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Roger Michell's winning romantic comedy Notting Hill gets a double-disc special release from Universal Studios. The viewer has a choice of pictures; the widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame transfer. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish subtitles are accessible. The voluminous special ...
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Roger Michell's winning romantic comedy Notting Hill gets a double-disc special release from Universal Studios. The viewer has a choice of pictures; the widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame transfer. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish subtitles are accessible. The voluminous special features include: a commentary track recorded by the director, producer, and screenwriter; a special featurette concerning the creation of the seasonal walk on the Portobello road sequence; deleted scenes; music videos from Shania Twain and Elvis Costello; production notes; theatrical trailers; and a humorous short piece from star Hugh Grant. Those with access to a DVD-ROM drive can access a script-to-scene comparison. This is an excellent release that should please the film's many fans as well as DVD consumers.
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Special Features

Two-disc set includes: Audio commentary by director Roger Michell and producer-writer Richard Curtis; deleted scenes; Elvis Costello's "She" and Shania Twain's "You've Got a Way" music videos; original theatrical trailer; cast/crew biographies; production stills gallery; DVD-ROM; virtual travel book; Seasonal Walk on Portobello Road featurette; script-to-screen comparisons; Hugh Grant's Movie Tips feaurette
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Notting Hill not only featured a match made in 1990s romantic comedy heaven, but also used that star wattage to comment on celebrity absurdity. Adding a different spin to the American beauty-meets-British boy formula from Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), the pairing of Hugh Grant's bookseller William with Julia Roberts' movie star Anna Scott becomes a humorously poignant commentary on the unreal life led by stars such as Roberts and Grant. Naturally the tabloid press gets in the way, as do Anna's diva tendencies, but William's down-to-earth, eccentric version of reality (complete with Rhys Ifans' scene-stealing roommate-from-hell Spike) ultimately wins a place in Anna's world. Roberts' low key performance and Anna's awareness of fame's ephemeral nature allow her to be more than simply the lustrous object of William's bumbling desire. Opening strongly the week after Star Wars: Episode 1-The Phantom Menace was released, Notting Hill went on to become the first of Roberts' two $100 million-plus summer romantic comedy hits (along with Runaway Bride), and breathed new life into Grant's tabloid-marred career as a wittily self-deprecating leading man.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2001
  • UPC: 025192127724
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 2:04:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julia Roberts Anna Scott
Hugh Grant William Thacker
Hugh Bonneville Bernie
Emma Chambers Honey
James Dreyfus Martin
Gina McKee Bella
Rhys Ifans Spike
Tim McInnerny Max
Richard McCabe Tony
Dylan Moran
Roger Frost
Julian Rhind-Tutt
Lorelei King
John Shrapnel
Clarke Peters
Arturo Venegas
Mischa Barton
Henry Goodman
Melissa Wilson
Emma Bernard
Sam West
Ann Beach
Alec Baldwin Jeff King
Emily Mortimer Perfect Girl
Technical Credits
Roger Michell Director
Andrew Ackland-Snow Art Director
David Allday Art Director
Tim Bevan Executive Producer
Michael Coulter Cinematographer
Stuart Craig Production Designer
Richard Curtis Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Eric Fellner Executive Producer
Shuna Harwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Trevor Jones Score Composer
Duncan Kenworthy Producer
Nick Moore Editor
Christopher Newman Asst. Director
Mary Selway Casting
David A. Stephenson Sound/Sound Designer
Tim Webber Special Effects Supervisor
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Scene Index

Side #2- Full Frame
0. Scenes
1. Main Titles- She [:28]
2. William's Notting Hill [1:55]
3. Surreal, But Nice [8:39]
4. Horse & Hound [12:02]
5. Birthday Party [9:46]
6. A Date With Anna [15:14]
7. A Nasty Surprise [1:58]
8. She's Gone [1:08]
9. She's Back [3:24]
10. She's His [2:35]
11. Rude Awakening [2:08]
12. Ain't No Sunshine [7:03]
13. Hope On The Heath [9:26]
14. Just A Girl... [2:09]
15. The Right Decision [3:27]
16. Press Conference [6:27]
17. The Meaning Of My Life Is...She [:01]
18. End Titles [1:53]
Scenes
0. Scenes
1. Main Titles- She [:28]
2. William's Notting Hill [1:55]
3. Surreal, But Nice [8:39]
4. Horse & Hound [12:02]
5. Birthday Party [9:46]
6. A Date With Anna [15:14]
7. A Nasty Surprise [1:58]
8. She's Gone [1:08]
9. She's Back [3:24]
10. She's His [2:35]
11. Rude Awakening [2:08]
12. Ain't No Sunshine [7:03]
13. Hope On The Heath [9:26]
14. Just A Girl... [2:09]
15. The Right Decision [3:27]
16. Press Conference [6:27]
17. The Meaning Of My Life Is...She [:01]
18. End Titles [1:53]
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Menu

