A Little Princess - Wonderworks Family Movie [VHS]
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I previously owned the VHS version and was surprised to find that the DVD release is not quite the same as the old VHS release. The DVD is apparently the original UK version, split into six separate parts (25 minutes each.) This version has been a long time coming! When this was rebroadcast on PBS, it was re-edited for US audiences into a three part series, using alternative dialogue and extended scenes. The US edit was sold as a three VHS set and a slightly edited-for-religious-content version was available as a one or two VHS set.
In comparing the US and UK cuts, I have to say that the US version is longer but now feels more like a dumbed-down edit to me. Everything in the US cut is explained much more thoroughly. The UK cut contains whole new scenes not found in the US version and I feel that this makes for a broader, more enjoyable plot. It's as if the storyline was trimmed for US audiences and then, the remaining scenes extended to ensure that the condensed storyline was even further explained with precision. Perhaps I'm too harsh -- both cuts certainly have their merits, but I must say that the conclusion is far more poignant and detailed in the UK edit, shown on the DVD.
The picture quality on the DVD release is much better than I was expecting. Audio quality is average, but clear. Subtitles are included under the menu options. Each episode is available under the menu and there is a play-all option, but no special features or extras are included.
While this might not have been exactly what I was expecting, the DVD turned out to be a pleasant surprise.
My life wasn't so tough, I had it pretty good, but I was still a little pain in the tush to my family, I resented my school work, I didn't have many friends. What I saw in Sara was character, strength of will, kindness and a generous spirit, which was exactly why the Magic never left her.
I tried to improve myself as a little girl, to be a little like Sara and appriciate all of the blessings that I had.
Amelia Shankley's performance was stellar, and the adaptation of the story was exact. I bought the VHS a few years ago to add to my collection of "Verifiable Childhood Memories" and I sincerely hope it comes out on DVD.
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Great movie! Very good version, one of my two favorite movie versions of the book. I found it on familytv.com for $12.95.Published 29 days ago by B. Smith
You should know that the single tape VHS, while affordable, is only the second half of this story. It opens with Sara working in the kitchen as a scullery maid. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful video - much more true to the original book than other videos of "A Little Princess" that we've seen.Published 1 month ago by The "V" Family
This movie is far superior to the other versions. I have loved this version since I first saw it decades ago - some say 1986 PBS. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Blue Flame
Way too expensive, but worth it. I've been waiting for years to have this production on DVD. Yay!Published 3 months ago by Southern gal
This is the best version of this story available. Very well done. Too bad all the VHS scenes were not able to fit on the DVD. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Larry White
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|Why is Amelia Shankley's "A Little Princess" still NOT in DVD?||
Seems the DVD will be released in May 2009. Is now listed on Amazon
Mar 10, 2009 by KEL | See all 2 posts
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