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My Big Fat Greek Wedding [DVD] [2002]

  • SKU: 5192187
  • Release Date: 02/11/2003
  • Rating: PG
My Big Fat Greek Wedding: the little film that could. Everyone by now knows the story of this five-million-dollar film that went on to gross well over 200 million dollars. That being the case, why aren't we seeing a bigger release for this DVD? Not that it's a bad disc, it really isn't. It just seems there's so much more that could have been done for such a significant release. The image, which HBO has wisely included both 1.85:1 anamorphic and full-frame transfers, is a fairly solid presentation. Colors, while generally muted, come across nicely, while the darker scenes are dense and don't show any signs of breakdown. Skin tones are very warm, a real plus for this film. The sound, a 5.1 Dolby Digital track, is certainly adequate for this small romantic comedy. In other words, it's not going to test your sound system in any way. Still, the auditory elements are nicely translated to home video, with clear dialogue and a very pleasing quality. What is lacking with this title are a significant number of supplemental features. Other than some decent biographies of the cast is a commentary track from stars Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, and director Joel Zwick. This track is often "matter of fact," but has enough humor and anecdotes to keep it moving along. Vardalos and Zwick contribute more than Corbett, but each has plenty to say about their experiences. People tend to love or hate this film. Those that hate it will steer clear of it, while those that loved it will now have the ability to watch it over and over and over.
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (361 out of 368)

    Special Features


    • Audio commentaries by stars Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, and director Joel Zwick
    • Both widescreen and full-frame versions on sigle-sided disc
    • Cast biographies

    Synopsis


    My Big Fat Greek Wedding
    One woman's rocky road to the altar gets played for laughs in this comedy, adapted from the one-woman off-Broadway show written by and starring Nia Vardalos. Toula (Vardalos) is a Greek-American woman who is in her early thirties and single, with no immediate prospects of changing that status any time soon. This bothers Toula a bit, but not half as much as it distresses her mother (Lainie Kazan) and father (Michael Constantine), who want to send her to Greece in hopes of finding a husband in the old country. Toula isn't interested in leaving the country to find a man, but since she works in the family business -- a Greek restaurant in Chicago called Dancing Zorba's -- she has to hear about it whether she likes it or not. One day, after seeing a handsome stranger in the restaurant and not having the courage to talk to him, Toula decides she needs a bit of self-improvement. Despite her dad's misgivings, Toula signs up for a night-school class studying computers, trades in her glasses for contact lenses, gets a different job at a travel agency, and spruces herself up with a new look and a new attitude. To her very pleasant surprise, she once again encounters the handsome stranger, who soon asks her out on a date. Schoolteacher Ian Miller (John Corbett) is seemingly perfect -- he's tall, handsome, smart, good-natured, and soon in love with Toula -- except for two little things: he's not Greek, and he's a vegetarian, both of which horrify Toula's family. When Ian pops the question (and Toula says yes), the bride-to-be has to negotiate a reasonably peaceful meeting between Ian's upper-class parents and her own working-class extended family. There's also the matter of the wedding, which Toula's mother is planning around the notion that quantity IS quality. My Big Fat Greek Wedding also features Ian Gomez (Vardalos' real-life husband), Louis Mandylor, Andrea Martin, and Joey Fatone (from the pop group *NSYNC). Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson helped produce the film through the auspices of their production company, Playtone. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Nia Vardalos
      Nia Vardalos - Toula
    • John Corbett
      John Corbett - Ian Miller
    • Michael Constantine
      Michael Constantine - Gus
    • Lainie Kazan
      Lainie Kazan - Maria
    • Andrea Martin
      Andrea Martin - Aunt Voula



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 368 reviews

    98%
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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      The little film that could....

