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Groundhog Day (15th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]
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Ground Hog Day
Bill Murray in Ground Hog Day
Groundhog Day is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and written by Ramis and Danny Rubin. Teamed with a relentlessly cheerful producer (Andie MacDowell) and a smart-aleck cameraman (Chris Elliott), TV weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities. It stars Bill Murray as Phil Connors, a TV weatherman who, during an assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event, is caught in a time loop, repeatedly reliving the same day.
Bill Murray is at his wry, wisecracking best in this riotous romantic comedy about a weatherman caught in a personal time warp on the worst day of his life. Teamed with a relentlessly cheerful producer (Andie MacDowell) and a smart-aleck cameraman (Chris Elliott), TV weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities. After a surprise blizzard traps him in small-town hell, things get even worse; Phil wakes the next morning to find it’s GROUNDHOG DAY all over again… and again… and again.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.35 x 0.4 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 1201
- Director : Harold Ramis
- Media Format : Color, Dolby, Dubbed
- Run time : 1 hour and 41 minutes
- Release date : January 27, 2009
- Actors : Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle-Murray
- Dubbed: : French, Portuguese
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Arabic, Dutch, Indonesian
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B001KEHAI0
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,405 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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All they did was up-scale this to 4K.
The picture is very grainy in most of the scenes.
The original DVD is just as good as this overpriced, over-hyped joke.
Wait for a proper 4K transition and stay away from this one.
Murray does not give an 'actual' interview, but, good brief interviews are given by Stephen "Ned Ryersen" Tobolowsky (funny, nice, goofy guy...probably like you would imagine)) and "sweetie" Andie McDowell. The Producer Trevor Albert regales some location stories also.
By the way Groundhogs are also called woodchucks and/or marmots (from xtra feature The Study of Groundhogs).
This is one of those very rare comedy's that makes more sense and is better (yes and funnier) the second time.
GROUNDHOG DAY (1993) also has the great point being made making GROUNDHOG DAY as important in our everyday lives as a classic Holiday Movie like "It's a wonderful Life" or (my personal favorite holiday movie) "Miracle on 34th Street".
But it is my favorite movie because if I want a "pick me up" sort of movie and want a good laugh this is what I put on. Not going to review the entire movie from beginning to end but some of my favorite parts.
WARNING: SPOILER ALERT (As though every human on earth hasn't already watched the greatest film ever made).
Some of my favorite parts:
His same day (same day, every day, same day) interactions with Ned the Insurance Salesman. Ned is played by Stephen Tobolosky, one of those actors you see and know, but don't. He's a character actor, but he will probably go down through all time in film as "Ned the Insurance Salesman". One of those things were someone plays a part so well that that is how you remember them. Some actors call that typecasting, in this case it's not typecasting, it is a result of just playing Ned so well that the character is very memorable. His daily interactions with Bill Murray's character Phil the weatherman. When I see Ned, I don't think "Stephen Tobolowsky" I think "Ned the Insurance Salesman", when I see Stephen Tobolowsky, I dont think "Ned the Insurance Salesman" I think whatever character he happens to be playing, like his character in Seinfeld for example. Tobolowsky isn't typecast but he acted and created a memorable character that will be remembered in comedy for all time. Without Stephen Tobolowsky this film would be nowhere as good as it actually is.
Andie McDowell is well, Andie McDowell. In the 80's and 90's ANdie McDowell was sort of like Demi Moore and had that "Normal girl or woman that anyone might meet". Girl next door type. GIrls next door type is the type she plays in Groundhog Day. Bill MUrray was hilarious on Saturday Night Live, he is hilarious in this movie and he is still funny. The best scene between McDowell and Murray in my opinion, in this film, is their meeting in the Diner. Without going through the entire scene, in the Diner Murray's character "Phil the weatherman" nearly convinces McDowell "Rita the Producer" that he is a God, an all knowing, all seeing God. He does know everything, but only because he is reliving the same day over and over and over and meeting the same people.
