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Post by Admin on Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:51 pm

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12 August 2011 | 12:46 PM
New ‘Jane Eyre’ delivers mystery and passion

“JANE EYRE”

Blu-ray widescreen and DVD widescreen, 2011, PG-13 for some thematic elements including a nude image and brief violent content

Best extra: An intimate commentary with director Cary Fukunaga (“Sin Nombre”) is an informative glimpse into his refreshing, modern perspective on this classic piece

HERE WE GO again. Another disc that’s available for digital download (via cable, satellite, iTunes and PlayStation 3) two weeks ahead of the Blu-ray and DVD release. Is it a move to counteract piracy – or push users toward a digital future? Whatever the reason, Blu-ray is tops when it comes to quality and is often worth the wait.

“Jane Eyre” is an example of material that we may be asked to look at too early in life. I remember trudging through the novel in high school, waiting eagerly to get to books that better addressed my current situation in life – “Catcher in the Rye” or “A Separate Peace.” To revisit the story as an adult, albeit in movie form, something new emerges. What makes this interpretation most interesting is the emphasis the director placed on making this a borderline horror film. Many scenes are laced with techniques more familiar to thrillers like dark lighting, eerie stoicness, and an increasing sense of isolation. Yet from the dark emerges a timeless love story that rivals even what Jane Austen was able to produce.

The match between Mia Wasikowska’s Jane and Michael Fassbender’s Mr. Rochester definitely works.

Visually, “Jane Eyre” packs a punch, hitting on all cylinders with its high-def transfer. Detailing in the ornate set and textured costumes is tactile. A desaturated, cold wash pervading much of the film adds to Jane’s constant isolation. Audio is sometimes quiet and words spoken softly are hard to make out. When layering a 19th century accent with the unfamiliar words and patterns of early English, it’s easy to lose the viewer. Consider using the subtitle option.

“[I wanted] to blend a classically romantic story and the elements of suspense,” says director Cary Fukunaga. “We featured the gothic elements of the story more.”
The bonus features are disappointingly short and rushed. Featurettes on the score, the lighting and the “look” play out more like extended trailers and offer little of consequence.

Luckily the commentary saves the day. Fukunaga details many of the technical decisions made while making the movie, introducing the viewer to ideas and concepts that filmmakers deal with on a daily basis. It gets a bit bogged down in the technicality at some points, but viewers with knowledge of filmmaking will be delighted.

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DVD review: Jane Eyre

Published: August 12, 2011

‘Jane Eyre'

A new cinematic rendition of Charlotte Bronte's 1847 novel “Jane Eyre” still doesn't seem like the most obvious follow-up project for director Cary Fukunaga after his acclaimed and electrifying 2009 Spanish-language immigration saga “Sin Nombre.”

But Fukunaga, 34, and his talented young cast bring fresh energy to the often-adapted gothic tale. Every aspect of the narrative is heightened: The mystery crackles with suspense, the romance smolders with sensuality, and the coming-of-age story flares with intensity.

Leanly adapted by screenwriter Moira Buffini, Fukunaga's film opens with the adult Jane Eyre's (Mia Wasikowska of Tim Burton's “Alice in Wonderland”) desperate flight across the rugged and rainy moors. She is rescued from certain death by St. John Rivers (Jamie Bell, “Billy Elliott”), a kindly missionary, and his two sisters, who nurse the wayward woman back to health and prompt a series of flashbacks revealing her tragic, suspenseful tale.

The movie traces the heroine's grim upbringing: Orphaned from a young age, the iron-willed Jane (Amelia Clarkson) is openly despised by her wealthy aunt (Sally Hawkins, definitely playing against her “Happy-Go-Lucky” type), then shipped off to a bleak boarding school, where she becomes a favorite target of the sadistic headmaster (Simon McBurney). Still, Jane manages to get her education and find a job as governess at forbidding and isolated Thornfield Hall. She is charged with schooling Adele Varens (Romy Settbon Moore), the French ward of the mansion's owner, the enigmatic Mr. Rochester (Michael Fassbender, “X-Men: First Class”).

Although kindly housekeeper Mrs. Fairfax (Oscar winner Judi Dench) is certain that Rochester will soon wed classy Blanche Ingram (Imogen Poots), an undeniable chemistry sparks between Jane and her brooding employer.

DVD features: Deleted scenes, director commentary and three behind-the-scenes featurettes.

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DVD Reviews: Jane Eyre, The Killing
Jane Eyre

Judi Dench and Mia Wasikowska in Jane Eyre.

Aug 11, 2011

Jane Eyre

(out of 4)

Mia Wasikowska commands the title role for the 19th version of Jane Eyre, and like a distaff version of 007, she’s a heroine who shakes and stirs. Luminous in The Kids are All Right and Alice in Wonderland, Wasikowska makes drab seem rad in director Cary Fukunaga’s insightful rendering of Brontë’s gothic love story, a new classic version of this oft-told tale.

She’s superbly matched with Michael Fassbender, the charming chameleon of Hunger and Inglourious Basterds, who as Jane’s mysterious swain Edward Rochester is a figure at once menacing and vulnerable.

Rounding out the impeccable cast are Judi Dench as Rochester’s loyal housekeeper Mrs. Fairfax, and Jamie Bell as the starched clergyman St. John Rivers.

Fukunaga’s vision, in concert with screenwriter Moira Buffini (Tamara Drewe), strips the Brontë novel to its dark roots about the physical and emotional travails of young orphan Jane.

The two main protagonists have been given small but significant personality makeovers: Jane is less pious and Rochester is less verbose than in the novel. Wasikowska and Fassbender do such a superb job in their roles, and match together so well, that no one need fear any disservice to Brontë’s everlasting intention: a love story where the woman is the equal to the man.

Extras include deleted scenes, a director’s commentary and making-of featurettes.
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Jane Eyre and the Real Housewives of Old England
"Money can't buy you class," sings New York "Housewife" Luann de Lesseps. Penniless Jane Eyre proves the point in stirring new adaptation.
By Hugh Hart, Columnist
August 10, 2011 2:30 PM 1

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Mia Wasikowska stars as Jane Eyre.

The excellent new Jane Eyre DVD stars Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), but like all the old versions of Charlotte Bronte's heart-melting classic, this adaptation serves up goth plot twists and gorgeous scenery as backdrop to a fateful romance between plain-spoken governess Jane and her sharp-tongued employer Rochester.

“What’s your tale of woe,” Rochester asks her.

"I don't have a tale of woe," Jane lies.

“All governesses have a tale of woe.” Rochester insists.

In fact, stalwart Jane spent her youth in a cruel orphanage. She earns 15 pounds a year and owns two dresses. And she's a pioneer in the realm of domestic melodrama, making television's Real Housewives look botox-shallow by comparison.

Modern day housewives might want to consider the hardships experienced by 19th century heroines concocted by novelists Charlotte and Emily Bronte, Jane Austen, and Thomas Hardy. Their plucky characters continue to exert a hold on our collective imagination long after reality-based Teresa and her rivals kiss and make up or go bankrupt trying.

Meet the Real Housewives of Old England:

Jane (born: 1847)

Jane Eyre would so flop on reality TV. For starters, she's thoughtful and penniless, but what a backstory! Hated by her mean aunt and bullied by a cruel cousin, she finally meets kind friend when she's dispatched to an orphanage, only to see her best friend die young. No matter the adversity, you won't see Jane Eyre bawling in public. Director Cary Fukunaga creates a sense of place and draws understated performances by Wasikowska and Fassbender. Earlier versions paired Charlotte Gainsbourg with William Hurt, while the black and white oldie cast Orson Welles as Rochester opposite Joan Fontaine.
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JANE EYRE
★ ★ ★ ★

Rated: PG-13 for some thematic elements including a nude image and brief violent content

Length: 120 minutes

Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell

A somber, passionate, powerfully involving adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s oft-filmed classic. Director Cary Fukunaga ranges far afield here from “Sin Nombre,” his tough 2009 breakthrough drama about a young couple on the run from a vengeful Mexican youth gang — but his assurance shows in every frame. “Jane Eyre” purists may quibble about the liberties Fukunaga takes with the tale, opening with Jane in full flight from some unknown terror on the moor and filling in her story via flashbacks. He sets the mood right, though — the sense of dark, fateful passions at work in every scene — and he proves himself as capable of elegance here as he was with grittiness in “Sin Nombre.” Best of all, Wasikowska (“Alice in Wonderland,” “The Kids Are All Right”) is an ideal Jane: quiet, but indomitable and more than equal to contending romantically with the arrogant, embittered Mr. Rochester (Fassbender). Extras include commentary by Fukunaga.
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Jane Eyre Blu-ray Review
By Rachel Cericola three stars

The Film

If you're watching Jane Eyre, you probably have seen the story before in one of its many incarnations. However, director Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) is bringing Jane Eyre to a new audience, and frankly, this latest version can sit with the best of them.

Don't worry; "new" does not mean that sweet Jane has received a rock-and-roll makeover. That said, this version does have a twinge of goth to it, and it's packed with young talent, such as Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland), who is a real standout in the title role.

The plot, however, should be extremely familiar. It follows the story of Jane, a young orphan, who endures years of physical pain and death of loved (and not-so-loved) ones. She eventually ends up at Thornfield Hall to care for a little French girl who may or may not be the daughter of her soon-to-be-beloved Mr. Rochester (Michael Fassbender).

Purists may pooh-pooh the movie version of Jane Eyre. After all, filmmakers had to take a few liberties to fit everything into the 121-minute runtime. They did so quite nicely, though. Mia and Michael also make for a beautiful couple, despite what they say on film (really?). It doesn't really matter what they say, however; they're hot enough to sell ice to the Eskimos. However, it's not just the way they look (remember, they aren't supposed to be a good looking pair), but that these two performances are pretty wonderful. Everyone around them isn't too shabby, either, but we really wouldn't expect any less from the likes of Judi Dench and Jamie Bell. Blink and you may miss Sally Hawkins as Mrs. Reed. You may want to blink though, since her performance is downright evil.
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Ready for yet another look at this latest incarnation? Check out Beth McCabe's theatrical review of Jane Eyre.

The Picture

Jane Eyre is supposed to be sort of a plain Jane, but you'd never know it from this gorgeous looking film. Director Cary Fukunaga has quite the cinematography resume, and it shows here. There is a bit of a bluish tint throughout much of the film. It sets a wonderful tone for Jane Eyre, as well as the image displayed. The one downside is that some of the darker shots get a little noisy. It's brief, however, and not too distracting. It's also very forgivable because, for the most part, this 1.85:1 transfer is insanely sharp. Close-ups reveal some incredible facial details, as well as individual strands of hair. Also, you're going to want to reach out and touch some of that period-style clothing, which displays both awesome and uncomfortable looking textures.

The Sound

Jane Eyre features a surprisingly stunning DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 channel soundtrack. The film kicks off with the roar of thunder, mixed in with beautiful violins that could make a grown man weep openly. From there, Jane Eyre offers a decent amount of ambient sounds and crystal-clear dialogue. It also has more than a few bass-heavy moments that may cause you to jump, which again, is a pleasant surprise (in more ways than one) for this type of film.

The Extras

The highlight of this release's extras is the in-depth commentary, courtesy of director Cary Fukunaga. Also, almost 17 minutes of deleted scenes should delight most fans of the book and the film. Besides those two items, the rest of the featurettes included with Jane Eyre are surprisingly short. "A Look Inside Jane Eyre" is really just that -- a look. It's actually more like an extended trailer, with scenes from the movie and a few comments from the cast and Fukunaga. At under four minutes, it pretty much says nothing, as do the two minutes dedicated to the music from the movie. Finally, "The Mysterious Light of Jane Eyre" isn't really all that mysterious, considering they sum everything up in under two minutes.