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      JakeInLivnColor
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      I just can't see how popular this film was received tot he tune of around $240 million dollars in America alone, great critical reception and even an Oscar nomination for Nia Vardalos for her screenplay. I did enjoy the film, thought it was funny, but it is very cliched in the clash of clans sort of way. Its performed well, directed decently, and the chemistry is there, but nothing else shows me to the extent of how culturally relevant this film got. The PQ is decidedly well done, masking the fact this was a very low budget film, retaining the color and warmth of the film and having a filmic layer from its original 35mm film photography. The AQ is also well done, retaining the talky nature of the film with the score being filled out nicely. Extras wise, the original DVD only contained a commentary with cast bios (Which is included on disc 2, with widescreen & fullscreen versions), with this Blu Ray retaining the commentary with a 30-minute retrospective and 5 minutes of deleted scenes to round of the extras along with a digital copy round of this mediocre 10th Anniversary release. Only recommended if you're a huge fan of the film and if you can get it very cheaply.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fun Rom Com

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      AnnaIsTired
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      This movie is hilarious. It's depiction of a unique (and at times frustrating) but loving family is both humorous and heartwarming. The portrayal of a man who is caring and willing to make an effort to make a relationship work is positive and encouraging, and the portrayal of a woman who learns to love her family and be who she wants to be is inspiring. Conservative viewers may find a few humorous moments surprising and/or offensive, but there isn't anything too wild, imo. It's an affectionate, hopeful comedy, never so sappy or clean as to feel sanitized and unrealistic, never so dirty or mean as to feel bitter or alienating. If that makes sense, as my nickname indicates, I'm tired rn, lol.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      when in doubt, always use windex OPA!

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      geminidreamatl30
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      this very charming and funny movie became one of the highest grossing independent films ever made and i can see why. the story of a frumpy greek spinster with no self esteme meets this very handsome man at the restaurant she works at her parents own. after that, she decides to go to college to learn computers to help her aunts business boom better. she starts wearing make up, changes her hair and becomes more confident. she then meets the man again at her aunts travel agency and the two go on a date. they start seeing each other but the problem is he is not greek and her family does not like that. after some convincing, they agree to host the wedding if he becomes baptised in the greek church with her big fat greek family. hillarous and realistic and also heart warming at the same time. Nai Vardolas wrote the screenplay and starred in it became famous after this and made a name for herself.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wish I was Greek

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      AltP

      What a wonderful story. And apparently all true. Very funny, without being over the top, well almost. But I know the food, and the family and the lust for life is not over the top. Greek culture is so full of life. There are a lot of scene-stealers and hilarious set ups in this flick. I love all the characters, even the mean old grandmother. Two beautiful scenes from the movie without giving anything away (but who hasn’t seen this yet?); “I remember you from that restaurant.” “I was going though a frump stage.” “I don’t remember frump, but I remember you…” And on the bridge, “Did you just say I was beautiful?” The bonus is that the beautiful Nia Vardalos who this happened to, wrote and stars in the movie. Added commentaries on the disc are hilarious and insightful too about the story, and the making of.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The wonderful and best romantic comedy

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      bailey1

      This is one of the best romantic comedies ever made loved my big fat Greek wedding and also it is one of the funniest movies loved the Greek lady and the American guy in the movie. What I loved about it is that the movie was clean with no language at all and the lady who is the Greek lady in the movie the story of the movie was played by the Greek lady who was Tolua in my big fat Greek wedding and I would recommend the movie to family and friends one of the funniest parts it basically happend to one of my teachers when the lady fallen down and she has a headset phone on her and instead my teacher did not fall Down I did tell my teacher she reminded me off of my big fat Greek wedding and the movie is wonderful and great and the best romantic comedy

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Fun Movie

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      April
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      Feminists [or women in general] might enjoy the quote: "the man might be the head of the household, but it's the wife who is the NECK who TURNS THE HEAD [so SHE really is the one w/ all the power]! LOL That was pretty clever & funny. Men might not like that quote though. LOL :) This movie is about the female main lead actress getting a makeover which transforms her self-esteem and catches the eye of a man which transforms her life.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Big and Fat

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      Britannicus
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      A nice movie for the entire family and a great movie for a date. Not a great love story--but it will do. The acting is average and that is because of the female lead who looks like she is struggling to play the part. The chemistry is average between the two leads and that takes away from the film. It is still a good film, but a better romantic movie: Roman Holiday, While You Were Sleeping, Return to Me.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent movie. We as a family, love it!!

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      panitaboricua
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      Presentation/Availability: Product was well packaged with no broken/opened box. There were many available at the store. Performance: Very good movie for the family. Customer service: EXCELLENT customer service. I was greeted by an employee as soon as I walked through the door.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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