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May 6, 2006


"Faithfulness to the novel and a perfect cast make this BBC adaptation the ONE"

-From the DVD for Jane Eyre 1973.

About a dozen readers have now recieved their copies of the BBC's 1973 Jane Eyre out on DVD. This is the American edition, of course, although the UK edition should be along shortly. I think we have answers to all of our questions now. The slight time difference might be the result of there being no photo gallery in the US edition. The 'lost' first episode, however, is all there. This is all coming in now from reader reports, since my copy is probably on a nice week-long trip to Toronto at the moment. The smaller edits also have been restored, so those who saw the tape which was run in Canada and New York will still have a treat seeing these deleted bits, like the slightly extended Hay Lane scene.

Thisbeciel has made screencaps from the DVD's filmographies. It looks beautiful! If you click on the images you can see them full-sized.*

*I have removed the images because the demand was so great that Thisbeciel's website crashed a few times today.



  1. screencaps to episode one are up! 🙂

    Comment by ThisbeCiel — May 6, 2006 @ 4:03 am |Reply

  2. kirei… deshou… *awed*

    Comment by le_ssa — May 6, 2006 @ 5:36 am |Reply

  3. Hi
    I tried clicking on the images on this post but they don’t seem to work :
    Also what is the link to the site with the screencaps?


    Comment by mysticgypsy — May 6, 2006 @ 12:12 pm |Reply

  4. Try these links for the pictures above:


    And the screencaps are up at Thisbeciel’s website: here

    Comment by Brontëana — May 6, 2006 @ 1:12 pm |Reply

  5. THANK YOU!!! What morsal of joy!!

    I can’t wait to see it…but I’m afraid I’ve got to be patient for a while yet..

    Comment by mysticgypsy — May 6, 2006 @ 2:01 pm |Reply

  6. There’s one image from the first episode, if you look carefully there’s a red-haired girl in front on Mrs. Temple. It’s Julia Severn!

    Comment by Brontëana — May 6, 2006 @ 2:44 pm |Reply

  7. Ah yes! That’s Julia indeed! How acute this film is with details! Is it so for the rest of it?

    Comment by mysticgypsy — May 6, 2006 @ 3:27 pm |Reply

  8. episodes 2 and 3 are up now- also put up zip files to download the pictures instead of doing it individually (and to save my bandwidth)

    Comment by ThisbeCiel — May 6, 2006 @ 4:23 pm |Reply

  9. oh! It is interesting that Jane has her hair down in the fire scene:) The 1983 Jane had a hideous night-cap on that was too big for her 😉

    Thisbiciel, I was wondering if you have a clip of the fire scene where he holds her hand at the end? It looks highly intense in this version!

    Comment by mysticgypsy — May 6, 2006 @ 6:31 pm |Reply

  10. to mysticgypsy:

    It is! They took a lot of care with details. The great cabinet of the apostles which is in Mr Mason’s room? They recreated it precisely! Some things are changed- there’s slightly more delination of Bertha and Rochester’s relationship, and his relationship with Adele is more strained than in the book. But, for instance, the screenwriter took some comments Charlotte includes about what topics the guests were talking about and created some excellent dialogue for them which nicely adds to their characterization! (ex. Blanche teases Mrs. Dent about liking wildflowers, Lady Ingram turns to Jane and comments on lilies and dandilions before seeing to whom she is speaking. Mr. Eshton, the magistrate, is talking politics with Rochester who declares he hates politics and likens it to: “rutting stags battling for the doubtful favours of a docile public.”)

    The fire scene is amazing, in truth. But surely you don’t want to see this all before you watch it, do you?

    Comment by Brontëana — May 6, 2006 @ 6:43 pm |Reply

  11. Oh, Thisbeciel! They look gorgeous! You’re right- what a difference it makes!

    I’ll go take the images down from Bronteana to save the bandwidth.

    Comment by Brontëana — May 6, 2006 @ 6:50 pm |Reply

  12. to mysticgypsy:
    I had the ‘after the fire’ scene to download in the multimedia section of my website (which is currently down- blast it!) So if you really can’t wait you can get it from there. 🙂

    to bronteana:
    Thanks! I hope you were able to download the zip files!

    Comment by ThisbeCiel — May 6, 2006 @ 7:09 pm |Reply

  13. I haven’t downloaded anything- I’ll give it awhile until things cool down 🙂

    I’m fixing my own problem at the Bronteana site. The illustrations I ‘posted’ didn’t post. Too many characters per page.

    Comment by Brontëana — May 6, 2006 @ 7:16 pm |Reply

  14. Awww- too many characters per page? That’s odd. But I think when I used the web builder on geocities it would limit my page size as well. Doing it by html shouldn’t though, if you want to look into that.

    Comment by ThisbeCiel — May 6, 2006 @ 7:28 pm |Reply

  15. Oh- this sounds so wonderful! Unfortunately, I have no idea how I’m going to get hold of a copy in Australia. I can’t seem to find a online merchant who will send on internationally – does anyone know of one?

    Comment by AmandaJ — May 7, 2006 @ 3:31 am |Reply

  16. There are now several sites which sell Region1 DVD (unfortunately, it won’t be sold before 5th of June):, and, more recently (they have the cheapest offer now). They all sell outside England, I guess also to Australia, and probably any Region-type DVD can be played on a computer (if not on the DVD player)

    Comment by Anonymous — May 7, 2006 @ 4:43 am |Reply

  17. RAH! Mine has not come yet. Why it takes longer than week to arrive after the ship date is beyond me. Unfortunately I’m leaving for Las Vegas at 6am tomorrow so I’m going to ask my neighbor to pick up the package if they deliver it next week. I am DYING to watch, though!

    Comment by rinabeana — May 7, 2006 @ 11:18 am |Reply

  18. Thank you Anonymous! I’ve had no joy with either the BBC Shop or in trying to order this, but worked a treat. I’ve ordered my copy and will look forward to receiving it in a month or so.

    Comment by AmandaJ — May 8, 2006 @ 6:44 am |Reply

  19. My copy arrived today. I watched the first disk (Episodes 1-3) with my 21-year-old son. That includes everything up to and including Jane’s visit to her dying Aunt.

    My son positively hates chick-flicks, but he is enthralled with this production. He’s asking all the right questions. “Why can’t Rochester send away the crazy servant?” “What hold does Mason have on him?”

    I just smile and say, “Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies.”

    Comment by Mark — May 9, 2006 @ 10:48 pm |Reply

  20. My mother loves this production and she otherwise cannot sit through movies… she is very strict about versimilitude probably because we used to see a lot of live theatre rather than films. She is… not 21. 😉 But also asks just the right questions. I have to keep telling her: “You’ll see!”

    Comment by Brontëana — May 10, 2006 @ 7:15 pm |Reply

  21. Has anyone found out if it’s possible to get a region 4 DVD version of the 1973 Jane Eyre miniseries?

    Comment by Anonymous — July 19, 2006 @ 3:18 am |Reply

  22. to anonymous:

    I haven’t heard of the DVD coming out in region 4 yet but I will see if I can find out if or when it will be coming out for you.

    Comment by Brontëana — July 19, 2006 @ 11:14 am |Reply

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