Final Thoughts

Jane Eyre will be remade as long as there are movies. If you're a fan of the book or one of the countless other film versions, director Cary Fukunaga has created an update that is well worth your time. If you have yet to experience Jane Eyre in any form, this is a wonderful place to start. It's certainly a stylish production, but all of that is overshadowed by the film's many excellent performances -- and that's really saying something.

Product Details

Actors: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Judi Dench
Director: Cary Fukunaga
Audio/Languages: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English), DTS 5.1 (Spanish)
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Region: A
Number of Discs: 1
Rating: PG-13
Studio: Universal Studios
Blu-ray Disc Release Date: August 16, 2011
Run Time: 121 minutes
List Price: $34.98
Extras:
Commentary with Director Cary Fukunaga
Deleted Scenes
A Look Inside Jane Eyre
To Score Jane Eyre: Cary Fukunaga and Daria Marianelli Team Up
The Mysterious Light of Jane Eyre
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Jane Eyre (2011)
Universal // PG-13 // August 16, 2011
List Price: $29.98 [Buy now and save at Amazon]
Review by Brian Orndorf | posted August 13, 2011

THE FILM

Charlotte Bronte's immortal tale of love and separation has seen its fair share of adaptations over the last century of filmed entertainment. Regurgitated time and again for both television and the big screen, "Jane Eyre" has been bled dry, with filmmakers of diverse backgrounds hungry to make their mark on a most celebrated story. Now, director Cary Joji Fukunaga steps up to courageously guide another look at the novel, unearthing something that's eluded many creative forces throughout the years: A fresh approach.

Orphaned, abused, and disregarded by her elders, Jane Eyre (Amelia Clarkson as a child, Mia Wasikowska as an adult) has endured a frightening life of hardship, finding her sense of individuality stifled as she attempts to shape some type of existence for herself. Taking a job as a governess for the estate of Edward Rochester (Michael Fassbender), Jane is quickly challenged by the irritable man, who clearly seems enlivened by the presence of this educated young woman. As their relationship grows, a turbulent sense of love develops between the pair, with Jane willing to give herself to Rochester, only to find secrets from his past coming back to ruin him. Also challenging Jane is an interlude with Rivers (Jamie Bell), a clergyman who takes the frazzled woman in during a time of need, completely disarmed by her extraordinary aura.

"Jane Eyre" has traveled quite a distance since its initial 1847 publishing, leaving an impressive string of interpretations in its wake, most centered on the primal needs of the period romance, with Jane and Rochester a prime pair of restricted lovers. This latest exploration of Bronte's work (elegantly adapted by Moira Buffini, "Tamara Drewe") takes a decidedly sophisticated approach to the central love story, making the pairing of Jane and Rochester something enigmatic, uncomfortable, and taboo. Fukunaga transforms the story into a mystery of sorts, rearranging the events of the book to better pierce into the protagonist's spinning headspace, flawlessly capturing the internal spasms of a lady on the run from her past, fighting for the freedom she craves, trapped in a severe society that doesn't permit such luxuries. It's an unusual take on the material, but an enormously successful artistic choice, with legitimate suspense flooded back into the story, handled with tremendous care by the director, last seen guiding 2009's masterful drama, "Sin Nombre."

The picture isn't a classical romance in the least, with delicate candlelit cinematography on the hunt for claustrophobia and confusion, keeping the film in a state of suspicion, greatly enhanced by the skillful performances. Fassbender's Rochester is special curiosity, crafted into an antagonistic personality who is visibly charged by Jane's arrival. He pokes and prods, looking for an intellectual challenge in a sea of obedient employees (including Judi Dench as Mrs. Fairfax), finding Jane to be a remarkable development that flushes away his escalating distaste for life on his vast estate. Fassbender is itchy and vulnerable as the character, avoiding overt red beams of swoon to play a profoundly private churn of attraction. Wasikowska is equally as masterful, articulating the burden of Jane's life with glances and tremors, communicating a volcanic disappointment with the smallest of movements. It's an exceptional performance, portioned heroically by Fukunaga, keeping the pair in a harsh standoff position until the ice is ready to thaw. The courtship contains unexpected elements of frustration, making the paring more about unleashing raw passion than gloved-hand worship from afar.

THE DVD

Visual:

The anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1 aspect ratio) presentation doesn't support the film's delicate look as comfortably as it should. Colors are unconvincing, lacking a rich quality that gives life to locations and costumes. The image has trouble with frozen grain issues as well, suppressing required detail. Skintones are deliberately drained yet still look lifeless. Shadow detail is muddy during low-light encounters.

Audio:

The 5.1 Dolby Digital sound mix is superb with scoring cues, which create a solid circle of orchestral conviction, breathing emotional life into the film with crisp delivery. Dialogue exchanges are primarily frontal, with a good sense of echo for interior encounters. Low-end is mild, while atmospherics are satisfactory, creating a feel for environmental changes and chilled social activities. A Spanish track is also included.

Subtitles:

English SDH, Spanish, and French subtitles are offered.

Extras:

The feature-length audio commentary with director Cary Joji Fukunaga is a technical triumph, providing a fertile appreciation of the film's construction, post-production manipulation, and adaptation challenges. A student of commentaries, Fukunaga understands the need to keep on task, and he remains engaged and interested in exploring frame particulars and thematic concepts. It's a superb listen.

"Deleted Scenes" (16:53) concern Jane's hallucinatory journey across England, covers more of her abusive childhood, expands the relationship between Jane and Rochester, and supplies a few more mysterious and spooky beats that keep Jane unsettled.

"A Look Inside 'Jane Eyre'" (3:42) is a brief making-of commercial, swiftly covering character motivations.

"To Score 'Jane Eyre'" (2:15) spends a few moments with Fukunaga, who describes the emotional textures of composer Dario Marinelli's musical contribution.

