Emma

Emma

Blu-ray Disc - 2020 | Blu-ray version, widescreen version
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Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, [2020]
Edition: Blu-ray version, widescreen version
Branch Call Number: BLU-RAY EMM COMEDY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,DTS-HD MA 5.1
laser optical,NTSC
video file,Blu-ray,region A,1080p high definition
Alternative Title: Emma (Motion picture : 2020)

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Based on Jane Austen’s classic novel, this version has a fun performance by Anya Taylor-Joy and features a delightful supporting cast. Nominated for two Oscars, Best Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Costume Design, which are not a surprise. There are definitely a lot of costume changes for its mai... Read More »

I enjoyed this take on "Emma." It was a little quicker than other adaptations, but also funnier at times. The chemistry between the two leads was enjoyable. Recommended by Esther L.

I love Jane Austen and have seen all the films available to date. I didn't know if I would like Anya Taylor-Joy as Emma Woodhouse, but half way through, I found her interpretation subtle, honest, and very nuanced. Bill Nighy is hilarious as her father and the sound track is delightful. This has a... Read More »

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SkokieStaff_Sharon Aug 18, 2020

Another "Emma"! Indie filmmaker Autumn de Wilde directed this new adaptation of Jane Austen's classic about a self-appointed matchmaker, and I think it is thoroughly enjoyable. The screenplay stays fairly close to the book. That said, there are a few fresh takes here. For example, small... Read More »


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adolph2800
Apr 24, 2021

Have seen several versions of this story. One word to describe this version. Horrible. Watched about an hour of it, then gave up on waiting for it to improve.

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lakeland53
Mar 22, 2021

Sets, editing, scenery, costumes. beautiful. Even the make-up is incorrect. Supposedly a clever matchmaker, this Emma falls short. I kept waiting for Emma, the lead , to be clever. In fact, her character is flat, one-edged, and almost no color. Everything about this Emma is the same. There is no surprise in her character as to discovery on an internal level. Not good. The best thing about this story, as far as characters, is the supporting cast. They all have more depth, range and color than this flit of an Emma. The audience should be pulling for Emma's success in love and we should see her need for it and be pulling for her. We see no needs of this Emma, and no-one really cares about her love interest, which is another disaster. Waaaay too predictable, which ruins the point of this kind of story. Very bad direction. Watch the Gwyneth Paltrow version if you want to see Emma in action.

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KMG_3
Mar 16, 2021

My advice: skip this version and watch the Gwyneth Paltrow one instead.

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BBRUTTIG
Mar 09, 2021

2020. British 1820 rom com & humor. Not my cup of tea. I found it plodding, slow and boring. I ended it 1/2 way thru.

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tomdance
Mar 07, 2021

This visually gorgeous costume drama suffers from poor direction, leaving the two haughty main characters (Emma and Mr. Knightley) stifled by a cold lack of chemistry. The excellent supporting characters cannot save the show by effectively stealing it. The occasional forced AND farced comedy doesn't save this over-the-top film's problems in finding a tonal balance. The romantic scenes fall flat with a dull thud. For example, what's with Emma's nosebleed?! It's another poor directorial choice which leaves the audience scratching their heads.

The following versions of Jane Austen's "Emma" are superior and worthier of your watching time: the elegant 1996 "Emma" starring Gwyneth Paltrow; and the 1995 hilariously modernized "Clueless."

Instead of being disappointed by her stiff performance in "Emma," see talented Anya Taylor-Joy in Netflix's masterpiece, "The Queen's Gambit" where she is well-directed in a perfect fit for her personality!

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Alfalfa14
Feb 17, 2021

Lots of fun, great performances and delightful sets and costumes. And there's Bill Nighy and Johnny Flynn (that's his own voice in the drawing room duet). I'll watch it again next year when I need a little perk to get me through the rest of winter.

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AndreaHoffmann
Feb 11, 2021

If I could leave no stars that would be the best. I only managed to make it through 15 min. and that is with cringing all the way. This director has never read Emma and has no concept of the story or the characters. At best it is a farce of the actual story.

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walls187
Jan 29, 2021

So to get it out of the way this movie is pretty fictional. No, not just from the sense that yes it's fictional literature. It takes place during the Regency Era of the United Kingdom, written specifically in 1815, with HISTORICAL records of the years leading up that marking crop failures due in part to volcanic activity that plagues the world's weather culminating in 1815 with a global volcanic winter where people experienced food shortages, heavy rains, some rioting, roaming beggars, lowered global temps and typhus outbreaks by 1816. This is to say nothing of the European influenced world having endured a recent economic depression and coming off of 2 major wars. Though the arts apparently experienced an upward trend in European society as we can see by the numerous cultural jewels showcasing: painting, architecture and literary references in the movie, this overlooks the squalor many common folk experienced.
This film is a bright fraudulent conceited look at wealthy English countryside living. So, if that's the escapism you want as perhaps Jane Austen's book was at the time, fill your boots with it. I have not read the source material however it is well acted (for a comedy), and well tailored with a beautiful English estate countryside setting. I think people get a flawed sense of what the world was like then is all, perhaps that it was more refined, gilded, easier/less complicated world, but the historical context I sought out afterwards and found is evidence to the contrary. The concept of conceit of this movie is so great that I fear it is prey to the things it wants the main character and us to reflect upon. Maybe that is what Jane Austen was writing about originally, in which case that is virtually lost in a film medium.

I was obliged to study Jane Austen's book in high school, and found it boring. Now, many years later, I can appreciate the literary genius of the author. This film version of the novel is well done, with superb acting all around. It is worth watching the omitted scenes from the movie. The actress who plays Emma is a few years older than the 21-year-old heroine, but Charles Knightley is exactly the right age.

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J9833
Jan 20, 2021

Emma can't be told properly in two hours, so any such attempt is doomed from the start. The high points are present so it is still Jane Austen, barely, but "Emma." is a farce. Seriously, that was its goal, achieved through out-of-place bumper music, bare bottoms, and nosebleeds.

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jimg2000
Sep 08, 2020

On screen text at the beginning:

Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.

Lyrics of Queen Bee as end credit rolls:

All is for my mistress all is for my maid
Sweetness that I took for sweetness that she gave to me
My queen bee
Though my heart has long been given to you
Summer's turn is nigh
Swifts and swallows swoop and yearn for you
With all that's in the sky
But blow the wind and come the rain and come my love again
All is for my mistress all is for my maid
Sweetness that I took for sweetness that she gave to me
My queen bee
Autumn's flourish fruit that falls for you
Apples sweet as death
All that falls has lived and died for you
Gently come to rest
But blow the wind and come the rain and come my love again
All is for my mistress all is for my maid
Sweetness that I took for sweetness that she gave to me
My queen bee
Winter's kiss has some enthralled
So they keep their…

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jimg2000
Sep 08, 2020

About Emma, at the very beginning of the novel, not the film:

Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her. She was the youngest of the two daughters of a most affectionate, indulgent father; and had, in consequence of her sister’s marriage, been mistress of his house from a very early period. Her mother had died too long ago for her to have more than an indistinct remembrance of her caresses, and her place had been supplied by an excellent woman as governess, who had fallen little short of a mother in affection.

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