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A Little Princess

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As seen on PBS “Wonderworks” – Starring Maureen Lipman, Miriam Margolyes and Nigel Havers
WINNER, Parents’ Choice Award and BAFTA Award for Best Children’s Program

Amelia Shankley shines as Sara Crewe in this faithful adaptation of the beloved children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden). Produced for London Weekend Television, this mini-series fully captures the spirit of the original novel and brings all of its extraordinary characters to life.

Sara Crewe has always been the pampered darling of her doting father, a British Indian Army captain, and the exclusive boarding school she attends. But when her father dies and her fortune is lost, Sara becomes the victim of hardship and cruelty. Through friendship, imagination and her own resolute nature, the “little princess” finds her way back to happiness.


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  • Actors: Maureen Lipman, Amelia Shankley, Miriam Margolyes, Annette Badland, Natalie Abbott
  • Directors: Carol Wiseman
  • Writers: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Producers: Colin Shindler, Ellen Freyer, Nick Elliott
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: E1 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 5, 2009
  • Run Time: 163 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001T46T8I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,546 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Little Princess" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
This is the definitive adaptation of "A Little Princess" to watch! While the film may suffer somewhat from budgetary limitations (the "Banquet Hall" scene never fails to make me cringe,) the value and depth of the story absolutely make up for any shortcomings. This film is great!

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.
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This is the definitive movie version of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic novel A Little Princess. Amelia Shankley, along with the rest of the cast, do a fantastic job of portraying the riches to rags story of an orphan girl, who goes from every comfort in the world to living in a cold attic and working as a skivie. The whole story revolves around how people should be treated, in every walk of life, be you rich or poor, a lady should always act like a princess, with grace, courage and a large and charitable heart. Lovely music with a touch of sadness to it, beautiful costumes, and sets that look straight out of Victorian England (mud, noise, carriages and all) makes this a gem, a gem that should not be lost. Please set up a site for those of us who would like it on DVD, now that the video is no longer available. The WB version is so inaccurate, it isn't funny. This is the version to watch and own.
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I am breathless with excitement! My favourite movie of all time is finally coming out on DVD and it looks like it will be beautiful! This is the ONLY version that is accurate to the book, with an excellent cast and a very true depiction of Victorian life and the various social levels. From upper class down to the scivvy, and everyone in between, this enchanting and heartbreaking story not only is tremendously well done and entertaining, but teaches anyone at any age that being a princess is not about what you have, but rather how you act and treat others. A dream come true!
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The "Little Princess" is a movie not to be missed by child or adult. Though I'm partial to British productions, and this is one, everyone I have talked to about this film has agreed that it's the very best version yet. Amelia Shankley (now Amelia Curtis) shows incrediable talent. She plays a young girl who faces what life gives her and in the end is rewarded. Simple discription I know, but for you who don't know the story, watch this version. Don't bother with the Shirley Temple or any other version. This one is by far the best.
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I saw this over Christmas break from school (so many years ago I can't even remember now) and it changed something in me.

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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This review is a comparison between the PBS Wonderworks/VHS version (which runs around 160 minutes, excluding the PBS promos for my 2 and 3 tape sets) with the London Weekend Television/DVD version that runs under 150 minutes. Each version has its share of continuity issues, plot holes, and abrupt scene shifts. I read portions of the book and, of course, many aspects of the book are not shown on either version. Based on my subjective viewing of both video versions (without comparing either to the novel or with each other), I would have to go with the LWT/DVD version as being the better cut of the two. The Wonderworks/VHS version cut out three scenes (two at the beginning and one near the end), that I felt took away from the continuity of the story development and created a major plot hole in the story. The first two scene omissions applies to the 3 VHS tape set. The first one is the background behind the Emily doll. There is no mention in the VHS version as to how it was obtained or when it was obtained. Sara is just seen holding it in her arms as she travels in the carriage to her school. The DVD version has a discussion between Sara and her father about the doll. The second one is the scene just before Sara enters the classroom for the very first time. The other students talk amongst themselves about the new pupil in the class and the viewer gets a chance to see which one of them would end up being a friend or rival to Sara. The VHS version cuts straight from Sara's father's departure to everyone sitting in the classroom as Miss Minchin enters. The third missing scene (applies to both the 2 and 3 VHS cassette sets) near the ending is where Becky brings Sara's letter to Ermengarde that tells them all that she is rich again and is not returning back to the school.Read more ›
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