"The Mysterious Light of 'Jane Eyre'" (1:53) speaks to cast and crew for their thoughts on the unnerving mood of the picture, soon discussing the intricate lighting effort.

A Theatrical Trailer has not been included.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Fukunaga's "Jane Eyre" is a fantastically compelling, spellbindingly photographed motion picture, soaking up the bitterness and regret that defines the emotional ooze of the story, while twisting around ridiculously known elements to expose darker, substantial moments of seduction. There's little sunshine allowed here, with the feature finding fertile dramatic ground in pained expressions and gut-rot frustration; however, in Fukunaga's capable hands, there's undeniable beauty in all the misery and turmoil.
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DVD review: “Jane Eyre”
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From Friday’s Weekend Look section of The Oklahoman.

“Jane Eyre”

A new cinematic rendition of Charlotte Bronte’s 1847 novel “Jane Eyre” still doesn’t seem like the most obvious follow-up project for director Cary Fukunaga, who broke out with the acclaimed and electrifying 2009 Spanish-language immigration saga “Sin Nombre.”

But Fukunaga, 34, and his talented young cast bring fresh, thrilling energy to the often-adapted gothic tale. Every aspect of the multi-layered narrative is heightened: The mystery crackles with suspense, the romance smolders with sensuality, and the coming-of-age story flares with intensity.

Leanly adapted by screenwriter Moira Buffini, Fukunaga’s film opens with the adult Jane Eyre’s (Mia Wasikowska of Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”) desperate flight across the rugged and rainy moors. She is rescued from certain death by St. John Rivers (Jamie Bell, “Billy Elliott”), a kindly missionary, and his two sisters, who nurse the wayward woman back to health and prompt a series of flashbacks revealing her alternately tragic and suspenseful tale.

The movie traces the heroine’s grim upbringing: Orphaned from a young age, the iron-willed Jane (Amelia Clarkson) is openly despised by her wealthy aunt (Sally Hawkins, definitely playing against her “Happy-Go-Lucky” type), then shipped off to a bleak boarding school, where she becomes a favorite target of the sadistic headmaster (Simon McBurney). Still, Jane manages to get her education and find a job as governess at forbidding and isolated Thornfield Hall. She is charged with schooling Adèle Varens (Romy Settbon Moore), the French ward of the mansion’s owner, the enigmatic Mr. Rochester (Michael Fassbender, “X-Men: First Class”).

Although kindly housekeeper Mrs. Fairfax (Oscar winner Judi Dench) is certain that Rochester will soon wed classy Blanche Ingram (Imogen Poots), an undeniable chemistry sparks between bold Jane and her brooding employer. But more than the difference in their social classes gives Jane pause: The wise-beyond-her-years governess is sure that Rochester is harboring a grave secret.

Despite its spring theatrical release date, Fukunaga’s dynamic “Jane Eyre” deserves to be remembered when awards season arrives.

DVD features: Deleted scenes, director commentary and three behind-the-scenes featurettes.

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Published: August 19, 2011 12:01 AM EST
Updated: August 18, 2011 8:11 PM EST
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"Jane Eyre"

(PG-13, 2011, 121 minutes)

The book is called "Jane Eyre" but when it comes to its numerous movie versions, whether it's Orson Welles in 1944 or Michael Fassbender right now, the actor playing Edward Rochester often ends up with the lion's share of the attention. A part like that is catnip for performers who can play the rogue male, and Fassbender swallows it whole. He energizes not just his scenes with Mia Wasikowska's accomplished but inevitably more pulled-back Jane but this entire film. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga brings out the best in his cast, which includes Judi Dench as the housekeeper Mrs. Fairfax, Jamie Bell as the obtuse cleric St. John Rivers, and Sally Hawkins as Jane's awful aunt, Mrs. Reed. Wasikowska looks exactly right as a heroine the author famously described as "as plain and small as myself." Wasikowska acquits herself well here, but without a lot of access to the book's florid recounting of her rich interior life her performance is of necessity restricted to the narrow view the world has of her.

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New on DVD: Superbly spare 'Jane Eyre'
By Steve Jones, USA TODAY
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This week Platinum Pick is the "superbly spare," yet "classic and distinctively original" Jane Eyre. Or for thrillers, check out Paul Bettany's Priest, with vampires nipping at his heels.

Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska star in the romantic remake 'Jane Eyre.'

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Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska star in the romantic remake 'Jane Eyre.'

Jane Eyre
2011, Focus, PG-13, $30; Blu-ray, $35
Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) stars as the title character in this romantic tale directed by Cary Fukunaga based on Charlotte Brontë's classic 1847 novel. Michael Fassbender plays Edward Rochester, the brooding master of Thornfield Hall, who is intrigued by his sharp-witted governess. Love blooms, but he harbors the dark secret. Jane decides to find love and good fortune on her own terms. Judi Dench and Sally Hawkins also star. USA TODAY's Claudia Puig says ***½ out of four: "In its superbly spare execution, the newest adaptation of Jane Eyre is both faithful to Charlotte Brontë's classic and distinctively original."
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"Jane Eyre 2011" is worth seeing on DVD
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August 18, 2011 - Andrea Johnson

Over the years I have collected many of the movie adaptations of "Jane Eyre" on DVD. For some reason there have been a lot of adaptations of the Charlotte Bronte classic, far more than there have been of the Jane Austen novels that have been so popular in the last decade or so.

The most recent "Jane Eyre," starring Mia Wasikowska as the plucky, orphaned governess Jane and Michael Fassbender as Mr. Rochester, the employer she falls in love with, came out on Tuesday on DVD. This is the first time I've seen it since it never played in a Minot theater. Apparently no one is supposed to enjoy culture in Minot.

"Jane Eyre" is such a gothic, atmospheric novel that it's very easy for a film director to overdose on all that sturm und drang, but "Jane Eyre (2011)" doesn't do that. The film is so matter-of-fact that it feels almost Scandinavian, especially when it starts out with a scene from midway through the novel, with a tearful Jane running on the windswept moor until she passes out. There is no dialogue, but the audience hears her every painful breath. This is a film that strips the romance from the characters and makes them feel real.

