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Anne of Green Gables Collectors Edition

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Anne of Green Gables

LM. Montgomery‘s stories of the young orphaned girl with the fiery red hair are timeless classics. For years young girls have been sent on a journey of life, love and loss through the eyes and imagination of Anne Shirley. Forever loved in the written words contained within the novels and available to be watched in Kevin Sullivan‘s classic movies.

I fell in love with Anne Shirley when I was about 8 years old. My teacher began to read the first book to our class and from that moment on I was hooked. I went to the library, checked out and read the books so many times. I became enchanted with Anne and her life in Avonlea. I recall, at times, wishing I was Anne. She was bold, confident (something that I wasn’t) and her vivid imagination took me places where I could never go.

There are always debates about whether a movie version is equal to, surpasses or falls short of the expectations after reading the books. Although there are those who were disappointed in the fact that the movie versions strayed from the story line, I believe that Kevin Sullivan did an amazing job of bringing the books life.

Anne of Green Gables Collector’s Edition is fully restored. It contains Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea:The Sequel, Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story and Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning.

I fell in love with Meagan Follows as Anne Shirley from the moment I set eyes on her. She was everything I had envisioned Anne to be and I couldn’t picture anyone else playing her role. Schuyler Grant as Diana Barry (Anne’s bossom friend), Richard Farnsworth as Matthew Cuthbert, Johnathan Crombie as Gilbert Blythe and Colleen Dewhurst as Marilla Cuthbert couldn’t have been a better choice for the the roles. Everyone just fit into their roles as if it were fate and somehow, someway, perhaps Anne herself had chosen them.

Anne of Green Gables

Anne Shirley, an orphan girl with red hair and a temper to match is “mistakenly” sent to be adopted to Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert , a brother and sister living on a farm (Green Gables), in Prince Edward Island who wished to adopt a boy. Matthew, a kindhearted soul fell in love with Anne the moment he set eyes on her. On the other hand, Marilla, a somewhat ridged and stern lady (on the outside) was not as pleased as Matthew. Anne with her romantic ways, vivid imagination along with her way with words sent me an emotional roller coaster as I laughed, cried and smiled. Anne, not only worked her way into the hearts of those in Avonlea, but mine as well.

As I watched, I found myself yelling at my TV!! Especially when it involved Gilbert. Early on, I just knew, as I am sure a lot of others did as well, that Anne and Gilbert belonged together. Anne’s temper and her inability to hold her tongue in certain situations had me cheering and laughing many times. I think every neigbourhood has one. A Mrs. Rachel Lynde!! The lady next door who just can’t seem to keep their nose out of anyone’s business and always has an opinion or three about how others should be, think or act. She had met her match with Anne Shirley on occasion when Anne gave her a taste of her own medicine. I too had a Mrs. Rachel Lynde growing up and had a similar experience in speaking my mind. Of course, I got into trouble and had to apologize to the wicked lady. Unlike the forgiving Anne, I never did speak with our nosy neighbour lady again.

From being teased by boys at school or being made fun of because of one’s appearance be it red hair or the fact that one wears glasses. Many times I was brought back to my own childhood and situations I could relate to.

Anne of Avonlea: The Sequal

Kevin Sullivan’s movie version is loosely based on the novels Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island and Anne of the Windy Poplars. Loosely based or not, I really enjoyed Kevin’s adaptation. I am in love with all things Anne so I was just happy to be able to see her again. Anne has grown into a fine young and intelligent women. Like many women of today, Anne puts aside love and set her goals towards a career as she reaches adulthood. With her dreams in sight and her stubborn determination it would seem her life is set as Anne would only have it.

At the end of Anne of Avonlea, I was left wanting more. I was longing to know what happened with Anne and Gilbert. Did they actually get married? Did they have children? I had watched Anne grow up from a trouble finding, somewhat sassy young girl into a sophisticated young lady. I felt as if she was family and I needed to know if her and Gilbert lived happily ever after.

Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story

The Anne of Green Gables Continuing Story is an original work by Kevin Sullivan who wrote, co-produced and directed the film. In the continuing story of Anne Shirley’s life we find her pursuing her dreams of becoming an accomplished writer. I was ecstatic to find out that Anne and Gilbert were engaged and planning to marry.

