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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Blu-Ray Transfer - well worth upgrading from DVD
Own a Samsung 46" 3D LED TV and just watched Groundhog Day and also compared it to my DVD version.
Amazing transfer. Well worth the upgrade. Pictures and colours are nice and sharp.

You know the details of this now classic comedy, so I won't go into it.

You also get :-

25 mins doc - Groundhog Day - The Weight Of Time
6 mins doc...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor picture quality
US imported Bluray to play in our US Bluray player here in UK.
The picture quality on this disc I found to be rather dark & a little grainy. I know it is an old film but I have many Old films reproduced back onto Bluray which have a clearer picture. I was not impressed so returned disc.
Sorry, only 3 Stars.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Blu-Ray Transfer - well worth upgrading from DVD, 8 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Groundhog Day [Blu-ray] [1993] (Blu-ray)
Own a Samsung 46" 3D LED TV and just watched Groundhog Day and also compared it to my DVD version.
Amazing transfer. Well worth the upgrade. Pictures and colours are nice and sharp.

You know the details of this now classic comedy, so I won't go into it.

You also get :-

25 mins doc - Groundhog Day - The Weight Of Time
6 mins doc on Groundhogs (Marmots)
6 mins of deleted scenes
10 mins interview with Harold Ramis

Head down to Gobbler's Knob and get a copy ;)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faithful Blu-ray transfer of a great film, 2 Aug 2009
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Just dealing with the Blu-ray transfer, this was better than I expected and played in the UK (I assume the disc is region free). There was less grain than I presumed there would be. Details were sharp, colours pleasant and overall I really enjoyed the upgrade from the DVD version to the Blu-ray. Very fresh.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groundhog Day..., 6 April 2010
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Milt Ingarfield "milt_fm" (Arbroath, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Writer/director Harold Ramis creates from an original story by Danny Rubin one of the most ingenious comedy concepts for this 1993 production starring Bill Murray as the cynical weatherman who is given a story that he thinks is beneath him, he ends up reliving the same day over and over again, this gives the director free rein to create comic gold as the Murray character repeats the day over and over he is able to play out his fantasies and then as he gets bored of that as he is the only one to remember what has happened previously.

He then tries to pursue his romantic attraction to his producer played by Andie MacDowell being able to repeat the day he is able to do different things to slightly change the outcome until he gets the result he is after but in the process of the pursuit of her he becomes a better person.
This is a modern comic classic that they don't make any more, a script that is both intelligent and witty with one of the best performances of Bill Murray's career thus far.

The DVD is presented in 1.85.1 aspect and sadly is only in Dolby stereo and not in surround sound the transfer is a little grainy on the interior shots a film of this quality deserves better in terms of sound and picture.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is it snowing in space?, 28 Mar 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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There's really not a lot you can say about Groundhog Day that hasn't been said before. It's unlikely that anyone remotely interested in Bill Murray would have long since seen it by now, and in all likelihood loves it because it's nailed on one of Murray's finest pictures. Of course, as is the case with comedy in general, there are those who don't like it, but in my experience it's the one comedy movie that tickles the funny bones of most the most! Some have seen it just the once and loved it but feel it is a once only movie, others such as myself return to it yearly like an old friend because it's a pick me up, a tonic for the troops, it never fails to deliver the goods.

That it has struck such a chord over the years is no surprise, it's a genius premise. Grumpy misanthrope TV weather man Phil Connors (Murray) is once again sent out to Punxsutawney to cover the Groundhog Day festivities. It's a place he considers as dull on earth, the festivities pointless and beneath the broadcasting talent he feels he has. The plan is to get the broadcast done and get out of Punxsutawney as quick as possible. But a snowstorm prevents him leaving and waking up the next day he finds he is stuck in the same Groundhog Day as the day before, and soon he finds that every day is the same day.

"I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobster, drank piña coladas. At sunset, we made love like sea otters. That was a pretty good day. Why couldn't I get that day over, and over, and over..."