Mia Wasikowska, who is just 20, is one of the youngest actresses to ever play Jane, who is just 18 in the book to Rochester's mid-thirties. Some of the previous actresses who have played Jane have been as old as 30. I think it adds something to this particular film to have an age-appropriate actress playing the lead character, especially one who plays Jane as self-possessed, strong-minded and introverted as she is in the book. Wasikowska's Jane is always herself, no matter what situation she is in. Her integrity does not permit her to bend, even when doing so would have made her life more pleasant, such as when Rochester asks her to be his mistress and ignore the existence of his mad wife in the attic.

Fassbender is less spot on than other actors I've seen in the role, but he still did a good job of showing how fascinated the jaded Rochester is by this self-possessed governess, who seems to offer him renewal and redemption and a second chance at happiness. The real fun in watching a movie with so many versions is seeing the different interpretations of the characters and both Wasikowska and Fassbender succeeded in putting their own stamp on their characters while still remaining true to the novel.

While I think the 1986 BBC version of "Jane Eyre" starring Timothy Dalton as Rochester might remain my favorite production, this 2011 version is one of the better adaptations I have seen and will stay in my DVD library.
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Jane Eyre

3 stars

Another adaptation of the Charlotte Bronte classic that is faithful but brings nothing really new to this popular Gothic romance. This latest version offers technically fine performances by Mia Wasikowska as Jane and Michael Fassbender as Edward Rochester. “Jane Eyre” was released March 11 and earned $11.2 million in the United States and $2 million overseas. Critics were impressed, giving the film an 84 percent positive rating at Rottentomatoes.com, where Claudia Puig of USA Today wrote, “In its superbly spare execution, the newest adaptation of ‘Jane Eyre’ is both faithful to Charlotte Bronte’s classic and distinctively original.” Both DVD and Blu-ray contain a look inside the making of the movie, deleted scenes, a featurette on the film’s score, another on its lighting and a commentary track. Rated PG-13 for brief violent content and brief nudity. (Universal Studios Home Entertainment)
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On Demand
August 18, 2011

JANE EYRE ***½ (Comcast Movies: All Movies) Cary Joji Fukunaga’s quietly confident film dramatizes Charlotte Brontë’s classic Gothic romance from the inside out. Emotions repressed and set free drive the narrative; and what the movie loses in epic resonance, it gains in inner strength. Mia Wasikowska makes an appealingly flinty Jane, and Michael Fassbender a rough-hewn Rochester. (PG-13; runs through Jan. 27) TY BURR
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DVD Release: Jane Eyre, Priest and Something Borrowed
August 16th, 2011 9:48 PM by Movie Fanatic Staff

This week on the home video front finds a varied crop of releases to entertain all audiences including Priest, Jane Eyre, Something Borrowed and The Conspirator.

Jane Eyre: Mia Wasikowska was born to play Jane Eyre and this film easily makes it to the top of the bunch for this week’s DVD and Blu-Ray releases. Director Cary Fukunaga’s taken Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel and breathed new life into it on the screen. It is dark, powerful and come Academy Award nomination time, we hope Oscar does not forget Wasikowska or her co-star, the astounding Michael Fassbender.
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DVD reviews: Cast energizes courtroom drama 'Conspirator'
By Garrett Conti, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, August 16, 2011

'Jane Eyre'

English writer Charlotte Bronte's book was published in 1847. Since then, the influential novel has been revisited in several films. This version — from Cary Fukunaga, the director responsible for "Sin Nombre," — is terrific, and that starts with actress Mia Wasikowski, a tremendous young talent in the title role. Wasikowski brings great energy to her part, handling it like a seasoned veteran. She gets help in support from Michael Fassbender — in the role of Rochester — and Jamie Bell — playing St. John Rivers. Fukunaga, who works from a screenplay by Moira Buffini, wraps everything else up with superb cinematography in memorable settings, and a royal effort from the costume department. Extras are the same for standard and Blu-ray discs, and include three featurettes including an enjoyable experience behind the scenes. PG-13; 2011. 3 Stars.
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DVDs, CDs and Books - Aug. 16, 2011

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A look at some of the DVDs, CDs and books hitting stores this week:

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"Jane Eyre" (PG-13): Charlotte Bronte's oft-filmed literary classic gets another big-screen treatment, this time with Mia Wasikowska ("Alice in Wonderland") as the beleaguered title governess and Michael Fassbender ("X-Men: First Class") as her mysterious employer, Mr. Rochester.

Fassbender's "X-Men" co-star, James McAvoy, also turns up on DVD today, playing an idealistic attorney in "The Conspirator" (PG-13), director Robert Redford's historical drama about a widowed Confederate sympathizer (Robin Wright) accused of conspiring to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. A single lawyer (Ginnifer Goodwin) tries to overlook her attraction to her law-school crush, who's engaged to her best friend (Kate Hudson), in "Something Borrowed" (PG-13), while Paul Bettany tracks down the vampire varmints who kidnapped his niece in the post-apocalyptic "Priest" (PG-13).
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On DVD Tuesday: 'Priest,' 'Something Borrowed,' 'Jane Eyre'

By MICAH MERTES / Lincoln Journal Star | Posted: Monday, August 15, 2011 11:15 pm

Michael Fassbender (left) and Mia Wasikowska star in "Jane Eyre." (Focus Features)

“Jane Eyre” (PG-13): Mia Wasikowska is Jane, and Michael Fassbender is Rochester in this moody, atmospheric adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's novel. Despite this being the umpteenth time the Victorian romance has been adapted, this "Eyre" feels remarkably fresh. It's a handsomely mounted film with inspired performances and plenty of thunderstorms on the moors. Grade: B+
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British Movie DVD Releases 8/16/2011 – Jane Eyre, The Gruffalo & More
Written on August 15, 2011 by Paul

Three British movies to add to your Netflix queues this week, all very different. A period drama, a beautifully animated BBC movie and a cult classic.

