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1. Tales from Avonlea - Beginnings
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2. Road to Avonlea:The Movie
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3. Outrageous

1. Tales from Avonlea - Beginnings
Director: Paul Shapiro, Harvey Frost, Richard Benner, Graeme Lynch, Charles Wilkinson, William Brayne, Stuart Gillard, Bruce Pittman, Allan Eastman, Gilbert M. Shilton, Robert Boyd, Graeme Campbell, Kit Hood, Stacey Stewart Curtis, Allan Kroeker, Stephen Surjik, Otta Hanus, Allan King, Eleanor Lindo, George Bloomfield
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Asin: B00019PDWK
Catlog: DVD
Sales Rank: 7691
Average Customer Review: 3.86 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Sort of a greatest hits of "Avonlea" from seasons one & two
"Tales from Avonlea: Beginnings" is a mixed bag, with the good news being that you can get the eight of the first sixteen episodes from the first and second seasons of the beloved series (I got the Disney channel just to watch it), but nothing else in this stripped down DVD. Based on characters featured in "The Story Girl," which was author Lucy Maud Montgomery's favorite novel, and its sequel "The Golden Road," the series also adapted tales from two collections of short stories known as the "Chronicles of Avonlea." The eight episodes provided are:

Episode 1.1, "The Journey Begins" tells how young Sara Stanley (Sarah Polley) is shipped off to her late mother's relatives on Prince Edward Island when When her father is threatened with financial ruin. Sara arrives in Avonlea with her Nanny Louisa is tow, only to meet up with the formidable King family, headed by the imperious Aunt Hetty (Jackie Burroughs), who also happens to be the local school teacher.

Episode 1.6, "The Proof of the Pudding" finds Felicity in charge of her siblings when Alec and Janet go to Charlottetown to celebrate their anniversary. Sarah is added to the mix when Aunt Hetty goes to visit the Governor's office to prevent an over-zealous lawyer from denying the King's water rights to the local pond. Actually it is sawdust that ends up in the pudding and the woman who shows up at the King's farm is not the tone deaf Great Aunt Eliza but Agnes Leslie, the wife of the Governor.

Episode 1.3, "Quarantine at Alexander Abraham's" is one of the best adaptations of a Montgomery short story. Mrs. Rachel Lynde (Patricia Hamilton) is put in charge of the boy's Sunday School class and when she finds the young boy who work's Alexander Abraham's farm has gone truant, she heads out to save the boy's soul. However, everybody involved is in for a big shock when they all end up in Abraham's home only to discover he has been quarantined because of the small pox.

Episode 1.4, "The Materializing of Duncan McTavish," begins when Sara asks Marilla Cuthbert (Colleen Dewhurst) "Did you ever have a beau?" Having endured a lifetime of slurs because she never did, Marilla defiantly declares "I had one once" and weaves a fantasy about her beau Duncan (because it is her favorite name) and McTavish (because she sees an advertisement for McTavish Porous Plasters). Of course, who should arrive in town but Duncan McTavish himself and Sara Stanley knows Fate has brought the two former lovers together again.

Episode 1.11, "The Witch of Avonlea" is about Peg Bowen (Susan Cox), who lives in the woods smoking her pipe and doing whatever she wants with no concern for what the good folks of Avonlea think or say. When Felix King (Zachary Bennett) finds himself unable to spell anything during the class spelling bees because he is so afraid of Aunt Hetty, his nightmares convince him she might be a witch. So he goes off to visit Peg, who gives him a "magic" stone to give him confidence

Episode 1.13, "Nothing Endures but Change," finds that Blair Stanley, Sara's father, has been acquitted of the scandalous embezzlement charges that forced him to send his daughter to live with her mother's relatives on Prince Edward Island. Blair arrives in Avonlea ready to take Sara back to Montreal, at which point everyone of Sara's King relatives absolutely freaks, especially Aunt Hetty, who announces she will not give the child up to her father. Sara wants to say goodbye to all her friends and attend the upcoming skating party she has been looking forward to, but her father wants to get out of Avonlea and as far away from Hetty as quickly as possible. Sara cannot abide the thought that two of the people she loves most in the world cannot even talk to each other civilly, and so she hatches up a plan to force their reconciliation.

Episode 2.2, "How Kissing Was Discovered" begins Great Aunt Eliza (the real one) coming for a visit and turning the King household upside down. Meanwhile, Alec discovers that playing cricket is not as easy it was when he was a younger man and Felicity has her eye on a young cricket player on the visiting team. After all, she is now all grown up and has decided it is time to receive her "first kiss." However, Sarah and Felix have made a new friend in Gus Pike (Michael Mahonen), a young sailor recently arrived in Avonlea and looking for work. Alec lets Gus stay in his barn and while Felicity will not give the boy the time of day, it is clear that he finds her rather interesting.

Episode 2.3, "Aunt Hetty's Ordeal" begins the pivotal relationship between Gus Pike and Hetty King begins. Given how Hetty treats Sara, Olivia and everybody else in the extended King family, you have to worry about poor, uneducated Gus. The problem is that everybody in Avonlea knows to take Hetty King with a grain or salt. But Gus thinks everything Aunt Hetty says is carved on stone tablets and when Hetty makes a heated offhand remark to the young man it has significant repercussions. Gus had been a minor character in previous episodes, and "Aunt Hetty's Ordeal" is where he starts becoming more important to the show in general (and Felicity King in particular). This is also the point where Hetty King, who tended to be a bit insufferable for my money, started to thaw, because the big difference between Gus and Sara, is that Gus is not family and Hetty ends up opening her heart to him.

Granted, these are probably the better half of those first sixteen episodes. But the legion of fans for "Avonlea" would be better served by having each season available on DVD and they may well hold out for that then pick this up.

2-0 out of 5 stars Complete seasons found!
For all of those who would like to see complete seasons of Avonlea, I have found them! Released through Sullivan Entertainment, you can go to and purchase the first three complete seasons of Road to Avonlea on dvd. Not only are all of the episodes included, there are also bonus features, such as bios and behind the scenes. I have also found these dvds on ebay, where you might be able to purchase them for less. Hope this has been helpful!

4-0 out of 5 stars good, but not what I was expecting
This is a wonderful DVD whether you grew up with this show as I did or its your first exposure to the wonderful series. However, I bought this thinking it was the complete first season - for those of you who are familiar with the series, please be aware that it is not. This dvd contains 8 episodes - 6 from season 1 and 2 from season 2, and the episodes are not in direct sequence. However, I still very highly recommend this dvd as the complete seasons are difficult to find and very expensive.

4-0 out of 5 stars Full Season Sets (Season 1 and 2) are Available
After opening up the box, I was so disappointed to find that only eight episodes were listed on the back. I don't what I had been thinking, but had been under the flase impression that I had ordered a complete season set.

However, if you go to (Canada) you will find much more to choose from on this wonderful series!

3-0 out of 5 stars Quality of DVD leaves much to be desired...
I was thrilled to find out the television series "Avonlea" had finally be released on DVD in the United States. I was very disappointed to discover that Disney was the one releasing it, however, and not Sullivan Entertainment. Instead of the complete first season on DVD, only eight episodes from the series are available. Disney really ought to reconsider bringing out a complete first season set of the series. I, for one, wouldn't mind spending a little more money to have ALL of the episodes instead of just eight. Another thing I was very disappointed with was the quality of the DVDs themselves. The disc art is great, but the menus on the disc are absolutely horrible. No care was taken into putting them together at all. All-in-all, I'm glad to have at least some form of Avonlea on DVD, but Disney should've taken more care with such a splendid series. Let's hope they fix this if they plan on having future releases of the series. Major fans of the show really ought to consider buying the show on DVD from Sullivan Entertainment's web site. They offer all the episodes from the first three seasons in three sets, complete and uncut. Yes, it's a lot pricier, but at least you get the whole package. If I had the money right now, that's definitely the version of "Avonlea" that I would be purchasing... ... Read more

2. Road to Avonlea:The Movie
Director: Paul Shapiro, Harvey Frost, Richard Benner, Graeme Lynch, Charles Wilkinson, William Brayne, Stuart Gillard, Bruce Pittman, Allan Eastman, Gilbert M. Shilton, Robert Boyd, Graeme Campbell, Kit Hood, Stacey Stewart Curtis, Allan Kroeker, Stephen Surjik, Otta Hanus, Allan King, Eleanor Lindo, George Bloomfield
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Sales Rank: 16038
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent film! A great family friendly show!
This DVD included the first two episodes of "Road to Avonlea" the TV series, or better known in the U.S. as "Avonlea", as aired on the Disney Channel in the 1990's. A touching and family-friendly series about a little rich girl who moves to Prince Edward Island to live with her relatives when her father is accused of embezzlement in his own company. The adventures that this little girl Sara Stanley has with her cousins, (the "King" family) are hilarious and heart-warming! This is definately worth checking out!!

5-0 out of 5 stars delightful
Excellent for children, found this film to be one you can learn from mistakes,has values presented,happy ending! ... Read more

3. Outrageous
Director: Richard Benner
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Blast From the Past
I've just re-watched this film after 20 years. I was expecting to be only mildly interested since I had seen it so many times in the late 70's and early 80's. I was pleasantly surprised when I got just as caught up as I did in years gone by...This movie is brilliant, touching and a true original. Do yourself a favor and watch it!

1-0 out of 5 stars OUTRAGEOUSly bad technical quality, FABULOUS movie
I still remember seeing this film in Toronto when it came out in 1977. I was looking forward to seeing it again....but as another reviewer here has written....the transfer to video has been done so carelessly. It's dark, sometimes the characters heads are cut off, and near the end the sound doesn't sync with the actor's mouths! I can't believe a video company would want to sell a product so shabbily put together.
BUT it's a charming moving film from the early days of gay cinema...and no one can beat Craig's brilliance.

4-0 out of 5 stars Craig Russel Magic
If you have never seen the impersonations of Craig Russel you are in for a treat.
You must see and hear this man of a thousand (women) faces doing his immitations of Streisand,Garland,Mae West and Dietrich.He is simply phenomenal.
The movie is clearly built around his stage performances but still stands on its own.
His friendship with an emotionally unstable girl is very touching and Craig Russell steals the show without killing the movie's rythm.

1-0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Poor Quality
Got this video through Amazon auction source, but quality was the worst I've ever seen. The actors' heads were all cut off if you could even make out the scenes, since the contrast or brightness was very dark! Looked as if the auctioner video taped the film at a movie house. Absolutely the worst! Don't use the auctioner that sold me this piece of junk.

5-0 out of 5 stars Something Dazzling
After seeing bits and pieces of this wonderful film on the late show, I wanted more and needed to find this film. after years of searching, i finally obtained a copy and have watched this warm,real and touching story about being yourself. And having a hell of a GOOD TIME enough times to know that i would gladly introduce anyone to this movie and let them see what being yourself really means. "Something Dazzling" After reading other reviews on this page,I now feel at peace knowing what had become of the main star Craig Russell his too short film,and female impersonation career will be missed by our generation and the next.. ... Read more

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