DVD Beloved [DVD] [Widescreen] [1999] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 8012),
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Beloved [DVD] [Widescreen] [1999] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Oprah Winfrey collaborated with director Jonathan Demme (SILENCE OF THE LAMBS) for this African American ghost story, set in 1870s Ohio. Demme adapted it from Toni Morrison's Pulitzer-winning book. Former slave Sethe (Winfrey) lives with her daughter Denver (Kimberly Elise) in a house haunted by the malignant spirit of Sethe's long-dead infant. Sethe is also haunted by memories of her life of slavery at Sweet Home, the Kentucky plantation where she was raised. Enter Paul D. (Danny Glover), a fellow slave from Sweet Home, who stays at the house to start a new life with Sethe and Denver. Unfortunately their plans for happiness are foiled with the unexpected arrival of Beloved (Thandie Newton), a mysterious woman that may be the physical manifestation of Sethe's dead child. Horrifying secrets are revealed leading to a shattering climax.

    Exquisite cinematography by Tak Fujimoto gives the film its stark beauty, and the performances are all splendid, particularly Winfrey's, and Newton's as the strange, hissing girl-child. Evocative recreations of the time, and disturbing flashbacks to the terrors of Sweet Home are interwoven to create a harrowing, vivid portrait of a life of freedom still haunted by ghosts of America's shameful past.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 17243

  • Credits
    Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise, Beah Richards, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Albert Hall, Irma P. Hall
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[A] film of shocking immediacy and surpassing tenderness..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Grab[s] you by the throat....In a just world, both Newton and Elise would have vied for Best Supporting Actress..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Expressionistic photography, meticulous editing and one of the year's most memorable scores..."
    USA Today

    "...[Winfrey has] assembled everything perfectly..."
    Premiere

    "...[A] transfixing, deeply felt adaptation of Toni Morrison's novel....Mr. Demme succeeds uncannily well in bringing the novel's pulse to the screen..."
    New York Times

    "...Morrison's wrenching story has been filmed with remarkable skill and restraint..."
    Box Office

    "...Newton hits the right unnerving notes with her work here....Her Beloved is a truly disconcerting, unfathomable presence....It gives the film the critical sense of unease the book has..."
    Los Angeles Times

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