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The Collector's Edition offers seven new featurettes (the previous Special Edition only had one documentary), beginning with a sit-down between director Rob Reiner and writer Nora Ephron waxing nostalgic on how the movie originated: He, recently divorced from Penny Marshall, was a miserable single man, while she was the screenwriter who rejected his initial pitch over lunch ("It was a shame," she remembers, "because we hadn't even eaten yet."). It's easy to see that Reiner is clearly Harry, and Ephron is clearly Sally: He's the squawking chatterbox and she's constantly corrects his memory (Sally's meticulous method of ordering food is also a direct rip-off of Ephron herself). Other featurettes show Billy Crystal's attempts to play Harry (or Reiner, as it were); location filming in New York; the love stories that served as interludes between scenes (again, the counselors-at-camp story is from Ephron's parents); the significance of the film over time; and more discussion on the film's famous question: "Can men and women really be friends?" Most of the stories from the featurettes are recycled in the new film commentary by Reiner, Ephron, and Crystal (Reiner mentions that the "I'll have what she's having" line, spoken by his mother, is in the top 10 of AFI's top 100 movie lines no less than five times overall), but the inclusion of Crystal, who contributed many improvised lines in the movie, makes for a nice easygoing repartee. Fans may be interested to know that Reiner originally thought Harry and Sally shouldn't get together, until he himself fell in love with his future wife on the set, but the most hilarious tidbit involves Reiner storming the production offices and polling all the women on whether or not they "fake it" because didn't believe that really happened. Seven deleted scenes--which were also included in the previous version--and original theatrical trailer round out the set, but Harry Connick Jr.'s "It Had to Be You" music video is missing. Still, the special features are a great look into a romantic comedy that clearly remains a meaningful experience for cast, crew, and audience alike. --Ellen A. Kim
Top Customer Reviews
Rob Reiner's "When Harry Met Sally" is for me,after Woody Allen's "Hanna and Her Sisters" and Bogart's "Casablanca" one of the films that I simply need to watch over and over.These three films have, for me,such an absolute "presence" about them that is difficult to explain. As for this film it is simply is the "standard" for which other romantic comedies should be judged! Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal have such real, honest chemistry between them (which is obviously imperative in a film such as this) that when on screen together they literally jump out at you. Plus, the supporting characters, especially Carrie Fisher, playing Sally's best friend,is a joy to watch...but than again, they all are! Including Bruno Kirby,as Harry's best friend. In fact the dialogue between Billy Crystal and Bruno Kirby at the Giant's football game ranks as one of the strongest scene's in the film....if not one of the most honest!
Also, kudo's should go to the cinematography which, showing New York, in all four seasons,especially fall, is visually stunning. An absolutely beautiful film to watch! The dialogue is extremely funny, not too clever(thank-you), and above all,at times, insightful in what it has to say about relationships and how we go about this sometimes horrible ritual called dating.Read more ›
IN a word, it is 'Spectacular' ! I had high hopes for one of my all time favorites when the Blu Ray release was announced and I couldn't be more happier with it. A waver free stable image, an immaculate print, lush and rich colors and no overt signs of the dreaded DNR or annoying banding. With only a few softer shots here and there (hardly any really) this catalog title is a cut above the rest and I would say on a scale of One to Five, I would have to give it a solid 4 to 4+ at times considering the films age. It really is a revelation and easily blows away all other released versions including the newest 1080i transfer being shown on pay cable.
The film and extras are contained in a 50gb dual layer disc with an average bit rate of 32mbps.
Motion is always natural and colors can become quite beautiful, especially the scene where Harry and Sally walk in the park discussing Sally's underwear dreams. While the film IS 22 years old and doesn't have the full visual wow factor of a newer release, it is truly a surprising revelation to see it at this level and on my calibrated display it equals the theatrical presentation I remember. All in all, a splendid rendering of a true classic. MGM, 20th Century Fox and Castle Rock have a product they can be proud of here.
And if the picture quality wasn't enough, let's move on to the glorious DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Dialogue is, as they say, crisp and clear, the music shines throughout the film and there are more than adequate smatterings of surround activity , usually for ambiance.Read more ›
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I can watch this over and over. Classic Billy Crystal. Love it.Published 7 hours ago by Patricia Carcer
Sometimes had hard time navigating extraneous matter from screen during viewing.Published 17 hours ago by Amazon Customer
So funny ...still today because who can figure the relationship game ?Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer