Sweet Home Alabama [DVD] [2002]

Romantic comedies on DVD are often cash cows for studios, and with the all the enjoyable extras milked into Touchstone Home Entertainment's Sweet Home Alabama, this is one disc sure to rise to the top. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey, and Candice Bergen, Sweet Home Alabama is a charming film about a self-made New York designer who must rendezvous with her Southern roots before her new life can flourish. The movie, presented in anamorphic video, is shown in 2.35:1 widescreen with crisp colors and clear projection. The Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound is decent, especially during the conversations and Civil War "battle" scenes. Not much in terms of groundbreaking surround sound, but this is a romantic comedy, not an apocalyptic war adventure. A French language track is also available. In terms of extras, Touchstone included those viewer-friendly options that many fans of this genre will enjoy. There's a SHeDAISY music video and 12 chapter selections. The director's screen-specific audio commentary is worth a watch, especially since Andy Tennant uses this platform to really discuss his passion for this film as well as what funny things happened during the shoot. The anecdotes alone are worth listening to. But by far, the best extra on the disc is "Off the Cutting Room Floor," a collection of eight deleted scenes with an introduction by Tennant. To top that off is the always-popular alternate ending feature, with commentary.
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (67 out of 69)

Special Features


  • "Off the cutting room floor"- 8 deleted scenes with introduction by director Andy Tennant
  • Alternate ending with commentary
  • Director's audio commentary
  • Shedaisy's "Mine All Mine" music video
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
  • Widescreen (2.35:1) - enhanced for 16x9 televisions
  • French language track
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Sweet Home Alabama
After establishing herself as a bankable star with the fish out of water comedy Legally Blonde, Reese Witherspoon returns in what could be described as a "fish back in water" comedy. Melanie Carmichael (Witherspoon) is a successful New York fashion designer who is dating Andrew Hennings (Patrick Dempsey), a wealthy socialite whose mother, Katherine Hennings (Candice Bergen), is the Big Apple's mayor. One day, Andrew pops the big question and asks Melanie to marry him; Melanie is overjoyed, but unknown to Andrew, Melanie has some unfinished business to take care of first. Despite her polished uptown image, Melanie grew up poor in the deep South, and as a teenager she married her high school sweetheart Jake Perry (Josh Lucas). Things went sour and Melanie moved East, reinventing herself along the way, but Jake never bothered to legally end their marriage. Now Melanie has to return to her hometown of Pigeon Creek, AL, to tell her parents (Fred Ward and Mary Kay Place) the news and convince Jake to grant her a divorce; however, the more time she spends with her old flame, the more she feels sparks flying between them again, while she also learns her Eastern affectations don't fly with everyone back home. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Reese Witherspoon
    Reese Witherspoon - Melanie Carmichael
  • Josh Lucas
    Josh Lucas - Jake Perry
  • Patrick Dempsey
    Patrick Dempsey - Andrew
  • Candice Bergen
    Candice Bergen - Mayor Katherine Hennings
  • Mary Kay Place
    Mary Kay Place - Pearl Smooter



Customer rating

4.8
98%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Entertaining but cliched

    Posted
    prlwctd

    A successful New York fashion designer (Reese Witherspoon) gets engaged to a man (Patrick Dempsey) who's the son of the mayor (Candice Bergen). There's just one tidbit: She has to return to her old haunts in Alabama to officially divorce her childhood sweetheart (Josh Lucas). Witherspoon is as appealing as ever, but the film itself is predicable beyond belief (the film's tagline- Sometimes what you're looking for is right where you left it- basically says it all). Not to mention that there are more cliches about the South than you can count. I'm surprised there were no Deliverance jokes thrown in.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT!!!

    Posted
    Hysteria77

    This is such a good movie! I bought this DVD for my Mom for her birthday and she was thirlled with it. It is much better on DVD than on TV because there is a lot missing from the one on TV. This would be a great " date move"! If you are thinking about getting it, go ahead...you will NOT be sorry!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My favorite Reese Witherspoon movie

    Posted
    Moviegirl80

    I love Sweet Home Alabama with Reese Withersppon. I have Sweet Home Alabama on DVD with Reese Witherspoon. In Sweet Home Alabama I liked Melanie, Jake, Melanie's Parents, Jake's Mom, Melanie's friends, Jake and Melanie's little girl and all the songs that they played in Sweet Home Alabama.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    good movie

    Posted
    bug1
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    I had searched on line for this dvd's availability-had some leads .When I went to the local stores location was unable to find it.I went back on line and found it at Best Buy.The communication was non difficult and it was shipped to my home within a few days.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great gift

    Posted
    Rs1002
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Bought this hard to find movie for my wife and daughter. Was really looking for blu-ray or 4K. Got the blu-ray for a great price, didn't mind the shipping cost

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BEST MOVIE EVER!!!!!

    Posted
    dandtpyn

    I would have to say that this is the BEST movie I have ever seen. It is so sweet and romantic. My husband and I watch this movie at least twice a month and everytime they play it on USA.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My Favorite!!!

    Posted
    Lauren
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    This movie has ALWAYS been one of my favorites! I'm so happy I finally decided to order a copy for myself so I'll always have it! I'll never get tire of it!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best romance comedies ever!

    Posted
    HuskerVBNut
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    I owned this movie as a regular DVD. I found it to be available on Bluray so purchased it. The quality of movie is much better on Bluray. It is a favorite movie in my library!

    I would recommend this to a friend




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