The latest adaptation of the classic Charlotte Bronte novel, Jane Eyre was well received when released earlier this year. The film is beautifully shot by director Cary Fukunaga and features great performances by its two leads Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre and Michael Fassbender as Mr Rochester. Add in a top class British supporting cast of Jamie Bell, Dame Judi Dench, Sally Hawkins and Imogen Poots and I ensure you this is one definitely worth checking out.
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Mia Wasikowska stars in Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre,' new on DVD and Blu-ray
Published: Sunday, August 14, 2011, 6:00 AM

"Jane Eyre"

Mia Wasikowska

Universal

A lowly governess finds herself the object of her mercurial master's unexpected affections in this brooding Gothic thriller.

Is Rochester (Michael Fassbender) toying with forthright Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska)?

She longs to believe in him but holds back as best she can, because despite plain Jane's sheltered, deprived upbringing, she possesses an inner strength and courage worthy of a chick-lit heroine.

The relentlessly grim 2011 adaptation emphasizes the spooky aspects of Charlotte Bronte's oft-filmed mid-19th-century classic novel.

Judi Dench provides sympathetic support as Rochester's hovering housekeeper.

PG-13, 121 minutes. Grade: B. Extras: A-.

Available Tuesday, Aug. 16, on DVD and Blu-ray, and now showing on cable TV's Movies on Demand.
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PopTop: ‘Jane Eyre’ burns bright

By Sean P. Means

The Salt Lake Tribune
First published Aug 15 2011 01:01AM
Updated Aug 15, 2011 01:01AM

Grade: A-

Hollywood has taken many trips to Thornfield Hall, home of the brooding Edward Rochester in Charlotte Brontë’s classic romance novel "Jane Eyre" — but the latest version, out on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday, brings a freshness to the story by making Jane a fully rounded intellectual figure.

Starting with her deprived childhood in a strict boarding house, Jane (played by Mia Wasikowska, from "The Kids Are All Right") takes her position as governess at Thornfield and shows herself the match to the fiery Mr. Rochester ("X-Men: First Class" star Michael Fassbender).

Director Cary Joji Fukunaga ("Sin Nombre") uses subtle strokes to capture the class tensions in Jane’s story, and lets the romance smolder without burning out too fast. Extras include deleted scenes, featurettes, and a commentary track by Fukunaga.
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Movie Chile: Jane Eyre (DVD Review) Review

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DVD Review of film adaptation of the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, starring Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell& Judi Dench directed by Cary Fukunaga

This is a review of the DVD, but I love the image for the BluRay so I’m including it here.

Images: Courtesy of Alliance Films

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Dir: Cary Fukunaga (Sin nombre)

Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Judi Dench, Sally Hawkins, Valentina Cervi

UK, 2011

Reason to see: It’s the March Film Selection for the Movie Moxie Book to Film Club

It feels odd to say this, but Jane Eyre one probably the book to film adaptation that I was most hesitant about for the Book to Film Club, because I hadn’t read the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë before this year and the number of historically set films based on books that I’ve enjoyed is, well, limited at best. But things were looking up as I absolutely adored the book, and hopefully but cautious about the film. I didn’t watch any of the trailers and had seen just a few posters and images which seemed to aptly capture the tone and period as well as showing the cast looking striking.

I also had several hesitations going into the film, because it’s such a great story and the character of Jane Eyre is truly wonderful in so many ways that you really want the film to capture her and her story just right. And it really is her story, I would have been miffed if they shifted that focus at all but thankfully it’s true to the book in that sense and keeps it very much her story. Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland (2010), The Kids Are All Right) does a great job of bringing Jane to life, from her frankness to her realism and also her strong sense of right & wrong at all times. I found that her strength of character was aptly depicted, especially how she is an active decision maker regardless of the trying circumstances she may be in, but I do wish they had also showcased her intelligence as much as her emotional strength, because it’s such an essential part of the character. It’s still there, but not as present as I had wished and that could be from particular scenes and moment from the book that resonated particularly strongly with me.

It’s a huge undertaking to adapt a book like this, and there are several moments especially in her earlier life I wish we had seen, but I’m not overly surprized that they choose to focus on her days at Thornfield and the relationships with Rochester as well as St. John. I have to say that the casting in the film is fantastic, when I heard that Michael Fassbender (Fish Tank) would be playing Rochester I knew we were in for a treat and he’s absolutely perfect. Jamie Bell (Billy Elliott, The Eagle) is also great as St. John, although they downplayed the religious nature of his character which was quite a surprize. There were several changes and choices that I was surprized at, and actually didn’t love, although they often felt like choices that would make the story feel more accessible for current day audiences but I would have preferred them to be true to the book. There were lots of things that I resonated more with the story while watching it as a film over reading though, namely the character of Mrs. Fairfax, played by Judi Dench and the vastness of Thornfield and surrounding countryside which made it feel like nothing at all could be nearby and thereby making the world feel spectacularly enormous. They also highlighted a repeated sense of the slightly supernatural, hints of which I must have totally missed while reading!

I feel like I’m harping on the little things here and there, but that’s because each and every other moment was amazing. The tone and pace was just right. The characters & relationships were complicated and true. And Jane Eyre was Jane Eyre, a hold strong, fantastic woman who is aspiring, inspiring and true. I’m so glad I read the book first, and would highly recommend people do the same but even so Jane Eyre (2011) is a very powerful, magnificent film.

