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Can a beautiful and internationally famous American actress find happiness with a frumpy British bookstore clerk? She can -- at least for a while, it seems -- in Notting Hill. William Thacker played by Hugh Grant is a bookseller at a shop in the Notting Hill district in West London, who shares a house with an eccentric Welsh friend, Spike Rhys Ifans. One day, William is minding the store when in strolls Anna Scott Julia Roberts, a lovely and well-known actress from the United States who is in London working on a ...
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Overview

Can a beautiful and internationally famous American actress find happiness with a frumpy British bookstore clerk? She can -- at least for a while, it seems -- in Notting Hill. William Thacker played by Hugh Grant is a bookseller at a shop in the Notting Hill district in West London, who shares a house with an eccentric Welsh friend, Spike Rhys Ifans. One day, William is minding the store when in strolls Anna Scott Julia Roberts, a lovely and well-known actress from the United States who is in London working on a film. She buys a book from William, and she is polite and charming in the way a famous actress would be with a star-struck sales clerk. Their relationship would logically end there, if William didn't run out a few minutes later to buy some juice. While dashing back to the shop, he bumps into Anna on the street, spilling juice all over her blouse. Since he lives nearby, William politely offers to let her stop by his house to clean up; since William seems harmless enough, Anna agrees. When Anna has to stop back to pick up a bag she left at William's house, they kiss -- just in time for Spike to show up. A romance slowly blooms as his friends and family not to mention the world at large wonder out loud what he's doing dating a movie star. Notting Hill reunites Hugh Grant with producer Duncan Kenworthy and screenwriter Richard Curtis, who previously worked together on the international hit Four Weddings And A Funeral.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
It's not easy to craft romantic comedies with ensemble casts, and few filmmakers have done so as well as screenwriter Richard Curtis, whose credits include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Bridget Jones's Diary. For Love Actually, his directorial debut, he has composed a comedy of symphonic proportions, a surprisingly sprightly romp that boasts a dizzying array of characters connected in unpredictable ways. The story is set in London during Christmas, as the newly elected prime minister (Hugh Grant) takes office and immediately falls for a working-class staffer (Martine McCutcheon). Meanwhile, his middle-aged sister (Emma Thompson) is beginning to worry that her husband (Alan Rickman) might succumb to the blandishments of a sexually aggressive coworker, while elsewhere in the office Laura Linney pines for hunky Rodrigo Santoro. On other fronts, a recently minted widower (Liam Neeson) struggles to raise his adolescent stepson, and Colin Firth rebounds from heartbreak by falling for his non-English-speaking assistant. Stringing the whole thing together is the film's best story line, which involves an aging, dissipated rocker (Bill Nighy) who records a corny Christmas song that becomes an unexpected holiday hit. As one expects with Curtis, the script is fairly literate and refreshingly free of tacky humor. Which is not to say that Love Actually doesn't have its ribald moments; in fact, it's probably the lustiest picture Curtis has done to date. Still the characters are generally likable and the movie brims with wonderful bits: Rowan Atkinson, for instance, contributes a quietly hysterical turn as a prissy department-store clerk. In the vast rough of romantic comedies, Love Actually is a genuinely witty and enchanting diamond.
Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Renée Zellweger packed on the pounds once again to play the pleasantly plump protagonist of Helen Fielding's bestselling novels in this delightful sequel. Some viewers didn't find Edge of Reason quite as funny as Bridget Jones's Diary, perhaps because Bridget's fate -- romantically speaking -- is never in much doubt. However, the sequel is richer in incident and offers Zellweger's character more expansive opportunities to make a fool of herself. The story opens with Bridget working on a popular TV show while she's happily involved with diplomat Mark Darcy Colin Firth. But after they have a fight over practically nothing, she impetuously decides to accept an assignment that takes her to Thailand, where she runs into former employer and erstwhile cad Daniel Cleaver Hugh Grant and winds up in prison on a drug-smuggling charge. Even in her most hapless, dimwitted moments Bridget remains an appealing young woman, thanks largely to Zellweger's skill in making her believable and sympathetic. She isn't the first person who's made a wrong turn on the road to love, and even at her most foolish she retains an endearingly girlish charm. Grant and Firth repeat their characterizations from the first film with uncanny fidelity, although we personally think that getting them into another brawl over Bridget is a bit of a stretch. But this is Zellweger's movie all the way: she makes us love her even when she's embarrassing herself horribly, and that takes some doing. A lesser actress would never be able to pull it off with such aplomb.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/5/2010
  • UPC: 025195008297
  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 7:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 23,064

