- Actors: Judy Davis, Victor Garber, Hugh Laurie, John Benjamin Hickey, Sonja Smits
- Directors: Robert Allan Ackerman
- Writers: Robert L. Freedman, Lorna Luft
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Momentum Pictures
- DVD Release Date: 4 Feb. 2002
- Run Time: 139 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00005UQXD
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,887 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows [DVD] 
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Judy Davis plays Judy Garland in this made-for-TV biopic of the troubled Hollywood star. Beginning her career on the vaudeville stage, Garland found fame as a child actress at MGM, starring alongside Mickey Rooney in a series of juvenile musicals and taking the lead role in the all-time classic 'The Wizard of Oz'. However, by this point in her career Garland was already addicted to sleeping pills and barbituates, and as her popularity continued to grow with films such as 'Meet Me in St Louis', so did her personal problems as well. Based on the memoirs of Garland's daughter Lorna Luft.
Top Customer Reviews
But I was SO disappointed. I love this film and agree with everythin that has been said about the remarkable performances etc.
But why, oh why, have scenes been left out? And really important scenes at that!
They got this DVD down to about 2 hrs... even if they couldnt squeeze any more on, I would rather have had a 2-disk version than this edited one.
NOW !!!! ~ AT LAST !! The UNCUT FULL VERSION is now available from Amazon. It is called "Judy Garland, The Movie" (has "extra lange speel..." or something down the side of the dvd cover) ~ Just make sure you choose to not have the Dutch subtitles on & you have the complete original version ! Thank goodness. Someone with some sense.
Why it has been edited so tightly is unknown - as there is clearly plenty of space left on the dvd for these scenes.
Some of the scenes that were deleted were great, crucial scenes: they included:
* A segment showing a teenage Garland with her partner Mickey Rooney on a tour promoting the Wizard of Oz film release
* A few scenes with Judy and her teenage romance with Artie Shaw, who left her for the more glamourous Lana Turner.
* Scenes with Louis B Mayer, as Judy is warned about going to nightclubs and ruining her reputation
*A stunning scene where Judy collapses from exhaustion during filming of a musical number, 'I Got Rhythm' with Busby Berkeley.
These scenes all included the superb Tammy Blanchard, who plays Judy up until 1944, when Judy Davis takes over with her Oscar winning performance.
Also edited was a scene in the late 1960's, when Judy was forced offstage by angry fans when she's hours late for a concert.
Without these scenes, the film is still a wonderful watch, and gives a touching insight into all of Miss Garland's problems and triumphs in her all too short life. She died at age 47 from an accidental drug overdose.
With a score that includes some of Garland's greatest hits like Over the Rainbow and Get Happy, and a great supporting cast to tell her truly inspiring life story, Me and My Shadows is the outstanding Garland Biopic, and a great story of the relationship between a mother and her children.
Many key scenes which show the appauling treatment Judy received at the hands of MGM are missing, most noticably gone is the scene where she collapses on the set of "Girl Crazy" after being pushed too hard by Berkley. Completely gone is her mother's marriage to her second husband and the effect it had on Judy. Also missing is Judy's dissappointment at hearing about Artie Shaw's sudden marraige and, to the best of my recollection, most, if not all, of the material detailing her career and emotional state after "Oz" and before "Star" has vanished. Also gone is her departure from Mark Heron after discovering him with another man; one minute he's there, the next he's unexplainably gone, as is Judy's dissasterous trip to Australia with him.
For a first time viewer it won't be too noticable, although the cuts do detract from allowing the viewer a better understanding of why Judy was the way she was.
My advice would be to hunt down a version which contains the "deleted scenes" in the special features section, which means that it won't have been hacked to pieces as this British version has been.
The additional cuts to this version are a great shame and were completely unnecessary.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing but edited and please don't tell me that whoever was singing was anyone less than the legend herself...Published 9 months ago by Gary Morrison
Bought this as a 'wet Sunday afternoon' kind of film...and it pretty much is, but a good yarn. The 2 leads are amazing, especially young Judy, but Judy Davis took a bit more... Read morePublished on 15 Oct. 2014 by sarah c
Judy Davis is superb in this but nothing can match the magic of the original Judy Garland. At least they used her real voice.Published on 5 Dec. 2013 by Thomas Hand
Absolutely brilliant acting by Judy Davis - she actually becomes Judy Garland. Although the film is long - circa 2 and a half hours - it doesn't feel like it. Read morePublished on 10 May 2013 by lljwagg
This arrived quickly and was exactly what I wanted. It is a sensitive and poignant portrayal of Judy Garland beautifully told by her daughter.Published on 17 Mar. 2013 by Patricia
This is a wonderful real life story of a well loved film and recording star of past times, with an admiration still today. Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2012 by John Tonks
many missing scenes!!! I dont know why.... Judy Davis very good... but in she I don't see the sweetness of Judy Garland! In the movies, in the Photos, in the stage... Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2011 by Dall'argine Sara