I enjoyed this DVD, even though the story line was no where near as complex as the A.S. Byatt novel from which it was adapted -- and I think I was not disappointed because I knew that would be the case. Another reviewer said that the portions set in the 19th century were the best parts, and I agree. Jeremy Northam and Jennifer Ehle are outstanding as the lovers who will only be allowed a brief time together. Ms. Ehle is a wonderfully talented actress (as far as I am concerned, she is the definitive Elizabeth Bennett)with a face that accurately registers emotions so that the viewer is never in doubt as to what the character is feeling or thinking. Jeremy Northam is excellent -- it was his skill as an actor that kept the final scene in the movie from being maudlin. I thought Gwyneth Paltrow did an adequate job in the role of Maud, as it was written for the screen. However, Aaron Eckhart was a poor choice for Paltrow's romantic interest and fellow-academic. I didn't for one minute believe he was a student of 19th century British literature; I thought at first I was being influened by his performance as the biker-lover in "Erin Brockovitch," but the truth is that he just wasn't convincing and seemed uncomfortable in the role. The British countryside was lovely, the story is interesting and romantic, and due to Northam and Ehle I recommend this DVD as a nice way to spend the evening. If you want more depth, buy the book.