Little Women
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Little Women

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Director: Gillian Armstrong

Cast: Gillian Armstrong, Winona Ryder, Gabriel Byrne, Trini Alvarado

     
 

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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, whileSee more details below

Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Matthew Johnson
As unpredictable as youth, and told with rare gentleness, director Gillian Armstrong's 1994 film of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women (adapted by Robin Swicord) merits strong consideration in the pantheon of great literary adaptations. Armstrong's effort is the second filming of the book, following George Cukor's 1933 effort starring Katharine Hepburn. For the usual mysterious commercial reasons, Armstrong's film performed modestly at the box office, but that certainly can't be blamed on the cast, for they breathe more life into this story of the road from girlhood to womanhood than Cukor's august bunch. Susan Sarandon is Marmee March, a Massachusetts abolitionist during the Civil War raising four daughters while her husband is away with the Union army. Each of her daughters is uniquely strong and independent. Jo (Winona Ryder), the second daughter (who narrates the film), aspires to be a writer and finds a kindred spirit in neighbor Laurie Lawrence (Christian Bale, American Psycho). Her older sister Meg (Trini Alvarado) searches local society for a suitor, finding one in Laurie's tutor, John Brooke (Eric Stolz). Along with younger sisters Beth (Claire Danes) and Amy (Kirsten Dunst and later Samantha Mathis), Jo and Meg entertain themselves in an island of freedom during an age when women were second-class citizens. The bias against women -- best illustrated when Jo, as a struggling writer in New York, falls in love with Professor Friedrich Bhaer (Gabriel Byrne) -- only helps to strengthen the bonds of the four sisters and their mother.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
With director Gillian Armstrong and star Susan Sarandon involved, it was a safe bet that the 1994 film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel Little Women would highlight the feminist undertones in a story about four daughters growing up under the nurturing eye of their Marmee. Rather than lard on the sentiment or the message, however, Armstrong's dramatic restraint makes the tale of sisterhood, love, and family all the more affecting. Establishing the March sisters' personalities through their quotidian interactions with one another and the handsome men in their lives, Armstrong never loses sight of Marmee's challenge to her girls to develop their intellects as well as their beauty, even as 19th century convention dictated that they yearn for the men of their dreams. Anchored by Winona Ryder's performance as aspiring writer Jo, the uniformly strong ensemble cast breathes life into the March family's emotional highs and lows; the carefully crafted period settings and costumes lend an appropriately appealing atmosphere. Greeted with rave reviews, Little Women became a Christmas-season success and went on to earn Oscar nominations for Best Score and Best Costumes and for Ryder as Best Actress.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2000
UPC:
0043396050440
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:58:00

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Winona Ryder Jo March
Gabriel Byrne Friedrich Bhaer
Trini Alvarado Meg March
Samantha Mathis Amy March (older)
Susan Sarandon Marmee March
Kirsten Dunst Amy March (Age 10)
Claire Danes Beth March
Eric Stoltz John Brooke
John Neville Grandpa Lawrence
Christian Bale Laurie Laurence
Mary Wickes Aunt March
Florence Patterson Hannah
Rebecca Toolan Mrs Gardiner
Janne Mortil Sally Moffat
Ahnee Boyce Sally's Friend
Michelle Goodger Hortense
Christine Lippa Mrs Hummel
Matthew Walker Mr. March
Beverley Elliott Irish Maid
Jay Brazeau Dashwood
Kate Robbins Opera Singer Leila
David Adams Opera Singer Nadir
Donal Logue Jacob Mayer
Scott Bellis John McCracken
John Shaw Charles Botts
Brian Finn Demi
Janie Woods-Morris Boston Matron
Marilyn Norry Mrs Kirk

Technical Credits
Gillian Armstrong Director
Stuart Aikins Casting
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Eric Batut Musical Direction/Supervision
Nicholas Beauman Editor
Warren Carr Associate Producer
Denise Di Novi Producer
Naomi Donne Makeup
Jim Erickson Set Decoration/Design
Carrie Frazier Casting
Shani Ginsberg Casting
Richard St. John Harrison Set Decoration/Design
Richard Hudolin Art Director
Peter Levy Cinematographer
Thomas Newman Score Composer
William H. Orr Special Effects
Jan Roelfs Production Designer
Geoffrey Simpson Cinematographer
Lee Smith Set Decoration/Design
Robin Swicord Co-producer,Screenwriter
Mark Turnbull Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:17]
2. Concord, Massachusetts [1:35]
3. Christmas Eve [9:32]
4. Laurie & Jo [8:52]
5. "Teacher Struck Me." [4:21]
6. Amateur Theatrics [5:41]
7. The Missing Manuscript [1:48]
8. The Ice on Walden Pond [2:39]
9. Preparing for the Ball [2:55]
10. The Coming-Out Party [8:07]
11. The Hummels [1:43]
12. Professional Author [9:12]
13. Father Returns [1:06]
14. Four Years Later [1:53]
15. Laurie Proposes [1:01]
16. New York [:31]
17. Debating the Vote [6:27]
18. Two Stories Published [7:48]
19. Amy & Laurie in France [1:11]
20. "I Find You Changed." [4:38]
21. An Honest Opinion [2:37]
22. Telegram [3:48]
23. With Beth [1:22]
24. Beth's Trunk [1:16]
25. Writing What She Knows [8:04]
26. A Daughter & a Son [1:55]
27. Little Women [2:16]
28. End Credits [4:40]

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