What I love about Anne of Green Gables is how I relate to the story and characters. At one point, after a brief absence, Anne had returned to Avonlea to find Green Gables in shambles. She wanted to lunge at the lady living in the home who seemingly had no disregard for the land and moreover the home she grew up in. I wanted to lunge through my tv screen at the woman. I had a similar experience when I was young. I had moved out and away from home when I was 19. My mom had sold the home we grew up in. I wished I had the money to buy the home. Some time later I had taken a walk down memory lane and strolled down the street where I grew up. As I reached my childhood home where so many memories resided, I became outraged. You see, my mom was an avid gardener. She had such beautiful flower gardens all over the property. Now, the colourful landscape of summer had turned into an overgrown bed of weeds and a shadow of it’s former self. I wanted so much to rush up the stairs knocking on the door and scold the new owners and say “How dare you!” It broke my heart seeing the place like that but there was nothing I could do but walk away. I felt Anne’s pain at that moment and knew exactly how she felt.

Anne’s persistance, determination and often times stubborness catapults her into a journey where many of us dare to go. As with anything involving Anne, nothing is simple and we are taken on a journey perseverance.

Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning

The Anne of Green Gables A New Beginning has two story lines. It depicts Kevin Sullivan’s prequel and sequel. Here we discover what Anne’s true journey in life was like prior to her arriving at Green Gables and her life as an older woman.

I was so disappointed to see that Megan Follows was not cast in the role of Anne. To me, she IS Anne. Of course, I do realize that actors have conflicts in schedules or just do not want to revisit a role. I have to honestly say that I was crushed.  That said, once I got over my initial shock and began to actually take in what I was seeing, I came to like Barbara Hershey in the role of Anne. I recently discovered that Hershey was cast to closely represent LM. Montgomery herself. Hannah Endicott-Douglas did an amazing job reprising the role of the young Anne Shirley.

Kevin Sullivan’s versions bring Anne to life in a way that compliments the books. After watching the entire series, I feel complete.

Over time and through the years, I have fallen in love with so many characters and the people who played the roles. It always saddens me by their loss.

Jonathan Crombie-48 (Gilbert Blythe) passed away on April 15, 2015.
Richard Farnsworth-80 (Matthew Cuthbert) passed away on October 6, 2000.
Colleen Dewhurst-67 (Marilla Cuthbert) passed away on August 22, 1991.

May they forever Rest In Peace

Anne of Green Gables is sure to delight the minds, hearts and imagination of many a young girl for years to come.

The DVD’s are beautifully illustrated and will arrive gift wrapped. Delivery is fast, pretty much overnight.

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Anne of Green Gables Collectors Edition also comes with a FREE Collectors Coin and a Souvenier book that tells the behind the scenes evolution of the series.

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At Sullivan Entertainment, they have an array of items for the Anne of Green Gables fan in your life.

You can purchase the Anne of Green Gables Collector Edition online at Sullivan Entertainment  $85.99 USD/$115.45 CAD

Visit http://anneofgreengables.com for insights and info about the stories, cast, set design and more.

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Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Sullivan Entertainment for the purpose of conducting a review. My opinions are my own and have not been altered by any influence in any way.

~Christine

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75 Comments

  1. Donna T

    I loved both the movies and books.

    My favorite scene is also the saddest, when Matthew dies. I’m almost crying now just thinking about it 🙁

  2. Debbie F

    I love both the books and the movies. I read the books as a child and was able to share the movies with my daughter when she was a child.

  3. Brenda Haines

    I loved her how poetic she found everything in her life. My favorite movies and books when i was young, thanks for the chance!

  4. Audrey Stewart

    I love both. I have read all the books, and always watch any of the movies when they come on.

  5. vickie couturier

    my daughter as a teen would watch this over and over again,,she loved Anne of Green Gables,i dont think she read the books but she never missed a episode,she loved that anne was so dramatic

  6. Tamra Phelps

    I loved reading the book as a kid, & later I watched the movies/series. Even as an adult I really enjoyed watching Avonlea, the series. Merry Christmas, Mrs. King (a special from Avonlea) is still must-see Christmas viewing for me.

