You've Got Mail

You've Got Mail

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Director: Nora Ephron

Cast: Nora Ephron, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Parker Posey

     
 

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This package should be the benchmark for all other DVD releases. It is power-packed with features that are reason enough to buy the product. The anamorphic transfer is so clean that the gradients of dimension and color make the city approachable and romantic. The Dolby Digital Surround is not used for large impact, but for all the elements of street sounds that

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This package should be the benchmark for all other DVD releases. It is power-packed with features that are reason enough to buy the product. The anamorphic transfer is so clean that the gradients of dimension and color make the city approachable and romantic. The Dolby Digital Surround is not used for large impact, but for all the elements of street sounds that complement the clear dialogue. The music is a main player in the romantic story, and its power can be appreciated in the music-only track Warner includes as one of the features. The way this film is staged gives audiences the ability to explore parts of Manhattan streets, and this package is designed in many ways to complement that. Additional features include a tour of the various sites appearing in the film, shown as an interactive subway ride, complete with behind-the-scenes footage of the production and commentary by Nora Ephron. There is a 15-minute HBO interview/featurette with Ephron, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, and Greg Kinnear. There is an audio commentary as well, given by both Ephron and co-producer Lauren Shuler-Donner, that provides background information in a casual manner. Two theatrical trailers for the film are included, plus another ten trailers for films in the same genre as You've Got Mail. The packaging also mentions enhanced features for PC users, but it can be a tricky affair to get to them. Warner is to be congratulated for its efforts and will hopefully continue to be this creative with both new and old releases.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Back in the genre that served her so well with When Harry Met Sally (1989) and Sleepless in Seattle (1993), New York-based writer/director Nora Ephron reunited Sleepless stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan for the romantic comedy You've Got Mail (1998). Updating Ernst Lubitsch's charming The Shop Around the Corner (1940) -- and, in turn, its remake, Robert Z. Leonard's In the Good Old Summertime (1949) -- for the email and super-store 1990s, Ephron created a glossy valentine to Manhattan's Upper West Side, with its neighborhood shops, cafes, and resident literati. Unfortunately, as critics noted, Lubitsch's incomparable wit and light touch mostly got lost in the translation as cute-as-a-button Ryan and laid-back Hanks spar over bookstores in public while they anonymously fall in love via America Online in private. Still, audiences were happy to watch Hanks and Ryan interact onscreen (unlike in most of Sleepless) amid a romantically idealized New York; Greg Kinnear and Parker Posey provided a dash of comic relief as Ryan's and Hanks' spurned mates. You've Got Mail became a Christmas-season hit, proving that Ephron's brand of old-fashioned romantic comedy could make box-office lightning strike twice.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/1999
UPC:
0085391695424
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:00:00

Special Features

Behind-the-scenes documentary "HBO First Look: A Conversation With Nora Ephron"; Interactive "Discover New York's Upper West Side" map tour; Feature-length audio commentary by director/co-writer Nora Ephron and producer Lauren Shuler-Donner; Alternate music-only audio track; 12 theatrical trailers; Enhanced features for DVD-ROM (PC only): Original call sheets; compare key scenes with those in two previous screen versions of this story, The Shop Around the Corner and In the Good Old Summertime; Read all the mail sent between the characters; Cast interview and biography gallery; You've Got Mail screensaver and poster; Website links to chat rooms; Web cards

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Hanks Joe Fox
Meg Ryan Kathleen Kelly
Parker Posey Patricia Eden
Greg Kinnear Frank Navasky
Jean Stapleton Birdie
Hallee Hirsh Actor
Steve Zahn George Pappas
Dave Chappelle Kevin Scanlon
Dabney Coleman Nelson Fox
John Randolph Schuyler Fox
Heather Burns Christina
Chris Messina Actor
Reiko Aylesworth Actor

