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Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2018
I've seen this maybe 6 times over the years. The thing about it, and Sleepless in Seattle, same Producer (Nora Ephron, isn't it?) that really clinches it for me is the music. This film is lodged in memory first via the song 'Remember' by Harry Nielsson at such a poignant moment in the film ... but of all the films that slides along the feeling of the songs and renditions/singers of them, this one (and Sleepless in Seattle) is just a seamless mix of those two art forms and without that music it wouldn't have been nearly as good, touching, deeply felt. Tom and Meg just have some kind of chemistry in these two films mentioned that really plays well together and it was a very good story as well. I somehow always watch it around Christmas time. Very much a quality film, in my view, a classic.
Well, the movie is fantastic, of course. That's why I purchased this--I finally decided to upgrade the 17 year old DVD of one of my absolute favorite movies. The transfer is good...picture is very crisp though audio (dialogue) can sometimes be a bit on the soft side. However, the advertised bonus DVD with Shop Around the Corner & other extras was not in my package. It was listed as a feature on the back of the case, but there was not even a spot for it inside the case! Disappointing, but still worth the price for the HD version of the movie alone.
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2019
I'm sure there's no reason to add yet another review for this movie; it's a classic. It's been a lot of years since I last watched it, and - incredibly, given the movie title - I'd forgotten about connecting to the internet via modem, and the predominant use of AOL "back in the day." I can only comment that while there are still plenty of movies of this genre (Hallmark, anyone? Yuck.) I miss seeing big names attached to them that would ensure their success at the box office... or would that be enough to do it any more? I'd like to think there are enough of us left who appreciate a quality-made real life fairy tale enough to leave our homes and shell out big bucks at the movie theater. It feels like what's required to bring in those big bucks today is a real life tragedy, retold - or a superhero fantasy that has nothing to do with reality. Call this a lament for a simpler time...
This is one of my very favorite movies. It's charming with witty dialogue and, of course, the lovely chemistry of Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. The supporting cast is also pitch perfect. The sound track is an integral part of the movie because it is lilting, funny and cheerful and thus contributes to making the movie a bittersweet fable. It's a modern remake of the oft told "Shop Around the Corner" and it gets the reality of business right. I'm in business and understand that the big bad chain will gobble up the small retail store next door that can't compete. Customers will complain that they are losing their favorite store even as they patronize the corporate giant for better prices and more variety. A romantic comedy, however, requires a happy ending, however, and this one delivers with a love story, the internet and a golden retriever.
I have to admit it, I like watching a GOOD chick flick with my wife. It sets a tone for a pleasant evening and Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in a syrupy sweet love story is one that is a classic to me and my wife. We watch it periodically as it might be totally unrealistic, it is sweet and and a great movie to sit on the couch with your significant other and watch a story of a love develop under circumstances that are a bit absurd but just plain good fun in a world where people are far more decent than what the evening news shows us they are. So in this category You've got mail is a top 5 for me and my wife and I'm sure our DVD will be watch about once a year for many years to come. Tom Hanks is great and Meg Ryan sweet and the two together have great chemistry for a very clean love story.
Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2016
my favorite romantic comedy of all time viewed yet again here on Amazon. Notice the nearly total discretion of both parties in their emails to each other, especially omitting any personal details, let alone the kinds of sexting and national security breaches which have gotten so many (idjut) high ranking polytackyuns into severe trouble. Only when Joe already knew who Shopgirl was talking about, because of the "stood up" meeting, did he have a one sided advantage in their emails and face to face discussions. The film also provides insight for later developing Internet users as to the technology available at the time that the movie was made.
Ahhh the 90's, those were the days where you couldn't have a Meg without a Tom. Good times...good times. Better men and woman than I will speak of the story and quality of this RomCom, so I will leave them to it. Instead I will speak of it's function that required a hasty order with a clock quickly running out. A theater, holding a screen of almost 20x40ft, had been rented but had yet to receive the dvd copy to use. Frightful and apparently unaware of the magic that is Amazon and the internet, management sought me out for a solution. I demanded back "Why seek out this treasure, store by store, when I can guarantee a copy next day. Not just a ho hum dvd copy, a Blu Ray copy. Picture quality, of which, shall be murmured upon their lips as the movie ends and they leave." And the next day it did arrive, the picture quality did amaze and the murmuring did fall upon our ears. Nothing like that "You've Got Mail" soundbite to make you feel old, but hey, Meg and Tom will have you smiling and laughing the whole time, so there is that.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat comedy romance movie with a good story.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 18, 2017
I really enjoyed You've got mail. Its a great comedy romance movie with two main actors that pull it off. Their chemistry on screen is amazing. The story is quite interesting and things get more exiting as the movie goes on. I wont spoil the story but you need to watch it. Blu ray picture quality is great compared to dvd. Very clean with good sound as well. Blu Ray comes with Blu ray movie and a dvd of the original The Shop around the corner. Blu ray is region free and works in the UK but the dvd doesn't as it is region 1. Hope that helps.
5.0 out of 5 starsTimeless and terrific, with a beautiful romance
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 11, 2014
An all-time favourite of mine. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan shine together playing different dynamics as two different couples - one who powerfully connect through email, and the other who are fierce rivals as they fight to maintain ownership of their bookstores.
The story is heart-warming and is located in the busy and attractive setting of New York.
Hanks and Ryan are magnificent together. It is rare to see two actors not only working together again, but also showing the ability to re-capture the same level of magic together. Tom and Meg's chemistry in this is just as natural and beautiful as it was in 'Sleepless in Seattle' - perhaps even more so in 'You've Got Mail', given that they share so much screen time together.
Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey and Steve Zahn also star in very funny and important supporting roles.
I would recommend the Blu-ray US Import. It has great special features, which include a three-way conversation between Nora Ephron, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan as they share memories of making the film and there is an extra disc that plays the original romantic comedy upon which 'You've Got Mail' is based, starring Jimmy Stewart - 'The Shop Around The Corner'.