  7. Dotty J Boucher

    I enjoyed both book and movie, Its been awhile since I have watched this, so this would be a nice treat not only for me but for my girls. Also , I don’t know if I have a favorite, I just really enjoyed this and thought it was put together so well.
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  8. Debbie Petch

    I grew up with the books. They were wonderful! It gave young girls courage to speak up for themselves and be themselves!

  9. DebP

    I didn’t read the Anne of Green Gables books until my son became interested in the movies. I fell in love with them, and collected the figures Avonlea put out around that time. My favorite memory is seeing the musical in Charlottetown on a family trip to P.E.I.

  10. wanda macsween

    I love them all, the series, movies and books! I especially loved watching the romance between Anne and Gilbert.

  11. This was one of the first novels I’ve ever read. My mom loved it growing up so she bought it for me when I was a little girl.
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  12. kathy downey

    I read all the Anne of Green Gables books and loves the movies,my Mom took us to PEI when we were young and we visited the house it was amazing,i will never forget it !

  13. Sherri Heinrichs

    I love the books and the movies. Read the books with my mom when I was little and we watched the movies as well. Now that she’s gone it brings her close again.

  14. Jenness M

    I loved the movie. The best scene was where Annes boat sank and Gilbert found her clinging to a bridge post!

  15. Tracy Shafer

    I loved both the books and the movies. My favorite memory was when she found out she finally had a home for good.

  16. Melinda

    I love both the books and the movie. I am slowly gathering a collection of the books and I love to display them on my book shelf.

  17. Becky Best

    I loved the books, but have never seen the movies. I haven’t read them since I was a child, so can’t recall an actual favorite part. I would love to win this, so I could reread these! 🙂

  18. nicolthepickle

    I love the books, one of my favourite parts being where she made cake with tooth powder in it.

  19. Cheryl MacPhail

    I just loved these books!! And the movies!! So many great parts hard to pick just one!! Love when Anne wacked Gilbert with her slate cause he yanked on her braid! lol

  20. Natalie

    I grew up with Anne of Green Gables! She’s the reason I’m desperate to go to PEI!!! I totally read the book when I was a kid and then those movies were fantastic! I didn’t know what raspberry cordial was at the time but I wanted some!

  21. Wayne Lecoy

    I am glad to see that they have come out with the
    Anne of Green Gables Collectors Edition.
    I enjoyed watching these movies and i think
    Megan Follows and Colleen Dewhurst were fantastic in these movies.
    I have watched the Anne of Green Gables movie many times
    and this would be a great addition to my movie collection.
    I haven’t read the books but i should.

  22. Marty Crosson

    I’ve read most of the books, but have never seen the videos. The scene that has most stuck in my head is the casual, almost throwaway manner in which Anne’s loss of an infant was recounted.

  23. I loved the Anne of Green Gables books and would read them with a passionate heart.These are the stories that I read as a girl and the memories and fascination are still with me.Thank you so much for the awesome giveaway and chance to win this!! 🙂

  24. bernie wallace

    I was a big fan of the books and the television series as a child. I used to watch the show with my parents. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win.

  25. Linda Boyd

    I Love to read , I read a whole book in 2 days or less. I go in steaks with movies. Almost like binges lol.

  26. Emily Endrizzi

    I’ve never read the books, but I’ve loved the movies since I was young. My mom got me hooked on them. I love the “Lady of the Lake” (?) scene where Anne almost drowns and is saved by Gil.

  27. Bonnie Blanchet

    I loved so much reading the books when I was younger. My Mother always told me that she would get me an Anne of Green Gables doll, but she never did. When the series came out I looked so forward to watching every episode and the thing I loved most of all was the opening scene before each episode started. Someone I knew had family that had a cottage near the farm that Road to Avonlea was filmed at. I use to beg to be invited to their cottage hoping to see some filming in action, but no such luck.

  28. Tn

    I love the movie so much–they were a huge part of my childhood, and I believe that Megan Follows is the only Anne Shirley. I just recently read Anne of Green Gables and am excited to read the next book. I cant say what my favorite scene was, I just love it all.

  29. Tn

    I’m not sure my comment published so I wanna say again. I love AOGG so much. I just read the first book and am excited to read the rest. Her friendships/love with Diana is so precious. The movie was such a huge part of my childhood.

