Home release details announced for Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’

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Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet star in “”Little Women.” [Columbia Pictures photo]

Nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, writer-director Greta Gerwig’s fresh, modern adaptation of the timeless Louisa May Alcott masterpiece “Little Women” will be released 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 the four March sisters, with more than 45 minutes of bonus features, according to a news release. The extras will detail how Gerwig led her unique adaptation of the literary classic with spectacular actors, art direction, costumes, set pieces and how she took inspiration from the real-life Orchard House where Alcott lived and wrote “Little Women.”

Earning a Rotten Tomatoes “Certified Fresh” rating of 95%, the film stars Saoirse Ronan as Jo, Emma Watson as Meg, Florence Pugh as Amy and Eliza Scanlen as Meg, with Timothée Chalamet as their neighbor Laurie, Laura Dern as their mother, Marmee, and Meryl Streep as their wealthy but cynical Aunt March.

As previously reported, “Little Women” earned six Oscar nominations, for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay for Gerwig, and Best Original Score for Alexandre Desplat, Best Actress for Ronan, Best Supporting Actress for Pugh and Best Costume Design for Jacqueline Durran. But the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – along with the Golden Globes and BAFTAs – faced widespread criticism for failing to nominate any women, including Gerwig, for Best Director.

At the Oscars, Todd Phillips was nominated for “Joker,” Sam Mendes for “1917,” Martin Scorsese for “The Irishman,” Quentin Tarantino for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and ultimate winner Bong Joon Ho for “Parasite” earned the nominations. Gerwig – along with Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”) and Marielle Heller (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”) – was regarded as a potential nominee, but was left out.

Had she been nominated, Gerwig would have been the first woman in history to be nominated for Best Director twice; she became just the fifth woman nominated for Best Director in 2018 for “Lady Bird.”

The movie won Durran her second career Oscar win for her costume designs, but the victory coming in a category that has been traditionally so female-dominated was a mixed blessing.

“Little Women” is only the third Best Picture nominee in history to have been written, directed and produced entirely by female filmmakers, according to the news release.

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-directory 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, Massachsetts.


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