If there is any problem with this film at all it is the minimal use of Chris Elliot's character "Larry the cameraman". Elliot has proven throughout his career he is a super funny guy and can just about carry a movie and the guy has done everything, Movies, Television, Cartoon voice work and who knows what else. But his part in Groundhog Day is sort of lacking because he isn't used that much and comes and goes. He does some scene stealing though and his scene with the woman at the bar is one of the funniest in the movie. Chris Elliott did great in this movie for the smaller role he was given, and he does turn out to be an integral element that the movie cannot do without. Elliot's character through the movie gives you the feeling that he thinks Phil the weatherman is a complete "tool" and he is, but that Elliot's character actually likes him. But it is also a fact that in 1993 Elliot was not that well known, had been around for ten years but had yet to do and accomplish 1/10th of what he would go on to do and he was working with one of the original "Not Ready for Primetime Players" who was already a movie star and Andie McDowell, who was also a movie star, so playing third string to two well known movie stars is kind of a really big deal for an actor even though Elliot had already been around nearly as long as Murray and longer than McDowell he was not yet at their level in his career. But yes, without him as the sort of bumbling Cameraman but who is also the sort of level headed character (We have to go, the snow is gone), this movie would not be what it is.
Bryan Doyle-Murray has one of the funniest scenes in the movie. (In my opinion) But it goes along with a bunch of other similar scenes. Bill Murray's character has decided to "End it". He chooses various methods to kill himself, jumping in front of a Bus, jumping off a tall building, they all work, except he still wakes up the next day (Groundhog Day) each time. He decides at one point it is the Groundhogs fault, kidnaps the groundhog and goes on a semi-high speed chase with the police and the Groundhog crew. Just before he drives the pickup over the cliff and explodes in an epic massive ball of fire with the Groundhog, during the chase Murray-Doyles character orders the cops to shoot low, so as not to hit the Groundhog. No detail you have to watch the movie to see the semi high speed Murray and the Groundhog chase. But Doyle's character, ordering the cops to kill Bill Murray's character to save a Groundhog is hilarious.
Oh, and Brian Doyle-Murray is Bill Murrays brother and has been in that business longer than his brother and was in a Saturday Night Live sketch and variety show before SNL ever hit the air, Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell on ABC.
Greatest movie ever made. Or maybe the greatest comedy ever made. Or maybe just a great comedy. Either way, for anyone who has never seen it, you don't know what you are missing, its simply a great movie and IMHO Bill Murray's best comedy film.
Some people say dont give yourself high expectations because when the reality doesnt meet expectations you will be let down. Not with this movie, expect to like it, there is a reason this movie has such a huge following, has been picked apart for it's lessons (Bill Murray's character stuck in a loop until he learns to be a better human being, mental health professional's using this movie as an example of something or another, dozens of YT videos "explaining the lessons"). The only lessons I get from this movie, it's funny as heck, it is good from the begginning all the way to the end, and the movie score, themse song or whatever you call it, a song called "Weatherman" by Delbert McLinton is one of those songs that might get stuck in your head it is so good and matches the film perfectly.
Harold Ramis hit it out of the Ballpark with this movie and didn't even originally expect it or know it. It became som popular that Bill Murray started hating to discuss it because more than 20 years down the road (now 25) people still ask him about this movie in interviews and on the street. It really is that good of a comedy. And if it teaches someone a lesson about being a better person, then I suppose that is a good thing too.
The movie is about the progression in Connors’ character. He starts off as a stuck up personality full of ego. Then when he realizes he’s stuck repeating the same day he lets go and starts doing crazy things because he can. That’s where all the comedy comes from such as when he gets into a high speed chase with the police just for the kicks. Then he gets reflective.
Murray was perfect for the role. He could easily switch from being a jerk to make a funny joke. This was one of the roles he’s most known for and for good reason.
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Rita : Do you ever have déjà vu?
Phil : Didn't you just ask me that?
Rita: This day was perfect. You couldn't have planned a day like this.
Phil : Well, you can. It just takes an awful lot of work.
Phil : Ned, I would love to stay here and talk with you... but I'm not going to.
Phil : I think you're the kindest, sweetest, prettiest person I've ever met in my life. I've never seen anyone that's nicer to people than you are. The first time I saw you... something happened to me. I never told you but...I knew that I wanted to hold you as hard as I could. I don't deserve someone like you.
But if I ever could, I swear I would love you for the rest of my life.
I recently borrowed a library book by Paul Hannam called 'The Wisdom of Groundhog Day' and discovered that I hadn't previously realised that this old film from way back was so deep! I had seen the film when it first came out, and thought it quite funny: Unlikeable sarcastic man eventually learns to be nice.
We see how Phil gradually accepts his situation and changes his behaviour and treatment of others. He realises that he needs to savour and appreciate what he has now, today and make the best of it. Only once he has surrendered fully to this state of affairs, can he move on. With plenty of jokes and easy on the philosophising.