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  • Actors: Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Richard McCabe, Rhys Ifans, James Dreyfus
  • Directors: Roger Michell
  • Writers: Richard Curtis
  • Producers: Duncan Kenworthy, Eric Fellner, Mary Richards, Richard Curtis, Tim Bevan
  • 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 Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Nov. 1999
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RJDA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 685 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Roger Michell directs this British romantic comedy written by Richard Curtis and starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. Anna Scott (Roberts) is the world's most famous movie star, whilst divorcee William Thacker (Grant) owns an ailing travel bookstore in his local neighbourhood of Notting Hill. One day Anna buys a book from William's shop and later collides messily with him on a street corner. She accompanies him home to clean herself up, and from there springs an unlikely romance. However, the path of true love is littered with obstacles, not least the media, the adoring fans and the differences in their lifestyles.

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They don't really make many romantic comedies like Notting Hill anymore--blissfully romantic, sincerely sweet, and not grounded in any reality whatsoever. Pure fairy tale, and with a huge debt to Roman Holiday, Notting Hill ponders what would happen if a beautiful, world-famous person were to suddenly drop into your life unannounced and promptly fall in love with you. That's the crux of the situation for William Thacker (Hugh Grant), who owns a travel bookshop in London's fashionable Notting Hill district. Hopelessly ordinary (well, as ordinary as you can be when you're Hugh Grant), William is going about his life when renowned movie star Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) walks into his bookstore and into his heart. After another contrived meeting involving spilled orange juice, William and Anna share a spontaneous kiss (big suspension of disbelief required here), and soon both are smitten. The question is, of course, can William and Anna reconcile his decidedly commonplace bookseller existence and her lifestyle as a jet-setting, paparazzi-stalked celebrity? (Take a wild guess at the answer.) Smartly scripted by Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral) and directed by Roger Michell (Persuasion), Notting Hill is hardly realistic, but as wish fulfilment and a romantic comedy, it's irresistible. True, Roberts doesn't really have to stretch very far to play a big-time actress who makes $15 million per movie, but she's more winning and relaxed than she's been in years, and Grant is sweetly understated as a man blindsided by love. Together, in moments of quiet, they're a charming couple, and you can feel her craving for real love and his awe and amazement at the wonderful person for whom he has fallen. The only blight on the film is its overbearing pop soundtrack, though Elvis Costello's heart-wrenching version of "She" gets poignant exposure. With Rhys Ifans as Grant's scene-stealing, slovenly housemate and Alec Baldwin in a sly, perfectly cast cameo. --Mark Englehart --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Dec. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I found Notting Hill fantastic - lovely acting, wonderfully written script, and beautifully directed and shot. It's great for curling up in front of after a hard day, because it cheers you up - it cheers me up anyway! All the actors are at their best, and it's so easy to get into and have a good laugh. Wonderful! Here's to more British films like it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
A great romantic comedy set in London. Hugh Grant plays a bumbling book store owner who falls in love with a Hollywood actress played by Julia Roberts. Their relationship stops and starts as Julia Roberts still has a boyfriend . A great film to watch with a partner on a quiet romantic night in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD
Bookshop owner William Thacker's {Hugh Grant} life is turned upside down when Hollywood star Anna Scott {Julia Roberts} ventures into his shop.

By definition, Notting Hill is crowd pleasing fluff for the romantically inclined. Nothing wrong with that of course, chances are that if you have tuned in on TV or loaded this film on your player, you are fully expecting a fluffarama with lots of toothy smiles. Sure enough Notting Hill, written by Richard Curtis and directed by Roger Mitchell, delivers everything that the wish fulfilment plot synopsis suggests it will. And nicely providing a few laughs into the bargain. That it stops short of being a top line rom-com falls at the feet of Curtis and his over egged script. The comedy is razor sharp and the romance is excellently fleshed from start to finish, but in his need to add drama via media intrusion and a woe is me life of the actress, Curtis comes dangerously close to fluffing his, well, fluff piece.

Still it's a flaw that doesn't sink the film, because hey!, we want feel-good and that's what we shall bloody well get!. Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts take the lead roles of our mismatched {matched} coupling, and as it turns out it's a fine bit of casting. Roberts is not asked to do much other than smile and work well with Grant's wonderful foppish charm, while both actors benefit from an excellent supporting cast who rise above what in essence is a roll call of rallying around your mate mates!. Especially praise worthy is the efforts of Gina McKee and Tim McInnerny, whose sub-plot story could have been twee, but thanks to both of them that it actually adds an emotional pull rather than being a shoehorned hindrance.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "neevie" on 17 Mar. 2004
Format: DVD
I've seen LOTS of romantic comedies, and this is by far the funniest and the most romantic!
If you're looking for an enjoyable break from reality then this is just the thing!
It has to be said that the extra features are nothing special but buy this dvd anyway!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D M Jeffery on 29 Sept. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Very enjoyable. Get tired of death and destruction films so this is a film to relax with. Quality and sound in Blu Ray excellent. Would recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Sept. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I really enjoyed this movie. It was so funny, and the acting from Hugh Grant(a brilliant actor!), Julia Roberts and Rhys Ifans was outstanding. There were some great jokes, and the plot was clever. I'm a great fan of romantic comedies, and this is the best one I've ever seen. Even funnier than "Four Weddings and a Funeral". Buy it!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rich Milligan on 24 Nov. 2005
Format: DVD
Poor old “Notting Hill”, this charming and entertaining film is far too often compared to “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and perhaps derided for another Hugh Grant “floppy haired bumbling Englishman” role when really it’s a fine and delightful film in its own right.
William Thacker is your average thirty-something Londoner, trying to make end meet running his own specialist travel bookshop in the Notting Hill area. His mundane day to day routine is well and truly shaken up when world famous actress Anna Scott visits his shop and purchases a book. Being the ultra-polite Englishman he is, William is far too well-mannered to draw attention to the gorgeous Ms Scott or be crass and ask for an autograph. When he bumps into her (literally) in the street only minutes later and spills a cup of orange juice over her he is only too quick to invite her into his house (the one with the blue door) and let her clean herself up. Gratified by both this charming and honest approach in contrast to the either bitchy or sycophantic way she is normally dealt with Anna is swept off her feet and ends their tryst by planting a huge smacker on the surprised William’s mouth.
What happens then is the wholly enjoyable if not wholly unlikely and wholly predictable love story between these two extremely likeable characters. The ups and downs are thoroughly entertaining and include many a hilarious scene, whether it’s the magazine interview for Horse and Hounds, Spike’s doorstep posing or William wearing goggles in the cinema. The story isn’t just about comedy though; the romantic scenes are finely crafted and have a poignancy of their own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By STEVENSEAGALFAN on 7 Jan. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
*** Blu-Ray Review*** Notting Hill for me is Hugh Grant's best film, his room mate spike(Rhys Ifans) is so funny the most funniest part was when he opened the door to the press with just his underpants on, and the best part of the film was when Hugh Grant was walking through the market with the changes of the season and the best song "SHE" by Elvis Costello. I must admit am not a big fan of Julia Roberts but this film for me any why this is her best. The Blu-ray is very nice and the sound mix is in DTS so it's just perfect.

***FEATURES BELOW***

Spotlight on Location
Seasonal walk on Portobello Road
Deleted scenes
Hugh Grant's Movie Tips
Elvis Costello "She" Music Video
Shania Twain "You've Got A Way" Music Video
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