Buy Anne of Green Gables DVD Box Set
- Format: DVD, Region 1
- Number of Disc: 3
- Genre: Family Drama
- Starring: Megan Follows, Jonathan Crombie, Colleen Dewhurst, Barbara Hershey, Richard Farsnworth
- Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- Language and Subtitles: English
What’s it about
Of all the faults in PBS’ “Anne of Green Gables,” these are the most glaring and, well, in your face. The spots stand out in stark contrast to actress Ella Ballentine’s clear complexion, and in each scene the viewer is often caught up marveling at the freckles’ uniformity instead of paying attention to the dialogue or action.
It’s a testament to Ballentine’s talents then that she is able to overcome those distractions and present a very charming, sprightly and chatty Anne Shirley, the literary orphan made famous in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s children’s novels. This ability is in keeping with the heroine herself, who is always melodramatically lamenting her red hair and plain looks but just can’t stop herself from celebrating the beauties of nature and life’s joys. There is no need to remind Anne to be in the moment. She is a sensualist in the truest definition of the word, and the scene below in which she tastes ice cream for the first time is a perfect example of her sunny and grateful nature.