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Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire (1995)

Alec Baldwin , Jessica Lange , Glenn Jordan  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alec Baldwin, Jessica Lange, John Goodman, Diane Lane
  • Directors: Glenn Jordan
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 156 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004FGA2MG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,309 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire" on IMDb

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Tennessee Williams’ entire Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece now can be seen for the first time completely unedited in this first “CBS Playhouse 90s” presentation. Prior filmmakers were ordered to cut controversial scenes – even resulting in a different ending as in the landmark film that propelled Marlon Brando to fame.Travel to the sultry streets of New Orleans and discover the family secrets that shaped the character of Blanche DuBois (Golden Globe® winner Jessica Lange), a seductive yet faded Southern belle who shows up at her sister’s door desperate and destitute. Struggling to weave an air of sophistication, Blanche’s façade doesn’t fool her crude, street-savvy brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski (Alec Baldwin), and he torments her with devastating effect. For solace, she turns to her sister, Stella (Diane Lane), whose loyalties are torn between her husband and Blanche, and to Mitch (John Goodman), a kind but lonely man who offers Blanche what could be her last chance for happiness.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A COMPLETE AND UNCENSORED "STREETCAR" April 11, 2011
Format:DVD
Tennessee Williams is one of America's greatest playwrights, and 1947's Putlizer-Prize winning "A Streetcar Named Desire" is his undisputed masterpiece. Sam Staggs, in his definitive history of "Streetcar", correctly describes the play as "a root canal on the soul."
The plot concerns Blanche DuBois, who arrives in New Orleans seeking refuge from her troubled past in her sister Stella's small apartment. Blanche hadn't counted on her brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski, being so brutish and intensely sexual, however. She hopes to find a measure of happiness and peace with Stanley's friend Harold Mitchell (Mitch). A lesser playwright than Williams may well have given Blanche, and the audience, a happy ending with Mitch. But neither Williams nor his characters are that easy or simplistic. His characters are not all good or all bad. They exist in a morally gray area; with Williams exposing the cruel and harsh realities of life. When the truth of Blanche's sordid past is crudely and relentlessly exposed by Stanley, Mitch cruelly rejects her. Blanche loses her tenuous grip on reality. There is a final violent confrontation between Blanche and Stanley; which in turns leads to one of the most soul-shattering conclusions in theatre history.
The cast of this 1995 TV production, based on a successful Broadway revival starring Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin, does not have to contend with the censorship issues that plagued the otherwise outstanding 1951 film version. So here we have the full text and content of Williams' original play. This means we get the sad story of the suicide of Blanche's gay husband, and we see how it has haunted her for years. We also get the full, long scene between Blanche and Stella following the violent poker game.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars STREETCAR Redux September 27, 2011
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At least Glen Jordan, the director, was working with a script much closer to the stage version than the expurgated Warner Bros. film. And somewhere in the libraries of remakes is the Anne Margaret/Treat Williams version.

Okay, for this version....John Goodman's Mitch brings a sweetness and a pain to the screen that is almost physically uncomfortable to watch, it is so naked and vulnerable.

Let's face it....no one is ever going to make Stanley their own....it's been done. It's owned. I find that Alec Baldwin has grown in the years he's been working, into a wonderfully adept comedian, as well as honoring his dramatic abilities. His anger and frustration was, for me, too cerebral....Stanley IS a primal man. It's hard for an intelligent actor to make us believe that he isn't smart. It really showed me the difference between acting and being, looking at Brando.

However, it cases like this, where Stanley doesn't overwhelm the screen (or stage) it allows Blanche to take her rightful place in the spotlight, stage center. And that's why when this version was first aired I thought that we'd found a new Blanche for the ages. And in many ways, we have. My only question, complaint, disappointment came with Ms. Lange's adoption of every note, every nuance, every breath of Vivien Leigh's vocal performance. I thought it was my imagination, since that's the performance I've seen and heard so many times. But now, watching it again, I had the same experience.

Stella is definitely worth Stanley's attention, and Blanche's devotion, and her physical inability to believe her husband's cruelty reminded me of another piece of acting that Ms. Lane accomplished in UNFAITHFUL....the ability she has of showing the audience what is going on in her mind and in her gut....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Hi Folks, I viewed this play once on CBS Playhouse and absolutely fell in love with it. I checked once in awhile to see if it had been released on Tape or DVD but to no avail but I was finally rewarded for my patience when I found it on Amazon recently and immediately purchased it. All four actors and actresses great acting enabled me not buy the Marlon Brando version since I'm not a fan of Brando. Buy this with confidence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Strretcar Named Desire September 21, 2011
Format:DVD
Jessica Lange is flawless as Blanche! It's like Vivian Leigh's spirit entered her body when she played this role. No wonder she won a Golden Globe! Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin are great, as usual, only John Goodman seems mis-cast as Mitch. Excellent adaptation of Tennesse William's play!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST VERSION November 10, 2008
By Leo
Format:DVD
This is my favoite version of this wonderful play and it's amazing to me that's it is still not available as a Region 1 DVD. What is taking so long getting this released so we can all enjoy it? The acting is just superb. Alec Baldwin was made for this role.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved seing uncensored version of play December 14, 2013
Format:DVD
the only thing this production lacks is marlon brando as stanley. although that is a formidable handicap, this is,nonetheless a stellar,interpretation. jessica lange is incredible and gives it nuances that vivien leigh was unable to because of censorship issues of the day. i have always loved leigh's blanche but i equally love lange's blanche. and is is Blanche's story, how as a hot house flower of the vanquished South, she is no match for the predatory husband of her sister. with over half of an hour of material added from the original play, i understand Blanche a lot better. alec baldwin gives it his best shot in the brando role as the brutish but sensual husband. i can't imagine anyone else doing it better but it is a thankless job to take on a brando part. on balance though, i am so glad to have finally seen the play in its entirety. you owe it to yourself to see both versions. it is the best of the American stage.
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2.0 out of 5 stars a real yawner
for a movie with such a long A-list of stars this movie fell so flat.I'm a huge Diane Lane fan and I couldn't even sit through the whole movie. save you money. Read more
Published 12 days ago by oklahoma apache
5.0 out of 5 stars Great original version of the Play
It was the performances, and also it was good to see the play in it's original form. The movie version with Brando is still the best, but this is a very close race.
Published 4 months ago by Krazy Kat
3.0 out of 5 stars I Look Forward to the Next Remake
I have seen all 3 versions . No one as of yet can replace Brando in the part of Stanley, but I look forward to someone trying. Read more
Published 5 months ago by xyz
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is an excellent version of the play, the actors are wonderful! Jessica Lange and Alex Baldwin at their best!
Published 9 months ago by C. Jennings
5.0 out of 5 stars THRILLING AND DEEPLY SATISFYING
As a homosexual male born in 1955 I don't see how I could be more invested in the original film version of this magnificent play. I was pretty much raised on it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by TOBY
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Saw this years ago and have been waiting for the DVD release. Best rendition of the play ever! Diane Lane is superb!
Published 18 months ago by Lisa Ruppert
5.0 out of 5 stars A Streetcar Named Desire Jessica Lange/Alec Baldwin
This is a great version of the Tennessee Williams clasic,longer than the others and keeping with the original play. Read more
Published on October 4, 2011 by Jonny B
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Some very strong performances. This version is much more consistent with the text than the Brando version. My only complaint is that it has poor menu screen/chapter options.
Published on September 16, 2011 by GL2814
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