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Little Women [Special Edition] [DVD] [1994]

  • SKU: 3876078
  • Release Date: 04/25/2000
  • Rating: PG
This special edition of Gillian Armstrong's Little Women truly is special. In addition to the very nice anamorphic widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, English soundtracks are offered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish and Portuguese soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo, while English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai subtitles are also available. The bountiful supplemental materials include a commentary track by the director, deleted scenes (also with director's commentary), a "making of" featurette, two different trivia games, a historical timeline, an isolated musical score, a costume and set design gallery with commentary by the film's fashion designer Colleen Atwood, theatrical trailers, talent files, and production notes. The wealth of material on this disc makes it an interesting buy for any DVD lover, but close to a must-have for any fan of the film itself.

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    Special Features

    • Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video
    • Widescreen presentation
    • Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital) and 2-Channel (Dolby Surround), Spanish, Portuguese
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai
    • Director Gillian Armstrong's audio commentary
    • Deleted scenes with director's commentary
    • "Making-of" featurette
    • Two trivia games
    • Historical timeline
    • Isolated music score
    • Costume and set design gallery with Colleen Atwood's commentary
    • Theatrical trailers
    • Talent files
    • Production notes
    • Scene selections with motion images


    Little Women
    Louisa May Alcott's classic novel about a family of women in Civil War-era New England is again brought to the screen in this adaptation. The focus is on the March sisters, four young girls raised by their mother (Susan Sarandon) after their father leaves for battle as part of the Union Army. At the center is Jo March (Winona Ryder), an idiosyncratic would-be writer said to be based on Alcott herself, but the film also focuses on the stories of her sisters -- the more conventional Meg (Trini Alvarado), the innocent Beth (Claire Danes), and the precocious Amy (Kirsten Dunst and Samantha Mathis, who represent Amy at different ages.) The film spans years, following the girls' struggles with life's challenges and illustrating how their family connection remains strong in the face of tragedies large and small. Australian director Gillian Armstrong emphasizes the story's feminist elements, particularly in Jo's journey to independence. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Winona Ryder
      Winona Ryder - Jo March
    • Gabriel Byrne
      Gabriel Byrne - Friedrich Bhaer
    • Trini Alvarado
      Trini Alvarado - Meg March
    • Samantha Mathis
      Samantha Mathis - Amy March (older)
    • Susan Sarandon
      Susan Sarandon - Marmee March

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Little Women: A Pre-Raphaelite Masterpiece


      While I have seen many other versions of Little Women, I believe this is the best I have ever seen because it shows the Pre-Raphaelite philosophy, which is a pulling away from the corsets and restraints of the Victorian era. As Jo, Winona Ryder is very lively and spunky, yet we see her frustrations with the social norms of the day. When the March family gathers around the new piano on Christmas Day and sings "Deck the Halls," Ryder boisterously shouts out "Merry Measure", which I found very refreshing. We see her romp about with her best friend Laurie (Christian Bale) who just so happens to be male, and slowly fall in love with the poetic Freidrich (Gabriel Byrne). After not having seen Laurie for a while, we see the genuine joy in Jo's face when he makes a surprise visit - with his bride, who is none other than Jo's sister Amy! Jo is completely delighted to have her childhood friend as her brother-in-law! Bale is a fun, joyous, romantic, and ever-so-slightly batty Laurie. He loves Jo the way he would love a little sister, but his heart clearly belongs to Amy (Samantha Matthis). While we now see him on the silver screen as Batman, he is far from being a brooding dark knight in shining armor - he runs out and grabs happiness with both hands! Gabriel Byrne, who plays King Arthur's father Uther Pendragon in Excalibur, and the swashbuckling D'Artagnan in The Man in the Iron Mask, captures the very essence of the Pre-Raphaelite movement as the poet/philosopher Friedrich, Jo's true love. As her literary talent emerges, we see him encouraging her to be, and write, as herself, at one point, making sure she uses her real name - Josephine - rather than the name she has been using on her works - Joseph. Rather than make Jo into something pretty and sweet and dainty, he embraces her spunky spirit and sharp intellect. Susan Sarandon brings Abigail "Marmee" into a starring role as she imparts feminist wisdom to her three daughters and challenges those who try to make them conform to the rigidity of society. Likewise, Kirsten Dunst and Samantha Matthis together team up as Amy, the artist in the family, keeping in mind that one of the best things about the mid to late 19th century is its painting! Both Dunst, as younger Amy, and Matthis, as older Amy, show that passion for beauty that is carried through the brush and onto the canvas. Unfortunately, Claire Daines is too strong and to vibrant as the delicate little girl Beth. She also looks far too old to play this sweet dainty child, who ultimately dies. While the ideal Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, for which she was far better suited, I did not see Daines, as Beth, struggle with her handicaps and illnesses. Strong actors such as Olivia de Havilland as Melanie and Tom Hanks as the AIDS-stricken hero of Philadelphia have excelled in playing characters with physical difficulties, but Daines, sadly, somehow was not convincing enough. Perhaps some artistic liberty could have been taken, as was done in the previous Little Women starring Katharine Hepburn as Jo, and the very young Margaret O'Brien as Beth, by making Beth the youngest of the four March sisters and perhaps using the talented Dunst instead. Rounding off this charming re-telling of the cherished tale are Trini Alvarado and Eric Stolz as the eldest March sister Meg and her beloved John Brooke. This movie shows how their love flourishes even in the face of the harsh criticism Meg receives for marrying a poor man. Mary Wickes, whom we know and love as the tone-deaf singer Sister Mary Lazarus in Sister Act, is a vibrant and feisty Aunt March, who, while trying to impose convention onto this unconventional family, and failing miserably, shows a great joy and a great unconditional love for them, eccentricities and all! This is truly a lovely and charming movie, best seen at Christmas time - or, at least for me, any time!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good Movie


      This is a heartwarming remake of the 1933 movie and I recommend it. I actually bought this thinking I was buying the original, but I was not disappointed at all. This is a clean movie about four sisters during the Civil War and their lives as they mature into adulthood. If you enjoy movies like Anne of Green Gables you will probably like Little Women.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Love it!


      This is one of my all time favorite movies! I absolutely love it and have watched it every Christmas for the last 15 years. Great family movie about the importance of family and good moral values.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      4K Remastered!!!

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      This Blu-ray must have been remastered in 4K from Sony. It's a wonderful visual presentation and it includes extras.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Enchanting tale of family

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      The film tells the tale of how important family and friends are no matter the situation. Based on a classic novel.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

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      I bought this for my Girl Scout troop to watch on our way to Savannah, GA. Great girl movie!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie.

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      This is a classic story with a great cast. Highly recommend.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Very good blu ray

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      Nice Blu ray quality odd looking disc but works fine and fast shipping

      I would recommend this to a friend

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