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The Women of Brewster Place (Uncut Edition)

3.7 out of 5 stars 156 customer reviews

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A group of stong-willed women live in the same rundown housing project and struggle against racism, poverty and troublesome men through three decades. Based on the novel by Gloria Naylor.


Deluxe beautifully-mastered full version of the beloved miniseries with long lost scenes fans have been requesting for years. Includes 32 minutes of long lost footage.

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Every woman should see this amazing film. --Amazon.com

Winner 1991 Image Awards For Outstanding Mini-Series --Emmy Awards Academy

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Product Details

  • Actors: Oprah Winfrey, Cicely Tyson, Robin Givens
  • Directors: Donna Deitch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: XENON
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 182 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004FK5EDY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,604 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Cheryl L. Collins on 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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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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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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By A Customer on November 8, 2003
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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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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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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I just watched this movie for the first time, in its entirety, and I must say that it is one of the most powerful and inspiring movies I've ever seen. The Women of Brewster Place is a very underrated movie, and deserved far more recognition and exposure than it initially received. There were many stellar performances throughout the movie and there wasn't a bad moment throughout. Some moments were funny, some were sad and emotional, and some just truly made you open your mind and think, and that's part of the brilliance of this movie.

After watching this movie, I felt there was still more to this story that viewers wanted and needed to see. I would've been glad to watch more, because this movie was without a doubt, truly amazing from the beginning all the way to the very end. The Women of Brewster Place is definitely a classic and I definitely recommend anyone who has not viewed this before to give it a chance, because I think you'll definitely enjoy these amazing characters and their stories, and even learn some important life lessons along the way.

Thank you Amazon for finding the UNEDITED version of this movie and offering it to your customers, finally!!! . Thank You for the great price as well!!!
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