Beloved [DVD] [1998]

  • SKU: 3632572
  • Release Date: 05/18/1999
  • Rating: R
  • 3.8 (4)
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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Overview

Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
3.8
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

Synopsis

Beloved
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

Overall Customer Rating

3.8 out of 53.8
4 Reviews
75%of customers recommend this product.

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