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NOMINATED FOR SIX ACADEMY AWARDS®[1]
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COMES TO DIGITAL MARCH 10
AND BLU-RAY™ AND DVD APRIL 7

WITH OVER 45 MINUTES OF NEW CONTENT TAKING FANS
BEHIND THE SCENES OF GRETA GERWIG’S
ACCLAIMED ADAPTATION
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LITTLE WOMEN Special Features Sneak Peek

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CULVER CITY, CALIF. (February 11, 2019) – Nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Greta Gerwig’s fresh, unique and modern adaptation of the timeless Louisa May Alcott masterpiece LITTLE WOMEN comes home on Digital March 10 and Blu-ray™ and DVD April 7 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases will take viewers even deeper into the beloved story of Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth with over 45 minutes of fascinating bonus features. See how Writer/Director Greta Gerwig led this modern adaptation of a literary classic with a magnificent new cast, incredible art direction, elaborate costumes, set pieces and how she took inspiration from the real-life Orchard House where Louisa May Alcott lived and wrote LITTLE WOMEN.

Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a LITTLE WOMEN that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. Gerwig’s take on the beloved story of the March sisters—four young women each determined to live life on their own terms—is both timeless and timely. Portraying Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth March, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen, with Timothée Chalamet as their neighbor Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee and Meryl Streep as Aunt March.

In addition to earning the praise of critics worldwide with a Rotten Tomatoes “Certified Fresh” rating of 95%, the film has been honored with an Academy Award for Best Costume Design plus five nominations including Best Picture, Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay), and Best Music (Original Score). Saoirse Ronan’s transcendent performance earned her a nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role, while Florence Pugh’s nuanced and insightful take on the character of Amy earned her a nod for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. LITTLE WOMEN is only the third Best Picture nominee in history to have been written, directed and produced entirely by female filmmakers.

LITTLE WOMEN has a runtime of approximately 135 minutes and is rated PG for some thematic elements and brief smoking.

BLU-RAY, DVD AND DIGITAL BONUS MATERIALS

  • A New Generation of Little Women: The superb cast recreated the beloved world of the March family with realism, humor and vulnerability
  • Making a Modern Classic: The film combines its modern elements—kinetic camerawork and overlapping dialogue—with the historically authentic bespoke costumes, sets and locations
  • Greta Gerwig: Women Making Art: Go behind the camera with Writer/Director Greta Gerwig, discover her process and how she applied her own style to the story
  • Hair & Make-Up Test Sequence: A lovely showcase featuring the outstanding costumes, hair and make-up crafted for the film
  • Little Women Behind the Scenes: Take a quick look behind the scenes on the set of LITTLE WOMEN
  • Orchard House, Home of Louisa May Alcott: Find out more about Louisa May Alcott and visit the real-life Orchard House in Concord, MA

CAST AND CREW
Director
: Greta Gerwig
Written By: Greta Gerwig (based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott)
Producers: Amy Pascal, Denise Di Novi, Robin Swicord
Executive Producers: Adam Merims, Evelyn O’Neill, Rachel O’Connor, Arnon Milchan
Cast: Saoirse Ronan (Ladybird), Emma Watson (Beauty and the Beast), Florence Pugh (Midsommar), Eliza Scanlen (TV’s “Sharp Objects”), Laura Dern (TV’s “Big Little Lies”), Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name) with Chris Cooper (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) and Meryl Streep (The Post)

SPECS
Blu-ray:
 Feature: 1080p High Definition 1.85:1 | Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD MA
DVD: Feature: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen | Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital

Hashtag: #LittleWomenMovie
[1] Best Picture; Writing (Adapted Screenplay); Actress in a Leading Role (Saoirse Ronan); Actress in a Supporting Role (Florence Pugh); Costume Design, Music (Original Score)
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No 4K?
 
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Saw this in theaters and thought it an utterly pointless remake. Gillian Armstrong's 1994 adaptation still stands as the best of the lot, with a warm fuzzy feel-good mention to Kate Hepburn's 1933 B&W original and the MGM glossified Technicolor all-star reboot from 1949.
 
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Saw this in theaters and thought it an utterly pointless remake. Gillian Anderson's 1994 adaptation still stands as the best of the lot, with a warm fuzzy feel-good mention to Kate Hepburn's 1933 B&W original and the MGM glossified Technicolor all-star reboot from 1949.
I wasn't sure the world needed another adaptation, but l was wrong. Gerwig's approach managed to breathe fresh life into a familiar classic while still remaining faithful to the original source material. It's a story that resonates as much in 2020 as it did in 1868... perhaps even more so.
 

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I wasn't sure the world needed another adaptation, but l was wrong. Gerwig's approach managed to breathe fresh life into a familiar classic while still remaining faithful to the original source material.
Yeah, the straight adaptation of the book has been done multiple times. Changing things up was the right move and it worked well.
 

