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Sense and Sensibility [Blu-ray]


(Ang Lee, 1995)


There is a Sony Blu-ray sold in the UK

and a German one

and a Polish one

and an Asian one


Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Columbia Pictures Corporation

Video: Twilight Time



Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 2:16:15.750  

Disc Size: 47,492,521,180 bytes

Feature Size: 37,894,594,560 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.99 Mbps

Chapters: 24

Case: Transparent Blu-ray case

Release date: November, 2015



Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 3136 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3136 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1595 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1595 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Isolated Dcore:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1710 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1710 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1984 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1984 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1988 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1988 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)



English (SDH), None



Audio Commentary with Actress Emma Thompson and Producer Lindsay Doran
Audio Commentary with Director Ang Lee and Co-Producer James Schamus
Isolated Score Track
Adapting Austen (11:18)
Elegance & Simplicity: The Wardrobe of Sense and Sensibility (3:57)
Locating the World of Sense and Sensibility (5:42)
A Sense of Character (8:14)
A Very Quiet Man (12:03)
Deleted Scenes (2:44)
Emma Thompson’s Golden Globe Acceptance Speech (4:15)
Original Theatrical Trailer (2:08)

International Trailer (1:55)

Liner notes by Julie Kirgo

Limited to 3,000 Copies!





Description: Blissfully romantic, witty, and shrewd, Emma Thompson’s Oscar-winning adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (1995) is brought to the screen by director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain). 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 Staunton, and Hugh Laurie, wickedly funny in a small, scene-stealing role. The superlative score by Patrick Doyle is available on this Twilight Time release as an isolated track.



The Film:

Rendered homeless and relatively poor by the patrilineal laws that dictated their father's will, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood (Thompson and Winslet) are not exactly the most marriageable young women in a world where desirability is usually conferred by property and birth. Shy, kindly Edward Ferrars (Grant) - favoured by the pragmatic Elinor - is likely to be disinherited should he marry 'low', while solid Col Brandon (Rickman) is forgotten by the headstrong Marianne as soon as popular, dashing John Willoughby (Wise) appears on the scene. First impressions, however, aren't always reliable. While this is hardly adventurous or original cinema, it's most enjoyable. Thompson's screenplay stays true both to Austen's themes (the gulf between romanticism and materialism, the difference between hearsay, opinion and empirical knowledge) and to her delightfully ironic wit. Grant is just Grant (albeit with old togs and deeper stammer), and Rickman sometimes looks a little creepy, but Thompson and Winslet give fine performances ably supported by the rest of the ensemble.

Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE

Jane Austen was an acute observer of human nature and even though Sense and Sensibility was an early novel her acerbic sense of humour was already in evidence, while pitying both girls in their romantic plights she also pokes fun at how silly they can be. She captured the daily routines of country society in a way that has never been bettered and these elements are all bought out in Emma Thompson’s script.

Ang Lee proves his versatility as a director time and time again and this charming period piece is one of the highlights of his career. A fantastic cast - including Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet and the lovely Alan Rickman deliver stunning performances, this is not merely another costume drama with pretty dresses but genuinely human.

Excerpt from Edinburgh University Film Society located HERE


Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Sense and Sensibility comes to Twilight Time Blu-ray in a dual-layered, 1080P transfer with supportive bitrate for the 2 1/4 hour film. The visuals appear authentic - rich colors, thick, textured, film-like and solid detail in a very few close-ups. Contrast has some decent layering and the HD transfer is very pleasing. It looks quite consistent in-motion with no damage or speckles.  I see no evidence of manipulation or noise. This Blu-ray gives an excellent presentation in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio - probably the best as it will be for this film.


















Audio :

The DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround track at a healthy 3136 kbps (24-bit) - with the option of a 2.0 channel - sounds clean with a few richer moments in pushing the film's modest requirements for the period effects (horses, rain) and depth. The score by Patrick Doyle (Branagh's Henry V, Alfonso Cuarón's excellent Great Expectations, Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way, and the 2011 version of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, among his credits) There are optional English subtitles (sample above) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE.


Extras :

Twilight Time include a massive amount of extras including two audio Commentaries - a casual one with Emma Thompson and Lindsay Doran commenting on production requirements, the adaptation, certain scenes, working with Ang Lee, the sheep etc. and a second with director Ang Lee and co-producer James Schamus which is also quite informative. As usual Twilight Time offer an isolated score track and a number of production-related featurettes including Adapting Austen, Elegance & Simplicity: The Wardrobe of Sense and Sensibility, Locating the World of Sense and Sensibility etc. We also get a brief deleted scene, a clip of Emma Thompson’s Golden Globe Acceptance Speech plus two trailers. There are liner notes by Julie Kirgo and the package is limited to 3,000 Copies.



Sense and Sensibility is an amazing film. It's a gentle masterpiece that is so rewarding on re-visitation. The Twilight Time Blu-ray provides as good an a/v transfer for the film as I could anticipate and further value with the commentaries, isolated score, featurettes and liner notes. It's a complete package of a wonderful period adaptation, amazing cast, costumes, scenery and direction - strongly recommended! 

Gary Tooze

November 19th, 2015

There is a Sony Blu-ray sold in the UK

and a German one

and a Polish one

and an Asian one


About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

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