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Notting Hill [HD DVD] (1999)

Julia Roberts , Hugh Grant  |  PG-13 |  HD DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (609 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Richard McCabe, Rhys Ifans, James Dreyfus
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby Digital-Plus 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2007
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (609 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RJO58C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,279 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Notting Hill [HD DVD]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Feature Commentary with Director Roger Michell, Producer Duncan Kenworthy and Writer Richard Curtis
  • Spotlight on Location
  • Seasonal Walk Portobello Road
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Photo Montage
  • US Trailer
  • International Trailer
  • Hugh Grant's Movie Tips
  • Elvis Costello "She" Music Video
  • Shania Twain "You've Got a Way"
  • Travel Book

  • Editorial Reviews

    They don't really make many romantic comedies like Notting Hill anymore--blissfully romantic, sincerely sweet, and not grounded in any reality whatsoever. Pure fairy tale, and with a huge debt to Roman Holiday, Notting Hill ponders what would happen if a beautiful, world-famous person were to suddenly drop into your life unannounced and promptly fall in love with you. That's the crux of the situation for William Thacker (Hugh Grant), who owns a travel bookshop in London's fashionable Notting Hill district. Hopelessly ordinary (well, as ordinary as you can be when you're Hugh Grant), William is going about his life when renowned movie star Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) walks into his bookstore and into his heart. After another contrived meet-cute involving spilled orange juice, William and Anna share a spontaneous kiss (big suspension of disbelief required here), and soon both are smitten. The question is, of course, can William and Anna reconcile his decidedly commonplace bookseller existence and her lifestyle as a jet-setting, paparazzi-stalked celebrity? (Take a wild guess at the answer.) Smartly scripted by Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral) and directed by Roger Michell (Persuasion), Notting Hill is hardly realistic, but as wish fulfillment and a romantic comedy, it's irresistible. True, Roberts doesn't really have to stretch very far to play a big-time actress who makes $15 million per movie, but she's more winning and relaxed than she's been in years, and Grant is sweetly understated as a man blindsided by love. Together, in moments of quiet, they're a charming couple, and you can feel her craving for real love and his awe and amazement at the wonderful person for whom he has fallen. The only blight on the film is its overbearing pop soundtrack, though Elvis Costello's heart-wrenching version of "She" gets poignant exposure. With Rhys Ifans as Grant's scene-stealing, slovenly housemate and Alec Baldwin in a sly, perfectly cast cameo. --Mark Englehart

    Product Description

    Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) is the world's most famous movie star. Her picture has been plastered on the cover of every magazine, and every time she makes a move, the entire world knows about it. William Thacker (Hugh Grant) owns a travel bookstore in the quaint neighborhood of Notting Hill. His business is stagnant, he has the roommate from hell and his love life is completely nonexistent. Then one day, their paths cross and the couple comes to face the ultimate question: can two people fall in love with the whole world watching?

