The first time I saw this movie was at the movie theatre and I thought "This definitely was not as good as the A&E mini-series." I did not think anything could be as good as the A&E version starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. I own that on DVD and have watched it more times than I can count, and have given it as gifts to just about all of my friends and family.
When it finally showed up on cable, the movie was repeated endlessly and I found myself watching it again and again until I have finally come to the conclusion that this movie is equally good as the mini-series. I love them both for different reasons. First and foremost, the mini-series stars Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and in my mind there is no other (although Matthew McFadyen comes in at a very close second). Plus, the mini-series is able to more fully include aspects of the novel which would never be able to fit into a typically movie production length plus it i). Perhaps because of that, this movie pulls the very best parts of the novel and includes them. The acting is top notch. Kudos especially to Keira Knightley and Brenda Blethyn. I was riveted by their performances. I have now included this DVD in my collection!