When Harry Met Sally

When Harry Met Sally

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Director: Rob Reiner

Cast: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher


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The MGM DVD of When Harry Met Sally proves that the film keeps improving with age. The template for modern studio romantic comedies, When Harry Met Sally is also head and shoulders above its many imitators (including those of star Meg Ryan and writer Nora Ephron). Besides showing off the film's considerable charms, the DVD comes loaded with extraSee more details below


The MGM DVD of When Harry Met Sally proves that the film keeps improving with age. The template for modern studio romantic comedies, When Harry Met Sally is also head and shoulders above its many imitators (including those of star Meg Ryan and writer Nora Ephron). Besides showing off the film's considerable charms, the DVD comes loaded with extra features and has been spruced up for the digital age. A better-than-average "making-of" documentary points out that the genesis of the film was director Rob Reiner's own dating woes and the friendly personality differences between himself and screenwriter Nora Ephron. The documentary is breezy but does show how many people contributed to the success of the movie and how easily it all could have gone off track. Also included are a number of scenes that were deleted from the finished film and a pretty thorough audio commentary from Reiner. The funny deleted scenes go over better than Reiner's commentary, which is informative but proves once again that Mel Brooks is one of the few people who can be entertaining while explaining comedy. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround audio track lives up to the theatrical release and the excellent anamorphic widescreen transfer showcases Barry Sonnenfeld's superb lensing. Though When Harry Met Sally is sometimes viewed as Woody Allen for the masses, this DVD reaffirms that it ended up creating a world and viewpoint all its own.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Usually the passage of many years -- even decades -- is required before a popular film achieves the designation of "classic," but Rob Reiner's charming and witty romantic comedy attained that lofty status much sooner than most. Certainly it's best remembered for the hilarious scene, set in a New York delicatessen, in which preternaturally perky Meg Ryan loudly simulates an orgasm for skeptical Billy Crystal -- much to the amusement of a nearby female patron (played by Reiner's mother), who instructs the waiter, "I'll have what she's having!" That's just one great line among many penned by Nora Ephron, whose episodic plot initially introduces Crystal and Ryan as friends who vow to resist sexual attraction to preserve the nature of their unique relationship. The story spans many years and even evokes suspense by delaying what many viewers believe should be inevitable. Will they or won't they? The sparkling script, airy direction, irresistibly cute characters, and New York settings jell perfectly, making When Harry Met Sally one of contemporary cinema's funniest romantic gems. The new wide-screen Special Edition DVD includes seven minutes of never-before-seen footage, commentary by Reiner, Ephron, Crystal, and Carrie Fisher, the original theatrical trailer, and a music video by Harry Connick, Jr.
All Movie Guide - David Abolafia
Screenwriter Nora Ephron has constructed an incisive tale that, despite its tendency toward whimsy and cuteness, manages to combine brilliant zingers with deep, lasting reflections on relationships. Director Rob Reiner encourages top-notch performances from his ideal cast. All four of the leads devour their meaty roles with aplomb, though Meg Ryan is a revelation; her winsome cheeriness and comic timing had never been highlighted so well. Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby, perpetual character actors, are given ample opportunities to shine and both do. The sappy ending is of a piece with Ephron's other work, but it's a small flaw in the grand scheme of this charming picture, set eloquently to the music of Harry Connick Jr. Kudos as well to cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld, who offers a picturesque New York to make Gotham dwellers proud.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]

Special Features

Over seven minutes of never-before-seen footage; Audio commentary with director Rob Reiner; "Making-Of" documentary with Rob Reiner, Nora Ephron, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher, and cast and crew; Music video by Harry Connick Jr.; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Billy Crystal Harry Burns
Meg Ryan Sally Albright
Carrie Fisher Marie
Bruno Kirby Jess
Steven Ford Joe
Lisa Jane Persky Alice
Michelle Nicastro Amanda
Kuno Sponholz Documentary Couple
Charles Dugan Documentary Couple
Connie Sawyer Documentary Couple
Katherine Squire Documentary Couple
Al Christy Documentary Couple
Bernie Hern Documentary Couple
Frances Chaney Documentary Couple
Donna Hardy Documentary Couple
Jane Chung Documentary Couple
Janet Hirshenson Actor
Jane Jenkins Actor
Gretchen Palmer Stewardess
Robert Alan Beuth Man on Aisle
David Burdick 9-Year-Old Boy
Joe Viviani Judge
Harley Jane Kozak Helen
Joseph Hunt Waiter at Wedding
Kevin Rooney Ira
Franc Luz Julian
Tracy Reiner Emily
Kyle Heffner Gary
Kimberley LaMarque Waitress
Stacey Katzin Hostess
Estelle Reiner Older Woman Customer
John Arceri Christmas Tree Salesman
Peter Day Joke Teller at Wedding
Rose Wright Documentary Couple
Aldo Rossi Documentary Couple
Peter Pan Documentary Couple

Technical Credits
Rob Reiner Director,Co-producer
Steve Abrams Makeup
Stephen Abrums Makeup
Joseph Campayno Makeup
Ken Chase Makeup
Harry Connick Score Composer,Songwriter
Robert Eber Sound/Sound Designer
Nora Ephron Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
M. Todd Henry Camera Operator
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Jane Jenkins Casting
Robert Leighton Editor
Peter Montagna Makeup
Jane Musky Production Designer
George R. Nelson Set Decoration/Design
Steve Nicolaides Co-producer,Production Manager
Andrew Scheinman Co-producer
Marc Shaiman Score Composer,Musical Arrangement
Barry Sonnenfeld Cinematographer
Jeffrey Stott Co-producer
Harold Thrasher Production Designer
Aaron Barsky Worth Asst. Director
Sabrina Wright-Basile Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Menu Group #1 with 17 chapter(s) covering 01:35:23
1. Credits/Title/Intro. [:10]
2. Life Story. [2:36]
3. Men and Women. [7:25]
4. It's You. [:09]
5. Amendment. [3:56]
6. Somebody Else. [3:05]
7. Beautiful Friendship. [:57]
8. Growing Up. [4:57]
9. Faking It. [3:11]
10. To Helen Back. [2:04]
11. The Rules of Love. [5:39]
12. The Morning After. [4:49]
13. A Mistake. [3:07]
14. Just Beautiful. [1:08]
15. Old Friends. [7:05]
16. End Credits. [6:28]


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