According to Alert Janeite Michelle W, the DVD of Sense and Sensibility 2008 will be available for purchase on May 7–which means it might be shown on TV fairly soon as well! Our fingers are crossed for you.
Also from the JASNA website, and we’re sorry we didn’t see and report this earlier! In conjunction with the PBS rebroadcast of S&S 2008 (second part airs tonight), Professor Joan Ray is currently leading an online discussion of Sense and Sensibility at the Barnes & Noble Book Club website. It’s not too late to join the discussion, so check it out!
We heard from our Alert Janeite Aad in the Netherlands, who let us know that Just Entertainment has released the seventh edition of their “BBC Classics” DVD box set, which includes Persuasion 2007 and S&S 2008 as well as The Buccaneers, Lorna Doone and The Woman in White.
The headline says it all–the Telegraph chose Sense and Sensibility 2008 as one of its top ten television productions of 2008.
4 Sense and Sensibility (BBC1)
Little Dorrit and The Devil’s Whore deserve mentions but it is Andrew Davies’s Sense and Sensibility that takes the 2008 costume drama honours. This delicate, heartfelt take on Austen’s tale looked gorgeous, but was still grubby in the right places, and contained a performance of great tenderness from Hattie Morahan (right) as Elinor. Bears comparison happily with Ang Lee’s excellent film from 1995.
Comparison? Oh yes. 😉 Thanks to Alert Janeite Lisa for the link.
MTV: Is there any truth to the rumors that you might play Johnny Depp’s brother in the upcoming “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequel?
Brand: I’ve seen some talk about that matter, but I think they’re still writing the script. Nonetheless, I am having a skull and crossbones tattooed on each of my nipples in anticipation of the plotline. I just hope it doesn’t affect my other work in Jane Austen adaptations.
Honestly, he’s perfect.
PBS is following up last season’s Complete Jane Austen with a big ol’ dose of Dickens (and Hardy, and Emily Brontë). More to the point for this blog, they also will be re-broadcasting Sense and Sensibility in two parts on February 1 and 8, 2009. Relive the magic!
Also, Laura Linney will be the host of Masterpiece Classics this season.
Our Dutch correspondent Aad wrote to tell us that there are some new DVDs coming out in the Netherlands that will be of interest to Jane Austen fans.
Just Entertainment has released their sixth BBC Classics Box, containing Pride and Prejudice (1980) and Sense and Sensibility (1971), previously released separately, as well as two Anthony Trollope adaptations, The Barchester Chronicles and He Knew He Was Right.
Just will release Sense and Sensibility 2008 on October 14, though it is available now exclusively at Blokker (which, Aad tells us, is “our version of Tesco, sort of”). 😉 Check out the ad after the jump: