Monday, November 7, 2016

PBS Distribution releasing “L.M. MONTGOMERY’S ANNE OF GREEN GABLES" on DVD November 8th (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.


Airing on PBS Thanksgiving Night (Check Local Listings)

"PBS Distribution recently announced it is releasing L.M. MONTGOMERY’S ANNE OF GREEN GABLES” on DVD.

L.M. MONTGOMERY’S ANNE OF GREEN GABLES” the classic Lucy Maud Montgomery story tells the tale of Anne Shirley, a precocious young girl taken from an orphanage and placed in the care of the uptight Marilla Cuthbert and her brother, Matthew. The conservative Marilla has a profound effect on the adventurous Anne and creates a journey of learning and personal engagement that has resonated with generations since L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables was first published in 1908. The book remains an iconic work of Canadian literature and has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide and been translated into 20 languages.

L.M. MONTGOMERY’S ANNE OF GREEN GABLES” will be available tomorrow, November 8th, on DVD . The run time of the program is approximately 90 minutes, and the SRP is $19.99. The program will also be available for digital download.  

Directed by John Kent Harrison and based on the original script by Susan Coyne, this adaptation, filmed in Canada, stars critically acclaimed, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor Martin Sheen. Sheen – who has appeared in blockbuster films ranging from Apocalypse Now to The Amazing Spider Man, and played the President of the United States in the multi-Emmy Award winning series “The West Wing” – portrays Matthew Cuthbert, one half of the brother-sister couple who care for Anne Shirley. 

Additional cast members of “L.M. MONTGOMERY’S ANNE OF GREEN GABLES” include 14-year old Ella Ballentine (The Captive) as Anne Shirley, Sara Botsford (“E.N.G.”) as Marilla Cuthbert, Julia Lalonde (“Catch a Christmas Star”) as Diana Barry, Kate Hennig (“Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould”) as Rachel Lynde, Stefani Kimber (Remember) as Josie Pye, Drew Haytaoglu (“Looks Just Like the Sun) as Gilbert Blythe, Kyle Gatehouse (Source Code) as Mr. Phillips and Linda Kash (Cinderella Man) as Mrs. Barry.

L.M. MONTGOMERY’S ANNE OF GREEN GABLES was produced by Breakthrough Entertainment in association with Corus Entertainment’s YTV and the author’s granddaughter, Kate Macdonald Butler, who served as executive producer."


My Thoughts:

Were you a fan of Anne of Green Gables?  I grew up reading the books and watching the show on television every week with my mother.  It was the first "grown up" show we enjoyed watching together and would talk about.  We loved Anne Shirley and the rest of the characters who lived on the Green Gables farm.

So, when I heard that they were recreating Anne of Green Gables and releasing it to DVD on Nov. 8th, as well as airing it on PBS on Thanksgiving night, I couldn't wait to share the news with my mom.  She was just as excited as I was about the show.  While I am not usually a fan of recreating shows or movies, I was eager to see if they put a new spin on things, or be able to compare it to the old Anne of Green Gables I grew up watching.

Thanks to the kind folks at PBS Distribution, I was sent along an advance copy of the 90-minute movie to watch.  It came at a great time as I have been recuperating from pneumonia and am supposed to be taking it easy.  I wasn't sure if my girls would be into watching the movie, so I played them the trailer I shared above.  Savannah was excited and said it looked like a good movie.  Bella, who is only 4.5 years old, said she would be pass.  So, the other night, Savannah and I snuggled up in my bed and we watched this movie right before bed.  It was great being able to share Anne of Green Gables with her, and see her get excited about Anne Shirley and the other characters.  She was asking questions and trying to guess what would come next.  In the end, we were both smiles.  She liked the movie, as did I.  While I still prefer the original Anne of Green Gables series, this is definitely a must see for fans of the series.  It was great thinking back to my youth when I used to watch this movie and how I admired the character Anne Shirley.

You can pick up this new movie tomorrow on DVD or digital download, or wait until Thanksgiving evening to see it on PBS.  Either way, make a point to check it out, as I know you will love it, too!


About Breakthrough Entertainment
Breakthrough Entertainment Inc. is an award-winning producer and distributor of premium content for worldwide audiences. The entertainment studio’s operations include the development and distribution of feature films, television and digital content; international co-productions and production services. Breakthrough’s digital media division ranks amongst the industry’s most respected producers of high-quality interactive entertainment on mobile and online platforms. Established over 30 years ago, Breakthrough’s library now boasts over 40 feature films and 4,000 television episodes which air on major networks and digital channels across the globe. The studio has been recognized with international awards, including numerous Geminis, Canadian Screen Awards and Canadian Comedy Awards. Follow @breakthru_ent on Twitter.

About PBS Distribution
PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally, extending the reach of these programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers.

PBS Distribution offers a broad range of high quality content in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, and digital streaming.  PBS International offers factual content for broadcast, cable, and satellite services internationally.  The PBS Distribution catalog includes films from Ken Burns, documentaries from award-winning series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, dramas from MASTERPIECE, as well as films from independent producers and popular children’s programming.

Street Date: November 8, 2016
Genre: Drama
Run Time: Approximately 90 Minutes
SRP: DVD $19.99
Format: DVD 

Disclosure: I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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