my take: i've recently watched both newer versions of P&P ... and since i inordinately love the BBC production with Colin Firth and my BFF claims the Kiera Knightley production to be as good ... i decided to re-read P&P and discover which more closely portrays Jane's characters, dialog, setting, etc.
okay, here i need to mention that i'll just pop in a random disc of BBC P&P ... disc 5 is always good ... and therefore know much of the dialog word for word. and quote said dialog in everyday conversation...
and the BBC P&P takes much of its dialog directly from the book. where Jane occasionally just gives a vague description of part of a convo, BBC wonderfully fills in Jane-esque repartee.
the Knightley version is earthy and mucky and i doubt Mr. Darcy would ever say, "i love, i love, i love you." and i am sure Mrs. Bennett's nerves would never do out in the pig pen.
my source: i re-read my copy from the early 90's. what a treasure. yellowed pages and all.
my take: loved. laughed. loved some more. if you haven't read Jane lately, treat yourself. (i may move on to Emma as i recently watched a new-ish production that was tremendous.)