  30. Sandi Tymchuk

    I believe the books made a greater impression on me, as I read them before the movies.
    One of my favourite memories was a trip a couple of years ago to visit Green Gables on PEI. I also learned that the series attained a bit of a cult following among Japanese girls/women.

  31. Natalie

    I read the books first and then watched the movies. I loved both and thought that the movie accurately represented the books.

  32. Mark Martin

    I enjoy movies and my favourite movie is Casablanca.

  33. Martha Martin

    I do prefer movies over books. My favourite movie is Anne of Green Gables.

  34. Lauren Martin

    Movies are my favourite. I like the first couple of Star Wars movies.

  35. Elizabeth

    This movie was everything to me when I was a child…I wanted to be a rebellious free spirit like Anne and fall in love with a Gilbert. One of my favorite scenes is when Anne and Gilbert are on the bridge and he is professing his love for her. I also like in the beginning Anne talking non-stop to Matthew when she first comes home with him.

  36. I remember reading all the books when I was younger. My kids are now at the age where they want to hear the story too so I’ve started to read it to them. We’ve never seen the movie but I’d like to.

    Besos Sarah
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  37. Julie Barrett

    Oh man, I am a HUGE L.M. Montgomery fan! I’ve read all of her books, been to P.E.I. twice to visit all of the Anne of Green Gables tourist spots and I grew up watching Ann of Green Gables and Road to Avonlea. I watched them so many times as a kid and loved all the characters and actors so much! I have fond memories of watching Anne of Green Gables as a kid at my grandma’s with my sister during summer break. We would eat mint chocolate chip ice cream and watch Anne! My grandma had the series on vhs but as an adult, I haven’t seen Anne of Green Gables except when it has occasionally on TV. I would love to win the dvd’s and all the extras so I could watch Anne whenever I want. I might even invite my sister over for some ice cream to have an Anne viewing party! Thx for such an amazing giveaway! 😉

  38. Kelly Baker

    I loved the movies/tv show, especially the scene where Anne and her bf Diana got into the current wine. lol

  39. Silvia D

    I love both the books and the movies. I remember reading thebooks and later gave them to my daughter who also shares a love of the stories! My favourite scenes are..but I would have to say when Matthew first meets Anne at the station and the trip back to Green Gables.

  40. Susan Connell

    I’ve always loved this story – and the original movies! My favourite part is when Matthew gives Anne the dress with puffed sleaves! I now have a six-year-old daughter who’s fallen in love with Anne too.

  41. Have loved the books since I was little and once the movie came out I was hooked. From the actors to how they paid homeage to the books so amazing. I have watched it over and over again. I wore out my books from reading them years back .
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  42. Caryn Coates

    I love the books but havent seen the movie yet. I can’t wait to sit down with my girls and watch it 🙂

  43. mongupp

    One of my favourite scenes from the movie is when Anne returns home from Kingsport College and surprises Marilla and they run into each other’s arms.

  44. In the Hammock

    I loved the books and movies growing up. I read so many books by the author. I especially loved the scenes with Anne and Gilbert Blythe! I also loved the costumes!

  45. Alita Alexander

    I remember going to my Dad’s home town and going to Green Gables, PEI. It was so very exciting to learn it was there and we could actually see where it took place!

    I like movies; but my daughter loves reading! Wishing I could take her to see the location too! PEI is beautiful!

  46. Laurie Nykaza

    I like both books and the movies !I love Somewhere in Time so much .

  47. Renee Walters

    I’ve read the books and loved them and a child. I also watched the show with my sisters. Great childhood memories!

  48. Kelly

    I loved the books and would love to share with the rest of my family. I have not seen the movies, but love the stories.

  49. Linda

    Actually, Anne of Green Gables was the reason I became an avid reader when I was 10 and so, of course, I loved the movies, too. My favourite scene is the slate-breaking scene.

  50. Darren Scrubb

    I love both the books and the movies.

  51. sandi m

    Would love to watch the series again, absolutely love the Anne of Green gables books and tv series.

  52. Laura

    I loved the books and movies growing up! Great classics! My favorite part was when she cracked the slate on Gilbert. 🙂

  53. It’s been a long time ago, since I’ve watched Anne of Green Gables. I loved it so much. She’s so carefree, and gets in trouble easily.

