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You've Got Mail 1998 PG CC

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Neighborhood bookstore rivals unwittingly become e-mail pen pals in thischarming remake of The Shop Around the Corner.

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Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan
Runtime:
1 hour, 59 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Nora Ephron
Starring Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan
Supporting actors Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey, Jean Stapleton, Steve Zahn, Heather Burns, Dave Chappelle, Dabney Coleman, John Randolph, Hallee Hirsh, Jeffrey Scaperrotta, Cara Seymour, Katie Finneran, Michael Badalucco, Deborah Rush, Veanne Cox, Bruce Jay Friedman, Sara Ramirez, Howard Spiegel
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By Ed Uyeshima HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 5, 2008
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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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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I loved this movie, it was fantastic, the chemistry and the humour between Joe and Kathleen was wonderful. Unlike Sleepless it didn't drag out, the characters actually knew each other (and hated each other which only made it better) The supporting cast helped to make this movie great (who can forget Parker Posey freaking out over her tic tacs?) This movie is one of my favourites, along with When Harry Met Sally. They are both the kind of intelligent movie which can make you laugh and sigh all at the same time. Who wouldn't fall in love with either Hanks or Ryan after watching this movie?
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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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1998. It was a time when more and more people would be using the Internet, a time when a lot of news showcased people who found love on the Internet.

Having enjoyed "The Shop Around the Corner" (which was an adaptation of the 1937 Miklos Laszlo Hungarian play "Parfumerie") and the Broadway musical adaptation, "She Loves Me", writer/director Nora Ephron and producer Laura Schuler Donner wanted to create a modernized version featuring a romantic comedy centered around love found on the Internet but yet using elements from Ernst Lubitsch's 1940 romantic comedy".

And having struck gold with romantic comedies that starred actress Meg Ryan in "Sleepless in Seattle" and "When Harry Met Sally" and the amazing chemistry between Ryan and Tom Hanks in the 1993 film "Sleepless in Seattle" and the 1990 film "Joe Versus the Volcano", the filmmaker would reunite the two talents for her 1998 romantic comedy "You've Got Mail".

The film which can be seen as a sign of the times as it utilized then-popular Internet provider American Online (AOL) and it's popular trademark e-mail greeting "You've Got Mail", "You've Got Mail" would become a major hit in the box office as the $65 million film would earn over $250 million in the box office and would go on to also achieve success in the home video market.

And now both the original Ernst Lubitsch 1940 film "The Shop Around the Corner" via DVD and "You've Got Mail" (via Blu-ray) was released together in January 2012.

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"You've Got Mail" is presented in 1080p (1:85:1 aspect ratio) and unfortunately it is a film that slightly shows its age, yet there is enough detail and better colors that makes this version much better than the previous DVD releases.

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