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L.A. Story (15th Anniversary Edition)
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Martin plays Harris K. Telemacher, a Los Angeles TV weatherman who's unsatisfied with his superficial lifestyle. He woos and beds some women whom most men would probably be thrilled to have (Marilu Henner, "Sex and the City's" Sarah Jessica Parker), but he is unsatisfied until he meets a British journalist (Martin's then-wife Victoria Tennant) whose very unpretentiousness is enough to knock him off his feet.
This is obviously Steve Martin's attempt to be another Woody Allen--there's the Annie Hall-like quirky romance, the use of jazz great Django Reinhardt on the soundtrack (he also uses Enya, which was my introduction to this beautiful vocalist), and he romanticizes L.A. the way Allen does The Big Apple. Funny thing is, it all works. Even if you're as anti-L.A. as Manhattanite Allen is, it's an L.A. crafted in Steve Martin's mind, anyway--and what an original landscape it is.
It even goes Allen one step better. One scene Allen filmed and then deleted from ANNIE HALL featured the rolling news marquee in Times Square telling him to return to Annie in L.A. I have no idea whether Martin ever heard about this or not, but in L.A. STORY, he gets romantic advice from a highway traffic sign.Read more ›
In fact, it is not overstating to say that L.A. STORY rises easily above our expectations -- it surprises us with its specialness and originality. It is so charming, has such truly funny performances by Martin, Tennant, Parker and the rest, and has such a keen eye for identifying the ridiculous elements of life in L.A. that it has already become a classic in many people's minds.
The fact that it is also a study of a man confused about his identity who finds himself when he discovers true love is the icing on this cake. Martin's character is essentially baffled about his own life and surroundings, and is looking for fulfillment with the younger woman played stunningly by a very teenaged-nubile-looking Sarah Jessica Parker.Read more ›
Every line, every scene, every shot and every concept is brilliant. It is not so much a great movie, as a collection of great scenes. But, on a level deeper than judgement, I simply love this movie.
The movie combines dry wit, absurdist situations, comic romance, urban fantasy and honest insights for a completely original film experience. It won no Academy Awards, nor is it likely to appear on any Film Institiute "All Time List," but even though I own four copies of this film (VHS, DVD, DVD 15th Anniversary Edition & iPod), if I come across it on cable I still have to watch. Watching this film has helped me get over setbacks and celebrate good times.
The best way I can explain the subtle brilliance of this movie is to paraphrase it. Let us assume that there is something I could say or do to make you watch this film. Now, let us assume that I have already done it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was much cheaper to order the actual DVD than to watch online. That was a first.
This is a must see movie. Always loved Steve Martin in this movie. Read more
Funniest movie of all time! Because of all the interesting word usements I place.Published 1 month ago by MRR
I actually did purchase this and I'd like to watch it. It's a favorite. Always has been. Too bad I have to wade through pages of garbage I didn't purchase to find it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Arianna
This was not the "16th Anniversary Edition" as I expected and did not include many of the Special Features.Published 2 months ago by Thomas A. Whited
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Hello, Matthew! I have the same question as you do! I have a copy of the 1998 edition, which is 1.85:1 widescreen, but is not anamorphic nor is it enhanced for 16:9 TVs. We recently went 16:9, and I'm finding a lot of DVDs in my collection that will need replacement. So, I too pose the question... Read More
Oct 16, 2011 by JSintheStates | See all 3 posts
Hello, MsTamataros! I have an older copy of the DVD and am myself researching various releases to determine the aspect ratios! If you go to B&N and look at the 2010 edition DVD (SJP is in purple on the cover), it says: ... Deleted Scenes (including never-before-seen footage of John Lithgow and... Read More
Oct 16, 2011 by JSintheStates | See all 3 posts
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