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Driving Miss Daisy (Widescreen Special Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]

4.4 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone, Esther Rolle
  • Directors: Bruce Beresford
  • Writers: Alfred Uhry
  • Producers: Alfred Uhry, David Brown, Jake Eberts, Lili Fini Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: Feb. 4 2003
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000087F7D
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Four Academy Awards(R) including Best Picture! The funny, tender story of a feisty Southern lady and her chauffeur, fueled by the starpower of Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman and Dan Aykroyd.

Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Picture in 1989, this gracefully moving drama, adapted from the hit play by Alfred Uhry, chronicles the 25-year friendship between a stubborn, aging Southern widow (Jessica Tandy) and her loyal chauffeur (Morgan Freeman). At first, the self-sufficient Miss Daisy is reluctant to accept the services of a chauffeur, but Hoke is quiet, wise, and tolerant, and as the years pass the unlikely friends develop a deep mutual respect and admiration. Tandy deservedly won the Oscar® for her sassy and sensitive performance, and Freeman earned an Oscar® nomination for bringing quiet depth and integrity to his memorable role. Ironically, director Bruce Beresford (Tender Mercies) was not nominated, but the film won Oscars® for makeup and for Uhry's screenplay, in addition to a supporting actor nomination for Dan Aykroyd as Daisy's supportive son. Delicate, funny, and bittersweet, Driving Miss Daisy was a surprise hit when released, and marked the crowning achievement of Tandy's great career. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

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Format: DVD
When Warner Home Video released their full frame DVD copy of this movie back in 1997 I was really steamed. The image was cropped, softly focused and absent of fine details and proper color balancing. Now, Warner has gone back to the drawing board and released "Driving Miss Daisy" in its original 1:85:1 aspect ratio. But this still may not be the version for you to run out and buy.
True, the original theatrical release was rather softly focused, but this edition is perhaps too much so in spots to say that it is the result of the director's original intent. Colors are smeared and contrast levels continue to be extremely low in spots. There are also blemishes in the original camera negative that are quite evident, particularly in the scenes that take place in the kitchen. Also, there is quite a bit of digital grit, evident in scenes with a lot of sky and a ton of pixelization that breaks up fine background details. The soft quality of the image is what really hurts the over all visual impact of this transfer. The audio has been remixed to 5.1 but it's a weak mix, sounding very much like a 2.0 surround instead. There are a could of documentaries but nothing definitive that will set the world on fire. BOTTOM LINE: Disappointing transfer for a film that has entered the public consciousness as one of the best movies of all time.
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Lovely is such an old fashioned word, I know. But that's the word that describes this film, for me. The story of the developing friendship over many years between the black chaueffeur and the older Jewish woman is very heartwarming in its simplicity. Jessica Tandy is marvelous as "Miss Daisy" the fiercely independant, irascible widow, whose advancing age requires her son to employ, against her wishes, a driver/companion for her. Miss Tandy, who originated the role of Blanche DuBois on Broadway in "A Streetcar Named Desire", was a wonderful actress. This was one of her last films, and all the skill, sublety, and experience of her life-long craft come together to create a living, breathing "Miss Daisy." Morgan Freeman meets her skill in his portrayal of "Hoag", the accomodating chaueffeur. He has the manner of a certain resignation that an older black man may have felt in the turbulent, prejudiced south in which he lived, yet exudes dignity. He has the manner of "Hoag" down pat, right down to the closed mouth laugh that I have seen in the old black men who hang out on the corner. This is not a caricature, he IS "Hoag." His relationship with Miss Daisy starts out very rocky, to say the least, but, as time passes, their places in each others lives develope into almost a "marriage", with a quiet understanding of, and dependence on, each other. And though Miss Daisy insists she was not prejudiced, and inherently wasn't, it is touching to see her slowly let go of her last universally accepted beliefs of peoples place in society, where the "colored" help were always servants of some sort, and the line was just never crossed.Read more ›
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Format: DVD
A very sweet film, with towering performances from Morgan Freeman and
Jessica Tandy.

It's well meaning, and well done, but unlike 'Tender Mercies' director
Bruce Beresford can't quite overcome the sap and hokum mixed into with
solid writing. This film is almost the definition of 'Oscar bait'.
Liberal, but sure not to offend anyone, it deals with the issue of US
southern racism with the most ginger of touches, casts the world's WASPiest
looking actors (Jessica Tandy and Dan Akroyd) to play Jews, and has
Morgan Freeman spend the first half of the movie shukin' and jivin',
which might be historically accurate, but we never really see the pain
that living in that subservient way would cause this man of deep

That said, I still enjoyed it very much while I watched it- all the
performances are wonderful, and the writing is clever. I smiled at the
sweet parts, and got teary at the sad. And the film does work much
better as a study of grudging friendship in the face of the indignities
of age, than as a social comment about racism.

But there's something about the burnished glow the film gives the
waning days of Jim Crow that, in retrospect, also gives me the willies.
I wonder how different the film would be if just once they drove by a
black kid getting beat up by a bunch of rednecks. Here, the worst evil
on screen are two mean cops who call Freeman 'boy'. I would hate to
think a generation could watch this film and think it represented the
realities of those terrible times.
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Format: DVD
"Driving Miss Daisy" is one of the best films released in 1989, rightfully winning four Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Makeup. This adaptation of the play version is brilliant. It tells the story, set between 1940's-1960's, of a fiesty elderly woman who's unhappy of growing old. As she meets a man who becomes her driver, the story develops into something special. The combination of stories become increasingly interesting as the two develop a close friendship. Their relationship beats the racist society and the painful past that the man has endured. Through everything, their lives change forever. Her son's frequent visits to her house offer the added entertainment value as it adds to the emotional value. Despite the twenty-five year plot span, the storyline flows smoothly. The warm, loving story offers an unforgettable viewing experience.
Jessica Tandy performs her role as the unhappy elderly woman splendidly. Her every expressed emotion is felt upon audiences. She became the oldest person to win an Oscar, at age 80. Morgan Freeman and Dan Ackroyd's Oscar nominated roles (Best Actor/ Best Supporting Actor) offer the added unique theme to this great film. All other actors also performed wonderfully.
The quality of "Driving Miss Daisy" proves that it's destined to become a classic in the following years. It's sure to continue pleasing audiences for many years to come. Most viewers will have to watch it multiple times to fully understand the movie because of its deep storyline. Afterwards, those who do will be glad they did.
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