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NOTTING HILL: DVD

William Thacker (Hugh Grant) is the divorced owner of a small bookstore in London's Notting Hill, sharing a nearby house with his slobby Welsh flatmate, Spike (Rhys Ifans). One day, world famous actress Anna Scott (Julia Roberts), visits Notting Hill and wonders into his bookshop - and his life.

"The titles of the chapter list for scene selection give it away Notting Hill is a DVD for romantics. 'She's Gone'; 'She's Back'; 'She's His'. You can select all your favourite scenes and play them ad nauseum. The crisp picture (anamorphic widescreen) and the superb sound show off this winning romantic comedy to its very best advantage. There's bonus material with cast and filmmaker biographies, you can watch the theatrical trailer and read the production notes. If you have a DVD Rom drive on your computer, you can check out the interactive information about the cast, filmmakers and the soundtrack. In keeping with the offbeat charm of the film, there's also a travel guide to Notting Hill, complete with map. Cute. You can discover when to visit Portobello Road, how to get there and where to find the antique markets, the second hand goods and fruit and veg stalls. No doubt the film will boost the tourist trade, although the charm of this 'dreams do come true' story relies on its endearing characters and star performances. There are subtitles in English and Dutch, as well as English for Deaf and Hard of Hearing. But these features are just the frills. Notting Hill, the film, is the star and what a delightful and enjoyable experience it is in the privacy of your own home, enhanced by the very best cinema quality. Turn it up loud the music soundtrack adds greatly. Watch it on your own, watch it with friends or share it with your lover. This is a DVD you'll want to play over and over again."
Louise Keller

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NOTTING HILL (M15+)
(UK)

CAST: Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant,Hug Bonneville, Emma Chambers, James Dreyfus, Rhys Ifans, Tim McInnery, Gina McKee

RUNNING TIME: 119 minutes

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Universal

DVD RELEASE: December 1999

RRP: $34.95

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