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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

March 6, 2009 at 3:43 PM

“Enchanted April” finally on DVD

You’d think, if you walk through a Best Buy or browse through Amazon, that everything ever filmed is available on DVD nowadays. Not so; some movies wait forever, due to issues of rights, restoration, or who knows what. It was astonishing to me that until a few years ago, none of the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers musicals were released on DVD, and it continues to puzzle me that John Huston’s final film, the beautiful 1987 James Joyce adaptation “The Dead,” remains unavailable.
“Enchanted April,” directed by Mike Newell, is a lovely 1991 tale of four women in World War I England who rent an Italian villa for a month, enticed by an advertisement promising “wisteria and sunshine.” Hardly under the radar, it received a three Academy Award nominations (for writing, costumes, and supporting actress Joan Plowright) and was beloved by many during its U.S. arthouse run — it’s the sort of movie that creates happiness. And yet, it took eighteen years for some rights issues to be resolved and the film’s DVD release (in U.S. Region 1 format) to be finally announced, for May 5. Good news.
Still waiting for “The Dead,” though. And “Bachelor Mother,” an adorable 1939 Ginger Rogers/David Niven screwball. And more. What DVDs are you waiting for?

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