A Little Princess
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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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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie was an inspiration that I absolutely loved watching on videocassette.Published 2 months ago by Vincent Doraz
I liked the fact that humility is alive and well - with hope aboudingPublished 4 months ago by JILL SHIMKO
It was only the first half of a 2 Vhs set, so only half the movie.Published 4 months ago by H. Hall
Much truer to the novel than any other version; the young lady who played Sarah Minchin ( the lead) was exceptional!!!Published 5 months ago by s.westfield
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 6 months 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 6 months 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 7 months ago by The "V" Family
This version 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 7 months ago by Blue Flame