DVD Review: Emma.

Jane Austen’s nineteenth-century comedy on misguided matchmaking and romantic mishaps gets a refreshing update in the heartwarming and witty Emma. available now on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

The story

Hailed as “a decadent, fondant-swaddled delight” (Independent), the wickedly funny film chronicles the privileged but well-meaning young Emma Woodhouse (The Witch and Thoroughbreds’ Anya Taylor-Joy). A vibrant visual treat, Emma., is “absolutely stunning from start to finish” (Marie Claire), and features exclusive, never-before-seen bonus content including feature commentary with Director and Screenwriter, deleted scenes, gag reel, and behind-the-scene featurettes with the cast and crew whisking audiences away to the world of our mischievous heroine and the everlasting story of self discovery.

(L to R) Mia Goth as “Harriet Smith”, Anya Taylor-Joy as “Emma Woodhouse”, Josh O’Connor as “Mr. Elton”, Tanya Reynolds as “Mrs. Elton”, and Bill Nighy as “Mr. Woodhouse” in director Autumn de Wilde’s EMMA., a Focus Features release. Credit : Focus Features

Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of Emma.. Handsome, clever and rich, Emma Woodhouse (Taylor-Joy) is a restless “queen bee” without rivals in her sleepy little English town. In this glittering satire of social class, Emma must navigate her way through the challenges of growing up, misguided matches and romantic missteps to realise the love that has been there all along. In the English village of Highbury, all social matters of substance travel through Emma Woodhouse. The young and beautiful Emma lives a life of simple luxury. She uses the lives of those of lesser standing in Highbury as her playthings. After losing her closest companion to marriage, Miss Woodhouse turns to simple Harriet Smith. To keep herself entertained, Emma seeks to find a suitable partner for Harriet. This results in a series of missed matches and spurned lovers that grows until it overtakes the entire village.

Autumn de Wilde’s feature debut Emma is “an absolute triumph” (SAGA Magazine) and “a charming, amusing and picture-perfect adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic tale” (Daily Mirror) featuring a fresh and razor-sharp screenplay by Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton (“The Luminaries”) that stays true to Austen’s endearing novel and brings to life the English Countryside in 1815. With an exceptional ensemble cast lead by Taylor-Joy Emma, is rounded out by Johnny Flynn (Beast), Bill Nighy (Love Actually, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Series), Mia Goth (Suspiria), Josh O’ Connor (“The Crown”), Miranda Hart (Spy, “Call the Midwife”), Callum Turner (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, “War & Peace”), Tanya Reynolds (“Sex Education”), Connor Swindells (“Sex Education”), Rupert Graves (“Sherlock,” A Room with a View) and Gemma Whelan (“Game of Thrones”). Accompanied by a joyous and energetic score by composer Isobel Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”) and David Schweitzer, Emma., is a stunning new vision of the groundbreaking literary classic on love and redemption. The theatrical version of the film is currently available for early viewing on a wide variety of popular on-demand services as a premium rental offering.

The trailer 

BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAY™ & DVD: 

  • Feature Commentary with Director Autumn de Wilde, Screenwriter Eleanor Catton, and Director of Photography Christopher Blauvelt                                          
  • Deleted Scenes {Play All: Miss Smith Waits for Tea, Mr Elton and the Portrait, It’s Dark in Here, I Never Dine with Anybody, Gossip at the Haberdashery, Let Us Pay a Call on Jane Fairfax, Freshen the Sponge, Bartholomew, Dressing Miss Woodhouse, A Post for Dear Jane, You Owe Me No Apologies}                              
  • Gag Reel
  • A Playful Tease -Go behind the scenes with the talented cast of as they share their experiences making the film.
  • The Autumn Gazeon (Blu-ray™ only) – An intimate look at director Autumn de Wilde’s filmmaking process and her photographic eye    
  • Crafting a Colorful World* – Cast and crew discuss the gorgeously preserved locations, extravagant set dressing, and authentic Regency costumes featured in Emma..

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FILMMAKERS:

Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn and Bill Nighy

Music By: Isobel Waller-Bridge, David Schweitzer

Costume Designer: Alexandra Byrne

Edited By: Nick Emerson

Production Designer: Kave Quinn

Director of Photography: Christopher Blauvelt

Co-Producer: Jo Wallett

Executive Producers: Amelia Granger, Ben Knight

Based on the Novel By: Jane Austen

Screenplay By: Eleanor Catton

Produced By: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin

Directed By: Autumn de Wilde

 

The verdict

Emma. is a treat for the eyes with its vibrant colours, indulgent costume designs and decadent backdrops. Mixed with British humour, emotional depth and on-screen chemistry between the female and male leads, this  romantic costume comedy is a delight from start to finish.

Jane Austen’s original novel published in 1815 has often been adapted in eight television mini-series, on stage, and four cinematic versions. You almost wonder what a newer adaptation can add to that. But Emma. proves the point that Austen’s original text has a lot of bandwidth to explore the characters once again.  

In Autumn de Wilde’s adaptation, Emma is naive and sweet in her bubble. She knows little of the world, but she is aware that she is a privileged woman. The chemistry between Emma and love interest, Mr. Knightley, who belongs to her same high class, is so beautiful and delicate. 

Film director Autumn de Wilde has done a brilliant job in her feature directorial debut. Every shots is designed carefully revealing an eye for photography while she represents her world of Highbury in pastels details. 

London Mums’ rating: 7/10

 

The competition

To celebrate this release, London Mums have two copies of the DVD to give away. Check out below how to enter this competition. To win one of these DVDs, you simply need to subscribe to one of the London Mums social media platforms of your choice

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About Monica Costa

Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums

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