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Spin the Disc: Love actually, is all around




Dark Water

It was Minty ...

St Elmo's Fire

That was bad ...

The 2005 Academy Award Nominated Shorts

Brewster's Millions

Love actually, is all around

$90,000 or 90,000 Donuts

Farewell to Frasier

Hook, Line, and Sinker, and Part of the Dock

Dark Water
It was Minty ...
St Elmo's Fire
That was bad ...
The 2005 Academy Award Nominated Shorts
Brewster's Millions
Love actually, is all around
$90,000 or 90,000 Donuts
Farewell to Frasier
Hook, Line, and Sinker, and Part of the Dock -->







Love actually, is all around
Saturday, April 2nd, 2005 9:18 AM

Love Actually

This was one of my very favorite movies of 2003, which surprised me because when I saw the trailer gushing about love it looked like another one of those cookie cutter movies Hollywood seems to churn out without thinking. I ended up seeing it on a whim, and loved it. Love actually was written by Richard Curtis, who wrote Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’s Diary for the screen, among other British gems such as Four Weddings and a Funeral and collaborated with Rowan Akinson in writing the TV series Mr. Bean. This is his first directing gig and he shines by tying together the multiple storylines with heart, humor and candor. The actors are great and this movie features some strong performances by Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson and a very memorable one by Bill Nighly.

I was hoping the DVD would be a great two disc set but Universal has decided it only deserved one disc. Nonetheless, there are just enough extras about the making of this film to satisfy me along with the required anamorphic transfer. While the transfer is pretty good, it could have been stellar had it had a bit more room to breath. Also I think the image could be sharper at times but thankfully I didn’t see too much edge enhancement. Not much to say about the audio since this is a comedy but a satisfying 5.1 mix is provided which focuses on dialogue with little activity in the surrounds.

On the extras front, you get Richard Curtis, along with a few of the cast gabbing about the film in the only commentary track. The commentary is fun to listen to with the participants engaged in pleasant banter but my belief is if you do a track like this, you’ve got to do one with the director alone since the conversations tend to distract anyone from giving anyone divulging any worthwhile information. Nonethless, you do learn a bit about the making of the film though I would have preferred more, which, as mentioned above, I feel I would have gotten with a solo director track.

Another substantial feature on the disc is Music of Love Actually which features Richard Curtis explaining why he chose the music featured in the film and on the sountrack. He introduces every selection with an explanation. After his explanation it jumps to the scene in the film where the music is featured.

The other major extra on the disc is about 20 minutes worth of deleted scenes some of which are good enough to have been left in the film including a humorous one with Liam Neeson and his computer, which the director alluded to in an interview in Time Magazine. I’m glad to see it made it onto the disc. Other than that we get menus that very much resemble the artwork from Robert Alman’s Short Cuts and a music video.

Since this is such a great film, I was hoping for more bonus features. While the features are adequate, it could have been better as a two disc set with perhaps a making of documentary with interviews with the cast, etc. Nonetheless, due to the strength of the film, and its high rewatchability factor this is highly recommended and should be an essential part of your DVD collection.



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