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Blow Dry [DVD] [2001]

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  • Actors: Alan Rickman, Natasha Richardson, Rachel Griffiths, Rachael Leigh Cook, Josh Hartnett
  • Directors: Paddy Breathnach
  • Writers: Simon Beaufoy
  • Producers: Chris Sievernich, DTeflon, David Brown, David Rubin, Guy East
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Feb. 2002
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005U1XM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,465 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Feature:
"Behind the Scenes" featurette.

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Despite a gifted Anglo-American cast, Blow Dry strikes an uneasy balance between sentiment and camp. It aims for the same sort of high-wire act that Strictly Ballroom and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert pulled off so effortlessly, but melodrama wins the day. The comic moments are suitably over the top (as expected in a film about duelling hairdressers), but rarely as amusing as intended. The relationships between barbershop owner Phil (Alan Rickman), ex-wife Shelley (Natasha Richardson) and Sandra (Rachel Griffiths), "the other woman", could be more fully developed but are affecting nonetheless. The setting is West Yorkshire. The event that brings them together is the British National Hairdressing Championships. Phil initially resists the urge to compete as it reminds him of the success he and Shelley once enjoyed, but his son Brian (Josh Hartnett) convinces him to give it a go. Hartnett and Rachael Leigh Cook (She's All That), as the daughter of Phil's old nemesis, seem like peculiar casting choices for a British film, but Hartnett's accent is passable (Cook plays an American) and they don't embarrass themselves as much as supermodel Heidi Klum, who plays a tacky, two-timing hair model. The screenplay is by Simon Beaufoy of Full Monty fame. Although not up to that standard--and certainly no match for Shampoo (the greatest hairdressing movie of all time)--Blow Dry is still a good showcase for the talents of its three leads. --Kathleen C Fennessy

On The DVD: Blow Dry's on disc anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfer holds a great spectrum or colour. A film about hairdressing needs to faithfully recreate the lavish, over-the-top barnets in all their glorious Technicolor detail and luckily the result is a rich and detailed film with excellent colour saturation throughout. In terms of extras, the film is pretty much left to speak for itself. A blink and you’ll miss it "making of" documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew and an eclectic collection of trailers for such other comedies as She's All That and Muriel's Wedding are all that you get to while away the post feature presentation minutes. –-Kristen Bowditch

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I was dubious about the film but I've now watched it twice and still found it funny second time round. The added bonus is that it's set in Keighley - not far from me - and the actors all have broad Yorkshire accents. Coming from Josh Hartnett, a Yank, it's hilarious but he does a superb job of it; and Alan Rickman sounds almost as good! The story is actually quite profound - if you see past all the hairdressing and focus on the human aspects, the family aspects, the relationships and how potential tragedy can bring out the best in people, it's fantastic. The highlight for me was the tattoo on the sole of Rickman's foot!! It's original comedy and great drama combined. I'm glad I've got it.
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I don't suppose you can really have a film that features Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Natasha Richardson and Warren Clarke and yet turns out to be total twaddle, but take a novel idea and let these; some of the finest British actors, run away with it and you have something really unique on your hands.
A real mixture of over the top campness and complete pantomime this could have easily turned out to be a total farce but yet it somehow manages to combine the extreme showbiz with heart warming moments and pull it off with aplomb.
Mind you, you do have to question the choice of Josh Hartnett as the handsome young man interest, nothing against him as an actor and the less said about the accent the better, but couldn't they have found a young British actor instead?
Keep a look out for Peter Kay also in one of the crowd scenes.
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I saw this movie ages ago and have always been on the lookout for the DVD that I could buy and have posted to Australia (no chance of finding it here). I love Alan Rickman, would have this man read me the phone directory, as his voice is sublime...the storyline is short and sweet, we are not given too much of the past happenings of the main characters nor too much of what the future will be, but are given a fun glimpse into a National Hairdressing competition held in the small town of Keighley in Yorkshire. The mayor, wonderfully played by the late Warren Clarke who transforms from a pompous figure to Elvis look-a-like by the end of the film, informs the townsfolk that they have been chosen to host this event, but this news is not met with any enthusiasm from the press or local hairdressing salon and barber. This is where the story is interesting with a twist in the tale regarding the owner of the barber shop played by Alan Rickman and his ex-wife played by the late Natasha Richardson who after words, team up to be the competitors from the town of Keighley and take on the challenge of beating the competition. The biggest team to beat are the reigning champions played wonderfully well by the fabulous Bill Nighy and a brilliantly camp Hugh Bonneville (Lord Grantham to most people now). Humour - sheep used as models for hair colouring practice, as are a few departed citizens in the mortuary, sadness and an interesting and great cast of some great actors and comedians - Peter Kay, Rachel Griffiths, Rosemary Harris, Heidi Klum and more. A great fun movie to enjoy.
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The cover of the DVD makes it look like an American teen romance, which it clearly is not, but if you like quirky British films with a strong ensemble cast, do give this one a go. As has been pointed out by several reviewers, the film strikes an odd / unusual balance between complete camp (British National Hairdressers' Championship, with all the cliches you can imagine) and utter sadness (serious illness). However, the actors are uniformly very, very good and all put in excellent performances, ranging from Bill Nighy's ruthless but rather fun star hairdresser to Rachel Griffith's naive and warm-hearted model. Alan Rickman and Natasha Richardson are the stand-outs here, and manage to convey depths of emotions - it is pure joy to watch them.

Yes, the film could have been a lot better, mainly if the script had struck a better balance between the serious and the frivolous, but the performance of the actors elevates this film into a whole different category.
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By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Mar. 2010
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Keighley is the site of the British Hairdressing Championship and the whole town is aflutter with the arrival of the country's top stylists including Ray Robertson (Bill Nighy). His one-time rival (Alan Rickman) has led a quiet life as the local barber ever since his wife (Natasha Richardson) left him. She now owns a beauty shop and wants to enter the competition, but first the doctor has some news for her.

This film boasts an ensemble cast of talented stars and a very witty script. There is an interesting back-story for each character; some are silly, others poignant. Bill Nighy is an absolute riot as the flamboyant and unscrupulous hair diva, Rickman plays it serious as a poker-faced used-to-be, while Richardson is plucky as a lesbian with health issues. All of the smaller roles are gems, too, especially the uptight Keighley lord mayor (Warren Clarke) who sings Elvis, and Rosemary Harris as an elderly nursing home resident.

This collection of eccentric characters competing in an over-the-top contest had me laughing from start to finish. Highly recommended.
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