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Four Weddings And A Funeral [1994] [DVD]

Hugh Grant , Andie MacDowell , Mike Newell    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, James Fleet, Simon Callow, John Hannah
  • Directors: Mike Newell
  • Writers: Richard Curtis
  • Producers: Duncan Kenworthy, Eric Fellner, Richard Curtis, Tim Bevan
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, Danish, Hungarian, Polish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jan 2001
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R72I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,290 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When it was released in 1994 Four Weddings and a Funeral quickly became a huge international success, pulling in the kind of audiences most British films only dream of. It's proof that sometimes the simplest ideas are the best: in terms of plot, the title pretty much says it all. Revolving around, well, four weddings and a funeral (though not in that order), the film follows Hugh Grant's confirmed bachelor Charles as he falls for visiting American Carrie (Andy McDowell), whom he keeps bumping into at the various functions.

But with this most basic of premises, screenwriter Richard Curtis has crafted a moving and thoughtful comedy about the perils of singledom and that ever-elusive search for true love. In the wrong hands, it could have been a horribly schmaltzy affair, but Curtis' script--crammed with great one-liners and beautifully judged characterisations--keeps things sharp and snappy, harking back to the sparkling Hollywood romantic comedies of the 30s and 40s. The supporting cast, including Kristin Scott Thomas, Simon Callow and Rowan Atkinson (who starred in the Curtis-scripted television show Blackadder) is first rate, at times almost too good: John Hannah's rendition of WH Auden's poem "Funeral Blues" over the coffin of his lover is so moving you think the film will struggle to re-establish its ineffably buoyant mood. But it does, thanks in no small part to Hugh Grant as the bumbling Charles (whose star-making performance compensates for a less-than-dazzling Andie MacDowell). Though it's hardly the fault of Curtis and his team, the success of the Four Weddings did have its downside, triggering a rash of far inferior British romantic comedies. In fact, we had to wait until 1999's Notting Hill for another UK film to match its winning charm--scripted, yet again, by Curtis and starring Grant. --Edward Lawrenson

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Four Weddings And A Funeral [1994] [DVD] [DVD] (2001) Hugh Grant; James Fleet


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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "There's a sort of greatness to your lateness" 21 Jan 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Four Weddings and a Funeral is an extremely funny film. If the opening sequence doesn't make you laugh, nothing will. And conversely, if Matthew's moving rendition of W. H. Auden's "Stop all the clocks. . ." poem doesn't leave you close to tears, then you must be truly hard-hearted. Unfortunately though, what could have been an excellent comedy has a major flaw.
Charles (Hugh Grant) is a likeable chap whose friends are all getting married, leaving him as a sort of perpetual Best Man. Then American Carrie (Andie MacDowell) enters the picture and causes Charles to reassess his thoughts on marriage. Grant has charisma in spades, but sadly MacDowell does not. In fact, she is perhaps one of the least charismatic actresses ever. Not only that, but the limit of her acting ability seems to be a toothpaste-advertisement-style smile. Fortunately the casting of Charles's motley collection of single friends is excellent, and one can't help thinking he would be better off marrying one of them.
The film is almost fly-on-the-wall in its style, which gives it realism and allows it to explore the relationships within the group of friends on an intimate and everyday level. Hence the subtle humour works better than, for example, Rowan Atkinson's very obvious laugh-line attempts as a preacher with a penchant for Spoonerisms.
As one character notes, weddings have a habit of blending together in the memory and the director has played on this, creating four weddings that are visually similar and yet distinct. And of one of them is particularly memorable for the fact that it doesn't actually include a marriage ceremony. At its conclusion the film shows that whilst marriage is a noble institution, it is not for everybody.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this over the vanilla release... 22 Nov 2005
Format:DVD
If you're wanting to buy 4 Weddings on DVD, my advice is buy this one. The picture has been remastered to a level which I didn't think was possible when viewing the old release - extremely impressive. Also the sound has been remastered in 5.1, which although doesn't exploit the rear speakers a lot is a DEFINITE improvement over the vanilla.
The extras, too, are impressive. You get an interesting group commentary by director Newell, Producer Kenworthy and writer Curtis. Also included are; 2 documentaries, TV promotions, good deleted scenes etc. There's also the short featurette which appeared on the original DVD - so you're not missing out by upgrading.
Because DVDs can be bought so cheaply nowadays, my advice is to spend the extra pound or two and buy this - it's worth a thousand more than the old release.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Film Shame about the Blu-Ray Transfer. 23 April 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I have given this Blu-Ray three stars because it is an entertaining film. The blu-ray transfer itself however is ruined by the fact that there is a "hair" in the frame for the first few minutes of the film and it crops up again several times later during the movie. Quite clearly the film scanner was not cleaned before the HD scan was made.It is such a shame that the technician that did the digital transfer didn't check his or her work. However I would say that the colour and sharpness of the film is pleasing and a distinct improvement on the DVD. Disappointing.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Damn Fine Filly..." 5 Feb 2012
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE FEBRUARY 2012 'BLU RAY' REISSUE ***