The film then follows a trajectory that sees Connors go through a number of psychological transformations. From despair to using the situation for nefarious means, to despair again and onto using his unique situation to do good. It's material tailor made for Murray who excels with a number of running gags that get expanded upon with each day. However, the ace up Harold Ramis' (director) sleeve is that the film is more than a comedy, it is also an intelligent character study, a message movie and it also doesn't lack for dramatic purpose, often proving to be a moving experience once the tickled rib pain begins to subside. It's a picture as deep in human awareness as it is rich with comedy value.

Andie MacDowell as Rita, Phil's producer and object of his lust throughout the story, proves to be surprisingly good foil for Murray's comedic ebullience. While elsewhere a number of reoccurring characters are performed memorably by the support cast (Stephen Tobolowsky and Chris Elliott standing out). Ramis keeps it brisk, never allowing the plotting to fold in on itself and the sound tracking is irritatingly catchy. But it's with the screenplay (Ramis and Danny Rubin) where ultimately Groundhog day is judged, be it the comedy or human interest, it's a zinger as written. And thankfully, with Murray at the top of his game, the brainy fun on the page is brought vividly to life on the screen. Groundhog Day, one of the finest comedies of the modern era. 10/10
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A VERY FUNNY AND ORIGINAL FANTASY/COMEDY..., 13 Feb 2003
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This is without a doubt, one of Bill Murray's best films. It is both a fantasy and a comedy flick. The basic premise of the film is simple. A man is forced to relive the same twenty four hours, over, and over, and over again, ad infinitum.
Bill Murray is that man. An obnoxious Pittsburgh weatherman, he is in Punxutawney, Pennsylvania to cover its Groundhog Day celebration, along with his beautiful and altruistic TV producer, played by Andie MacDowell, and his patient, long suffering cameraman, played by Chris Elliot. Murray, playing an uncaring, unfeeling wretch of a guy, is, for some inexplicable reason, forced to relive the same twenty four hours in Punxutawney over and over again. Why? Who knows and who cares? What follows next are some of the funniest moments in film.
At first, Murray is confused. No one else, however, seems to be. As Murray continues to relive the same day, confusion turns to anger. Ultimately, that anger turns to mischievousness and indulgence. After all, what would one do, if there were no consequences to one's actions?
This premise provides for quite a few, very funny scenes. This puckish foray quickly denigrates into profound despair, as Murray realizes that he seems destined to relive the same day forever. Frequent, subsequent suicide attempts fail to stop the clock, and Murray rethinks his position. He concentrates, finally, on becoming the best man that he can be, with the lovely Andie MacDowell as his romantic interest.
Murray's transition from smarm to charm provides for many hilarious scenes that will leave the viewer howling with laughter. The ultimate impact of his transition from Neanderthal man to Renaissance man is, needless to say, a positive one. This redemption will ultimately prove to be Murray's salvation.
Murray provides droll, comedic delivery, and he is perfect in this role. Andie MacDowell is the perfect straight man and comedic foil. Together they make this movie one that the viewer will want to see again and again.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I am god. I mean, Im A god, not THE god..", 26 Dec 2001
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Id actualy go as far as to say that along with Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Brazil, Withnail & I, this is probably somewhere in the top 10 films ever made. Infact its probably the only american "feel good" movie that is sincere enough to work. Bill Murrays performance is beyond fantastic. What I like most is the philosophical questions this movie opens up, combined with hillarious comedy. Its a cheesy thing to say, but this movie really can be watched again & again & again..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "…Chance Of Departure Today – 100%!" – Groundhog Day on BLU RAY, 14 April 2014
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Phil Connors is the Weatherman for Channel 9 out of Pittsburgh (WPBH). Under serious duress - he’s been farmed out for four years in a row to the small town of Punxsutawney in Western Pennsylvania (Weather Capitol of the World Since 1877). He’s there to see another namesake predict the snow front coming in over the mountains even better than he can. Because every February 2nd 'Punxsutawney Phil The Groundhog' pops out of his tree trunk - and in front of the gathered townspeople and American media - tells The Mayor whether or not there will be 6 more weeks of Winter or an early Spring. And legendarily - the furry little Beaver-like creature is never wrong. Phil Connors (as you can imagine) couldn’t be more pleased about this prestigious career gig.

