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When Harry Met Sally [DVD] [1989]

Billy Crystal , Meg Ryan , Rob Reiner    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby, Steven Ford
  • Directors: Rob Reiner
  • Writers: Nora Ephron
  • Producers: Rob Reiner, Andrew Scheinman, Jeffrey Stott, Nora Ephron, Steve Nicolaides
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 23 July 2001
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KISJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,213 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Highly influential, When Harry Met Sally revitalised (in 1988) the moribund romantic comedy genre, made a superstar of Meg Ryan, and in two minutes of heavy breathing gave cinema one of its most memorable scenes. Set over 12 years in New York, young professionals Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Ryan) go from meeting to becoming friends to, well--this is a romantic comedy. Benefiting from an observant and witty script by Nora Ephron, it also offers insight into the differences between men and women. More importantly it's very funny, though the most hilarious scene is also the least believable: Sally is really too conventional to do that in a crowded restaurant. Knowingly modern, the picture's snappy one liners, neurotic honesty and straight-to-camera interludes are in the tradition of Woody Allen's New York Jewish humour, a prime example being Annie Hall (1976), while the inspired use of standards not only made a star of Harry Connick Jnr. but started a trend developed in Everyone Says I Love You (1996) and Love's Labour's Lost (2000). Perfectly played, with excellent support from Carrie Fisher, When Harry Met Sally is the archetypal modern romantic comedy.

On the DVD: There's an excellent 33-minute documentary made in 2000 which interviews all the key players talking candidly not so much about how the film was made but why, and revealing just how much of it is actually based upon director Rob Reiner and star Billy Crystal's own experiences and personalities (the story about Reiner acting out the fake orgasm scene for Meg Ryan is priceless). There are seven short deleted scenes (easy to see why they didn't make the final cut) and a commentary track by Reiner, which contains a lot of space and does little more than repeat the information in the documentary. The anamorphically enhanced 1.77: 1 picture though a touch grainy in dark scenes is generally rich and detailed with excellent colour. Audio is stereo, and only blossoms when there is a song on the soundtrack. There are 14 subtitle options including English for Hard of Hearing.--Gary S Dalkin

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dry Humour 15 Feb 2006
Format:DVD
This film is a gem in a world of special effects and mindless screenplays. The sharpness and wit of the writing zing you through the development of the relationship between the characters. The soundtrack is superb and gives the movie a timeless quality.
Too much is made of the scene in the cafe with Meg Ryan screaming her head off. Watching the characters develop from college, through the years where their personalities are changed by their life experiences is one of the joys of this movie. Billy Crystal's performance in his decline into a neurotic hypochondriac is excellent, as is Meg Ryan’s portrayal of a high-maintenance-woman.
If you're after a drama with excellent writing, humour and romance, then this is the movie for you.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By MT
Format:DVD
Difficult as it may be to write a review for such a classic, I will do my best. By all means get this DVD, even if you are not a romantic comedies' fan (and just for the record, neither am I). Though some of it may seem cheesy and repetitive do bear in mind that this was among the first films in the genre and the source of many later film plots.
In my opinion this film is a masterpiece, for reasons that would exceed the amount of space at my disposal. Marvellous acting, original characters, plot that spans more than a decade and portrays how the characters change as they mature and come to terms with life and love, just to name a few. If you are among the very few people who still have not seen it do get the DVD, and if you have seen it than you know what I am talking about.
Additional features are not exquisite but still enable you to get a glimpse of this world that I had shelved. Though it is easy to see why the deleted scenes had been removed in the first place, they still give you additional insight into the world of Harry and Sally.
To sum up, good value for your hard earned pay, excellent film for when you are feeling blue. What are you waiting for?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Some have called 'When Harry met Sally' the greatest chick flick of all time. I disagree; it is certainly better than any chick flick I have ever seen, but it is no chick flick. In fact the film combines all the best elements of books like High Fidelity and Birdget Jones' Diary which both men and women should enjoy.

Among the best scenes for me as a man are Harry talking to his best friend at a baseball match, but still going through the motions of the Mexican wave. It's something most women just don't get. And then there is the classic moment when Sally consoles Harry after a bad date by saying that it will probably be ages before either of them are ready to sleep with anyone again to which he replies: 'Oh I went to bed with her!'

It is a great love story and a great comedy, and the segments with old couples telling the story of how they met (based on the real life stories of the crew's families) are brilliant, and will have you look back on when you met your significant other.

