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Lost in Austen
Lost in Austen
Actors: Jemima Rooper, Gemma Arteron, Elliot Cowan, Hugh Bonneville, Florence Hoath
Director: Dan Zeff
Genres: Drama, Television
NR     2009     3hr 0min

Amanda Price is sick of the modern world. She yearns for the romance and elegance found in the books by her favorite author, Jane Austen. But she's about to get a rude awakening as one fateful evening, she is propelled int...  more »

     

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Actors: Jemima Rooper, Gemma Arteron, Elliot Cowan, Hugh Bonneville, Florence Hoath
Director: Dan Zeff
Genres: Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Drama, Television
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/14/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 3hr 0min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 34
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Michelle G. from CORNING, CA
Reviewed on 4/4/2013...
Inciteful and hilarious! A must-see for any Austen fan.
Noreen C. from NILES, IL
Reviewed on 7/25/2011...
Elliot Cowan, where have you been all my life? Reminded of Heath Ledger when he smiles (rarely in this movie) and a bit of Stephen Moyer. Wish he was Bill.
Anyway, back to Austen. Loved it. Didn't expect to so much. There were some flaws but it was enchanting and so well cast with great performances and choice actors. Why did they cut the scene where she sings? Makes me hope to see this reincarnation in other classics.
Shim F.
Reviewed on 7/20/2009...
The movie mixed all three of Jane Austen’s books.
The movie twisted one way and then changed and went another way.
I like this modern version, its funny and entertaining.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

The twists & turns far flung from Jane Austen's original are
Christina Boyd | Custer, WA USA | 02/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first started hearing about this at a favorite fanfiction sight. I ended up buying a Region 2 DVD from England and buying a multi-region DVD player just to satiate my curiousity. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED. The premise of modern day Pride&Prejudice fanatic, Amanda, finding herself swapping places with Elizabeth Bennet is right out of a sci-fi, paranormal flick-- but once the story gets rolling in Regency England, the pace is fast and one better not blink! The quick, cheeky conversations, and the twists & turns far flung from Jane Austen's original are entertaining and LOL funny. Elliot Cowen as Mr Darcy is outstanding. I think Jane Austen herself would have cast him! He had just the right amount of haughtiness, pride, arrogance, distain and finally tenderness. He gave me chills when he gave Amanda a proper set down at Netherfield; so believable. The escape from Austen's usual canon was surprisingly refreshing and the play with characters was delightful. If you are expecting Austen's masterpiece P&P, this is not it. However, my Austenite sensibilities were not in anyway offended by this blatant & somewhat contrived story. Not wanting to give anymore away, let's just say that the entire ensemble was perfectly cast. It is all done in good humour and very tongue-in-cheek. But I must admit, that had I been in Amanda's shoes, I am certain I would have behaved better! And yes, I'll probably pre-order the Region 1 DVD, too!"
Wonderful addition for Austen fans!
M. Campbell | Pocatello, Idaho, USA | 01/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I watched this on Oxygen, and it is delightfully done and thought provoking. The tired-of-her-modern-world protagonist yearns for the world of Jane Austen, when she inadvertently goes through a portal in her bathroom to find herself not only back in time, but in the imaginary world of Pride and Prejudice. This is a wonderful addition to anyone hungry for more Austenmania."
Light-Hearted and Addictive
Janeite | USA | 03/03/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I heard about this show and watched it online (sidereel.com) expecting to hate it, but I must admit that it sucked me in and forced me to watch it! Was it the handsome Elliot Cowan sizzling around as Darcy, the spunky if misguided heroine, or the unpredictable plot twists caused by a modern Austen fan bumbling through the world she'd only dreamed of? I can't be sure, but I have to say that I couldn't wait to see where the story would go next. Is it ridiculous? Absolutely. Will you feel foolish trying to describe it to your seriously literary friends? Believe it. Will you be embarrassingly hooked on it and want to see it again? Maybe. Whenever I engaged my brain I felt like I was watching some pretty crazy fan fiction, but nonetheless watch it I did. While some may find it a hack job that butchers their favorite book, it seemed to me more of a musing on the idea of what would it REALLY be like to be in this world so many of us like to read about. I will admit I wasn't crazy about the ending, but I don't want to put up a spoiler. So my final analysis is that I didn't really admire it but I did enjoy watching it. UPDATE: I ordered the dvd from Amazon and am pleased with my purchase. I did find the dvd at a local bookstore, but the price was double Amazon's, so I recommend getting it here, folks. The dvd contained two extras: an interesting "making of" feature and a trailer. I did notice that the dvd version was edited differently than the version I saw on sidereel, namely the loss of a scene where the heroine sings the 60's pop song "Downtown." That was a bummer. I can't say what else may be different, but apparently this version isn't exactly the same as what was broadcast in the UK. That being said, it's a good buy for a fun movie that comes in at about 3 hours, so that's two movie nights at my house! (The dvd version is not separated into episodes.)And the movie looks much lovelier on my tv than it did on my little computer screen. The colors and sets are very nice, and Elliot Cowan is a very handsome Darcy indeed!"