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Arlington, Va. –October 31, 2016 – PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing L.M. MONTGOMERY’S ANNE OF GREEN GABLES” on DVD.

L.M. MONTGOMERY’S ANNE OF GREEN GABLESthe classic Lucy Maud Montgomery story tells the tale of Anne Shirley, a precocious young girl taken from an orphanage and placed in the care of the uptight Marilla Cuthbert and her brother, Matthew. The conservative Marilla has a profound effect on the adventurous Anne and creates a journey of learning and personal engagement that has resonated with generations since L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables was first published in 1908. The book remains an iconic work of Canadian literature and has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide and been translated into 20 languages.

L.M. MONTGOMERY’S ANNE OF GREEN GABLES” will be available on DVD November 8, 2016. The run time of the program is approximately 90 minutes, and the SRP is $19.99. The program will also be available for digital download.

 Directed by John Kent Harrison and based on the original script by Susan Coyne, this adaptation, filmed in Canada, stars critically acclaimed, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor Martin Sheen. Sheen – who has appeared in blockbuster films ranging from Apocalypse Now to The Amazing Spider Man, and played the President of the United States in the multi-Emmy Award winning series “The West Wing” – portrays Matthew Cuthbert, one half of the brother-sister couple who care for Anne Shirley.

Additional cast members of “L.M. MONTGOMERY’S ANNE OF GREEN GABLES” include 14-year old Ella Ballentine (The Captive) as Anne Shirley, Sara Botsford (“E.N.G.”) as Marilla Cuthbert, Julia Lalonde (“Catch a Christmas Star”) as Diana Barry, Kate Hennig (“Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould”) as Rachel Lynde, Stefani Kimber (Remember) as Josie Pye, Drew Haytaoglu (“Looks Just Like the Sun) as Gilbert Blythe, Kyle Gatehouse (Source Code) as Mr. Phillips and Linda Kash (Cinderella Man) as Mrs. Barry.

L.M. MONTGOMERY’S ANNE OF GREEN GABLES” was produced by Breakthrough Entertainment in association with Corus Entertainment’s YTV and the author’s granddaughter, Kate Macdonald Butler, who served as executive producer.

 About Breakthrough Entertainment
Breakthrough Entertainment Inc. is an award-winning producer and distributor of premium content for worldwide audiences. The entertainment studio’s operations include the development and distribution of feature films, television and digital content; international co-productions and production services. Breakthrough’s digital media division ranks amongst the industry’s most respected producers of high-quality interactive entertainment on mobile and online platforms. Established over 30 years ago, Breakthrough’s library now boasts over 40 feature films and 4,000 television episodes which air on major networks and digital channels across the globe. The studio has been recognized with international awards, including numerous Geminis, Canadian Screen Awards and Canadian Comedy Awards.

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About PBS Distribution

PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally, extending the reach of these programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers.

PBS Distribution offers a broad range of high quality content in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, and digital streaming.  PBS International offers factual content for broadcast, cable, and satellite services internationally.  The PBS Distribution catalog includes films from Ken Burns, documentaries from award-winning series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, dramas from MASTERPIECE, as well as films from independent producers and popular children’s programming.



Street Date: November 8, 2016

Genre: Drama

Run Time: Approximately 90 Minutes

SRP: DVD $19.99

Format: DVD

In Emilee’s opinion:

It didn’t surprise me that I enjoyed L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables because I’ve been a fan of Anne of Green Gables since I could remember. The movie was 90 minutes long and I wished it was longer. I’m sure there will be a sequel with the same characters. Fingers crossed! It focused on the arrival of Anne Shirley and the setbacks that Matthew and his sister Marilla had to keep her there permanently.  Of course, they wanted a boy in the beginning and as we know Matthew needed to convince Marilla to keep Anne. I loved the part when they were going to give her away but Marilla felt the loss.  I felt her pain at that moment. Anne also met her dear “bosom friend” Diana who was sweet and loving just like the original character. Gilbert was introduced as well and their love hate relationship began.  Overall, I thought the characters were perfect. I thought Ella Ballentine was the perfect Anne Shirley because she played the part as the precocious little Anne we know.  And it was fun to see Martin Sheen as Matthew. He was the loving brother who took Anne in even though they were expecting a little boy. I grew attached to most of the characters except Gilbert. I mean who doesn’t love the original Gilbert?

Overall, I was pleased with the adaptation of Anne of Green Gables. It was delightful and fun to watch.

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