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DVD releases: 'Jane Eyre,' 'Something Borrowed' and 'The Conspirator'

Posted 8:38am on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011

Jane Eyre

There's been no shortage of film versions of Charlotte Brontë's classic tale of romance and woe. Now, yet another take on the 1847 novel has come to the screen, with Cary Joji Fukunaga directing Moira Buffini's script, which shakes things up by messing with the narrative structure. It begins with Jane fleeing the imposing Thornfield Hall in hysterics and is told mainly in flashback, which creates tension from the start -- even if you know the story. Visually and tonally, this Jane Eyre is muted, stripped-down; it's gooey and marshy, vast and grassy, anything but lush -- and that's what makes it beautiful.

Something Borrowed is an expectation-crushing offering that falls far short of rom-com industry best practices. Deeply dimpled Ginnifer Goodwin is a wallflower lawyer, Kate Hudson is her domineering alpha-blonde best friend, and Colin Egglesfield is apparently the only available man in New York City.

The Conspirator, directed by Robert Redford, focuses on Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), one of the people accused of conspiring to murder President Lincoln. James McAvoy plays Frederick Aiken, an officer just recovered from combat who reluctantly becomes her defense attorney.

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