The documentary that comes with it is a great look back at the film as well and is the perfect compliment to this timeless classic.

No, this is no chick flick, and yes, women should probably love it, but men should too. Maybe all men need to take a queue from arguably the most famous one liner of all time and 'have what she's having.'
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love? 24 Jan 2007
By Dr G.
Format:DVD
This is where so much started -- not just most romcoms, but the best of modern TV classics like Friends and Sex and the City, which blend sharp dialogue and relationship angst against a loving depiction of New York. Meg Ryan is at her best here (I think she spent a lot of her career trying with limited success to recapture the edgy charm she nails in this film). Billy Crystal has some hilarious lines which he delivers with characteristic expertise. The chemistry the leads have is matched by the lovely performances turned in by Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby as their best friends. And the interspersed interviews with elderly married couples is a stroke of genius.

Yes it's schmaltzy and soppy and sentimental -- but why should that be a bad thing?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll have one of them too !!! 23 Dec 2007
By Jay
Format:DVD
"When Harry met Sally" is full of truths about life. It shows us why men and women can't live with each other, but it also shows how much they need each other.

The wisdoms of Harry (Billy Chrystal) have certainly influenced a whole generation. And Sally's (Meg Ryan) faked orgasm in a restaurant is a magic movie moment.

Though I still don't believe Billy's basic message (men and women can't be friends, the sex part always gets in the way), I deeply love this movie for all its unforgettable moments. At least part of this is very real. And that's the reason the film's happy end is so very moving...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic comedy the way it should be done 13 Dec 2007
Format:DVD
Perhaps the last truly great romantic comedy, 'When Harry Met Sally' has truly stood the test of time.

Most movies made in 1989 are condemned (at least for now) to being little more than kitch memorabilia. The movie world owes Rob Reiner a favour for the fact that his fine film is truly timeless. Part of this is due to the fact that it is set over a fifteen year period. Part of it is due to the fine easy listening score. Most of it is due to a very refined director extracting two brilliant performances from a flawless script and a perfectly cast couple of actors.

Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan are the titular two, and neither have ever been better. The observation of their relationship is utterly convincing and completely engrossing. Beyond this, there are subtleties that neither actor has ever shown before or since. There are moments early in the film where we can see Sally is falling for Harry (for example, her response to Harrty telling her he is pleased she is going on a date with another man) but these moments are never overplayed. The credit for this is due as much to Reiner as it is to Ryan, as it is his pacing of the film that really allows the actors to embrace their characters.

I feel it is worth pointing out here that Reiner's other movies of the time have equally outlasted much of Hollywood's output. 'Satnd By Me', 'This Is Spinal Tap', 'The Princess Bride' and 'Misery' - films that could scarcely be more different in style and tone - all remain bonafide classics. One has to wonder what went wrong...

All things considered, it's hard to think of another film from this era of film-making as satisfying and consistently enjoyable as 'When Harry Met Sally'. The fact that this is a romantic comedy made at the tail end of the worst decade cinema has ever known, is all the more reason to commend it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars If this is the rebirth of the romantic comedy genre...
... then I'm infinitely glad it developed way beyond this. Really, I had expected more from such a classic, but this movie gave me the same distinct feeling that I get when reading... Read more
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I had never seen this movie up until a few nights ago which for me is hard to believe because this is my kind of genre. Read more
Published 3 months ago by NomdePlume
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Should make my sister happy this Christmas along with a few other DVDs which I ordered from Amazon. Have had an easy Christmas this year. Prompt delivery.
Published 4 months ago by Linda J. Ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars Now a classic
I found this film amusing when it first came out, but as someone who was happily married from a young age it didn't impact me massively. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Carole Batchelor
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see classic
Definitely a must see film. Always thought about watching it but always picked something over it and now I regret not seeing it sooner! Some laugh out loud moments too.
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This DVD is for a Christmas present I like the film so I hope this will be a film to whom I'm giving it to for Christmas
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Sausage
5.0 out of 5 stars When Harry met Sally
Received in Excellent order and a very good film indeed Billy plays a blinder along with the other members of the cast well worth watching to brighten up the day
Published 5 months ago by Les
5.0 out of 5 stars Super film
My daughter and I watched it in our cabin whilst on the ferry to France. I just loved it and my daughter has watched it several tires and never tires of it.
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