|Additional DVD options||Edition||Discs||
|New from||Used from|
|Watch Instantly with||Rent||Buy|
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Customers who bought this item also bought
Two proper Englishwomen, determined to get away from their drab lives and inattentive husbands, find paradise among the serene countryside of the Italian Riviera in this enchanting adventure starring Josie Lawrence and Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire). When the pair rents a magnificent villa for a month, they share expenses with two unlikely companions an austere widow and a bored socialite. At first, personalities clash, but the hideaway holds a special magic that soon sparks friendships and reminds the women of ways to live and love that have long eluded them. Stellar performances and breathtaking scenery make the Academy Award nominated Enchanted April (1992: Best Supporting Actress, Joan Plowright; Best Costume Design; Best Adapted Screenplay) a captivating delight for everyone who s ever dreamed of taking the perfect holiday.
This lovely, 1991 adaptation of Elizabeth Von Arnim's novel has a superb cast and a tone so mellow you can feel your pulse get slower. Josie Lawrence and Miranda Richardson play a pair of unhappily married women who rent an Italian villa for a month, sharing the rent with a crusty Englishwoman (Joan Plowright) and a lonely aristocrat (Polly Walker). Sun, rest, sinking into the green grass for long naps--they all have a soulful effect on the quartet, and then on the men in their lives who make a surprise visit. Mike Newell (Into the West) directs with seeming effortlessness, and it is impossible not to be swayed by the promise of restoration for these burdened characters--or for anyone alive. Wonderful performances all around, including a particularly sensitive one by Alfred Molina and a very funny one by Jim Broadbent. --Tom Keogh
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 4.16 Ounces
- Director : Mike Newell
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 35 minutes
- Release date : May 5, 2009
- Actors : Josie Lawrence, Miranda Richardson, Alfred Molina, Neville Phillips, Jim Broadbent
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : Miramax
- ASIN : B00005JL1R
- Number of discs : 1
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
All the acting is superb. In the 1990s the actors knew how to deliver believable performances and did not have to rely on editing. Will buy copies for my friends. Be careful of world video sectors though as my copy was a PAL and would not work in the NTSC section. Might be wise to buy the NTSC section that works anywhere.
Great buy and one of my favourite DVDs. Everyone should have an Enchanted April. I sound like a paid advertisement. I'm not.
You have an unhappy woman in a tiring marriage. She decides to take a vacation after reading an ad for a villa in Italy. She finds three other women to share the costs. One she befriends and the other two aren't so friendly. Each has are from different levels of society and each has their own issues.
Things start to change once they end up at the villa. It's a beautiful setting. Costello Brown which sits above Portifino. In the movie; it's San Salvatore.
Though some people don't like the propensity of films having a happy ending; this is one they shouldn't mind. Some may not like the fact it does end.
The cast is wonderful. Alfred Molina, Jim Broadbent, Joan Plowright, Josie Lawrence, Michael Kitchen, Miranda Richardson, and Polly Walker.
Streaming wise? No issues.
The film is beautifully photographed on Italy’s scenic coast in a gorgeous setting pretty well promising romance. This is a feel good movie - one which will make the saddest heart feel soothed and that love is just around the corner waiting where least expected.
When I finished watching the movie I felt very optimistic thinking that problems could be resolved.
The plot started with two friends with some issues with their husbands. They decide to visit an old house with a beautiful garden in the South of Italy. There is another young lady there who also has some problems, as she was abandoned by her father who is the husband of one of the older ladies. All their problems are solved in this beautiful place at the end of the movie.
The quality of the DVD is not good, the main problem is in the darker scenes at the beginning of the movie, but it is worth seeing it because of the outstanding cast and lovely scene for a gorgeous garden settings.
Top reviews from other countries
The cast is fabulous with Josie Lawrence and Miranda Richardson as Lottie and Rose. Polly Walker is drop dead gorgeous as the glamorous Caroline Dester and Joan Plowright is having tremendous fun with the part of Mrs Fisher. And while it's this ensemble of women the film centers around, the men in their lives are brought beautifully to live by Alfred Molina as Lottie's pompous solicitor husband and a scene stealing Jim Broadbent as Rose's philandering novelist husband, author of racy books albeit under an assumed name. Also worth mentioning is Michael Kitchen who plays the insecure Mr Briggs. The Italian filming location is gorgeous, and the fact that the castle in the film is the very place where Elizabeth von Arnim wrote and set the source novel, adds further poignancy.
A few words about the DVD reviewed Enchanted April [DVD ]. The aspect ratio is 4:3, which may be disappointing for some viewers. However, the film was originally made for TV back in the early 1990s, likely with this format in mind. A nice bonus feature on this particular DVD edition is the feature length commentary with director Mike Newell and producer Ann Scott.
It is set just after the first world war and follows the slightly naive ambitions of two unhappily married young women, who after some soul searching take a sparkling, rustic, fragrant flower filled villa on the sunny Italian coast with two other unknown ladies, and slowly its mediterranean magic begins to work on their souls. What unfolds is a subtle and elegant story of four diverse women, who become close friends.
It’s a simple tale which is all the more intelligent for its restrained and understated poise. Thankfully it is a film that does not have to rely on sex, nudity, sensation, magic, profanities, violence and special effects to impress.
The location and photography are stunning and the cast outstanding. Josie Lawrence is a delight as the incurable optimist whose emerging love for life gradually infects all the others, while Polly Walker is perfectly cast as the beautiful languid and world weary reflective aristocrat.
The story unfolds with our group of four women who for different reasons feel hopeless to their life circumstances. As things progress we see how they are all transformed during their stay in Italy, and the foundation for new found and continued happiness is laid; by the end of the film you are left feeling that the characters lives have positively changed for good.
If I had to be nitpicking here, it would have been nice to see further character development and more use made of the beautiful location. But it's still a gentle, sentimental, polished and very enjoyable, if emotionally undemanding film, which I find sometimes you need. It has a very good cast who all give solid accomplished performances. I enjoyed it.
team of actors: it is impossible to imagine a cast better chosen. It would be invidious to single out
one player for especial praise as all are compelling; even so, I must mention the great Miranda Richardson as the meek, self effacing Rose - quite outside her usual range of parts, exceptionally wide
and varied though that is.
To add to the manifold delights of this magical film, it is shot against a ravishingly beautiful Italian
I've owned this in various forms (my own video copy from TV, VHS, and now DVD) for over 20 years now, after catching it quite by accident on TV in the early '90s. I also read the book, having been captivated by the film, but can honestly say that this is one of those rare instances where the film supersedes the book - one of the main reasons for me being the delicate way in which Mr Briggs is given damaged eyesight in the film, allowing him to attach more importance to the beauty within, rather than without. Von Arnim's book treats the developing romance between Briggs and Caroline in a much more predictable fashion, based on her dazzling looks. This small but significant transformation in the film, 'roots' the relations between the characters far better and enables them 'to move on', as Lottie would say - to grow. Indeed, everything about this film seems to be about enabling growth and change, yet maintaining an extraordinary stillness and calm at its core.
From the magical moment when Lottie catches sight of the 'Wisteria and Sunshine' ad in an omnibus on a dull, rainy London day, to the moment when Mrs Fisher's walking stick begins to blossom on the slopes of San Salvatore, overlooking that azure sea, every drop of this film feels precious. An intensely healing experience, yet one which wears its charms lightly - no great revelations or dramatic upheavals. Just a gradual and delicious unfolding amid some of the most glorious scenery on this planet.
PS filmed at Castello Brown, Portofino, (Liguria) if you want to make your way there...