CHARLOTTE BRONTE'S: JANE EYRE
Set in the rolling hills of the English countryside, Jane Eyre tells the story of a Young girl who lives most of her life without knowing the wonders & joys of love. Either from a suitor or a relative. At an early age she is sent away to an awful boarding school that prides itself more in it's heretical dogma than it's care of it's students. While there a young girl who sadly dies at an early age befriends her. Having nowhere to go, Jane stays on well past her graduation & becomes a teacher, the likes her pupils have never seen. Soon schooling at the boarding school has reached its limitations & Jane longs for the freedom a governess's position will offer her. She is hired on as a governess for a wealthy landowner & it is here where she finds all the joys her life has never known. Jane Eyre is a story of love, lost & found that is as timeless as the love it demonstrates.
The audio as presented in the disc is a Stereo presentation of unidentified origin. For the feature it is perfect. There didn't appear to be any moments when any other audio platform would do any better a job than what this stereo score did.
The imagery as presented in this feature is about as good as you might expect for a cable TV broadcast. There are times when the film is too dark & the colors are not there best. I have never seen an A&E disc before & as this is my first experience, I have been rendered non-plussed. Again, given the video quality for this movie, they would have been better off issuing it solely on VHS rather than using a transfer that is this poor. Additionally, it is a full frame version, which is not surprising for a made for TV film as this is.
The only extra is a static history of Charlotte Bronte. Other than that there are no extras included on the disc.
In the 1940's Orson Welles brought this story to life in what is the definitive version of this feature.1997's bow is remarkably well done & bears a great deal of resemblance to it's 50+ year old predecessor. This is an incredible movie that pulls on your heartstrings from start to finish. Well acted & scripted, A&E's Jane Eyre while suffering from technical flaws, hits every mark when it comes to the story. Easily recommended.