I recently reviewed the BLU RAY reissue of "Love Actually" - commenting on how beautiful the picture quality had suddenly become over the preceding DVD versions. Well - somebody seems to be taking care of business here too - because the print on this 6 February 2012 reissue of "Four Weddings And A Funeral" is exceptional also - especially given what's gone before.

Filmed in the summer of 1993 and released in the spring of 1994 - Director Mike Newell and Producer Tim Bevan took a big chance on a then largely unknown Hugh Grant as the male lead. Playing Charles - a nice but bumbling 32-year old British bachelor - he's the love interest for the sophisticated and sexy American socialite Carrie (Andie MacDowell hot from her successes in "Green Card" and "Groundhog Day"). With six hundred thousand dollars lopped off their budget and only 38 days to shoot - it cost very little to make - and therefore when it became a global phenomenon it eventually grossed over $250 million in profit worldwide. "Four Weddings..." also made stars of Hugh Grant (and Liz Hurley in 'that' dress at the London premier). It laid the ground for so many British rom-coms to follow - highlighted the classiness of Kristin Scott-Thomas ("The English Patient") - Rowan Atkinson as a comedic genius - John Hannah as the thinking-woman's crumpet - and of course properly launched the 'film' career of England's best scriptwriter - Richard Curtis. It was even nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Film and Best Original Screenplay.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my best films 2 Oct 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It is humorous, sad, yet shows how people can find real happiness on all levels.. Well acted, especially Hugh Grant
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Have Such A Soft Spot for this Film 29 Sep 2013
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Format:DVD
For me, this is Richard Curits' second best film (the First being Love Actually). The poignancy, humour and drama in this film is well pitched. It does not come over as saccharine or wishy washy.

The performances are all good, and the story stays strong and entertaining.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars funny
Still just as funny as when it first came out. Can watch it over and over again and not get tired of it
Published 1 day ago by smithy
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a classic
A brilliant funny film ...odd strong swear words - so not for the young...I personally think a very funny film ..I will not spoil it .great Classic... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Enya21
5.0 out of 5 stars review
alway enjoy it every time i watch it. funny, sad, good to have it available whenever i want to see it again
Published 18 days ago by hope
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
One of my all time favourite films so I had to get rid of my vhs addition and buy it on dvd, I can watch this film again and again
Published 18 days ago by Thyra Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, pity about the ending
This was for the most part a smart witty comedy with a great cast and interesting and likeable characters. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Mr
5.0 out of 5 stars Four Weddings and A Funeral
I love this DVD, it really makes me laugh. The DVD was in very good condition - I would recommend it to my friends.
Published 23 days ago by Lorraine
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful film
This was bought as a replacement for an old damaged DVD. I would say it is worth getting the Blu-ray for the picture quality considering the little extra price involved but,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by RJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Film
Easy to watch film, enjoyable and humorous.

Humour probably wouldn't suit everyone, but some very funny lines.

Huge grant funny.
Published 2 months ago by Kay Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Old time favourite
Such an interesting movie, with its mix of fun, seriousness, weddings and that one heart breaking funeral. Great acting, good lyrics, plenty of humor. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maria G Nota
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy Classic
Feeling nostalgic when I bought this, but no regrets for doing so. A true classic which never fails to please. Timeless !
Published 3 months ago by Susan Macdonald
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