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Beloved [DVD] [1998]

  • SKU: 3632572
  • Release Date: 05/18/1999
  • Rating: R
Jonathan Demme's adaptation of Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a French soundtrack is recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles accessible on this release. Supplemental features include a "making of" featurette and a trailer. Although this film failed to connect with a mass audience, this disc will please those who discovered its merits. Fans of Oprah Winfrey and Jonathan Demme will find this disc most interesting.

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    Ratings & Reviews

    Overall Customer Rating:
    75% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 4)

    Special Features

    • Dolby Digital 5.1 audio
    • French-language track
    • Production featurette
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Chapter search


    Jonathan Demme directed this adaptation of Toni Morrison's fact-based fifth novel (winner of a 1988 Pulitzer Prize), written in an experimental stream-of-consciousness flow and capturing the impact and aftermath of slavery on the human soul. In 1873, middle-aged Sethe (Oprah Winfrey) lives near Cincinnati with her teenage daughter, Denver (Kimberly Elise). She gets a surprise visit from her old friend Paul D (Danny Glover), whom she knew when they were both slaves on the Kentucky plantation Sweet Home. Paul D moves in, and a number of mysteries are introduced, including Sethe's memories of her dead older daughter and the fact that Sethe has been abandoned by her husband, two sons, and Denver's grandmother, Baby Suggs (Beah Richards). When a feral, insect-covered, stuttering teenager (Thandie Newton) turns up at Sethe's house, she is nursed back to health by Denver and called "Beloved." Violent flashbacks begin to explore shocking episodes from Sethe's past. (The film is rated R "for violent images, sexuality and nudity.") Hints of the supernatural surface as the question arises -- could Beloved be Sethe's older daughter, back from the dead? This film was a pet project of producer-star Oprah Winfrey, who spent over a decade bringing this work to the screen after she bought the film rights in 1987. With titles fashioned by leading poster/titles designer Pablo Ferro and music by Rachel Portman, director Demme filmed in a variety of locations, including Pennsylvania (Philadelphia Civic Center, Lancaster's Landis Valley Museum), Maryland (Fair Hill Natural Resources Area), and Delaware (Old New Castle). ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Oprah Winfrey
      Oprah Winfrey - Sethe
    • Danny Glover
      Danny Glover - Paul D
    • Thandie Newton
      Thandie Newton - Beloved
    • Kimberly Elise
      Kimberly Elise - Denver
    • Beah Richards
      Beah Richards - Baby Suggs

    Customer rating

    Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of Oprahs best since the color purple!!


      I enjoy this movie because it shows the hardships of what slaves actually had to go through at that time. Oprah Winfrey had a beautiful peformance. The only way you are going to enjoy the movie is that you have a vast imajination and it will take you away. I recommend this movie for a good sit down movie!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      don't do it


      bless oprah for trying to bring this to life but this was one of the most disturbing movies and didn't come to closure. the book was brilliant.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      It was very good. I like Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey in the movie

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very Pleased!

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is one of my favorite movies, i love best buy

      I would recommend this to a friend

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