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Notting Hill [DVD] [1999]

Along with 28 Days, the DVD of Notting Hill is one of the most satisfying and complete DVD packages for a romantic comedy. Starting with a widescreen, anamorphic transfer and Dolby Digital Surround and 5.1 Audio, the disc presents the film and its supplemental material in a lavish way that befits a Julia Roberts blockbuster. Extras like an entertaining commentary with director Roger Mitchell, producer Duncan Kenworthy, and writer Richard Curtis, production notes, and cast and crew biographies shed light on the making of the film and the people behind it, while the travel guide to the Notting Hill area, "Hugh Grant's Movie Tips" (which basically consists of Grant joking around with the crew, and the bookmarks that cue up the film's musical highlights capture Notting Hill's witty, romantic spirit and setting. Deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer round out this entertaining and substantial disc, which reaffirms that films other than special effects extravaganzas can make effective use of the format's extra features.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (197 out of 200)

    Synopsis


    Notting Hill
    Can a beautiful and internationally famous American actress find happiness with a frumpy British bookstore clerk? She can -- at least for a while, it seems -- in Notting Hill. William Thacker (played by Hugh Grant) is a bookseller at a shop in the Notting Hill district in West London, who shares a house with an eccentric Welsh friend, Spike (Rhys Ifans). One day, William is minding the store when in strolls Anna Scott (Julia Roberts), a lovely and well-known actress from the United States who is in London working on a film. She buys a book from William, and she is polite and charming in the way a famous actress would be with a star-struck sales clerk. Their relationship would logically end there, if William didn't run out a few minutes later to buy some juice. While dashing back to the shop, he bumps into Anna on the street, spilling juice all over her blouse. Since he lives nearby, William politely offers to let her stop by his house to clean up; since William seems harmless enough, Anna agrees. When Anna has to stop back to pick up a bag she left at William's house, they kiss -- just in time for Spike to show up. A romance slowly blooms as his friends and family (not to mention the world at large) wonder out loud what he's doing dating a movie star. Notting Hill reunites Hugh Grant with producer Duncan Kenworthy and screenwriter Richard Curtis, who previously worked together on the international hit Four Weddings And A Funeral. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Julia Roberts
      Julia Roberts - Anna Scott
    • Hugh Grant
      Hugh Grant - William Thacker
    • Hugh Bonneville
      Hugh Bonneville - Bernie
    • Emma Chambers
      Emma Chambers - Honey
    • James Dreyfus
      James Dreyfus - Martin



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 200 reviews

    99%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie

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      enzso
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      As Notting Hill is one of my most favorite movies I had to give it five stars. The Blu-ray picture looks great. The extra "Spotlight on Location" featurette (14.5 minutes) and music videos: "She" by Elvis Costello and "You've got a Way" by Shania Twain are a nice bonus. That said let me move on to a technicality. This is evidently a UK bluray edition? I am not a terribly observant guy. No nitpicking here, but even I noticed that the final song during the credits: "No Matter What" was missing. Instead we hear "From the Heart". I double checked with my dvd copy and I was not mistaken. I have no idea what else might have been changed. I have no intention of running the two versions side by side. I will leave that to others more interested. I didn't notice anything else on the first run so I am satified, but..... Oops, just noticed that the feature commentary from the dvd version is missing.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great British comedy

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      VR6Tosh
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      I saw this film theatrically and have owned it on dvd and now blu-ray. The blu-ray is a huge improvement video and audio wise. Love the scene where Hugh Grant shows up to meet Julia Roberts actress character at her hotel room, but did not realize it was a press junket. He quickly looks around and sees a copy of Horse and Hound Magazine and says he is a writer representing that publication. The questions he has to ask the other cast members at the junket of the sci-fi film within a film before getting to her are hilarious.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Sweet, English romantic comedy

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      nman1701
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      This Brit comedy is bright, fun and short. Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts have good chemistry and the supporting cast, including a hilarious Rhys Ifans, is superb. In this mold, the British comedy Sliding Doors, from the same era, is brought to mind, with another superb American actress, Gwyneth Paltrow, at its heart. Cinematography and art direction is first-rate, giving a warm, cozy feel to indoor scenes and vibrant colors to outdoor shots. The blu-ray transfer is first rate but lacking in meaningful extras.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Classic Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts shines.

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      1QuickDraw
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      Surprise hit from the 90's for Roberts and Grant. Julia Roberts allows Brit cast mates to stand front and center, never trying to force attention on herself and then steals scene after scene with her simple charm. You know how it's going to end but love watching this ensemble play off each other while getting there. Great Friday night pick for "Let's watch a movie after dinner". Blu-ray includes additional commentary track with director Roger Michell, producer Duncan Kenworth, and writer Richard Curtis.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A better than average date movie.

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      Beatlefan
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      A pleasant romantic comedy that gives us a slightly different take on the formulaic plot that is common to the genre. While Hugh Grant is not Sir Lawrence Olivier, the character he plays is ideal for this role. One minor note that I found amusing is when Julia Roberts, as a fictional international film star, mentions "Julia Roberts" in one scene as if it's another person. There are many other examples of this type of sublte humor and great one-liners in the script. Well worth picking up.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Amazing movie!!!

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      Jebmcw
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      Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant... Need I say more?!? Haha! This is probably my all time favorite movie! I've watched it probably 100+ times... The storyline is brilliant, the soundtrack is captivating, and the acting is Superb! I have owned the DVD version for many years, but when I saw this I HAD to get it. Also...inside the main cover there is a list of the best movies from the 90's!!!!!! Amazing!! If you have never seen this movie, and want a wonderful romantic comedy, then this is it!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic British Love Story

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      50cal
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      One of my favorite British romantic comedies, Hugh Grant plays an ordinary book store owner who has a chance encounter with America's biggest female star play by Julia Roberts. Its a complicated love story about "a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her." This movie also has a great cast of supporting characters that help these two soul mates navigate their troubles of a hollywood star trying to having a normal relationship with an ordinary guy.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic Hugh Grant Flick

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      RonnieDog1973
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      This movie looks great in HD! Julia Roberts is wonderful, as always, Hugh Grant is nicely awkward and suave in turns, but let's face it, the regular performers that seem to appear in all those early Hugh Grant movies just steal the show. I love their quirky comedy, and when you mix it with such a nice romantic story, it makes for great viewing, and was a prefect gift for my wife on our 14th 1st date anniversary!

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