibility (5:42) is about location scouting for the various scenes and, as before, keeping with that time period.
A Sense of Character (8:14) – Here we get a breakdown of the main characters, their traits and how they deal with one another.
A Very Quiet Man (12:03) is a profile on director Ang Lee.
Deleted Scenes (2:44) – There are a few scenes left on the cutting room floor, and presented in non-anamorphic widescreen, that are perfectly fine yet unnecessary.
Also included are Emma Thompson’s Golden Globe Acceptance Speech (4:14), the Domestic Original Theatric Trailer (2:08) and the International Original Theatrical Trailer (1:55).
VIDEO – 4.25/5
Sense and Sensibility comes to Blu-ray courtesy of Twilight Time shown in its original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and presented with a 1080p high-definition transfer. It’s actually a pleasing looking picture with good detail levels throughout while colors, although not brilliant, still have a nice pop to it. The transfer looks clean, free of dust marks, scratches or other flaws.
AUDIO – 4.0/5
The movie comes with both a 2.0 and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio tracks and you couldn’t go wrong with either with the latter providing a tad more depth with the additional channels. Dialogue levels sound crisp and clear with no discernible hissing and the score, by Patrick Doyle, gives the track good life making use of the front and rear channels.
OVERALL – 3.0/5
Overall, Sense & Sensibility is a well made adaptation of the Jane Austen classic headlined by a stellar cast but especially Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant and is well worth watching as it has its heartfelt but funny moments. The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time has good video and audio transfers and a fine selection of bonus material.