NOTTING HILL: ULTIMATE EDITION
Reviewed June 28th, 2001 by John Randall
“I'm going to tell you a story that will make your balls shrink to the size of raisins...”
I remember seeing the ads for this movie but never really paid attention to it - I guess I should have.
Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) is one of the biggest movie stars in the world. One day while incognito, she has a chance meeting with William Thicker (Hugh Grant) while she is shopping in his bookstore. That day begins something magical for them, which will eventually hurt them both and also become the best gift from heaven. Will they ultimately stay together or will the Hollywood spotlight tear them apart?
This is what some would consider a “date” movie. It has some very humorous moments (especially with Hugh Grant's roommate Spike), but also some moments that might make you cry.
The video is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and is very sharp. There is also a pan&scan version if that is your thing.
The audio is presented in Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1. Both sound just about the same with the DTS track being just a bit better. A Dolby Digital 2.0 French track has also been included.
Once again the main attraction of Universal's 2-disc Ultimate Editions are the extra goodies that are included. There is audio Commentary with the director, producer and writer, three different featurettes, deleted scenes w/ the alternate ending, a map of Notting Hill, two music videos (“You've Got a Way” by Shania Twain and “She” by Elvis Costello), and more.
The movie is at least worth a rental and fans are going to love this 2-disc set. The movie is rated PG-13 and runs just over two hours.
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