Item description for Anne of Avonlea by Koch Entertainment...
The maturation and coming of age of a young woman is a difficult and often confusing journey for any young girl, but the road for Anne Shirley (Kim Braden), an orphan taken in as a child by Marilla Cuthbert (Barbara Hamilton) and her deceased brother Matthew, is littered with unique challenges that test her own beliefs, talents, dreams, and sense of self-worth. Based on the "Anne of Avonlea" and "Anne of the Island" children's books by L.M. Montgomery, this 6-episode, 5-hour 1975 BBC mini-series (not the popular PBS version directed by Kevin Sullivan and starring Megan Follows) opens with a bright and ambitious Anne as she prepares to begin teaching in the local school and actively serves as an advocate and secretary on the newly formed Village Improvement Society in Avonlea. A highly principled young woman, Anne's idealistic resolves are quickly tested as is her limited knowledge of small town politics. The death of a neighbor leads Anne and Marilla to welcome two young orphans into their household, resulting in Anne's selflessly setting aside her dreams of attending college. Formal schooling aside, Anne's education regarding marriage, politics, and human nature continues right there in Avonlea. Eventually, Anne's dreams of attending college are realized and she quickly discovers how much she still has to learn about friendship, love, and self-sufficiency. This BBC production features convincing talent and a sense of intimacy that is reinforced by a sparseness of set and music and a tendency toward up-close photography. (Ages 9 and older) --Tami Horiuchi
Description Based on L.M. Montgomery's classic novels Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island, this acclaimed BBC mini-series continues the story of Anne Shirley (Kim Braden), the heroine of Anne of Green Gables as she begins her job as a schoolteacher.
New adventures lie in store for Anne as her life at Green Gables takes unexpected turns with the arrival of two new orphans and the realization that college is no longer a dream. Through marriage proposals from suitors, the sale of her first story and sharing a cottage with her friends, Anne holds on to her memories of Avonlea and discovers life and love on her own terms.
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Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Running Time: 312.00 minutes
Record Label Koch Vision
Format Color / DVD-Video / NTSC
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.5" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Release Date Dec 29, 2009
Publisher E1 Entertainment
ISBN 1417228970 ISBN13 9781417228973 UPC 741952636496
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Reviews - What do customers think about Anne of Avonlea?
Horrible Oct 23, 2007
I can't believe I bought this thing. The acting is reminiscent of a high school play. The sets are atrocious (think High School), and the actors are unpleasant to look at. Do not waste your money with this version (the Sullivan production is infinitely better). Also, the color is off. There's nothing positive about this dvd, sadly.
One To Add To The Collection Sep 12, 2007
I am a big fan of the Ann of Green Gables books and the Sullivan series that appeared on PBS, which I own on DVD. So, I was thrilled to see another version of the story. This DVD consolidates Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island, so for you Anne fans, it covers the most interesting part of the Anne/Gilbert love story. Unfortunately, although this version is true to the book up to a point, the things that are really changed are the romantic interations between Gilbert and Anne. The ending is very abrupt as well and is way off from the book! Otherwise, I think this is a fine production with great acting, which should be added to collections of Anne-o-philes everywhere. But, for sheer romantic content, I think the Sullivan version is more satisfying!
fabulous Jun 4, 2007
When I found that this thirty-year-old BBC mini-series was out on DVD, I couldn't believe it! I had such fond memories of the series all those years ago and never believed I would see be able to see it again. But such is the nature of modern technology, and we are so lucky for it. As another reviewer said, Kim Braden IS Anne - nobody can top her. And the story stays so much closer to the original story. I only wish the first part of the series, "Anne of Green Gables," was available too. Message to the BBC - please find it ... I want to buy it!!
ANNE OF AVONLEA May 15, 2007
THAT WAR THE FIRST I SAW AND I LOVED I START ASKING FOR MORE MOVIES OF AVOLEA.
Anne of Avonea - BBC version features LLM's characters Mar 19, 2007
I truly enjoyed viewing so many of Lucy Maud Montgomery's characters and storylines. Although I'm a huge fan of Kevin Sullivan's Anne movies, this version is closer to the plots from the books. The ending was a bit of a letdown but overall it was time well spent.