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The only thing I don't like about this video is its misleading cover. Hope Davis perches coyly atop a subway train, slit skirt revealing plenty of thigh and low-cut top framing lotsa cleavage. A strappy sandal dangles from one foot. But in fact, one of the myriad beauties of this film is that Erin (deftly played by Davis) is not a frisky, flirtatious kind of gal, and never appears in any outfit more revealing than a nubby turtleck and jeans. Erin is a sensitive soul who has been in pain ever since the death of her beloved father, and she masks her true nature with a prickly veneer. She wants to fall in love but fights it every step of the way.
The cover of the video implies yet another dumb, cutesie comedy with another giggly, adorable heroine (you know... the "You've got Mail" variety) But the movie inside is rich, delicate and highly intelligent. Don't let the packaging fool you.
This review is solely in regard to the QUALITY of this newest (2011/2012) DVD release. As I own the previous release from the same studio and have compared them.
In comparison, this newest DVD is 1) four full minutes shorter than the other version, which my DVD player's graphics proved after checking both DVDs on it, and which also can be seen in the 92-minute running time printed on the package of this newest version vs. the 96 minutes printed on the package of the older version (I haven't checked WHERE the footage is missing, but it's definitely not in the opening or closing credits being expanded or reduced, but elsewhere).
2) This new DVD had 10 haphazardly started/ended "chapters" which start in really odd places--always in the middle of scenes! And on the disc's menu, believe it or not, they are listed merely as "Chapter One", "Chapter Two," etc., with NO other info-- no names for the scenes, no pictures . . . Whereas on the preferred older DVD release, the menu for the chapters is a very fancy one, in the form of a train line map, and with a name for each chapter and a photo for each chapter. FAR better than the new 2011/2012 DVD release. The older DVD's chapters also start and end in logical, proper places.
The film's print is identical on the old and the new DVDs, also it's the same aspect ratio: 1.85:1 and enhanced for 16:9 TVs. It's sad that no improvement was made to the picture quality, but to be fair, it was excellent on both old and new versions, despite a bit of tiny squigglies in the backgrounds of both if one pays close attention.
Even the older clamshell case is hard, whereas the new one's is soft, despite also being plastic.
Buy the OLDER version of this DVD release, which is better in ALL ways.
An independent movie like this one doesn't have the budget for the gloss and glamor of its big sisters. I personally see this as a refreshing change of pace, because as much as I enjoy the Meg Ryans, Julia Roberts and Cameron Diazes of Tinseltown, I can't transfer their screen behavior to real life.
The sparkling yet down to earth Hope Davis plays Erin, who returns to her downtown Boston home one afternoon to find her activist boyfriend loading up his car. He's leaving her. She is devastated. Being a very intelligent young woman, she supposes that men aren't worth the trouble and that being alone has its rewards. Even as she arrives at these conclusions, her expressive face shows plenty of doubt.
Across town lives Alan [Alan Gelfant], an immensely likable guy in his mid-thirties, who has gone back to school to study marine biology. He's currently a plumber like his Dad, but has come to believe he can improve upon his working-class life. He is a volunteer at the Boston Aquarium. Water, in particular the sea, plays an important part in the movie. Fish do also. You might say that a blowfish named Puff is one of the movie's stars.
One day Erin's ditzy, wealthy mother places an ad in the personal section of a Boston newspaper. The problem with this is that it's about Erin.Read more ›
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One of my favorite movies ever! Travel to Boston and the nineties!Published 16 days ago by Science Teacher
This is a pleasant rom-com with the twist being that the two leads don't actually get together until the end. It's cleverly written and the acting is good enough. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Promise
This film is a favorite of mine. The writing, directing, acting are excellent and rare. It's a quiet film so deliciously nuanced and honed that while it both invites and demands... Read morePublished 5 months ago by New Orleans gal
I watched this movie in its original theatrical release. I live in the greater Boston area, and I think the film deftly captures a batch of the things that a person can adore... Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. C. Liu
I have not seen this movie in such a long time which is why I forgot just how GREAT it is. If you are from Boston or in my case Revere, it is a must watch movie. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Frank DeAngelo
Caveat, I am a romantic comedy fan.
This is one of three movies, from the late 1990's that were wonderful and clever stories and totally overlooked by the general public. Read more
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