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Romantic Favorites Collection
1. A Brand New Diary (Main Titles) [3:13]
2. Thinking of You [:00]
3. Meeting at Mark's House [3:52]
4. A Changed Man [2:51]
5. Manic Makeover [:00]
6. All Apologies [:37]
7. Holiday In Heaven [5:05]
8. Family Arrangement [:00]
9. Boyfriend Blues [:32]
10. Travel Plans [2:33]
11. Magical Thailand [:00]
12. Misunderstanding [1:46]
13. Bail Bonds [2:19]
14. Wet Behind the Ears [:00]
15. Homecoming Surprise [5:40]
16. Wishful Thinking (End Titles) [:46]
Disc #2 -- Romantic Favorites Collection
1. Scene 1 [9:45]
2. Scene 2 [5:22]
3. Scene 3 [7:33]
4. Scene 4 [7:04]
5. Scene 5 [6:54]
6. Scene 6 [7:38]
7. Scene 7 [7:02]
8. Scene 8 [6:59]
9. Scene 9 [8:03]
10. Scene 10 [3:01]
11. Scene 11 [1:41]
12. Scene 12 [4:44]
13. Scene 13 [7:37]
14. Scene 14 [4:27]
15. Scene 15 [:43]
16. Scene 16 [:02]
17. Scene 17 [2:17]
18. Scene 18 [5:39]
19. Scene 19 [8:16]
20. Scene 20 [6:38]
Disc #3 -- Romantic Favorites Collection
1. Main Titles - She [:23]
2. William's Notting Hill [:07]
3. Surreal, But Nice [:06]
4. Horse & Hound [1:49]
5. Birthday Party [:00]
6. A Date With Anna [1:49]
7. A Nasty Surprise [6:48]
8. She's Gone [1:00]
9. She's Back [7:57]
10. She's His [3:03]
11. Rude Awakening [6:57]
12. Ain't No Sunshine [2:48]
13. Hope on the Heath [7:09]
14. Just a Girl... [7:57]
15. The Right Decision [:07]
16. Press Conference [1:57]
17. The Meaning of My Life is... She [1:10]
18. End Titles [3:23]
Disc #4 -- Romantic Favorites Collection
1. Two Boys (Main Titles) [6:49]
2. Fabulous Single Mums [4:09]
3. Bad Times [2:25]
4. SPAT [4:27]
5. The Weird Kid [3:10]
6. Duck Killer [2:18]
7. Emergency [6:27]
8. Cool Uncle Will [5:21]
9. Will's New Friend [8:52]
10. Cool New Shoes [3:30]
11. Marcus In the Middle [4:49]
12. Christmas [5:49]
13. Rachel [4:26]
14. My Son Marcus [6:33]
15. Truth & Consequences [4:39]
16. Something For Mum [4:21]
17. Worried About Marcus [1:23]
18. The School Concert [6:11]
19. No Man is an Island [8:03]
20. End Titles [2:23]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Romantic Favorites Collection
   Play
      Play Movie
      Play Movie With Quiz
   Scenes
   Bonus Features
      Daniel's Hotel Room
         The Big Fight
         "Who's Your Man?" Quiz
      Bridget's Desk
         Feature Commentary With Director Beeban Kidron
            On
            Off
         Deleted Scenes With Introductions
            Play All
            Renoir Cinema
            Baby Fantasy
            The Christening
      Mark's Law Office
         Mark & Bridget: Forever?
         Bridget Jones Interviews Colin Firth
         Lonely London
      Cast and Filmmakers
         Renée Zellweger as Bridget Jones
         Hugh Grant as Daniel Cleaver
         Colin Firth as Mark Darcy
         Jim Broadbent as Dad
         Gemma Jones as Mum
         Directed By Beeban Kidron
         Produced By Tim Bevan
         Produced By Eric Fellner
         Produced By Jonathan Cavendish
         Screenplay By Andrew Davies
         Novel By/Screenplay By Helen Fielding
         Screenplay By Richard Curtis
         Screenplay By Adam Brooks
         Executive Produced By Debra Hayward
         Executive Produced By Liza Chasin
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English 5.1
         Español 5.1
         Français 5.1
      Feature Commentary With Director Beeban Kidron
      Captioned For the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles
         Español
         Français
         Subtitles: None
Disc #2 -- Romantic Favorites Collection
