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Love Actually [DVD] [2003]

Rowan Atkinson , Colin Firth , Richard Curtis    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (331 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rowan Atkinson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson
  • Directors: Richard Curtis
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar 2004
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (331 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000UI2QY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 876 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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With no fewer than eight couples vying for our attention, Love Actually is like the London Marathon of romantic comedies, and everybody wins. Having mastered the genre as the writer of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Bridget Jones's Diary, it appears that first-time director Richard Curtis is just like his screenplays: he just wants to be loved, and he'll go to absurdly appealing lengths to win our affection. With Love Actually, Curtis orchestrates a minor miracle of romantic choreography, guiding a brilliant cast of stars and newcomers as they careen toward love and holiday cheer in London, among them the Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) who's smitten with his caterer (Martine McCutcheon); a widower (Liam Neeson) whose young son nurses the ultimate schoolboy crush; a writer (Colin Firth) who falls for his Portuguese housekeeper; a devoted wife and mother (Emma Thompson) coping with her potentially unfaithful husband (Alan Rickman); and a lovelorn American (Laura Linney) who's desperately attracted to a colleague. There's more--too much more--as Curtis wraps his Christmas gift with enough happy endings to sweeten a dozen other movies. That he pulls it off so entertainingly is undeniably impressive; that he does it so shamelessly suggests that his writing fares better with other, less ingratiating directors. --Jeff Shannon

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DVD Universal Pictures, 8220660, PAL 2

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94 of 108 people found the following review helpful
By Demac
Format:DVD
I've just read through all of the reviews on here and so many people have started theirs with the words "I don't normally like romantic comedies" or "I don't like Hugh Grant films". Then why are they watching it?

Too many people are watching this expecting too much. It's a film, not a documentary. In the words of Colin Firth, "It's not bloody Shakespeare".

Yes, Hugh Grant plays his standard character, (bumbling Englishman who you just want to give a slap), but that's what he plays. You don't find him doing a Tarantino do you?

Richard Curtis did a radio interview a few months ago and was asked what his plans for fuure projects was and he said that there were only so many ways he could get Hugh to mumble. He gets the joke, Hugh Grant is a parody of Hugh Grant.

Yes, Richard Curtis overdoes the sugar sweetness by a huge bucketload. That's what he does with his movies, split personalities. With Blackadder you got Curtis the cynic, with movies you get Curtis the incurable romantic.

People have said that the characters were unbelievable, that you don't find all these types of people in London. Go to the middle of London, it's full of them. Curtis has captured middle class England perfectly. It just might not be so recognizable to all of us at around the minimum wage mark.

I think a lot of people who have given this bad reviews really haven't watched it properly, hell most of them didn't even get the names and events right. Personally I think it is a great film to watch when you want to be uplifted, if you can't keep up with more than one storyline then go buy the Teletubbies. If you want a film that shows Britain for the majority then watch Shaun of the Dead, if you want Britain at its worst then watch Scum.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab fun film 28 Nov 2009
Format:DVD
To quote just 3 other reviewers this film is "can't really fault it" "just gorgeous" "classic nonsense".

A heart warming, laugh-out-loud, tear jerker (it's got it all!), this movie never fails to cheer me up!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not great, but not bad, actually 15 Dec 2006
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Love Actually is a mixed bag set in that mythical London that only seems to exist in the imagination of Richard Curtis. As a director, Curtis gets poor performances out of the better actors (Neeson and Rickman in particular) and passable ones from the really bad ones (Keira Knightley, Martin Freeman, Sienna Guillory) but is generally best when leaving the others to do their regular schtick (Hugh Grant playing the world's least convincing British Prime Minister, Emma Thompson in a virtual reprise of her Tall Guy character and Colin Firth doing his usual constipated look routine). With such a large ensemble many get lost en route and too many of the stories go nowhere, but it does get there in the end despite your resistance. Some of the surprisingly strong deleted scenes on the DVD do hint at a much more ambitious film, and there is one remarkably effective moment with a shattered Thompson listening to a Joni Mitchell song that holds the moment longer than you'd think he'd dare, but in the end the temptation to give in to feelgood corn wins over, even if it is at the cost of the film's already very limited supply of credibility. But that kid does look like he should be in The Omen or Village of the Damned - every time I see him I keep on expecting him to say "You are thinking of a brick wall."
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Actually DVD Review 11 Sep 2004
By LM
Format:DVD
Love Actually not only cocoons you in a world eternally Christmas, making you feel all fuzzy and nice inside, but throws up some genuinely interesting points. Its premise - in fact it's full title - is Love Actually Is All Around, everyone loves and is loved by someone, even the most unlikely people have their own love stories to tell, and love itself takes many forms.
It's classy, escapist, romantic, cosy, thought-provoking sugar.
But it has also been reviewed to death, so I won't dwell on the plot but rather on the DVD's special features.
I'd been disappointed by favourite films whose DVDs have come with a meagre lack of extras (Titanic, are your ears burning?) - happily not the case here.
Here's what you can expect for your £16.99 - actually:
- Witty, engaging commentary by writer/director Richard Curtis, Hugh Grant, Bafta-winning Bill Nighy and young Thomas Sangster (Hugh Grant's real-life cousin, who plays lovesick moppet Sam). Digs aplenty from naughty Hugh at his Bridget Jones love rival Colin Firth ('Controversial cardy he's wearing there!' 'Guess you had to film him from above to make him look thinner!').
- The cringe-o-rama promo for Billy Mack's spoof Troggs/Wet Wet Wet remake, Christmas Is All Around.

- The obligatory behind-the-scenes documentary, which is in fact the one letdown here, being a tad on the short and lightweight side.

- Highlighted songs - including All I Want for Christmas(sung brilliantly by mature-beyond-her-years 10-year-old Olivia Olsen, alias little Sam's love interest, Joanna) and The Beach Boys'God Only Knows - with enlightening introductions by Richard Curtis, which demonstrate the power of a good soundtrack to a mushy blockbuster.
- A virtual movie's-worth of deleted scenes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent
Published 3 days ago by penny boisset
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
funny !!!
Published 3 days ago by Blan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great film
Published 5 days ago by Big Face
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
lovely
Published 13 days ago by Galya Topalska
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend 100%
This film is amazing, following various stories throughout. Excellent performances and great story lines with no dull parts, love it. Definitely recommend!
Published 1 month ago by jenny healey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
This is a classic dvd that I had lost or lent and had not got back. replacement was very well priced, in excellent condition
Published 1 month ago by KMV MacSween
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time.
I thought this was a dreadful, silly film. Not remotely entertaining. What a waste of the talents of some excellent actors.
Published 2 months ago by Sue B
4.0 out of 5 stars Goof watch
Something about the many London lives that the film tells their stories is endearing. Also speaks for its times (2003). Good watch,
Published 2 months ago by The historian
5.0 out of 5 stars What's to rate?
As it happens I love the film and Blu-ray is a bonus on the normal resolution. I shouldn't rate the film, but the service. that is worthy nof its five stars.
Published 2 months ago by Alan Walter Farr
5.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't be Christmas Without It
We always scramble to find the airtime of this Christmas favourite, so made the decision to get our own copy. Wonderful film with a superior cast.
Published 2 months ago by MGM
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