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Love Actually - 10th Anniversary Edition

by Kevin Taft
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Tuesday Oct 15, 2013
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The quintessential movie about love and Christmas, "Love Actually" gets a stunning Blu-ray upgrade, even though the extras are status quo. The ten intersecting stories of love- British style - could have been a schmaltzy mess of Nancy Meyer’s eye-rolling madness, but instead, Richard Curtis’ exploration of the four-letter word is genuine and heartfelt.

Ten years later, its popular cast, including Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Billy Nighy, and Kiera Knightly, is now moving over for new bonafide stars like Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years A Slave"), Martin Freeman ("Bilbo!"), Andrew Lincoln ("The Walking Dead"), and Rodrigo Santoro ("300"). Truly it’s an all-star cast now.

With its charming use of music, ribald humor, and sincere emotion "Love Actually" avoids the Garry Marshall cliché’s of over-doing the sentiment by hitting it too on the nose. Curtis gives us a range of interesting characters with real problems and real stakes. While it still might end in a fairly neat bow, the ride is well worth taking. And on Blu-ray, the colors explode off the screen like the holiday confection that it is.

Special Features offer nothing much newer from the 2004 DVD release, but there is a holiday ornament inside the packaging for those that want to hang a little love on their Christmas tree.

Special Features include:

  • Audio Commentary with director/writer Curtis, Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy, and Thomas Sangster. Fun, but only mildly diverting.
  • Deleted Scenes - 30 minutes of deleted and extended scenes, some of which are interesting as they encompass entire chunks of story. None will be missed, however.
  • The Music of "Love Actually" - Curtis explains his musical choices and then plays the songs over the moments from the film where they appeared.
  • The Storytellers - a brief featurette on the making of the film.
  • Music Videos - Kelly Clarkson’s "The Trouble with Love Is" and Bill Nighy’s hilarious "Christmas is All Around."

    "Love Actually: 10th Anniversary Edition"
    Blu-ray / DVD/ Digital Download
    $19.99

  • Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to ’Star Wars’ and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg. He can be seen in the flesh on the weekly PBS movie review series "Just Seen It."

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