   Play
   Scenes
   Bonus Material
      Feature Commentary With Director Richard Curtis and Actors Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy and Thomas Sangster
      Deleted Scenes With Introductions By Richard Curtis
      The Music of Love Actually With Introductions By Richard Curtis
      Kelly Clarkson the Trouble With Love is Music Video
      DVD-ROM
   Languages
      Spoken Language
         English 5.1
         Français 2.0
         Español 2.0
      Feature Commentary With Director Richard Curtis and Actors Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy and Thomas Sangster
         On
         Off
      Captioned For the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles
         Français
         Español
         Subtitles: None
Disc #3 -- Romantic Favorites Collection
   Chapter List
   Bonus Materials
      Feature Commentary With Director Roger Michell, Producer Duncan Kenworthy and Writer Richard Curtis
      Hugh Grant's Movie Tips
      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
      The Travel Book
      Universal Showcase
         The Bone Collector
         The Story of Us
      Production Notes
      Cast and Filmmakers
         Julia Roberts as Anna Scott
         Hugh Grant as William Thacker
         Hugh Bonneville as Bernie
         Emma Chambers as Honey
         James Dreyfuss as Martin
         Rhys Ifans as Spike
         Tim McInnerny as Max
         Gina McKee as Bella
         Written By Richard Curtis
         Produced By Duncan Kenworthy
         Directed By Roger Michell
      Theatrical Trailer
      DVD-Rom Materials
   Language Selection
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Feature Commentary With Director Roger Michell, Producer Duncan Kenworthy and Writer Richard Curtis
      Captions: Captioned For the Hearing Impaired-English
      Captions: Captioned For the Hearing Impaired-None
   Play
Disc #4 -- Romantic Favorites Collection
   Scenes
   Bonus Materials
      Spotlight on Location: The Making of About a Boy
      Feature Commentary With Directors Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz
      Deleted Scenes
         Play
         Play Deleted Scenes With Director's Commentary
      Music Videos
         "Silent Sigh" By Badly Drawn Boy
         "Something to Talk About" By Badly Drawn Boy
         About A Boy Soundtrack Spot
      Badly Drawn Boy
      "Santa's Super Sleigh"
      English to English Dictionary
      Trailer
      Production Notes
      Cast and Filmmakers
         Hugh Grant as Will
         Toni Collette as Fiona
         Rachel Weisz as Rachel
         Nicholas Hoult as Marcus
         Based on the Book By Nick Hornby
         Screenplay By Peter Hedges
         Directed By Paul Weitz & Chris Weitz
      DVD-Rom Features
      Now Showing
         A Beautiful Mind
         Erin Brockovich
         The Family Man
         Meet the Parents
         Notting Hill
      Universal Showcase
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English 5.1
         Français 5.1
      Feature Commentary With Directors Chris Weitz & Paul Weitz
      Captions-Captioned For the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles
         Español
         Subtitles: None
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful Collection

    For anyone who enjoys Hugh Grant this is a wonderful DVD collection to purchase!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A nice little bargain.

    Four romantic comedies to escape with.

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