Dear Joe Wright, Working Title Films, Focus Features, and Universal Studios Entertainment, next year on September 16, 2015 (UK) and November 11, 2015 (U.S.), one of your universally loved and critically acclaimed films, Pride & Prejudice (2005) will be celebrating its 10 years Anniversary of its theatrical release. Is it too early now and too much to ask for a new P&P DVD/Blu-ray special anniversary edition (for all the devoted fans of this beautiful film worldwide) with some new, never-before-seen extras or special features? It's been 8 years (February 28, 2006) since the first DVD was released here in the U.S. I (and I'm sure a lot of fans of this movie) would love to see some deleted/extended scenes, outtakes, new cast interviews (celebrating their film's decade long anniversary), an screen-test audition videos of lead stars Keira Knightley & Matthew Macfadyen reading the first proposal scene, and more!
Here's my 10 Wishlist for a new P&P 10th Year Anniversary DVD/Blu-ray Collector's Edition...
My 10 Pride & Prejudice 10th Year Anniversary DVD/Blu-ray Wishlist
1. Deleted or Extended Scenes - There were so many promotional and still photos (see collage below) from this movie that looked liked either deleted or extended scenes. There's gotta be some scenes deleted and extended shots/scenes (which director Joe Wright mentioned in one of his interviews when asked about deleted scenes) love to see deleted/extended footage and a few shots/clips from the trailer that didn't make it to this film. See a previous related post:Pride & Prejudice Deleted Scenes? And another old post: possible P&P 05: Deleted Scenes Photos.
Watch E!'s Pride & Prejudice - Behind The Scenes video (via KeiraWeb on YT):
And of course, there was this very funny Tom Hollander/Mr. Collins dancing behind the scenes moment...that was seen towards the end on one of the DVD extras. I'd love to see more of him doing silly stuff behind the scenes.
Keira on reading with Matthew (his audition for his Darcy role):
"When I first heard that they were thinking about him, I went in to read with him and I virtually couldn't get my lines out, 'cause I just keep staring at him thinking, 'what the hell happened between you walking in as Matthew and you starting to read?' Because he actually did turn into Darcy." (Keira Knightley)5. New Pride & Prejudice Cast Interviews/Where Are They Now? Featurette
6. A video of Actors who auditioned for Darcy/Elizabeth roles
I'd love to see the other actors who auditioned for Darcy roles, Keira had mentioned in one of her interviews about those other actors including Matthew who auditioned for the role and read with her.
"We did a lot of auditions with different Darcys, and they were all fantastic, but there was that one thing or another that hadn’t quite clicked. With Matthew, the first time we read it, we really clicked. It wasn’t in the script or anything like that. It’s just what naturally happened when we were playing the scene in the room." (Keira Knightley)
Working Title auditioned more than 100 twentysomething actors before casting Macfadyen. "They saw a bunch," he agrees. "Then I met Joe [Wright, the director]. And read. Then I was told it was all off. With me. I think they wanted names. And I thought, 'That's fine.' "Then it was on again. Because they had Keira. So I went and read with her. And screen-tested. And waited a long time!"
"The search for Darcy was a long one. We meet everyone, but there was never really any doubt that it would always be our first choice, Matthew Macfadyen." (Paul Webster, producer)
Also, I'd love to hear if there were other actresses who auditioned or rumored to have been considered for the Elizabeth Bennet role. I've heard of only Romola Garai (who co-starred with Keira in Atonement and played Emma in the 2009 BBC TV Mini-series) rumored for the EB part.
7. P&P Cast & Crew London/TIFF/NYC Premiere Red Carpet Moments
Okay, #10 might be impossible or too much too ask, but just throwing out here any ideas and suggestions for a new featurette to possibly be added in a possible new P&P DVD/Blu-ray release in the near future. I would purchased another copy of P&P DVD/Blu-ray in an instant just for that and the deleted or outtakes, basically, any or all 10 from my wishlist in this post (a must for all P&P fans who loved this movie). Wouldn't you? Please, please, please JW, Working Title, Focus Features, and Universal (Home Video) Studios Entertainment make this happen! You may (or may not) read this, but perhaps if I or the fans can start an online petition (it worked wonders for the Save The Darcy Bust petition and Ripper Street series revived for Season 3!) for this, let's hope this will get your attention and there will be a special DVD/Blu-ray anniversary collector's edition in the works for this movie for the fans around the world to look forward to in the coming year to celebrate its 10th year anniversary.
(aka Devoted P&P movie fan and long-time P&P Blogger)