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Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is a sarcastic and caustic weatherman on local TV who finds himself trapped in time - on February 2 - in a smalltown which celebrates this date with its Groundhog Day ceremonies. Covering it for TV news is Rita (Andie McDowell) who doesn’t realise Phil’s dilemma, nor does anyone else. With each ‘new’ day that Phil experiences, he begins to change.

"You can get stuck in a time warp and relive Groundhog Day again and again and again on this DVD; this is a film that actually gets better every time you see it. It's a little like being dealt the same hand of cards again and again, and each time it's up to us to play the hand differently. How much can we learn from our own mistakes and stupidity? Groundhog Day has almost become part of the English language, and it's hard to listen to Sonny & Cher's 'I Got You Babe' without being reminded of its relevance in this story. Bill Murray is at his sarcastic, humorous best, while Andie MacDowell charms us effortlessly. Danny Rubin's uplifting story is punctuated with sharp, one liners like 'Do you have déjà vu?' 'I'll check with the kitchen', while retaining an irresistible poignancy.

The sound is as crisp as the snow, the picture sharp in the widescreen format (16:9 enhanced) preserves the original 1.5:1 theatrical aspect ratio. Navigation is simple – the menu is straightforward easy to use, so there are no frustrations here. The main event is the film itself with features limited to filmographies of the two stars and director Harold Ramis plus the original US movie trailer. There are a host of language options (English, French, German, Italian and Spanish – all in 2.0 dolby surround plus seven languages in subtitles); I found it rather entertaining to watch and listen to Bill Murray dubbed in French. Less French body language you will never find! There are 33 chapter selections, so you can revisit February 2 over and over. Groundhog Day is a delicious tale for the whole family – its appeal is broad, its themes universal."
Louise Keller

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CAST: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowall

DIRECTOR: Harold Ramis

RUNNING TIME: 97 minutes

DVD Distributor: Columbia TriStar

DVD Release: April, 2000


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