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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MTR682
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,429 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This well-crafted comedy in black and white doesn't waste a scene. Most of the action takes place in a shop in Budapest where the shopkeeper and his staff are all well drawn and played with gusto by the small cast. The scene where Margaret Sullivan sells the musical cigar box to the candy-loving lady is a masterclass in sales technique!

James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan maintain a comical dislike of one another at work after starting off on the wrong foot. In private they are each trying to better themselves by writing on cultural topics to an unknown person, each secretly falling in love with their anonymous correspondent. The viewer knows long before they do who their respective correspondents really are, but the comic and romantic aspects of their finding out are exploited to good effect. This theme was reused in the more recent You've Got Mail [DVD] [1999].

The other members of the cast have various romantic backgrounds -- the happily married man with children, the man who suspects is wife is having an affair, the spinster living with her mother, the man who is having an affair with a rich married woman, the ambitious boy (presumably ready to take out girls), and at the end the new young errand boy who is alone in the big city. The interaction of the two main characters plays out against this background to great effect, with the final scenes taking place in the run-up to Christmas.

A delightful film that will stand many viewings!

P.S. I've been waiting for many years for a UK PAL version of this film to be released on DVD, but I've finally settled for this Korean PAL version. The only set-back is that it plays with Korean subtitles by default, but it's easy to reset the subtitles or switch them off so no real problem.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming 15 Aug 2007
By gozeat
For those of you who do not know this movie, it is one of the most charming films ever made. It is the original on which You've got Mail, with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, is based.
Set in an indeterminate east European country, probably Hungary, James Stewart is superb in the role of a gift shop manager who is the "pen pal" of one of his own shop assistants, Margaret O'Sullivan, without either of them knowing this is the case. They dislike each other from the moment, she starts working there. Of course it all turns out well in the end and romance blossom's. The film has a wonderful script and there are fine performances from the whole cast, all of whom were "stock" actors of the period. They really do not make films like this any more!
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful film from Hollywood's 'golden age' 8 Jun 2009
This beautiful film really does deserve to be more widely known. It crops up very infrequently on the television now and its distribution on DVD and VHS in the UK has been very haphazard, which is a great shame.

Margaret Sullavan is in splendidly feisty form, and both she and James Stewart - as the principals in the romantic element of the plot - spark off each other wonderfully. Having said that, this is very much an ensemble piece and the remainder of the characters, down to the smallest role, are perfectly cast.

The romantic plotline formed the basis for 'You've Got Mail', with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, but that slick remake has none of the charm of this original. There really isn't a weak link in this film at all and it achieves all its effects with a simplicity and apparent effortlessness that seems to be lacking from mainstream Hollywood productions these days. It's one of my all-time favourite films. A touching and heart-warming comedy from the golden age of cinema, this film absolutely gets a five star recommendation.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect romantic drama 3 Mar 2011
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This oh-so memorable diamond of enchanting romanticism was, I'm afraid spoiled by the DVD I'd bought, a Korean import. That's the only reason why I dropped it a star, otherwise it would have got a 6!

The panning shots shuddered and even snow looked odd as it fell. I emailed the seller who was very sympathetic and helpful and immediately sent a replacement, presuming the first to be faulty. I was so disappointed that the second played exactly the same.

We mutually concluded that my sensitivities to such might be more acute than most and I had, at least been re-united after many years with one of my favourite films, though I'd only seen it on TV once, at least 6 years before. Jimmy Stewart's measured but assured manner is both humbling and beguiling and the film's charm is unmatched but not at all treacly.

Though set at Christmas, it really can be enjoyed at any time of year partly because it doesn't cover any religious ground but more importantly, is such a rich, hot-chocolate fudge cake of a treat, it should be available on prescription.

Please, it, properly!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars shop around the corner 12 Jan 2011
Although it is widely said that "You've Got Mail" is based on this film really only the plot line of two persons communicating at a distance (in this case by letter) without knowing that they have met in reality is in common between the two films. The film is set in Budapest but there is no evidence (other than signage) of this but for the generally European atmosphere. The film is nonetheless a whimsical comedy full of "characters". The script is well written and it is the language rather than the action which makes the film delightful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally charming masterpiece
Read one or two of the reviews that gave this a 4 or 5 and I think you have it. It is a totally charming film (a word I have not used in any of my reviews so far). Read more
Published 19 days ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Shame it is region 1
This is a brilliant film which far outstrips its age-of-the-email successor and I cannot fathom why it does not have a region 2 release. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Wc Shacklock
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This was the only copy available - great classic film and after watching You've Got Mail this original soon became our daughters favourite
Published 3 months ago by DZ2
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy film
Gave me pleasure and opportunity to compare with You've Got Mail.
It has held its quality down the years particularly in the acting of the wonderful James Stewart
A small... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Patricia Nutbr.own
5.0 out of 5 stars Gone are the days.
For its day, a very risque theme, but acted with gentleness and subtlety and just a lovely film. Sweet evening's entertainment.
Published 6 months ago by Stephanie P G C
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, Charming, Warm, Christmas Movie
The Shop Around the Corner has all the wit, charm and sincerity that modern movies such as Love Actually, Four Weddings and the dreadful The Holiday could only wish for. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Colonel Decker
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming
This is one of my favourite movies of all time! James Stewart is delightful it is so charming. If you haven't see it watch it!
Published 7 months ago by Caroline84
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased!
Beautiful and well worth the money. Can't get better on the high street. Don't worry about whether there is any quality, just buy it.
Published 7 months ago by Maw
5.0 out of 5 stars Prompt delivery no problems
Delivered very quick, within a few days and in same package as 2 other DVD's. Seller sent a message via amazon re the DVD as it is an import(which I knew), regarding returns etc... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ianb55
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film
This film is on a par with "it's a wonderful life".... I watched it about 3 yrs ago on the t.v. But have never forgotten it and am hoping to find an English version. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Beccaleigh
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