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Yeah, the straight adaptation of the book has been done multiple times. Changing things up was the right move and it worked well.
The more I've had time to reflect on Gerwig's version the more I like it. Just for grins, here's something I posted elsewhere immediately after watching 1933, 1949, 1994, and 2019 in close proximity:

Little Women (2019). Watching Gerwig's film yesterday completed our little goal of watching the 1933, 1949, 1994, and 2019 versions over the past month -- my daughter just finished reading the book and wanted to check them all out. I liked the new one and found the new look at the ending interesting and valid -- I get it even though it is kind of like having your cake and eating it too. I wasn't sold on the non-chronological structure and feel that I would have been confused at several points if I wasn't so familiar with the story. But I'm kind of simple. I wish I could watch it "cold" but of course cannot. I did like very much how Jo struggled with her feelings about Laurie (and Laurie and Amy) and with her conflicted feelings in general about what she wanted and what the world expected of her. In other versions it seemed odd how quickly and easily she seemed to accept Laurie and Amy. Even if intellectually she had rationalized why it made sense, humans are not governed so easily -- 19th century or no.

Just for the hell of it and for my own amusement here are my extremely official awards. If you hate this kind of exercise skip to the next post.

Best Jo: Katharine Hepburn (1933). Watching them back to back it surprised me that 1949 is a nearly scene for scene remake of 1933 -- in that light June Allyson's performance unfortunately really suffers by comparison. Nothing against her but not great casting.

Best Meg: Trini Alvarado (1994): This is the toughest of the sisters' roles to make an impression in but I liked her. Honorable mention for Frances Dee (1933) who also made a favorable impression on me recently in the great if unfortunately titled "I Walked With A Zombie".

Best Beth: Claire Danes (1994). Heartbreaking.

Best Amy: Kirsten Dunst + Samantha Mathis (1994). It was smart to double-cast this part I think. She really has to make the child to women journey. I believe that's why 1933 and 1949 left out the incident of Amy burning Jo's manuscript -- a childish act that is hard to forgive if she's not a convincing 12 year old. Strong honorable mention to Florence Pugh though. The European scenes in 2019 were very strong and she was great. And Elizabeth Taylor may have been the best thing in the 1949 version. And I liked Joan Bennett too.
Everybody wins!

Best Marmie: Susan Sarandon (1994). Although my daughter, fresh from the book, thought the screenplay softened and modernized her too much. Laura Dern was also excellent.

Best Laurie: Christian Bale (1994). As my daughter pointed out, the others never quite seemed Jo's equal -- or almost her male equivalent -- which she felt he was in the book.

Best Aunt March: Edna May Oliver (1933). Mary Wickes was great casting in 1994 but seemed to be given surprisingly little to work with in the screenplay -- I wonder if her health at the time was an issue or something. Meryl Streep certainly brought some shading to the character that others didn't or didn't have the opportunity to -- but how can you not like Oliver.

Best Friedrich: Paul Lukas (1933). I found his performance the most touching. I think my daughter would say Gabriel Byrne (1994) and I wouldn't argue too hard -- Friedrich and Jo's relationship was probably the most believable with him. my daughter and I were both just this side of annoyed at 2019's treatment of the character. The screenplay seems unfair to him and never gives him adequate opportunity to explain his criticisms of Jo's work. But I suppose it's in service of the different perspective on the ending that Gerwig gave.

Best Mr. Laurence: Chris Cooper (2019). His feelings about Beth were most deeply expressed in this version.

Best overall: 1994. I found it the most satisfying.
 

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As someone who has never read or seen any version of the story, I found the fractured timeline quite confusing for the first 20 minutes or so and it took me a while to settle into it. The warmth of the story shone through by the end, but I know others shared my initial confusion and I think that's what cost her the director's nomination.

Of course, the construction of the story is based on the screenplay and she was nominated for that, so what do I know ?
 

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Saw this in theaters and thought it an utterly pointless remake. Gillian Anderson's 1994 adaptation still stands as the best of the lot, with a warm fuzzy feel-good mention to Kate Hepburn's 1933 B&W original and the MGM glossified Technicolor all-star reboot from 1949.
Gillian Armstrong.
 
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What bland cover art.

Of course, I loved the movie and I'll get it regardless of what the box looks like. But Sony couldn't have used the poster with all four title characters on it because...?

Also, it's a bit surprising that there won't be commentary on this. I found Gerwig's commentary on Lady Bird very engaging.
 
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The photograph captures Jo's essence.
Sure, but the problem that I have with it is that it's not just about her. They have such a strong ensemble in this film, and they should at least have the other three title characters on the cover as well. Also, I'm not a big fan of big-head covers in general.

I just wish this was coming out on UHD disc.
I saw on Facebook earlier that there might be a 4K release coming in Germany in June, which would theoretically be importable. I came back to post it here, but now I can't find that link. So I don't want to get anyone's hopes up because it's not information I can actually confirm. Releasing a very American story in UHD exclusively in Germany wouldn't make much sense, but neither does excluding a 4K release in the first place.

Although I don't personally need 4K, I do think it is very strange that Sony would forgo such a release for a high-profile title such as this one. Skipping 4K for, say, The Girl in the Spider's Web after it completely bombed makes business sense; but Little Women is a highly-acclaimed box office success ($177 million worldwide to date), so there would certainly appear to be a market for a 4K release.
 
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I just wish this was coming out on UHD disc.
With physical media sales in decline across the board, and UHD only accounting for about 5% of total disc sales, I think you'll be seeing a lot more titles getting only 4K digital releases.
 
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Unnecessary remake and Saoirse and Timothée are beginning to grate as performers. A streamer at best.