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Women of Brewster Place [VHS] (1989)

Oprah Winfrey , Mary Alice , Donna Deitch  |  NR |  VHS Tape
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Oprah Winfrey, Mary Alice, Olivia Cole, Robin Givens, Moses Gunn
  • Directors: Donna Deitch
  • Writers: Karen Hall, Gloria Naylor
  • Producers: Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Black, Carole Isenberg, Karen Hall, Patricia K. Meyer
  • Format: Color, EP, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 2
  • Studio: Xenon
  • VHS Release Date: February 24, 1998
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304846150
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,856 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SHAME ON THE DISTRIBUTOR OF THIS FILM August 12, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is one of the best films about black women. I was very happy to see that it was finally a DVD. The DVD version is chopped up something terrible. Many of the scenes have been deleted. When movies are made into DVD, as a rule, there are many extras added. Often times the deleted scenes are part of the DVD. Don't buy the DVD unless you've never seen this movie before. Otherwise, you'll be disappointed.
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
In this powerful adaptation of Gloria Naylor's award-winning novel, a star-studded cast fuels the tale of seven women whose lives and stories intertwine as they struggle through triumphs, losses, heartaches, joys, sorrows, friendships, love, and more. The film stars Oprah Winfrey (Who executively produced the film), Lynn Whitfield, Jackee, Robin Givens, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Lonette McKee, and Paula Kelly.

Anyone who saw the miniseries back in 1989 knows what a wonderful film this is. I'm sure you even recognize the beautiful performances made by the cast. However, anyone who has tried to purchase the film knows what an awful transition it made to VHS and DVD. For reasons that are still unknown to me, several important scenes were chopped out of the film, most notably the "meatloaf" scene. Believe me, I wasn't the only one angered at the poor treatment this miniseries received for home viewing.

But for anyone wondering if this DVD is the real deal, FEAR NOT!!!! This is just the version of Brewster Place that you've been looking for! All the scenes you've been missing since the original broadcast are here, which includes:

Mattie talking to Ms. Cleo about taking a longer break to check on her son, Basil.

Mattie, Ciel, and Basil discovering Ms. Eva dead in her home.

Mattie's brief discussion with one of her clients at the salon.

Mattie visiting Basil in jail after his incarceration.

An extended version of Mattie's wait for Basil (Before later realizing that he's run away)

A scene showing Cora Lee's dysfunctional relationship with her children.

Mattie, Ciel, and Etta's conversation walking back from the grocery store.

Kiswana's holding the first Tenants Association Meeting.
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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars SHAME ON YOU, AMAZON! March 10, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Certainly, this film is excellent. However, the version sold here is incomplete. Several key scenes are missing including Cora and her children at _Midsummer Night's Dream_ and the infamous meatloaf scene. One of the only drawbacks of our new virtual world is that you must buy something and open it before you find out it's not what you wanted. There are two versions sold here; I bought the more expensive one, thinking it would be more comprehensive. Buy the cheaper one! You can't miss more than I've missed.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Now you done made me mad November 8, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I remember watching this made for TV movie a few years ago. However I was disappointed with the DVD. You can actually see where it was sliced and diced.
Some parts in particular: Oprah finds Ms. Eva to be "asleep" after Ms. Eva did not pick up the kids after school. Oprah returns to the house with the kids. She calls out Ms. Eva name several times. Once Oprah touches her, she realizes that Ms. Eva has passed.
Then there were obvious cuts where there was nothing but a blank screen. Another cut scene: Basil was in jail and Oprah came to visit. "Basil don't you want to sit and talk for a spell? No mama, unless you came to bail me out I have nothing to say", or something to that effect.
This was a hard to find DVD and I was thoroughly disappointed by it. It would have been nice to view the movie in its entirety but I didn't get that.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you can't do right leave it alone! March 10, 2005
By Monchie
Format:DVD
What a botched up job!!!!!! I really think the producers of this DVD were on drugs when they edited out hours of this black female saga. This is a beautiful story and it has the right to be delivered in it all its splendor and glory. What a horrible job. I can't say enough about the hack job that has been done to this classic.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I got Shafted!!!! August 28, 2005
Format:DVD
When this movie came on T.V. many years ago, I recorded it, edited out the commercials and everything. So when it finally was released on D.V.D. I jumped at the chance to have a better quality version.

I even gave my V.H.S. copy to my mother. Man, was I ever disappointed, the movie is missing critical scenes. Too many to even describe in this review!! I thought because [...] that that was the problem, but after reading so many other reviews that basically are saying the same thing, I can see I wasn't the only one who got shafted.
And to make things worse, my mother won't give me the V.H.S. version back!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not The Women Of Brewster Place I remember May 30, 2005
By Raven34
Format:DVD
I saw this movie when it originally was broadcast during a two day period. I had waited for years for the video version. I missed the chance to see it a few years ago. When the DVD version came out I leaped at the chance to own one of my all time favorite movies. Unbeknownst to me, the movie was COMPLETELY butchered. In fact some of the BEST scenes were deleted from the DVD version. The movie works best for those who are unfamiliar with the original version.

I am so disappointed that I bought this DVD. Too many key scenes are missing. It's still a well acted and enjoyable film. Excellent performances:Most noticably, Robin Givens, Jackee, Paula Kelly(strong, feisty and hot tempered Teresa) and Olivia Cole(as the nosey, gossiping Miss Sophie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... movie had a bit of everything and I was pleased with the wise...
This movie had a bit of everything and I was pleased with the wise leader in Oprah's character, banding together at a time of great loss and the strong determination to go forward... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Phyllis Ann Copenhaver
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it then and still today
I'd seen the series years ago, loved it then and still today.
Published 1 month ago by Deborah A. Hobbs
5.0 out of 5 stars You go girls!
Great movie with ups and downs
Published 1 month ago by sheep
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Good!
I just watched this DVD the other day. I had only seen the original movies one time (that first airing of it). So I didn't remember the story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Margaret Franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars love this movie; glad they came out with an uncut version
I waited to purchase this dvd b/c when it first came out in dvd, reviewers were upset b/c certain scenes had been cut. this movie is a classic. Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. Wright
1.0 out of 5 stars RIPPED OFF! DO NOT PURCHASE…BAIT AND SWITCH
This DVD is listed as the uncut edition version of TV movie mini series. There are so many original scenes that has been deleted it's totally a HUGE misrepresentation and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by EarthAngel
5.0 out of 5 stars love this movie
I love this movie because its very good movie, I like the actors, it was sad but I enjoyed it.
thank you
Published 6 months ago by Fay James
5.0 out of 5 stars Brewster Place
Love a great movie with great actor and actress which makes this movie a classic. The movie was in good condition.
Published 7 months ago by Judy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Family Viewing
It was just one of my all time favorites, that's all and my employer is using it as a feature movie to help people to understand discrimination and hate crime issues.
Published 8 months ago by Melody M. Tukes
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Start
A movie from back in the day. First Africa American couple that I'd ever seen. Donna Deitch directed their scene.
Published 9 months ago by Danice44
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