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A Little Princess
A Little Princess
Actors: Maureen Lipman, Amelia Shankley, Nigel Havers, David Yelland, Miriam Margolyes
Director: Carol Wiseman
Genres: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2009     2hr 43min

As seen on PBS ?Wonderworks? ? Starring Maureen Lipman, Miriam Margolyes and Nigel Havers — WINNER, Parents? Choice Award and BAFTA Award for Best Children?s Program Amelia Shankley shines as Sara Crewe in this faithful ada...  more »


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Actors: Maureen Lipman, Amelia Shankley, Nigel Havers, David Yelland, Miriam Margolyes
Director: Carol Wiseman
Creators: David Taylor, Clayton Parker, Colin Shindler, Ellen Freyer, Nick Elliott, Frances Hodgson Burnett
Genres: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: E1 Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/05/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/1986
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1986
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 2hr 43min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 22
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

A little help for those wanting to know what version to buy.
hodgrow | Pacific Northwest | 05/06/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the definitive adaptation of "A Little Princess" to watch! While the film may suffer somewhat from budgetary limitations (the "Banquet Hall" scene never fails to make me cringe,) the value and depth of the story absolutely make up for any shortcomings. This film is great!

I previously owned the VHS version and was surprised to find that the DVD release is not quite the same as the old VHS release. The DVD is apparently the original UK version, split into six separate parts (25 minutes each.) This version has been a long time coming! When this was rebroadcast on PBS, it was re-edited for US audiences into a three part series, using alternative dialogue and extended scenes. The US edit was sold as a three VHS set and a slightly edited-for-religious-content version was available as a one or two VHS set.

In comparing the US and UK cuts, I have to say that the US version is longer but now feels more like a dumbed-down edit to me. Everything in the US cut is explained much more thoroughly. The UK cut contains whole new scenes not found in the US version and I feel that this makes for a broader, more enjoyable plot. It's as if the storyline was trimmed for US audiences and then, the remaining scenes extended to ensure that the condensed storyline was even further explained with precision. Perhaps I'm too harsh -- both cuts certainly have their merits, but I must say that the conclusion is far more poignant and detailed in the UK edit, shown on the DVD.

The picture quality on the DVD release is much better than I was expecting. Audio quality is average, but clear. Subtitles are included under the menu options. Each episode is available under the menu and there is a play-all option, but no special features or extras are included.

While this might not have been exactly what I was expecting, the DVD turned out to be a pleasant surprise.
One of the best film productions I've seen to date
hodgrow | 05/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The "Little Princess" is a movie not to be missed by child or adult. Though I'm partial to British productions, and this is one, everyone I have talked to about this film has agreed that it's the very best version yet. Amelia Shankley (now Amelia Curtis) shows incrediable talent. She plays a young girl who faces what life gives her and in the end is rewarded. Simple discription I know, but for you who don't know the story, watch this version. Don't bother with the Shirley Temple or any other version. This one is by far the best."
A joy to watch!
Viewer | USA | 03/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am breathless with excitement! My favourite movie of all time is finally coming out on DVD and it looks like it will be beautiful! This is the ONLY version that is accurate to the book, with an excellent cast and a very true depiction of Victorian life and the various social levels. From upper class down to the scivvy, and everyone in between, this enchanting and heartbreaking story not only is tremendously well done and entertaining, but teaches anyone at any age that being a princess is not about what you have, but rather how you act and treat others. A dream come true!"
By far the best film production of this book.
Kevin Keech | 01/25/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"An excellent and superbly acted production that is 99% faithful to Burnett's book of the same name. A must see for Burnett (The Secret Garden, Little Lord Fauntleroy) fans or anyone that enjoys a good story with a moral and a happy ending!"