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  • Actors: Oprah Winfrey, Mary Alice, Olivia Cole, Robin Givens, Moses Gunn
  • Directors: Donna Deitch
  • Writers: Karen Hall, Gloria Naylor
  • Producers: Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Black, Carole Isenberg, Karen Hall, Patricia K. Meyer
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Synergy
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Mar. 2002
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005YVVY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,248 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By stravingmarvin on 18 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Sound not that great plus a few scenes were cut.
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By James p on 11 Mar. 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Excellent movie well worth watching.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jaij on 8 July 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
DVD almost as good as the bo - brings teh character to life. Just had to add to my collection.
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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
SHAME ON THE DISTRIBUTOR OF THIS FILM 12 Aug. 2003
By Cheryl L. Collins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is one of the best films about black women. I was very happy to see that it was finally a DVD. The DVD version is chopped up something terrible. Many of the scenes have been deleted. When movies are made into DVD, as a rule, there are many extras added. Often times the deleted scenes are part of the DVD. Don't buy the DVD unless you've never seen this movie before. Otherwise, you'll be disappointed.
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"The Women of Brewster Place"......Longer, Unedited, And Just What We've Been Waiting For!!! 17 Mar. 2011
By Louis Batiste - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
In this powerful adaptation of Gloria Naylor's award-winning novel, a star-studded cast fuels the tale of seven women whose lives and stories intertwine as they struggle through triumphs, losses, heartaches, joys, sorrows, friendships, love, and more. The film stars Oprah Winfrey (Who executively produced the film), Lynn Whitfield, Jackee, Robin Givens, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Lonette McKee, and Paula Kelly.

Anyone who saw the miniseries back in 1989 knows what a wonderful film this is. I'm sure you even recognize the beautiful performances made by the cast. However, anyone who has tried to purchase the film knows what an awful transition it made to VHS and DVD. For reasons that are still unknown to me, several important scenes were chopped out of the film, most notably the "meatloaf" scene. Believe me, I wasn't the only one angered at the poor treatment this miniseries received for home viewing.

But for anyone wondering if this DVD is the real deal, FEAR NOT!!!! This is just the version of Brewster Place that you've been looking for! All the scenes you've been missing since the original broadcast are here, which includes:

Mattie talking to Ms. Cleo about taking a longer break to check on her son, Basil.

Mattie, Ciel, and Basil discovering Ms. Eva dead in her home.

Mattie's brief discussion with one of her clients at the salon.

Mattie visiting Basil in jail after his incarceration.

An extended version of Mattie's wait for Basil (Before later realizing that he's run away)

A scene showing Cora Lee's dysfunctional relationship with her children.

Mattie, Ciel, and Etta's conversation walking back from the grocery store.

Kiswana's holding the first Tenants Association Meeting.

An extended version of Cora Lee preparing her children to watch A Midsummer Night's Dream with Kiswana.

The performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

A scene where Tee helps a little girl who scraped her knee and is then reproached by the girl's mother.

The infamous "meatloaf" scene.

A scene where Mattie discusses Tee and Lorraine while doing Etta's hair in her kitchen.

For anyone who has or hasn't seen the original broadcast of the film, the inclusion of these important scenes make a HUGE difference! I would highly recommend that anyone who loves this miniseries and the original novel to buy THIS version of the film, because it's the one that should have been available during that past 20 years!!!

If anyone has any more questions, feel free to ask! In the meantime, enjoy "The Women of Brewster Place!"
74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
SHAME ON YOU, AMAZON! 11 Mar. 2001
By MP Grier - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
Certainly, this film is excellent. However, the version sold here is incomplete. Several key scenes are missing including Cora and her children at _Midsummer Night's Dream_ and the infamous meatloaf scene. One of the only drawbacks of our new virtual world is that you must buy something and open it before you find out it's not what you wanted. There are two versions sold here; I bought the more expensive one, thinking it would be more comprehensive. Buy the cheaper one! You can't miss more than I've missed.
47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Now you done made me mad 8 Nov. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I remember watching this made for TV movie a few years ago. However I was disappointed with the DVD. You can actually see where it was sliced and diced.
Some parts in particular: Oprah finds Ms. Eva to be "asleep" after Ms. Eva did not pick up the kids after school. Oprah returns to the house with the kids. She calls out Ms. Eva name several times. Once Oprah touches her, she realizes that Ms. Eva has passed.
Then there were obvious cuts where there was nothing but a blank screen. Another cut scene: Basil was in jail and Oprah came to visit. "Basil don't you want to sit and talk for a spell? No mama, unless you came to bail me out I have nothing to say", or something to that effect.
This was a hard to find DVD and I was thoroughly disappointed by it. It would have been nice to view the movie in its entirety but I didn't get that.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
If you can't do right leave it alone! 11 Mar. 2005
By Monchie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
What a botched up job!!!!!! I really think the producers of this DVD were on drugs when they edited out hours of this black female saga. This is a beautiful story and it has the right to be delivered in it all its splendor and glory. What a horrible job. I can't say enough about the hack job that has been done to this classic.
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