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Enchanted April [Import]

Alfred Molina , Joan Plowright , Mike Newell    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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This lovely, 1991 adaptation of Elizabeth Von Arnim's novel has a superb cast and a tone so mellow you can feel your pulse get slower. Josie Lawrence and Miranda Richardson play a pair of unhappily married women who rent an Italian villa for a month, sharing the rent with a crusty Englishwoman (Joan Plowright) and a lonely aristocrat (Polly Walker). Sun, rest, sinking into the green grass for long naps--they all have a soulful effect on the quartet, and then on the men in their lives who make a surprise visit. Mike Newell (Into the West) directs with seeming effortlessness, and it is impossible not to be swayed by the promise of restoration for these burdened characters--or for anyone alive. Wonderful performances all around, including a particularly sensitive one by Alfred Molina and a very funny one by Jim Broadbent. --Tom Keogh

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Feature Commentary by Director Mike Newell & Producer Ann Scott

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Story Chopped... Jan. 15 2011
By Eddie Nguyen TOP 500 REVIEWER
'Enchanted April' seems not to be in the product files... I bought this new copy to replace my old well-worn VHS tape. The cinema photography is gorgeous. I know this story very well & was quite disappointed that several intregal scenes were cut short. It is beyond my comprehension as to why some folks think that chopping important scenes is in any way a good idea. There is plenty of room on this cd for even more scenes. Instead this dvd has been severely altered with very negative results. The story now feels quite choppy & the serene flow of the story is quite disturbed.

Keep your old copies of this movie folks as you will certainly miss the chopped scenes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LIKE ACTION MOVIES!!! Dec 18 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I'm a guy. I love action. My DVD Collection is filled with mostly Matrix, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Lord of the Rings type movies. I crave violence, guns, fast cars, hot chicks, and super expensive Special Effects!
So why am I reviewing this movie that has absolutely nothing to do with any of the above? Because I also looooove a good vacation!! And even though this movie is about two women who take a holiday in Italy, that's not what I was referring to. ACTUALLY WATCHING this little movie is literally like taking a mini-vacation!!
I've seen this movie in theatres and had it on VHS at one time (recorded from cable) and I came on here hoping to find it available on DVD. Sadly, tragically it's not, but hopefully it will be soon. I read some of the reviews of this and I must say every single one (positive one anyways) is spot on. If you're wondering whether or not to get this, I'd say trust what you read here and take a chance. You won't be sorry. In this review I wont give any spoilers or much plot details. Because this movie is so much more than a mere plot...
Whether it's a cold rainy day, or too much is going on in life, or you've watched one too many action movies lately, or for ANY reason at all, grab a bowl of popcorn, a pillow and your favorite blankey, have a seat and pop this movie in. And then prepare to be healed! ;)
The experience of watching this movie is like this: It starts of gray and dreary, kinda like how things in your life may be going. The plot is wonderfully simple and very easy to follow, while engaging enough to immediately cause you to be concerned and interested about the main characters. Basically two "friends" are sick of how things are going and want to get away.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanted April July 9 2012
By Duchess TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I bought this movie based on the fact that Joan Plowright was in this movie and that I liked her in the character movie "Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont". This is definitely a character movie and has an interesting story. It's about Lottie Wilkins (Josie Lawrence) and Rose Arbuthnot (Miranda Richardon), two married women living in 1920's London share the misery of empty relationships with their spouses and decide to rent an Italian castle for the spring to get away. In order to save money, they advertise for two other women to join them. Mrs. Fisher (Joan Plowright), an elderly widow who knew many famous authors in her youth is struggling with a lonely and regimented existence and jumps at the chance to join the vacation. Lady Caroline Dester (Polly Walker) is an attractive woman who has been grabbed one too many times and is sick of men, she only wants to be left alone... or so she thinks...

They arrive in San Salvatore' a seaside Italian castle drenched in wisteria and sunshine and find themselves in a romantic landscape that leaves a lot of time to consider their lives in London. After reflecting for a while Lottie decides to send a letter to her husband, inviting him to join her. Even though much more happens, I don't want to spoil the plot of the story, so if you liked Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, you might also like this one as it has an ending that you'd least expect. Again, Joan Plowright plays her role well and so does the rest of the cast. I would recommend this as I find it to be a gem of a movie!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars love the movie....hate this transfer Oct. 19 2010
By purple
well...we have waited patiently for years for this movie to come out on dvd in widescreen.....but the transfer is awful....it's just as bad as my vhs copy,the only difference is that it has been "enhanced" for widescreen t.v.'s...which means that they chopped off the top and bottom of the pan and scan version...so it's really grainy....extreme close ups of the characters....which is a real shame.....cause i love this movie!!! i can't understand why mirimax doesn't take the time and restore the image...give us the original aspect ratio...and please put the cleaned up version on blu ray.....such a visually beautiful movie deserves it....and so do we.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great film for girls weekend, especially (40+) April 3 2014
There appears to be at least 2 versions of this film currently on DVD. This version lists a 93 minute run time which is the same as my Laser disc version circa 1993-96, while some other DVD versions listed with a 89 minute run time. This would account for the chopped scenes some reviewers complain about. Perhaps this version is up to the original. If you order the 93 minute version and get an 89 minute version, return it. There is another US version listed as a "Miramax Award Winning Collection" that lists a 95 minute run time. It is available for around $17.00 Cdn including shipping to Canada from both Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
Anyway, the movie is excellent for a relaxing evening of cinema for both sexes. "Two thumbs up! Warm, funny and romantic." from Gene Siskel, Siskel & Ebert".
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3.0 out of 5 stars did enjoy the movie
it is okay, did enjoy the movie,,, but, I wouldn't purchase again of the same
Published 2 days ago by donalda elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!
Published 16 days ago by Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film
Enjoyed this film...it transported me to the simple pleasures of italian life:)
Highly recommend this film for anyone who loves seeing the italian countryside.
Published 3 months ago by Joanna Giresi
3.0 out of 5 stars I have always been a big fan of British movies
I like British movies and British TV series, but this one particular movie I found disappointing. Could not connect with the characters and found it too slow moving to be totally... Read more
Published 4 months ago by MovieBuff
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanted April
We saw the play in August at the Shaw Festival and enjoyed it very much. We did see the movie a few years ago and wanted to see it again. Both the play and the film are excellent. Read more
Published 11 months ago by William Ange;;
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I have loved this movie since I saw it on CBC when I was a little girl. I decided to look for it to buy so I could watch it again and couldn't find it anywhere. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Student
5.0 out of 5 stars Lose yourself
This is a delightful tale. The Brits are the best actors in the world and this movie proves it. It's a great movie when you are here but would rather be in Tuscany!
Published 13 months ago by LisaG
5.0 out of 5 stars Had to have it
This was one of my favorites and I had to buy it again to replace the original vhs. A classic
Published 13 months ago by Suzanne L. Mcgee
4.0 out of 5 stars only for the romantic
Very beautiful movie making one relax and feel soothed. Stellar cast and well directed. Makes one wish they could go back to Italy!
Published 14 months ago by Colleen Cunningham
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally on DVD
I first watched this movie at least 17 years ago and fell in love with the characters. It is not a fast paced movie but the acting is very good and the story is wonderful
Published 15 months ago by Dianne J Ritter
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