And this year deadpan Phil has a crew of two in tow – both believing him to be a shallow, self-centred, wisecracking smartass who doesn’t care about the town, its people or even the fun they’re having – and they’d be right. Assistant Rita (Andie McDowell) and cameraman Larry (Chris Elliott) think Phil is a prick - and with every cynical jab and jibe he proves them correct – over and over again.

So on arrival Phil discounts Rita’s obvious interest in him – and stays in The Pennsylvania Hotel in town instead. He rises at six a.m. the following morning to the sound of two local DJ’s doing a Groundhog Day comedy routine to the music of "I Got You Babe" by Sonny and Cher. Phil does the tedious gig with the varmit and the microphone and the camera – meets a man from the past he can’t stand (a stunning turn by Stephen Tobolowsky as Ned Ryerson) – gets locked into the town by a freak snow storm - and goes back to his hotel hoping to forget about the whole godawful schmaltzy thing.

But the next morning Phil wakes up at six a.m. to the same song and the same DJs corny puns. He looks out the window and it’s not snowing – Phil is reliving the same day – all over again. At first Phil is freaked - but of course no one believes him. Then as each day goes by and exactly the same things happen – he begins to twig he can predict the reactions of everyone – including the lovely Rita - who needs to be won over with gallantry, humanity and a liberal reading of Romantic French Poetry. Phil also begins to realize that if he makes a mistake talking to Rita in the town’s Tip Top Café – he can come back the next day and say the right thing. That will impress. Or better still – plug the local babes for info in the morning – then come back the following afternoon and use it to his dating advantage. Soon he’s doing this with everyone in town.

But as time goes by – he also learns the other positive of living in a modern day setting for "It's A Wonderful Life" – he can do good. So every new day Phil saves a child who falls from a tree – jacks the tyre of a group of old ladies who break down in a car – saves a man who chokes on a piece of steak in a restaurant – gives an old timer who is freezing to death outside bowls of soup… He even learns to ice-sculpt and play the piano really well. But unfortunately despite his best bedroom lines – his efforts to get his lovely assistant into the sack end up with him getting his face slapped by Rita – a lot. But of course as the days become weeks then months even years – he learns depression and loss - and that even suicide/killing himself in various interesting ways won’t get him off the hook or out of the endless repetitive cycle. But perhaps love might…

The part of Phil the Weatherman had initially been offered to Tom Hanks who rightly turned it down and Danny Rubin’s story began in the middle of the cycle (co-writes with Ramis changed all that). But what makes ‘Groundhog Day’ work is the witty and clever time warp moments and the casting of the one-and-only Bill Murray in the lead role - machine-gunning out those great one-liners like only he can (title of this review). Murray’s face is also a secret weapon unto itself – as is the gorgeous luminescence of Andie McDowell who seemed to spark amazing chemistry with her leading men (Gerard Depardieu in "Green Card" and Hugh Grant in "Four Weddings And A Funeral" are just two). But it’s Murray who nails it - slapstick cruel one moment – sweat as a Pumpkin Pie the next. Other actors could say, "Who can describe the television excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather…" but would it be as funny?

The BLU RAY picture is TRULY GORGEOUS – defaulted to 1.85:1 Full Aspect – it looks incredible almost all of the time. Dancing on the podium to Ray Charles as the snow falls – talking to Andie McDowell as they eat cream cakes – drinks at the bar as he tries not to be a twat and say something crass… Apart from the occasional grain in the credits (as the George Clinton song plays) and during the blizzard – it’s beautifully restored and enhances every scene.

