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L.A. Story (15th Anniversary Edition) (1991)

Steve Martin , Victoria Tennant , Mick Jackson  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Martin, Victoria Tennant, Richard E. Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Marilu Henner
  • Directors: Mick Jackson
  • Writers: Steve Martin
  • Producers: Steve Martin, Daniel Melnick, Mario Kassar, Michael I. Rachmil
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: June 13, 2006
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F3UAEI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,777 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "L.A. Story (15th Anniversary Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "The Story of L.A. Story" featurette
  • "The L.A. of L.A. Story": An Interactive Map of the Popular Sites Filmed for L.A. Story
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Original Theatrical Marketing Materials from 1991

Editorial Reviews

Steve Martin's ode to life in Los Angeles, was one of the great comedies of the 90's, starring Martin, Sara Jessica Parker, Marilu Henner, Kevin Pollak and Victoria Tennant. This new 15th Anniversary edition has many new features including documentaries, deleted scenes and an interactive map of the popular sites used in the film.

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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars L.A. STORY is Steve Martin's masterpiece June 16, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
It's always a delight to follow a movie comic who really knows what he's doing, because eventually you hit the jackpot. With Woody Allen, it was HANNAH AND HER SISTERS; with co-exec-producer/writer/star Steve Martin, it's L.A. STORY. Rarely does any movie, much less a comedy, keep me bolted upright in my seat in anticipation of what might happen next. But from its schizoid opening ballet to its sweetly happy ending, even when I wasn't laughing, I was enchanted.
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.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This is a well-written, well acted, very original romantic comedy that doubles as a highly successful critique of L.A. superficialities. Having lived in L.A. for over 20 years myself, I consider this a classic. It is a really special film, and tough to fully describe to someone who hasn't seen or heard much about it. It is NOT one of those mindless youth comedies, and has quite a different tone than some of Steve Martin's other films, like THE JERK or THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS. This is more grown-up stuff, closer in tone to his ROXANNE, perhaps. It has a fine cast of highly entertaining characters, some extremely well written dialog, and succeeds in being a very funny film. In recommending this movie I most encourage those who enjoy social commentary mixed into their comedy, some worthwhile dialog among adults, and a very sharp wit when it comes to holding L.A. fads(and status-consciousness) up to the light. It's not a Woody Allen comedy exactly, but think more along those lines than the current crop of dumb comedies when trying to decide if this movie is for you.
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.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite movies of all time July 6, 2005
Steve Martin is a genius! I have watched this movie over a dozen times and it still charms me to this day and never becomes out-dated. A must see for anyone who appreciates how ridiculous life can be.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My True Favorite Film February 14, 2007
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Over the years I've had many discussions about film. I love masterpieces like Citizen Kane, Casablanca, Henry V, Richard III, Lawerance of Arabia, the Seven Samurai, Hiroshima Mon Amor, Bridge on the River Kwai, Gone with the Wind, Rope, Dances with Wolves, Braveheart, Pulp Fiction, Million Dollar Baby, Chaplin's Gold Rush, Horse Feathers, Lion in Winter, American Beauty, Schindler's List, Platoon, Unforgiven, El Mariachi, Godfather, Battleship Potemkin and Doctor Zhivago, but my true favorite film of all time is L.A. Story.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
THE best of all Steve Martin's movies. Smart humor; moving love story; and California never looked so beautiful.
Published 2 days ago by Honesty First
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Rom-com
This is a magical romantic comedy that also takes a wry view of the L.A. lifestyle. It is often silly, but that is the joy of Steve Martin: he is not afraid to be silly, and his... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Tiel in Marin
5.0 out of 5 stars Los Angeles
I'll admit it... I've never seen this movie before... but the reviews made me do it!
I bought this recently because of the die-hard fans that SWEAR by this movie... Read more
Published 10 days ago by THE 'Older Than Dirt' Time Traveller
5.0 out of 5 stars a bittersweet tale of love and loss
A romantic comedy, yes, but more than that . . . a bittersweet tale of love and loss. As moving and haunting and the music of Enya that supplies the background . . . Read more
Published 14 days ago by Jason E. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
the best of Steve Martin.
Published 17 days ago by infinte_variety
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great romantic comedy with many belly laughs.
Published 1 month ago by Pelipen
5.0 out of 5 stars Why I get it.
If you are not from LA would you consider this movie genius? Well I am, so I do.
Published 1 month ago by Es. B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this movie - great price
Published 1 month ago by Kari
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great flick
Published 1 month ago by anthony earley
5.0 out of 5 stars Because earthquakes aren't that scary
It's the most L.A. movie I've ever seen. And it carries through the new generation of L.A. living. As a born & raised Angeleno, I absolutely love this film!
Published 1 month ago by Vero
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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
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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
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