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 "Notting Hill" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Notting Hill is an unforgettable romantic comedy from the writer of Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral. Anna Scott (Roberts) is the world's most famous movie star. Her picture has been plastered on the cover of every magazine and every time she makes a move, the entire world knows about it. William Thacker (Grant) owns a travel bookstore in the quaint neighborhood of Notting Hill with a roommate from hell and a nonexistent love life. When their paths cross, the couple comes to face with the ultimate question: can two people fall in love with the whole world watching? 

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • (1999) 2013, Color, PG 13, 2 Hrs 04 mins
  • Aspect Ratio:2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring:Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Richard McCabe, Rhys Ifans, Hugh Bonneville
  • Directed by: Roger Michell
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Implied
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Grant and Roberts exude loads of charm in this recycled fairy tale of two opposites that attract. Set in the Notting Hill section of London, I found this love story to be quite apealing and Julia’s best work since Pretty Women. Grant does his usual droll, humble commoner role with dry humor and wit. Ifans almost steals the lime light with his boorish behavior as Grants roommate. Guys, if you have to watch a chick-flick with the significant other, it might as well be this one. It’s funny and romantic without being too smaltzy. What ever happened to Grant and Roberts anyway?

Technical

Overall a very solid and colorful picture with some great detail, especially of facial close-ups. The print was clean of debris and spots. Sound was clear, but the few musical numbers really sounded lush. This is certainly an improvement over DVD. The sub only comes into play when the music starts, because this movie is about love and not war.

Extras

Commentary with Roger Michell, producer Duncan Kenworthy, and writer Richard Curtis, Hugh Grant's Movie Tips, Spotlight on Location, Elvis Costello "She" Music Video, Shania Twain "You've Got a Way" Music Video, a photograph montage & trailer.