A LITTLE PRINCESS (1986) A 6-part tv series.
Directors: Carol Wiseman Writers: Frances Hodgson Burnett Colin Shindler, Ellen Freyer, Nick Elliott
Actors: Annie Lambert, Maureen Lipman, Amelia Shankley, Nigel Havers, David Yelland
Note: this is not the original NTSC (USA) Region 1 dvd release.
If you, like me, adored this book as a child (and reread it again and again), then this is the adaptation you are looking for. It is wonderful!!
Many people will say that it doesn't matter whether an adaptation is completely faithful to the book upon which it is based, but I myself do feel that if it is going to have the same title, and be billed as an adaptation of a specific author's work, then it is only fair for it to have nearly everything in common with the original story!
This one does. The characters are accurately portrayed, the acting is excellent, the settings are realistic, and we really get a sense both of the true misery of Sara's situation, and of her ability to transcend adversity with her will, her imagination, and her determination to remain a "princess" whatever transpires.
I think both the book and the film offer a message that is very, very inspiring for young girls: that every girl can be a true princess, and that behaving in a "princess-like" manner means having dignity, being compassionate, and putting the needs of others ahead of one's own.
I highly recommend both this adaptation, and the beautiful novel that inspired it!!
Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC on DVD-R
Region: Region '0' (free)
Source: dvd to dvd transfer/copy and recoded to play worldwide.
Quality: 8.5/10 (better than video)
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1 (full screen)
Number of discs: 2
Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating
Run Time: 160 minutes (A six part tv series)