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    128 of 134 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly, not what I'd expected! May 15, 2000
    Let me just say that I'm not particularly a Julia Roberts fan. So when my wife asked to go see Notting Hill in the theater, I politely declined... but I figured that I'd give her a suprise and buy the DVD for her. Well, I sat and watched it with her, and was pleasantly suprised, myself!
    Set in the real-life Notting Hill section of London, this VERY fairy-tale story is filled with moments of true belly-aching laughter, painful heartbreak, and one delightful "car chase."
    Julia Roberts portrays Anna Scott, a fifteen-million-dollar per picture movie actress who gets tangled in the trappings of love with William Thacker, a bumbling, but likeable book-shop owner convincingly played by Hugh Grant. Notting Hill wastes no time in setting up this premise and rockets off from there. The film moves along at a good pace and only has one noticible slow spot. The music chosen to accompany the film is beyond perfect. Watch the screen closely when you hear "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers.
    I would be remiss if I did not mention "Spike". Rhys Ifans plays Spike, William's very odd, very Welsh flat mate. You can't help but laugh every time he's on the screen. Luckily, the director and editor didn't over-do Spike's antics, so we can truly enjoy the moments when he's on.
    The Collector's Edition goodies make the DVD a true gem and a great bargain. The musical highlights let you quickly jump into the middle of the movie to enjoy a song while watching the movie roll. (After you've watched the movie, go find "Ain't No Sunshine"!) The deleted scenes give a glimpse of what could have happened in the film. After watching, I'd say that I agree with the director's choice of endings.
    This movie proves that romantic comedies can still be done well... and you don't have to have Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan to do it.
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    57 of 64 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars About a girl, asking a boy to love her. September 6, 2003
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    Hugh Grant's role as Travel Book Shop employee William Thacker reprises the same shy, humble, lovable, but lonely character with a small group of friends that made him a star in Four Weddings And A Funeral. That may be because Notting Hill, like FW&AF, was written by Richard Curtis. "And so it was another hopeless Wednesday when I walked a thousand yards to work, not suspecting that this was going to be the day my life would be changed forever." In two words, that catalyst is Anna Scott, currently one of Hollywood's biggest stars, who is promoting her latest film Helix, a sci-fi film whose costume design and one interior setting owes a nod to Kubrick's 2001. She happens in his bookshop, but that first meeting sets off a series of meetings where they spend time with each other.
    Eccentric barely describes Spike, his Welsh roommate with a shock of wild blond hair. Never have I seen a more comical opposites since Felix and Oscar of the Odd Couple. Spike is clearly the Oscar of the pair, but then again, I doubt if Oscar would have worn a T-shirt saying, "Get It Here", with an arrow pointing downwards, or unwittingly mistake mayonnaise for yogurt.
    In the course of meeting Anna, he in turn introduces her to his small group, including a married couple, Max and Belle, the latter in a wheelchair, a stockbroker named Bernie, and William's wild-looking sister Honey, whose bulging eyes and feathery hair makes her nevertheless lovable in a different sort of way.
    However, they live in two different worlds. As William puts it, "I live in Notting Hill, you live in Beverly Hills." Both have different schedules, lifestyles, and perspectives on things. Yet his inner smile lights up whenever she pops in and spends some time with him.
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    34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Charming,lite romantic comedy July 2, 2000
    I was hesitant to see this film at the theater.I enjoy Hugh Grant but never cared much for Julia Roberts.Well,being a DVD and home theater nut,I decided to check this out..PLEASENTLY SURPRISED! ..First Hugh Grant is just fantastic.In a way,his character can be discribed as the thinking mans Mathew Perry.Actually,their humor derives from similar delivery of lines..This is a delightful tale of the ever so polite,but aloof, British male,winning over the, seen to many shallow male actor movie star..Julia pretty much plays herself,with both touching honesty and charm..Tired of the world that incorporates her hollywood life,on a trip to England she finds herself drawn to Grants simple yet honest and gentle sincerity...Along the way,the typical trials and tribulations that would surely plague such a relationship appear..Yet,this movie demonstrates that regardless of our superficial world around us,something as age-old as love can lead to true inner happiness...A great British supporting cast make up this movie,and the scence stealing Spike is hilarious...Guys,this is not just a chick flick! Give it a shot with that special someone and you both will be the better off for it..!
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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it on the silver screen and loving it on DVD January 31, 2000
    This is the best romanic comedy in 1999, in my opinion. It's a story about an actress (Anna Scott played by Julia Roberts) at the height of her career finding the ordinary man (William Thacker played by Hugh Grant) in Notting Hill (an actual place in the UK) and falling in love with him. The unlikely story of travel bookstore owner getting involved with a mega-star actress is a fantasy but then it's a movie... and their story is fun to watch. Their quirky romance struggles a bit while they try to find a common ground for the couple from opposite ends of the spectrum- and the movie tries to convey that even famous actresses have normal needs, too. Like love and the need to belong in the world. The secondary characters like Spike, Will's flatmate, Will's friends and sister just about steal the scenes. This movie is sweet, fun, poignant and a great happy ending. In the press conference scene at the end, when William and Anna stare at each other across the room, you can feel the love and hapiness. And the bench scene in the park is just about the sweetest ending. I've seen this movie several times and will see it many times more. ( Hey, even my guy friends liked it. )
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Still charming
    I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her, is one of the truly classic lines from all of cinema.
    Published 5 days ago by M. Stewart
    5.0 out of 5 stars Never tires!
    I am glad to finally have this on Blu-ray. I have loved it from the outset and it never fails to draw me in and make me laugh. You root for them and commiserate with them. Read more
    Published 6 days ago by L. Harpole
    5.0 out of 5 stars Notting Hill Blu-Ray
    I have liked this movie with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts since it came out. I finally purchased it on Blu-Ray and loaded it on my Vudu and I watch it from time to time. Read more
    Published 7 days ago by B. Mcgowan
    5.0 out of 5 stars An unsung classic that transcends the bounds of romantic comedy....
    What happens when an ordinary guy and a famous movie star are attracted to each other? If they are Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts they fall in love. Read more
    Published 10 days ago by Dr. Christy J. Moynihan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
    I love this movie, it is one of my favorites! I am a romantic and I can watch it over and over again, plus it's funny too!
    Published 13 days ago by honeybear
    5.0 out of 5 stars Always love it
    Watched 100 times and love it every time. I am a romantic and this is one of the best of all
    Published 15 days ago by Kathryn McDaniel
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie
    Notting Hill is a Classic Rom Com that is fun to watch, well acted and funny. If you haven't seen this move, it is about time you did. It's great.
    Published 15 days ago by Vickie Helm
    5.0 out of 5 stars Julia Does It Again
    This is a really cute movie. Julia and Hugs are great together. I watch this movie quite frequently, along with Two Weeks Notice.
    This is a fun movie. Read more
    Published 16 days ago by Marilynn
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Film
    I watched this film a couple of weeks ago and was exhilarated. The two stars are at the height of their likability. Read more
    Published 16 days ago by Martin Bernstein
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love at 1st Sight!
    What can I say? I love this movie and I'm a hopeless romantic. Only thing I don't see is how they fell in love. There was't 1 point where you could see they fell for each other. Read more
    Published 20 days ago by Dez
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    Wake up people !!! Someone answer the lady. It would be nice if Amazon fixed these descriptions so that the differences would be clear. Thank you for asking Laura L .,.
    Jan 20, 2008 by Early Memphis |  See all 13 posts
    This version does NOT have spanish subtitles.


    QUOTE: " "Notting Hill" is subtitled in English only. The Spanish subtitles advertised on the packaging are actually missing from the release. "
    May 14, 2009 by Gasty |  See all 2 posts
    why is there no english subtitles..???
    Yes, but that is not what they are asking. If they are deaf, it does not matter what language they are speaking in the move. They can't hear them talking. That is why they need subtitles.
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