Beloved

Beloved

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Director: Jonathan Demme
     
 

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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.…  See more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/1999
UPC:
0717951002365
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:51:00

Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Oprah Winfrey Sethe
Danny Glover Paul D
Thandie Newton Beloved
Kimberly Elise Denver
Beah Richards Baby Suggs
Lisa Gay Hamilton Younger Sethe
Albert Hall Stamp Paid
Irma P. Hall Ella
Carol Jean Lewis Janey Wagon
Kessia Kordelle Amy Denver
Jude Ciccolella Schoolteacher
Anthony Chisholm Langhorne
Dorothy Love Coates M. Lucille Williams
Jane White Lady Jones
Jason Robards Mr. Bodwin

Technical Credits
Jonathan Demme Director,Producer
Akosua Busia Screenwriter
Oprah Winfrey Producer
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Ron Bozman Executive Producer
Adam Brooks Screenwriter
Tak Fujimoto Cinematographer
Carl Fullerton Makeup Special Effects
Tim Galvin Art Director
Gary Goetzman Producer
Richard LaGravenese Screenwriter
Carol Littleton Editor
Neal Martz Makeup Special Effects
Karen O'Hara Set Decoration/Design
Rachel Portman Score Composer
Edward Saxon Producer
Kristi Zea Production Designer
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Kohn Asst. Director
Howard Feuer Casting
Andy Keir Editor
Kate Forte Producer
Steven Shareshian Associate Producer
Toni Morrison Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Program Start
2. Eight Years Later - 1873
3. "Come Into My House"
4. Paul D Meets Denver
5. Evil Speaks
6. Nightmares of the Past
7. Denver's Thoughts
8. At the Town Carnival
9. Beloved
10. Denver and Beloved
11. By the Fireplace
12. At the Dinner Table
13. Paul Speculates
14. "Why U Call Yoself Beloved?"
15. Denver's Story - Forest
16. Down the River
17. "Where's My Halle?"
18. To Pay a Tribute to Daddy
19. Beloved's Disapproval
20. Beloved's Seduction
21. Attempt at Confession
22. The Newspaper Clipping
23. Schoolteacher's Return
24. Goodbye
25. "You Came Back to Me"
26. Gifts for Beloved
27. "Why You Hurt Me?"
28. Grandma's Quilt
29. Cincinnati
30. Gossip
31. Paul D in the City
32. Sethe's Best Thing
33. End Credits

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Beloved 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, people who are going to read the book, don't watch the movie first because the movie doesn't contain all or exact information from the book. Secondly, this has too much sex in it. It should have been rated X not PG. I just don't like the fact that this movie excludes so many things from the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Oprah. I think she has done wonderful things with her career and those things have greatly impacted the quality of life for millions of people in our country, however I didn't think this film is the best avenue for her to show her strengths, at least in terms of acting ability. Basically what I mean is, that I don't think she can act. She was okay in this movie but I am grateful that her part didn't make or break the film (although I did notice that the movie was put out by her company, Harpo productions). The other significant roles, that of the two daughters and the boyfriend were all very well acted, thank goodness, because I liked just about everything else about this movie. The only thing I didn't understand was the beginning-with the wolf or dog...whatever, and of course since I am not a person of color, I can't really appreciate the full context and meaning of the story so part of me felt a little left out. All in all though, it was a valuable contribution to the world of cinema. I am definitely taking the book out of the library to read for a fuller understanding of the story's message.
tito More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the sickest main stream films I have ever see! It had so much sex in it! Oprah Must have paid off someone to get this film a PG rating because it's actually not far from porn! This movie grossed me out! Unforgetable you say! Yeah by how sick it is!
derbydreams More than 1 year ago
Toni Morrison brings to life the horrers of slavery. Based on a known event in history, this movie really pulls at your heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beloved was an excellent movie with fine acting and great direction by Jonathan Demme. Adapted from the novel Beloved by Toni Morisson. Rated R this movie contain graphic images of slaves were treated. Oprah Winfrey gave an Oscar worthy performance as Sethe, A slave with a horrible past that involved trying to kill her kids rather than have them be slaves. She disappears into this role as few actresses do. Also good are Thandie Newton as Beloved and Kimberly Elise as Denver, Sethe's daughters. A Great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this movie was very well prepared and put together. This movie have touched my great grandmother and her children. Why because they can relate to that era. And it has healed some hearts. This movie was perfect in everyway. I would tell everyone to take a minute to enjoy this film and watch it with no interruptions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was so absorbing and moving. The acting was just as excellent. I was just captivated every second of the film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'A masterwork, it's the most wonderful, heart-warming moving. I have never seen anything better in my entire life.