Little Women (Collector’s Series)

December 6, 2019 - Comment

Winona Ryder (in an Oscar(r) nominated role) and Academy Award(r) winner Susan Sarandon (1995 Best Actress, Dead Man Walking) star in this “affectionate, superbly acted” (Los Angeles Times) family favorite. With her husband off at war, Marmee (Sarandon) is left alone to raise their four daughters, her Little Women. There is the spirited Jo (Ryder);

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Winona Ryder (in an Oscar(r) nominated role) and Academy Award(r) winner Susan Sarandon (1995 Best Actress, Dead Man Walking) star in this “affectionate, superbly acted” (Los Angeles Times) family favorite. With her husband off at war, Marmee (Sarandon) is left alone to raise their four daughters, her Little Women. There is the spirited Jo (Ryder); conservative Meg (Trini Alvarado, Paulie); fragile Beth (Claire Danes, William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet); and romantic Amy (played at different ages by Kristen Dunst, Wag the Dog and Samantha Mathis, Broken Arrow). As the years pass, the sisters share some of the most cherished and painful memories of self-discovery, as Marmee and Aunt March (Mary Wickes, The Man Who Came to Dinner) guide them through issues of independence, romance and virtue. Gabriel Byrne (End of Days), Eric Stoltz (TV’s Chicago Hope) and Christian Bale (The Portrait of a Lady) co-star in this “handcrafted valentine” (Newsweek) of a film.The flaws are easily forgiven in this beautiful version of Louisa May Alcott’s novel. A stirring look at life in New England during the Civil War, Little Women is a triumph for all involved. We follow one family as they split into the world, ending up with the most independent, the outspoken Jo (Winona Ryder). This time around, the dramatics and conclusions fall into place a little too well, instead of finding life’s little accidents along the way. Everyone now looks a bit too cute and oh, so nice. As the matron, Marmee, Susan Sarandon kicks the film into a modern tone, creating a movie alive with a great feminine sprit. Kirsten Dunst (Interview with the Vampire) has another showy role. The young ensemble cast cannot be faulted, with Ryder beginning the movie in a role akin to light comedy and crescendoing to a triumphant end worthy of an Oscar. –Doug Thomas

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Anonymous says:

Why MOD for Little Women?!? Gillian Anderson’s exquisite 1994 adaptation of the beloved Louisa May Alcott classic gets short shrift from Sony again. It isn’t bad enough we have waited for decades to get our hands on a hi-def copy of this superior version of the much loved novel, but now we get it on an MOD Blu-ray, not a properly stamped Blu-ray. For shame. Nothing to complain about regarding the transfer. It looks and sounds great. But Sony has jettisoned virtually all of the extras that came with the DVD and gone the…

Anonymous says:

Simply the Greatest Adaptation of Little Women! A beautiful tale told over several years.Gillian Armstrong’s Little Women (1994) is a triumph of realistic acting from an outstanding cast. Robin Swicord’s script is as tender and thoughtful as ever adapting Louisa May Alcott’s novel.Armstrong’s direction is classic and steady with a care to always let the performances breathe on their own merits. She will allow an actress to perform uninterrupted for a whole line, only shifting camera perspective for a vivid reaction…

Anonymous says:

I especially love the character of Professor Baer I bought my second copy since someone borrowed my original and never returned it. I see new things in the movie every time I see it. I especially love the character of Professor Baer, whose history was very much like my own German family; leaving the old country for political reasons. I find it to be very faithful to the book, and, in fact, some of the actors’ staging is identical to one of the most popular vintage book’s illustrations. Especially the first one where the mother is reading their…

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