Technical Credits
Nora Ephron Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Ron Bochar Sound/Sound Designer
Susan Bode-Tyson Set Decoration/Design
G. Mac Brown Executive Producer
Ellen Christiansen Set Decoration/Design
Dan Davis Production Designer
Dianne Dreyer Associate Producer
Julie Durk Executive Producer
Delia Ephron Executive Producer,Screenwriter
George Fenton Score Composer
Raymond Kluga Art Director
Beth Kuhn Art Director
Donald J. Lee Co-producer
John Lindley Cinematographer
Francine Maisler Casting
Richard Marks Editor
Nick Meyers Musical Direction/Supervision
David Sardi Asst. Director
Lauren Shuler Donner Producer
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Jump to a Scene
0. Jump to a Scene
1. Click-on Credits (The Puppy Song). [:53]
2. Morning log-ons. [2:08]
3. Passersby (Dreams). [:06]
4. Cyberromantics. [3:58]
5. Sizing the Competition. [1:25]
6. Life Observed. [:18]
7. A lone reed. [4:46]
8. Foxes day out (Rockin' Robin). [2:24]
9. Just call me Joe (Never Smile at a Crocodile). [1:57]
10. Who's worried? [3:06]
11. Party patter. [1:32]
12. Low opinions. [1:12]
13. To her rescue (Dummy song). [:17]
14. Holiday Songs (Tomorrow, The Orchestra Song). [4:36]
15. Advice from The Godfather. [:40]
16. Eloquence in action. [1:22]
17. Something there. [2:42]
18. Let's meet. [4:57]
19. He's not here. [2:53]
20. Stood up (Dream). [1:09]
21. Still here (Remember). [1:36]
22. Birdie's amour. [2:21]
23. So right for each other. [4:39]
24. Customer service (Remember). [3:20]
25. Getting out. [3:12]
26. One final twirl. [3:59]
27. Dad's company. [5:50]
28. Getting personal (Signed Sealed Delievered I'm Yours). [:03]
29. You should meet him. [1:26]
30. A little tweaking (I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City). [2:37]
31. This tiny little thing. [5:22]
32. "I wanted it to be you" (Over the Rainbow). [1:24]
33. End Credits (Anyone at All, I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter, [4:02]