Audio is English 5.1 True HD, Czech 5.1, Hungarian 5.1, Italian 5.1 True HD, Polish 5.1 VO and Russian 5.1 VO. Subtitles are Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, English UK, Finnish, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish Romanian, Slovene, Swedish, Turkish and English SDH.

Extras include – Audio Commentary With Director Harold Ramis, A Different Day Featurette (A discussion with Harold Ramis on the movie and its legacy), The Weight Of Time (a discussion with writer Danny Rubin), The Story Of Groundhogs, A Real Life Look At Marmots, Deleted Scenes, and Needle Nose Ned’s Picture In Picture Track (BLU RAY exclusive).

I suppose in the hands of another Director this material could have been more cynically portrayed – darker even – but Ramis likes people too much for that to happen. There’s now even a plaque on Main Street Woodstock in Illinois (where they filmed the town sequences) dedicated to “Ned’s Corner” where Phil Collins meets Ned Ryerson every day and reacts differently to him. Residents brought out heaters to warm the freezing cast – Bill Murray bought and distributed 500 Danish Pastries to the onlookers. Sometimes a movie is like that – it’s just good – and makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside…even becomes a cult…

So remember – if a talking American marmot tells you what Sunday’s weather is going to be like for that crucial date with the lady of your dreams – I’d listen - lest you want sore cheek bones and no sex for the rest of eternity...

PS: Although it doesn’t say so on anywhere on the outer artwork – this ‘UK’ BLU RAY release is part of the “Sony Collectors Series”. Here are the other titles – all of which are numbered on the spine - and come in generic ‘slipcases’ with a blue band on top and a gold stripe set against a white card sleeve:

1. Taxi Driver (35th Anniversary Edition) (1976)
2. The Bridge On The River Kwai (Collectors Edition) (1957)
3. Stand By Me (25th Anniversary Edition) (1986)
4. Gandhi (2 Disc Special Edition) (1982)
5. Easy Rider (Special Edition) (1969)
6. Midnight Express (Special Edition) (1978)
7. Boyz N The Hood (20th Anniversary Edition) (1991)
8. Das Boot (2 Disc Director’s Cut) (1981)
9. The Guns Of Navarone (50th Anniversary Edition) (1961)
10. Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (2 Disc Special Edition) (1977)
11. Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (Special Edition) (1964)
12. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (Special Edition) (2000)
13. The Caine Mutiny (Special Edition) (1954)
14. Lawrence Of Arabia (50th Anniversary Edition) (1962)
15. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Special Edition) (1993)
16. Groundhog Day (Special Edition) (1993)
17. Glory (Special Edition) (1990) [see REVIEW for "Mastered In 4K" release]
18. From Here To Eternity (Anniversary Edition) (1953)
19. The Remains Of The Day (Anniversary Edition) (1993) [see REVIEW]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Classic Comedy - Absolutely Classic!, 12 Dec 2013
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If you haven't yet bought this on Blu-ray - buy it!
You won't be sorry...even though I don't like Andie MacDowell, Bill Murray is hilarious and in outstanding form!
Awesome!
If only they can bring Kingpin out on Blu-ray next!
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5.0 out of 5 stars worth buying again in bluray, 17 Jun 2013
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I love this film and have since I first saw it. This bluray print is much better than my old DVD version. The colors are brighter and sharper, the sound is clearer too. Well worth the upgrade cost.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite fillm, 28 Mar 2013
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I'm not sure I need to say much more than that, this is one of the best films ever, its just a perfect movie, I honestly can't pick up any faults on it, and dread the day its brought up in a 'remake' meeting in Hollywood.

If you haven't seen it, you need to see this film, its just brilliant, and if you have seen it, but don't own the bluray. It is absolutely worth the upgrade, excellent quality through out.
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