DVD Extras:

Feature Commentary with director Cary Fukanaga discussing the challenge of faithful adapting a large novel and iconic scenes that included, casting, visual enhancements, accents, changes and shifts made in terms of the time line and moments,challenges during filming including intrusions of modernity, cute stories from being on set, ideas and themes that they wanted to keep present in the film, the different locations that they filmed in including the authenticity of the locations and interiors, notation in the order in which scenes were filmed. It’s quite a nice commentary that has a nice balance between technical film making elements to production design to keeping to the story and essence of the book & characters.
Deleted Scenes (9 scenes, 16 minutes) combination of extended and deleted scenes including ones set during her early life to several of life at the Thornfield, many of the scenes have threads of the gothic and supernatural tones as well as highlighting the resourcefulness and resilience of Jane, I really liked seeing the additional scenes (which are all complete with score), although understand why most were not in the film.
A Look Inside Jane Eyre (3 minutes) film clips and remarks from director Cary Fukunaga and actors Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, on the character the character of Jane, the new take on the story but very authentic settings, costumes & make up plus the vision of director Cary Fukunaga with blending a classic story with suspense and casting of Michael Fassbender as Rochester.
To Score Jane Eyre: Cary Fukunaga and Dario Marianelli Team Up (2 minutes) interviews with Cary Fukunaga discussing the inspiration for the score, working with and Dario Marianelli, the character of Jane and how she is relayed though the score plus studio footage score, film clips and overview of Dario Marianelli’s previous credits.
The Mysterious Light of Jane Eyre (2 minutes) film clips and interviews with director Cary Fukunaga, screenwriter Moira Buffini, cinematographer Adriano Goldman, actors Mia Wasikowska, Judi Dench of the tone of the story being gothic thriller and the darkness of the houses and settings
It’s also noted on the DVD box is an Easter Egg Commentary with Rob Meyer and Ameer Youssef, although I couldn’t see how to access it

Jane Eyre is available on DVD as of August 16, 2011. Check it out over at Amazon.ca & Amazon.com
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Jane Eyre (2011)
Posted on August 23, 2011 by King Leo

Mr. Brocklehurst: Do you know, Jane Eyre, where the wicked go after death?
Jane Eyre: They go to hell.
Mr. Brocklehurst: And what is hell?
Jane Eyre: A pit full of fire.
Mr. Brocklehurst: Should you like to fall into this pit and be burned there forever?
Jane Eyre: No, sir.
Mr. Brocklehurst: How might you avoid it?
Jane Eyre: I must keep in good health and avoid it.

SYNOPSIS: Jane Eyre Movie Website
In a bold new feature version of Jane Eyre, director Cary Joji Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) and screenwriter Moira Buffini (Tamara Drewe) infuse a contemporary immediacy into Charlotte Brontë’s timeless, classic story. Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) star in the iconic lead roles of the romantic drama, the heroine of which continues to inspire new generations of devoted readers and viewers.

REVIEW
The quote above from the beginning of the movie is what I appreciate about all these period movies. Mom and dad had watched this the night before, commenting that they found it boring and had to fast forward through most of it. I thought it was fantastic! I wish I could be Jane Eyre good: forgiving her evil aunt-in-law for harming her twice in her life, bravado in the face of such a hard-knocks life, reserve when it comes to falling in love with the fine Rochester, confidence and refined honesty in her dealings with others.

I thought Mia Wasikowska did a good job as the plain Jane; Michael Fassbender, while perhaps a bit too handsome, accomplished the darker moods and sinister life of his character; and Judi Dench, always a professional, excelled as the housekeeper. I was surprised to learn that Jamie Bell (Billy Elliott) played St. John Rivers.

I was totally swept up in this story, despite the bleak visuals which were spot-on for this classic tale.
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Jane Eyre Blu-ray Review by Rachel Cericola on BigPictureBigSound

Jane Eyre Blu ray Review by Rachel Cericola on BigPictureBigSound

The Film

If you’re watching Jane Eyre, you probably have seen the story before in one of its many incarnations. However, director Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) is bringing Jane Eyre to a new audience, and frankly, this latest version can sit with the best of them.

Don’t worry; “new” does not mean that sweet Jane has received a rock-and-roll makeover. that said, this version does have a twinge of goth to it, and it’s packed with young talent, such as Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland), who is a real standout in the title role.

The plot, however, should be extremely familiar. It follows the story of Jane, a young orphan, who endures years of physical pain and death of loved (and not-so-loved) ones. she eventually ends up at Thornfield Hall to care for a little French girl who may or may not be the daughter of her soon-to-be-beloved mr. Rochester (Michael Fassbender).

Purists may pooh-pooh the movie version of Jane Eyre. After all, filmmakers had to take a few liberties to fit everything into the 121-minute runtime. they did so quite nicely, though. Mia and Michael also make for a beautiful couple, despite what they say on film (really?). It doesn’t really matter what they say, however; they’re hot enough to sell ice to the Eskimos. However, it’s not just the way they look (remember, they aren’t supposed to be a good looking pair), but that these two performances are pretty wonderful. Everyone around them isn’t too shabby, either, but we really wouldn’t expect any less from the likes of Judi Dench and Jamie Bell. Blink and you may miss Sally Hawkins as mrs. Reed. you may want to blink though, since her performance is downright evil.

Ready for yet another look at this latest incarnation? Check out Beth McCabe’s theatrical review of Jane Eyre. The Picture

Jane Eyre is supposed to be sort of a plain Jane, but you’d never know it from this gorgeous looking film. Director Cary Fukunaga has quite the cinematography resume, and it shows here. There is a bit of a bluish tint throughout much of the film. It sets a wonderful tone for Jane Eyre, as well as the image displayed. The one downside is that some of the darker shots get a little noisy. It’s brief, however, and not too distracting. It’s also very forgivable because, for the most part, this 1.85:1 transfer is insanely sharp. Close-ups reveal some incredible facial details, as well as individual strands of hair. also, you’re going to want to reach out and touch some of that period-style clothing, which displays both awesome and uncomfortable looking textures.

