Anne of Green Gables: The Complete Four-Part Collection [DVD]

Few Canadian television productions have culled the degree of acclaim earned by writer-producer-director Kevin Sullivan's ongoing adaptations of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne novels. Sullivan began in 1985, with the two-part {@CBC miniseries Anne of Green Gables, starring then 17-year-old Megan Follows and the legendary Colleen Dewhurst; in addition to a weekly series (Road to Avonlea), the 1985 production generated three follow-ups: the miniseries Anne of Avonlea (1987), the miniseries Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story (2000), and the 2 1/2-hour feature Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning (2008). Each of the four installments (in line with Montgomery's original novels) dramatize events from the life of a young, talkative and energetic orphan girl, and her adventures coming of age on a farm located on Canada's Prince Edward Island. This box set presents all four installments in the main Anne series (Green Gables, Avonlea, Continuing Story and New Beginning) as they originally aired on Canadian television, complete and uncut. The massive ensemble cast includes not only Follows and Dewhurst, but the late Richard Farnsworth (The Grey Fox), Barbara Hershey, and Shirley MacLaine.
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Special Features

  • Missing scenes, lost footage, interviews, special effects, cast and crew biographies
  • The missing episode: "marilla cuthbert's final story" starring Colleen Dewhurst
  • 7 Featurettes including "the 100th anniversary of Anne"

Synopsis

Anne of Green Gables
Lucy Maud Montgomery's novel Anne of Green Gables, previously filmed in 1934, was afforded a TV-movie treatment in 1985. Megan Follows stars as 13-year-old Anne Shirley, an orphan girl sent to live with a foster family on Canada's Prince Edward Island. Though she has great difficulty controlling her temper, impulsiveness and vivid imagination, Anne eventually wins over her new guardians, domineering Marilla Cuthbert (Colleen Dewhurst) and Marilla's shy brother Matthew (Richard Farnsworth). Anne's secondary adventures concern her "bosom friend" Diana (Schuyler Grant) and her supposed enemy Gilbert Blythe (Jonathan Crombie). Anne of Green Gables was offered on American television as a 3-part presentation on PBS' Wonderworks; it aired from February 17 through March 3, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel
In this sequel to Anne of Green Gables, Megan Follows plays 18-year-old Anne Shirley, who has grown up on a Canadian farm. Now Anne is a teacher, dedicated to her profession but still hoping to find the man of her dreams. She eventually teaches at a remote schoolhouse on Prince Edward Island. The screenplay is based not only on Anne of Avonlea but two other Montgomery books, Anne of Windy Poplars (previously filmed in 1940) and Anne of the Island. This four-hour feature version of Anne of Avonlea was originally telecast in two parts. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story
Megan Follows, who literally grew up before the viewers' eyes as star of the Canadian TV series Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea, returns to the role of Lucy Maud Montgomery's plucky Canadian lass Anne Shirley in this four-hour TV miniseries. In the second decade of the 20th century, all grown up and a professional schoolteacher, Anne returns to Prince Edward Island after the death of her mentor, Marilla Cutherbert (played by the late Coleen Dewhurst in stock-footage flashbacks). Soon thereafter, Anne heads to New York City, intending to marry her physician fiancé, Gilbert Blythe (Jonathan Crombie), and, hopefully, to find success as an author. Alas, Anne's first manuscript is stolen by charming scoundral, Jack Garrison Jr. (Cameron Daddo), while Gilbert is defeated by the internal politicking and red tape of a big-city hospital. The couple is about to relocate to their native Canada when WWI breaks out, whereupon Gilbert dutifully signs up for military service. When word arrives that Gilbert is missing in action, Anne courageously heads off to wartorn France in hopes of finding her husband -- only to become mixed up in an espionage plot that also involves the redoubtable Jack Garrison. Originally telecast in Canada beginning March 5, 2000, Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story was seen in the United States courtesy of PBS on July 23 and 30, 2000. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning
At once a sequel and a prequel to the life of Anne of Green Gables' Anne Shirley, this drama features a cast led by Barbara Hershey and Shirley MacLaine. With her legendary imagination, it's little surprise that an adult Anne Shirley (Hershey) is making a living as a writer. A return to Prince Edward Island brings her work as a playwright, a welcome distraction from worrying about her son who hasn't returned from World War II yet. However, when she decides to sell Green Gables, she uncovers a letter from her father. Though she told everyone she was an orphan, her father was actually alive and abandoned her as a child. A rich woman (MacLaine) and her daughter-in-law (Rachel Blanchard) become Anne's caretakers, and she begins a journey that will turn her into the Anne that readers and audiences have loved for decades. ~ Kimber Myers, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Megan Follows
    Megan Follows - Anne Shirley
  • Colleen Dewhurst
    Colleen Dewhurst - Marilla Cuthbert
  • Richard Farnsworth
    Richard Farnsworth - Mathew Cuthbert
  • Jonathan Crombie
    Jonathan Crombie - Gilbert Blythe
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    Schuyler Grant - Diana Barry

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