  54. Oriana Sleeper

    I fell in love with Anne because she is basically me in book form! We are truly kindred spirits and I like to say Anne is me 100 years ago. I’ve read the entire series multiple times, watched all the videos except for New Beginnings. My favorite memories are probably Rainbow Valley, as I loved reading about the Ministers’s childrens shenanigans. My sister and I even made our own Rainbow Valley in our backyard! In the movies, im not really sure of a favorite scene, but I do like in the Anne of Avonlea one where Gilbert chases Anne on his bike in the beginning of the movie,

  55. Ira

    I never read it or seen the movies, but Ive heard so much about it that it’s now at the top of my to read list. Winning this prize would be great!

  56. Glogirl

    I enjoy watching the Anne of Green Gables movies. One of my favourite scenes is when Anne wanted to go to a social event ( I think it was a dance) and really wanted a dress she saw in a shop’s window. Secretly, Mathew bought her the dress with the puffy sleeves and she was allowed to attend the event.

  57. WENDY ANDREW

    I love the both the books and the movies. I love that I have been able to enjoy them with my daughter. I have to many favorite scenes to pick from. I love all of them..

  58. maria

    I loved the books and movies when i was a kid.

  59. Mark Martin

    I like movies the best.

  60. Jodie Miller

    Would just love to win this beautiful set so I can have a good movie night with my daughter. I have checked stores to find it on DVD to no avail:(. I loved both the books & the movie . Aside drpm many funny moments & tear jerking(when Matthew dies) But What i loved the most was how relateable Anne was & reminding me of myself as I would get into some very amusing “situations”..lol…Thank for the opportunity to a great giveaway

  61. I love both! I am looking forward to the new one coming on Thanksgiving, but I will never think of anyone as Anne other than Meghan Follows. She just made the show.
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  62. Kim G.

    I love all the Anne of Green Gables movies.
    My favourite scene is at the end of the sequel when Anne admits that she wants Gilbert.
    I don’t have these movies and would love to win them!

  63. Suzanne

    I remember watching the movies on the Disney channel. I loved the story and loved the ending, I would love to rewatch these.

  64. I LOVE both the book and the videos. I grew up watching the series and my sister and I would act out the scenes. I have been reading it with my daughter, but it would be SO fun to watch the series again!

  65. Donna Durie

    I grew up on Anne of Green Gables books. My children read the books and we watched the TV show Road to Avonlea. I loved Anne’s determination.

  66. Piero G.

    I remember reading Anne Of Green Gables many years ago, but I always enjoyed the TV Series. The fondest memories I have of this fabulous show was that I was able to watch, and enjoy the Series with my wife and daughter who grew to love Anne in a very special way. She wanted to be determined, and head-strong just like her favourite TV character. My daughter is now grown and has a family of her own, and I’d love to win this for her so the two of us can share it together with her young daughter. I’m absolutely certain my granddaughter will fall in love with Anne Of Green Gables, in much the sameway as my daughter did many years ago.

  67. I love the book and movies just about equally.

  68. April

    I read the books and saw all the movies. Loved both. The movies really brought the books to life. I loved the part where Diana’s snobby parents had to eat their words when Anne saved their little daughter. One of my favorite moments in the movies. And the books are awesome as well, containing scenes that never made it into the movies.

  69. Scotty

    I love both. My favorite memory is how excited my wife gets watching it.

  70. Raquel Bunn

    I don’t really remember watching a movie; just tv show. Loved that girl; she had spunk (reminded me of Me 🙂 and Matthew was the best!

  71. I fell in love with the books first and then the movies just solidified my love for all things Anne of Green Gables.
    I have a favorite memory and it was during a summer visit to Prince Edward Island when we went to see the house that Lucy Maud Montgomery lived in. Of course we also visited Anne’s village but it was the old house that made the biggest impression on me.

  72. joanne darrell

    I loved the books and I have been to Anne Of Green Gables House.

  73. Ryan B

    This series is something my parents watched and loved., I was not a fan. As such I am entering on their behalf

  74. Mary M.

    I watched it on TV, but have not read the book. In addition to Anne, I liked Matthew and his quiet, gentle manner. Some of my favorite scenes were the ones with Matthew and Anne.

  75. Anne Clemmer

    Guilty I’m afraid never read the books; but loved the series & movies.

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