Side #2- Full Frame
   Bonus Materials
   Featured Commentary With Director Roger Michell, Producer Duncan Kenworthy and
   Hugh Grant's Movie Tips
   Music Highlights
      She- Elvis Costello
      When You Say Nothing At All- Rowan Keating
      How Can You Mend A Broken Heart- Al Green
      Ain't No Sunshine- Bill Withers
      Gimme Some Lovin'- The Spencer Davis Group
      Gimme Some Lovin' (reprise)- The Spencer Davis Group
      She(reprise)- Elvis Costello
      You've Got A Way- Shania Twain
      No Matter What- Boyzone
   Elvis Costello "She" Music Video
   Shania Twain "You've Got A Way" Music Video
   Photograph Montage
   US Theatrical Trailer
   International Theatrical Trailer
   Recommendations
      Erin Brockovich
      October Sky
      Out of Sight
      The Mummy
      Meet Joe Black
      Patch Adams
   Travel Book
      Map
   Production Notes
   Cast and Filmmakers
      Julia Roberts
      Hugh Grant
      Hugh Bonneville
      New Menu Item
      Emma Chambers
      James Dreyfus
      Rhys Ifans
      Tim McInnerny
      Gina McKee
      Written by Richard Curtis
      Produced by Duncan Kenworthy
      Directed by Roger Michell
   DVD Newsletter
   DVD-ROM Features
   Languages
Bonus Materials
   Featured Commentary With Director Roger Michell, Producer Duncan Kenworthy and
   Spotlight on Location
   Seasonal Walk On Portobello Road Feature
   Deleted Scenes
   Music Highlights
      She-Elvis Costello
      When You Say Nothing At All- Rowan Keating
      How Can You Mend A Broken Heart- Al Green
      Ain't No Sunshine- Bill Withers
      Gimme Some Lovin'- The Spencer Davis Group
      Gimme Some Lovin' (reprise)- The Spencer Davis Group
      She (reprise)- Elvis Costello
      You've Got A Way- Shania Twain
      No Matter What- Boyzone
   Languages
      Spoken Language
      Captions And Subtitles
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny, clever. Notting Hill covers it all.

    Notting Hill is a funny, creative, and clever movie sure to reach all potentials. Hugh Grant couldn't have done a better job playing the shy under-achiever book salesman. Julia Roberts was phenomenal as a famous movie actress that actually reflects her attitude. This hilarious film is great for pre-teens to adults. Grade: A+ Rating: R Starring: Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant Recommended Age Group: Pre-teens to adults

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a hilarious movie!!!

    This is Hugh Grant at his best (this and 9 Months) and Julia Roberts, as stunning as always! There is a lot of reality in this movie, like wanting to take back that silly little comment, letting an old saying slip out, and loving someone for who they are inside! You have to see this movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Notting Hill

    I am a chick and I love this flick! Notting Hill is a great movie. What is there not to love about it? Julia Roberts is great as the love interest, who is an actress. Hugh Grant is great as the owner of a barely scraping by travel bookstore. What makes this movie, is it happens in London, England which makes it even more romantic. It has a great song during the movie to portray passing of the seasons, "Ain't No Sunshine." Hugh Grant's roommate, Spike, is really funny in this movie, and in real life Rhys Ifans, is actually a Shakespearean actor. Overall it is funny and romantic. Two thumbs up.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    One for the girls and the guys!

    Notting Hill attempts to show how true love can blossom in impossible situations. The impossible situation involves a "sad act" British book shop keeper (Grant) who chances to meet a famous movie star (Roberts) from America. They have an instant connection--made hilarious by the appearance of Grant's unbelievably inappropriate and ridiculous "flatmate"--the conflict comes with Roberts' fame and her inability to commit to him. I love this movie. It reminds me of the power of love, and it is absolutely hilarious! My brother hates chick flicks, but he loves this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Almost correct

    Julia Roberts has been getting away with simply playing variations of herself since the days of Mystic Pizza. Her same shrill laugh (it's actually a barking shout)can be heard in any one of those forgettable roles from Flatliners to the Pelican Brief, and the academy-award-winning Brokovich character was Roberts again, only this time dressed like a trailer park refugee and spouting a little more anger and sarcasm than she normally does. God help us- Pretty Woman was such a smash that we'll never be rid of her. Unfortunately, when not playing one of those personal variations, she's lost because she honestly can't act. Take a look at her poor attempt in Michael Collins, and there you'll find someone out of her depth. The role was not difficult, just not a variation of herself (am I getting redundant?) Somehow, though, her limits serve her well in Nottinghill: For once, Roberts can be forgiven for being herself, because that's what the role calls for: a famous, over-paid, self-consumed, Hollywood celebrity. She even has a scene where she can boast about making $15m for the last movie- too realistic! I can see her gloating in the same self-satisfied manner in real life, so it's probably appropriate. Do notice, however: how Alec Baldwin's cameo portrayl of the male star counterpart later in the film is more tongue- in- cheek. He can laugh at himself. Back to the point, this isn't a bad movie. The script contains wit, and several scenes are charming, with more than a few real comedic moments. Enjoyable though it may be at times, though, it is ultimately doomed by its fairy tale ending. Had the scenario allowed Grant to meet simply a more common, ordinary girl, it would have been more apporpriate. His foibles in trying to find the right match would have worked just as well; his believable performance and those turned in by his strong supporting cast would also have been provided more substance. Of course, Roberts would then have to be cut from the film as well (remember-she can only do herself). Left as is, this movie just doesn't make the grade. Three stars for the nice attempt and a chuckle or two, but no more: save it for when you've run out of all the other "date-videos" at your disposal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Notting Hill stands high above the others

    In a world which is mainly dominated by action movies where someone gets thier head blown off every five minutes, it's nice to still find a movies which depicts the story of a shy English writer ( Hugh Grant) and his love afair with American Movie star (Julia Roberts).

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