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You've Got Mail 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The added features on the You've Got Mail DVD make it a really worthy purchase. It is fascinating to see how much effort and creativity goes into making a movie like this one. This film is a must for all Tom Hanks/ Meg Ryan fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To those who are wont to put forth the proposition that ¿They don¿t make `em like they used to,¿ I have a rejoinder: The two best romantic comedies ever made, EVER, have come our way since 1998; one of them is ¿You¿ve Got Mail,¿ an absolute delight of a movie directed with heart-felt care and finesse by Nora Ephron. It¿s the story of two people who meet in a chat room on the Internet; Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) is the owner of a chain of bookstores, and Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) is the owner of a small, independent children¿s book store called ¿The Shop Around The Corner,¿ whose continued existence is threatened by the Fox superstore which offers discounts and cappuccino. Harsh competitors in the real world, they are able to connect with one another via the net only because of the anonymity provided by cyberspace, where neither has a clue as to whom the other really is. The charismatic Hanks delves beneath the businessman veneer of Fox to give him some real humanity; he¿s tough in the trenches of commerce, but he makes it clear that this is a guy whose interests range beyond the bottom line. Hanks lends a natural, self-assurance and charm that makes Fox a complete character, and one you can¿t help but like. And Meg Ryan has never been better than she is here as Kathleen Kelly, a role she was born to play. As soon as you meet her, you feel as though you¿ve known her a long time; she is so open, wears her heart on her sleeve and has a vulnerability and benevolence to her nature that make her totally endearing. Ryan imbues her with a joy and warmth that is almost tangible, and she plays her with nuance that is distinctly drawn and which makes her unique from any character she¿s ever done before. There¿s a real chemistry between her and Hanks, and Ryan utterly lights up the screen with her winsomeness. There¿s a terrific supporting cast on hand here as well, which includes Greg Kinnear (Frank), Parker Posey (Patricia), Heather Burns (Christina), Steve Zahn (George) , Jean Stapleton (Birdie), David Chappelle (Kevin), Dabney Coleman (Nelson Fox) and John Randolph (Schuyler Fox). This is a great story, with outstanding performances by all, the dialogue is crisp and witty, and it¿s all put together and delivered so well, and with such style and class by Ephron that it makes ¿Sleepless In Seattle,¿ (an excellent movie in it¿s own right) seem like a mere warm-up for this team. The music, with the choice of songs and the specific scenes into which they are inserted, is just another reason this film works so well. The musical interludes, which set Hanks and Ryan at different stages of their relationship against the backdrop of New York City, are entirely effective; the city comes alive during these scenes and adds further character to the overall ambience of the movie. ¿You¿ve Got Mail¿ is quite simply the second best romantic comedy ever made, and it should have walked away with a basketful of Oscars, especially for Meg Ryan¿s performance. And anyone who comes away from this one thinking differently is jaded and needs some serious help (and I say that with a smile, folks), because this is one terrific movie that must not be missed. If there¿s any romance in your soul at all, you¿re going to love this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this movie very much. Cuz Tom and Meg are my favourite stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such an innocent movie, that one cannot come away from it without a smile. The Actors and the City light up the screen. A joy from the start.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the great romantic comedies of all time. Meg Ryan is a darling. I can't say enough about her. Her peformance is something special. You've got to see it...she's a genius. Tom Hanks is simply perfect. And the music in this movie is wonderful, too. Especially when Harry Nilsson sings ''Somewhere Over the Rainbow'' at the end. If that ending doesn't tug at your heart strings and bring a tear to your eye, well ... whatsamatta you! This, of course, is a remake of the 1940's classic ''The Shop Around the Corner'' with James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan which is a wonderful movie in its own right. But this movie with Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks and the terrific musical score is something special. Believe me, it's one of the great ones. A must see!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm only 16, but I love this movie! Over spring break last year, I watched it so much I said the lines before the actors did. It's such a lovely and heart-warming story. It would be really hard to not like this movie. Plus the music is just GREAT! And each actor is perfectly suited to his/her character! All in all a GREAT movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm 13 and yet I love this movie! It's really a feel good movie so if your in the mood to watch a good romantic comedy this is it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You can't go wrong with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan and this movie just tops the list. I loved this movie and I watch it anytime I get that 'I want to fall in Love feeling'. This movie just makes you feel all fuzzy and warm inside. Every time I log onto my computer and hear 'You've got mail', I think maybe, just maybe this will be the time. It's not just the romance in the movie, but the fall scenery and the music is so great. I've always been a fan of 'Somewhere over the rainbow' from another favorite movie of mine 'The Wizard of OZ', so when Harry Nilsson sings it at the end of the movie it just brings tears to my eyes. Thanks to all who made this movie possible and please keep them coming.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good movie, as Hanks' & Ryan's characters learn about themselves as well as each other. By-the-way, the book the "Story Lady" reads is Roald Dahl's "Boy."
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a terrific movie although I'm a tough critic when it comes to movies. I love good movies and this DEFINITLY one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You've Got Mail is a wonderful movie, it is a modern remake of the old classic Jimmy Stewart movie, The Shop Around the Corner and is actually the second remake. The first remake was a Judy Garland musical called In The Good Old Summertime and personally I like all three versions and You've Got Mail is a sweet, charming witty movie and I'm glad I purchased the DVD!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is a wonderful remake of the classic film "A Shop around the Corner." Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have wonderful chemistry together. This movie shows how you can fall in love with the people that you hate the most. This is a light hearted romantic comedy with a great supporting cast. Watch out for Jean Stapleton, she is a riot.
RenesmeeCarlie More than 1 year ago
Once again Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan perform amazingly together and the chemistry is there. You've Got Mail, a twist off of the book Pride and Prejudice is truly what true love is :) I watch it over and over and over again and still fall in love with it every time! The soundtrack is a perfect fit for the movie! Old songs such by Stevie Wonder and Lois Armstrong and Bobby Day make the movie even better! A perfect blend of humor, romance, drama and music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is and will always be a great hit. I have seen this movie most likely 20 times. I own it on DVD- which I recommend and loved it the first time I saw it.The connection between Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan is awesome. The chemistry is so cute and funny. The great part is that she does not know it is him- JOE- until the end. Very romantic and funny. I highly suggest anyone and everyone seeing this film.
bamoviegirl More than 1 year ago
the best movie ever made to my opionion with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks and I am a Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan fan but I did not like like sleepless in Seatlle as much as You've Got Mail or Joe Versus the Volcanoe You've Got Mail is the best movie I have ever seen and I love you've got mail a whole lot and way more and the movie is child appropriate and family appropriate movie for all ages and one of the best movies ever made and they should make more movies like You've Got Mail and In the Good Old Summertime and The Shop around the corner the best movie of the year 
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The best thing about this movie being a remake from an Old Classic, is that it was not a disappointment. Very often, remakes are terrible, and should have been left alone. You've got mail was not one of these. I love Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan together. Hope to see more of them together.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You've Got Mail is one of my favorite movies, because mainly of the reasons in the other reviews. I've watched it at least 25 times. It gets you in a good mood and helps you forget your troubles. Being a guy, I think most romances are lame, but this is a wonderful movie.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
the director that brought you the romantic comedy Sleepless In Seattle from 1993 brings you You Got Mail another romantic classic comedy from 2001 wow its amazing how Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks reunited in this movie there such a great couple and 2 actors i truly love and this movie is a sweet romantic comedy to enjoy it really is !
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