The Sound

Jane Eyre features a surprisingly stunning DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 channel soundtrack. The film kicks off with the roar of thunder, mixed in with beautiful violins that could make a grown man weep openly. from there, Jane Eyre offers a decent amount of ambient sounds and crystal-clear dialogue. It also has more than a few bass-heavy moments that may cause you to jump, which again, is a pleasant surprise (in more ways than one) for this type of film.

The Extras

The highlight of this release’s extras is the in-depth commentary, courtesy of director Cary Fukunaga. also, almost 17 minutes of deleted scenes should delight most fans of the book and the film. besides those two items, the rest of the featurettes included with Jane Eyre are surprisingly short. “A look inside Jane Eyre” is really just that — a look. It’s actually more like an extended trailer, with scenes from the movie and a few comments from the cast and Fukunaga. At under four minutes, it pretty much says nothing, as do the two minutes dedicated to the music from the movie. Finally, “The Mysterious Light of Jane Eyre” isn’t really all that mysterious, considering they sum everything up in under two minutes.

Final Thoughts

Jane Eyre will be remade as long as there are movies. if you’re a fan of the book or one of the countless other film versions, director Cary Fukunaga has created an update that is well worth your time. if you have yet to experience Jane Eyre in any form, this is a wonderful place to start. It’s certainly a stylish production, but all of that is overshadowed by the film’s many excellent performances — and that’s really saying something.
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The 1847 classic English novel, Jane Eyre, has been the subject of scores of movies, television mini-series, and other adaptations, including a Broadway musical. Just four years ago, the BBC screened a four-hour television version. That wasn’t enough, though, so director Cary Fukunaga has put together yet another version, now out on DVD. How is it? Well, pretty good if you like that sort of thing.

The Movie: star rating

It didn’t all start with Twilight. That’s the one thing you can take away from Jane Eyre, the most recent adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s beloved novel. Bella pining after the brooding Edward is firmly rooted in the story of orphan Jane pining after her employer, Mr. Rochester (ironically, also named Edward). Jane is a spirited girl who intrigues Rochester by speaking her mind, but he has a dark secret that keeps them from sealing the deal (in those days, marriage). The dark secret? He’s a vampire, of course. Okay, not really, but still, anyone who loves Twilight will probably dig this story.

They will especially dig the Cary Fukunaga version. The director of Sin Nombre pushes the brooding and gothic tone of the film with effective use of costumes, light, noise, and music. It’s not dull, but it does have tons of atmosphere to improve the usual romantic-drama boredom (at least to guys like me who don’t care much for romantic dramas). Mia Wasikowska as Jane is almost perfect casting. When she states that she is plain and lowly, you don’t have to smirk the way you would if Anne Hathaway had been cast. Her face is pretty plain, but also full of emotion that tells the story of her life and feelings for Rochester (Michael Fassbender).

Fassbender, so good in Inglourious Basterds, is great here as well. Alternately pursuing Jane, governess to his possible bastard daughter with a French opera dancer, and drawing away due to some unstated issue that forms the heart of the mystery, Fassbender is complicated without being silly or annoying. It’s not as easy as it seems (see: Twilight). The supporting cast, which includes Judi Dench, Jamie Bell, Sally Hawkins, and the very good Amelia Clarkson as the young Jane, is impressive. The film strikes the right note in setting up the core story of the relationship between Jane and Rochester and things that go bump in the night.

Jane Eyre is often considered to have some gothic horror elements, but this is putting it on too much of pedestrian level. Rather than focus on cheap thrills, Fukunaga uses the mystery of Rochester’s house and reluctance to pursue Jane fully as a way to bring some chills to the romance. There does seem to be something sinister and at times other-worldly that ratchets up the tension while Jane and Rochester have their own tension.

It’s not like this will turn those who don’t think much of period romances. I’m really one of those; it’s just not a genre that warms my heart. But anyone can appreciate a good story, great acting, a spooky atmosphere, and attention to detail that draws you into a different world. While there are scores of these adaptations, it’s not like you can’t make another good one, and Cary Fukunaga has made one that is pretty good.

The Disc: dvd

The DVD for Jane Eyre doesn’t work too hard to stand out from the crowd or give you a reason for a purchase if you aren’t already entranced by the movie. It does present the at times dark cinematography in a sharp format that allows for clear understanding of what is going on. However, the effort put into the extras was mediocre at best.

The one set of extras that might be of interest to fans of the book are the deleted scenes. Likely for pacing reasons and to keep the whole under two hours, there is quite a bit cut out from the book, apparently. I only know this because my wife kept pointing out things that weren’t in the movie that should have been. I think she wanted it to be about nine hours long. When we watched the 15 minutes of deleted scenes, she kept saying, “Why did they cut this out, this is important,” and would explain why. It made sense to me, but I’m not sure the movie needed more. Still, it does give some further explanation to characters' actions later if you watch the deleted scenes. If you haven’t read the book, you don’t know what you are missing anyway.

In addition to the deleted scenes, there is a commentary by Cary Fukunaga. He’s a nerd. I don’t mean that in a bad way, but he talks a lot about the technical aspects of making the movie and that’s sorta nerdy. If you like that sort of commentary, then he is your guy. If you want to hear how great someone is to work with, then it’s not going to be your cup of tea. Overall, it’s not a great commentary but it’s horrible either.

There are three featurettes and they form the disappointing part of the disc. They total to less than 10 minutes altogether and are very surface-y. Although one is supposed to be about the music and the other about the lighting (two key technical areas for this film), they are given only the most cursory information. The featurette called “A Look Inside Jane Eyre” is not a look inside the movie at all, it’s basically a trailer with some interviews tossed in. Like something you'd see in the movie theater if you show up 15 minutes before the previews start and they tell you about an upcoming movie and the next cop show on television.

It’s hard to get too excited about a DVD that has no real featurettes, an average commentary, and a few deleted scenes. There’s nothing bad in the group, but it’s nothing exciting either. Some in-depth effort would have paid off, as the fans of the movie are likely passionate and would love to see more in-depth info about the making of the film. Still, it’s a good movie and is well presented.
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