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You've Got Mail (1998)

Tom Hanks , Meg Ryan , Nora Ephron  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,530 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey, Jean Stapleton
  • Directors: Nora Ephron
  • Writers: Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron, Miklós László
  • Producers: Delia Ephron, Dianne Dreyer, Donald J. Lee Jr., G. Mac Brown
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 1999
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,530 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305368171
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,835 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "You've Got Mail" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Musical score on alternate audio track
  • Behind-the-scenes documentary: "HBO First Look: A Conversation with Nora Ephron"
  • Interactive map tour "Discover New York's Upper West Side"

Editorial Reviews

Neigborhood bookstore rivals unwittingly become e-mail pen pals in this charming remake of The Shop Around the Corner

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:Commentary with N. Ephron & L. Shuler-Donner
DVD ROM Features:N. Ephron Audio Bytes "Sounds of NY" (10:07) Interview Gallery - Individual Clips (12:00) Comparison Scenes (38:00)
Featurette:HBO First Look Special: "A Conversation with Nora Ephron" (14:39)
Other:DIscover NY's Upper West Side" - 11 Selectable Clips (15:00)


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117 of 131 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
A 10th Anniversary DVD seems a bit vaunted for this familiar 1998 romantic comedy since it continues to play repeatedly on TBS and other cable outlets. It's no wonder since Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have the kind of ingratiating rapport that makes it easy to slip into one of their movies no matter what part you find yourself watching. Directed by the acerbic Nora Ephron, who helmed 1993's Sleepless in Seattle with the same pair, this movie gleams with the same kind of good-natured, Hollywood-style gloss that made the previous outing a hit. However, the pieces fit a little too perfectly for me, so much so that it feels packaged for maximum audience appeal. It really takes the combined skills of Hanks and Ryan to make this palatable, even likable, but it's not without its challenges.

As with Sleepless in Seattle, Ephron, along with her sister Delia as co-screenwriter, attempts to update a tried-and-true film classic, this time Ernst Lubitsch's The Shop Around the Corner (1940), about two people who are concurrently in an antagonistic professional relationship and also anonymous pen-pals fantasizing who the other may be in real life. The novelty this time is that the story takes place at the dawn of the Internet age when people automatically set up AOL accounts with incognito screen names. E-mail and instant messaging have replaced the need for the postal system to exchange anticipated love letters.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bouquets of sharpened pencils, indeed July 19, 2004
Format:DVD
Here's the main and completely irrelevant reason to love this movie: New York City in the fall. Honestly, it should have no bearing whatsoever on the plot, but it does -- and it's impossible not to fall in love with the bright, sunshiny, orange-leaved sheer beauty of the city encapsulated in this movie. Without even resorting to shots of Central Park in all its glory (and really, who can resist that?), "You've Got Mail" takes you on a lovely scenic tour of the Upper West Side, Starbucks and all. Who can resist the street fairs, the parks, the stores, the dock? It's picture-perfect, and if it's a bit surreal, I won't admit it: New York really is rather lovely in the fall.
Aside from making me want to run away to the Big Apple and work in the children's section at Fox Books, "You've Got Mail" also features Meg Ryan at her most adorable ("Aren't daisies just the friendliest flower?"), Tom Hanks at his most charming, and a terrific supporting cast (Greg Kinnear and those typewriters!). The story, a modernized little "remake" of "The Shop Around The Corner", is more fairy tale than realism -- two people fall in love over email, in war in real life, and however can such a thing be solved -- but it's an enchanting story nonetheless. In a time when romance on the web seems all-too-seedy and in reality, sometimes frankly dangerous, this little tale of two people sharing their most intimate thoughts long before they share a single glance is like a breath of fresh air. Sure, the technology's a little faded, but the magic's still there.
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44 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this! March 8, 2005
Format:DVD
Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks shine in this romantic comedy. This is the second time this duo have performed together (Sleepless in Seattle). Perhaps that helps create the smooth natural tone of the interactions between the two. Ryan plays a bookstore shop owner...a tiny little store first run by her mother. Hanks company is building a huge bookstore chain in the same neighborhood. The two cannot stand each other. Besides their business lives, the two are both chatting with an interesting person through the internet and believe they are falling in love with the person. Little do they know, it is really each other! Will they meet? And if they do, will they fall in love or be shocked and disturbed? Watch the movie to find out what happens!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance amidst technology November 3, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I found this to be a very pleasant movie, full of wit, romance, comedy and a bit of eccentricity as well. Tom Hanks is a Master Actor who gives us, once again, an excellent performance. His gestures, movements and the imitations to segments from "The Godfather", show us just how much he is capable of delivering in his job. His chemistry with Meg Ryan is absolutely fantastic, you can see they really enjoy working together and this is, no doubt, what makes over 80% of the movie succesful. I don't think Meg Ryan is a great actress per se, but she shines in this kind of movie, she really does. The movie takes place in none other than art mecca New York City, Hanks playing the part of a bookstore magnate, just opening a huge bookstore on the Upper West Side, leaving small bookstore owners like Ryan (who owns a charming children's bookstore "just around the corner") very much out of business. There's a parallel in their personal lives as well: a relationship through e-mail that don't know about... just yet. The comedy keeps developing, supported by great actors like Greg Kinnear, Jean Stapleton and Parker Posey. Typical New York landmarks are also displayed as a setting, such as the wonderful food store "Zabar's" (extremely expensive but full of delicacies), "Cafe Lalo" (much more intimate than today's "Starbucks"), and "Grey's Papaya", where the most delicious hot dogs are said to be found. This movie not only will appeal to fans of the Hanks-Ryan duo, but to booklovers as well, since it revolves all around the book world, depicting the big problems that the advent of the big bookstores (such as "Barnes & Noble" and "Borders"), represented for the smaller bookshops that have been around forever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
One of my favorites! Being a book lover, a small cozy bookstore (as well as a large commercial one) was the perfect setting for the movie. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Cheryl C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nineties Romantic Classic!
Awesome movie!! Already a classic, and destined to be one of the great romantic comedies of the 90's. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Wordman
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Movie
I just love the story to You've Got Mail. Also the music is great. I listen to the cd while I am working. I watch the movie often. It is timeless and I never get tired of it. Read more
Published 5 days ago by M. Petty
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
A good movie needs to purchased on BluRay... Great Quality on a projection screen... Never will I own super large LED screen. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Cody's Dad
5.0 out of 5 stars Soothing, Familiar and Never Disappoints
This adorable movie is so engaging because Meg Ryan is the uptime of adorableI It's an easy watch and you feel like your at home with friends. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Trish McCabe
4.0 out of 5 stars Aaah remance!
Certainly not as good as "Sleepless" but entertaining if you like love stories....I'm a romantic at heart. Read more
Published 16 days ago by pookie
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Technology, Timeless Story
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are so watchable, they make it look real, and they make it look easy. Their rare chemistry makes a great story (which I have enjoyed in all of its... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Iconoclast
5.0 out of 5 stars All time classic
I could watch this movie over and over again! Love the characters and the story, and of course, the happy ending!
Published 17 days ago by AED, California
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better romantic comedies.
One of the better rom coms, even if it's not particularly original in any respect. Funny how the big bad Fox Books of the world are now obsolete nearly twenty years after this... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Brian and Elisha Wiggins
5.0 out of 5 stars HOPELESS ROMANTIC
I've always been a hopeless romantic and well it's a beautiful movie to watch by yourself ,old and new friends. Love this movie.
Published 19 days ago by Olivia Nicole
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