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You've Got Mail [DVD] [1998]

Tom Hanks , Meg Ryan , Nora Ephron    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey, Jean Stapleton
  • Directors: Nora Ephron
  • Writers: Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron, Miklós László
  • Producers: Delia Ephron, Dianne Dreyer, Donald J. Lee Jr., G. Mac Brown
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic
  • 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: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Aug 1999
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZ63
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,993 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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DVD Special Features

Interactive Menus
Scene Access
Commentary with Nora Ephron and Lauren Shuler-Donner
HBO First Look Special: A Conversation with Nora Ephron
Discover New York's Upper West Side (11 selectable clips)
2-Channel Music Only
Language in Dolby Digital 5.1: English
Subtitles: English/Arabic/English for the hearing impaired


By now, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have amassed such a fund of goodwill with moviegoers that any new onscreen pairing brings nearly reflexive smiles. In You've Got Mail, the quintessential boy and girl next door repeat the tentative romantic crescendo that made Sleepless in Seattle, writer-director Nora Ephron's previous excursion with the duo, a massive hit. The prospective couple do actually meet face to face early on but Mail otherwise repeats the earlier feature's gentle, extended tease of saving its romantic resolution until the final, gauzy shot.

The underlying narrative is an even more old-fashioned romantic pas de deux that is casually hooked to a newfangled device. The script, cowritten by the director and her sister, Delia Ephron, updates and relocates the Ernst Lubitsch classic, The Shop Around the Corner, to contemporary Manhattan, where Joe Fox (Hanks) is a cheerfully rapacious merchant whose chain of book superstores is gobbling up smaller, more specialized shops such as the children's bookstore owned by Kathleen Kelly (Ryan). Their lives run in close parallel in the same idealized neighbourhood yet they first meet anonymously, online, where they gradually nurture a warm, even intimate correspondence. As they begin to wonder whether this e-mail flirtation might lead them to be soul mates, however, they meet and clash over their colliding business fortunes.

It's no small testament to the two stars that we wind up liking and caring about them despite the inevitable (and highly manipulative) arc of the plot. Although their chemistry transcended the consciously improbable romantic premise of Sleepless, enabling director Ephron to attain a kind of amorous soufflé, this time around there's a slow leak that considerably deflates the affair. Less credulous viewers will challenge Joe's logic in prolonging the concealment of his online identity from Kathleen, and may shake their heads at Ephron's reinvention of Manhattan as a spotless, sun-dappled wonderland where everybody lives in million-dollar apartments and colour co-ordinates their wardrobes for cocktail parties. --Sam Sutherland

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate feel-good movie 5 May 2003
Format:VHS Tape
If you look up the word "adorable" in the dictionary, you will see a picture of Meg Ryan. It's true; try it! She is so precious in this film that everyone will fall in love with her. She is the kind of girl that men drool over and women want as their best friend. Tom Hanks' photo can be found under the word "perfect," as in understanding, loving, mature, and funny. Put the two of them together and "You've Got Mail" is the ultimate feel-good movie.

Hanks plays a big, bad, chain book store owner who moves into the neighborhood and drives poor little bookshop owner Ryan out of business. Neither realizes they are, in fact, the secret e-mail admirers they've been pouring their hearts out to for months. He finds out first, builds a solid friendship with her, and when she discovers the wonderful secret, all's right with the world.

Yes, it's corny and totally predictable. It's also about an hour too long, but one overlooks this when enjoying the sight of two such beautiful people finding true love. The gorgeous location photography helps set the fairy tale mood; New York City never looked lovelier. The city takes on a cozy, small-town feel, where it seems perfectly possible for two strangers to meet and fall in love. The lovely soundtrack, made up of soft rock and bittersweet ballads, adds to the romance.

I recommend this film as a romantic date movie or a girls-night-out flick. It's silly and wonderful, and Meg and Tom are so right together.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How a romantic comedy should be 2 Mar 2003
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Format:VHS Tape
I can't recommend this film enough. It's smart, funny and Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are as always superbly cast together.
Based on the film "The Shop around the corner", and in my opinion echoes parts of the fantastic "Pride and Prejudice" this is the ultimate love story. Joe Fox owns one of the biggest chain book stores and opens a new store around the corner from Kathleen Kelly's modest family book shop. Both go into competition against each other not realising they are friends who met over the internet.
Fantastic support from Greg Kinnear and not forgetting to mention the beautifully shot New York city.
All in all - fantastic romantic comedy.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You've Got Mail 3 Mar 2005
A very enjoyable film. Comedy, romance and a nice story line.
Definetly worth a viewing. I wish they made more films like this. If you like Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks and films that are easy going you will enjoy this movie.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Warming! 5 July 2005
It's pure heart warming silliness and who said there was anything wrong with that? Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks = a killer combination! It's not sleepless but who cares it has everything it needs to make a great romantic comedy!
Buy it 'I know you'll love it!'
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feel-good romantic comedy 24 Jun 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
This is a gentle romantic comedy, no whizz bang action and no steamy sex scenes, just good old-fashioned love. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are book-sellers who become hooked on each other via the Internet without realising they do actually know each other and are business rivals. It's predictable, you know Hanks will get his girl, but it still brings a tear to the eye when they finally get it together. 'You've Got Mail' is a sweet love story - get it, watch it and you know you'll feel better.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You've Got Mail 15 Dec 2002
You've Got Mail captures the best side of New York, the side that usually get's missed by big action movies like Godzilla for example. The parks, the flowers,the trees.. and the romance.
Tom and Meg play rival book store owners, however unbeknownst to them, they are also secret e-mail pen friends.
This is an easy on the eye comedy suitable for all rom com fans. It's nice to see Meg and Tom interacting together in this movie, more so than in "Sleepless in Seattle"
If you enjoy this movie then I also recommend to you John Cusack's "Serendipity"
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is 12 Oct 2000
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A romantic comedy. Sure it's just like Sleepless in Seattle, sure it's really predictable. But what the hell, it's great. Meg and Tom are brilliant in this role. There is no way that you can't get drawn along with the wonderful flow of this film. It's so, so cheesy, but it's just so, so slick that it doesn't matter. Brilliant.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get Out The Munchies.... 15 July 2007
The great thing about this movie is that these days the Internet has grown to such a level that looking through the somewhat "innocent" eyes of chatting online that this presents in the 1998 movie is like looking back in time to internet infancy.

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan play very predictable characters that are well acted and well written, you can tell it was made specifically for them. The slightly frustrating thing about this movie is that it is a new-age Sleepless in Seattle, at times being almost identical. As a chick flick, this movie is excellent, but if you have seen Sleepness, you may find yourselves lingering on how similar both movies are.

We meet their characters as they are in the beginnings of their Internet romance, in reality Meg's character is small bookstore owner whilst Hanks is the larger company who can offer the discounts the small store cannot, thus closing their company down. Not much is made of the fact that Hanks character must be rich, although no reference is ever made to large amounts of wealth that he must have, Ryans character must be bankrupt again her financial plight is missed out, and any woman worth their salt would never forgive the person for lying about who they are, putting them out of business and then leading her on until they finally meet. All of these issues are conviniently cast aside as the movie focuses solely on the contrasting relationships between the online and real interactions.

But then again, love conquers all especially in Hollywood, grab the munchies as the title suggests and your loved one, and enjoy a great feel-good film.
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