Love Actually: 10th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review
15 October 2013
Excerpt: The Film It's the 10th anniversary for Richard Curtis' romantic comedy, Love Actually . Between that and Christmas coming up, it would seem like perfect timing for a brand new Blu-ray. Despite the last release being only four years old, The Love Actually: 10th Anniversary Edition is ready to be injected into your regular holiday rotation. Love Actually is a romantic comedy, but it's also considered to be a Christmas movie -- a good one.
Conclusion: 'Love Actually' is a chick-flick that even men can enjoy without guilt. If you already own the previous Blu-ray release of the film, there's little reason to "upgrade" to the 10th Anniversary Edition unless you were really bothered by the absence of that Kelly Clarkson song on the soundtrack to the old disc and have waited desperately for it to be restored on this copy.
Conclusion: Looking at it from an artistic perspective, if someone held a gun to my head and told me to pick a Richard Curtis romcom to watch, Love Actually would likely not even be my second or third choice. This one is decent, but hardly as awesome as people say it is, and when held against the prism of similar work, may be worse.
Excerpt: Love Actually is one of those movies that when you watch it, it’s sheer charm envelops you. Following the path of about a dozen or so different stories, some are intertwined and some are not. But “Love Actually” is just that. It’s a story about love in all shapes and sizes and the characters don’t tiptoe around the issue.
Conclusion: Love Actually is smart, funny, and surprisingly moving, sidestepping the usual genre pitfalls in its exploration of the human heart. Yes, Curtis makes a few missteps along the way, but his ensemble classic is a hilarious, deviously heartwarming holiday treat worthy of its place in any rom-com addict's collection. The 10th Anniversary Edition is a great release mired in mystery.
Excerpt: Love Actually’s sole crime is that it makes you fall for its characters. So, when Colin (Kris Marshall) introduces his plan to travel to America for the sole sake of picking up woman, we lose him. He’s gone from the film. We’re waiting impatiently for his return, eager to see if his plan was a success.
Excerpt: A couple of the stories could have been cut, particularly those involving the sex-scene stand-ins John (Martin Freeman) and Jill (Joanna Page), who meet in a unique circumstance, and Colin (Kris Marshall), who convinces himself that a trip to America is all he needs to meet the women (plural) of his dreams. These story lines detract from the dramatic aspects of the film but certainly do add some comic relief.
Excerpt: The Film Not all holiday movies need to supply visions of sugar-plums. While the kids are nestled all snug in their beds, you can celebrate with the Christmas-themed rom-com Love Actually . After all, nothing says Christmas like Billy Bob Thornton as our jerk-faced president! So, his appearance is fleeting, but there are plenty of other characters to keep you busy in this British import.
Conclusion: 'Love Actually' is a chick-flick that even men can enjoy without guilt. The Blu-ray isn't anything special in the technical areas or supplements, but does everything well enough to merit a solid recommendation in any case.
Excerpt: Love actually is everywhere. So claims the latest film from Writer/Director Richard Curtis (writer of Four Weddings and a Funeral , Notting Hill ) before setting out to prove its point by shining a flashlight into the lives of a large group of quirky and loosely connected characters facing life changing decisions about love. The cast is huge and so is the star power Love Actually pulls.