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Bridget Jones's Diary [Blu-ray]

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Featuring a blowzy, winningly inept size-12 heroine, Bridget Jones's Diary is a fetching adaptation of Helen Fielding's runaway bestseller, grittier than Ally McBeal but sweeter than Sex and the City. The normally sylphlike Renée Zellweger (Nurse Betty, Me, Myself and Irene) wolfed pasta to gain poundage to play "singleton" Bridget, a London-based publicist who divides her free time between binge eating in front of the TV, downing Chardonnay with her friends, and updating the diary in which she records her negligible weight fluctuations and romantic misadventures of the year. Things start off badly at Christmas when her mother tries to set her up with seemingly standoffish lawyer Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), whom Bridget accidentally overhears dissing her. Instead she embarks on a disastrous liaison with her raffish boss, Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant, infinitely more likeable when he's playing a baddie instead of his patented tongue-tied fops). Eventually, Bridget comes to wonder if she's let her pride prejudice her against the surprisingly attractive Mr. Darcy.
If the plot sounds familiar, that's because Fielding's novel was itself a retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, whose romantic male lead is also named Mr. Darcy. An extra ironic poke in the ribs is added by the casting of Firth, who played Austen's haughty hero in the acclaimed BBC adaptation of Austen's novel. First-time director Sharon Maguire directs with confident comic zest, while Zellweger twinkles charmingly, fearlessly baring her cellulite and pulling off a spot-on English accent. Like Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill (both of which were written by this film's co-screenwriter, Richard Curtis), Bridget Jones's stock-in-trade is a very English self-deprecating sense of humor, a mild suspicion of Americans (especially if they're thin and successful), and a subtly expressed analysis of thirtysomething fears about growing up and becoming a "smug married." The whole is, as Bridget would say, v. good. --Leslie Felperin

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Actors: Celia Imrie - Gemma Jones - Hugh Grant - James Faulkner - Jim Broadbent - Renee Zellweger. Director: Sharon Maguire. Format: Blu-ray. Runtime: 98 Mins. Language: English. Region code: Region 1 (United States Canada Bermuda U.S. territories). Discs: 1. Rating: PG-13. Genre: Comedy. Subgenre: Drama. Release Year: 2001.

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4.0 out of 5 stars be careful which edition you buy... Nov. 7 2006
Format:DVD
There are plenty of great reviews for this already, so I'll confine mine to a point some perhaps will think is minor.

This is one of my favourite movies, I've seen it countless times and used to own it back in Australia. I finally purchased a copy, this "collector's edition" which is really just a fancy cardboard cover over the regular disk as far as I'm concerned, and watched it last night.

I shouldn't have been surprised at the few edits I spotted, yet I was, and disappointed. The minor ones were that a few words had been changed, which seemed a bit patronising, "dumbed-down" even - the first reference to a gherkin (in her voice-over as she arrives at her parent's house) has been changed to "pickle", and later "eaten by Alsatians" has been changed to "eaten by dogs" (for anyone who doesn't know, "Alsatian" is the other name for a German Shepard - one name is considered politically incorrect, I forget which one). Considering all the other "Brittishisms" in the movie, I don't see the point of changing these two words.

That I could easily forgive, if it weren't for the change to the end credits. The orginal has some mini-interviews sprinkled throughout the credits that are absolutely hilarious, including one with Darcy's parents in which his dad says he likes a girl with a big bum that you can "rest your pint on" and "park your bike between" (ok, I get that that might offend some people, but I think what characters in, say, Hollywood action movies say is worse, and often more offensive), and another in which Daniel, in a bar, says how happy he is for Bridget and it's ok cause he's met someone too, though he can't get her name right and she is in fact a transvestite (it was his fear, as expressed earlier in the movie, that he end up lonely in a bar).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just as you are... Dec 5 2004
Format:DVD
OK, first things first...Loved the book(s) and loved the movie...Though its premise was loosely based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, the new "contemporary" twist doesn't stray off from the story itself. The character of Bridget(played by Renee Zellwegger) was so embraced by all 30+somethings still looking for that "MR.DARCY" or better yet in the form of the true Mr. Darcy played by the wonderous Colin Firth. She is, in this movie, Elizabeth, searching for the ONE. And in doing so, is witted away by, in some sorts Wickham or Daniel Cleaver played by the ever-so surprising Hugh Grant. The surprise chemistry between all 3 main characters are proven throughout every situation. (Spoiler :And the fight scene between Colin Firth and Hugh Grant alone will make up for any faults in this movie :) ). The single, lonely, spinster; the aloof, repressed lawyer; and the bachelor of bachelors all wanting and looking, for the same thing. The message at the end just tells us that no matter what we try to be or look like or act like, "TRUE LOVE" will take you ......just as you are!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a gem, a keeper, a library addition July 17 2004
By W. Cook
Format:DVD
Bridget Jones's Diary was an unexpected surprise for me. I suppose I expected a sappy Renee and Hugh love story. It's not. Substitute sticky for sappy and lust for love and your getting in the right neighborhood.
I didn't have to identify with Bridget's (Renee Zellweger) biological clock to get the squirmy wormies during her multiple awkward situations or to feel triumphant when she overcame in spite of her embarrassment.
Hugh Grant plays the lovable rogue and the object of Bridget's heart. Even though the role of the scoundrel is a departure for Grant he plays it much as he does when he's the victim of love. If anything his good guy history adds to the allure of twists in the movie.
I am a Renee Z fan anyway but her portrayal of an undesirable, overweight, out of the game English spinster was amazing. None of these terms come to mind when I think of Ms Zellweger yet she was completely believable.
Oh yeah, I forgot the most important thing; I laughed out loud a lot. This is a very funny movie.
The story is great. The cast is great. Buy the movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful romantic comedy July 13 2004
Format:DVD
What sets this movie apart from other romantic comedies is that its heroine is a witty, self-deprecating, socially clumsy woman who isn't stick-thin, who doesn't look polished, and who will not have to undergo a makeover or any other kind of enormous transformation just to steal the hero's heart. He likes her just as she is. And so do we, even if we think her a bit daft for taking so long to realize that he's the right man for her.
But before Bridget even allows herself to admit that the proud and reserved Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) is not as bad as she thought, she's first swept away by her boss, Daniel Cleaver, played in a delightfully rakish way by Hugh Grant. And not only does she have to sort out her feelings for Darcy and Cleaver, she also has a host of other difficulties to deal with - her parents' troubled marriage, her fondness for fatty foods, her love of drink, and her tendency to speak without thinking.
Highlights of the movie include Bridget dressing up as a Playboy Bunny for what she thought was a tarts and vicars party. Another funny scene is her in the kitchen, ineptly making blue soup and swampy-looking gravy for her birthday dinner. Sometimes the movie did go too over the top, as in the fight scene between Cleaver and Darcy. Also, in the DVD outtakes, I didn't see any additional scenes with Colin Firth (a pity, because he's so well-suited for such a role and so easy on the eyes...). But on the whole, the movie was delightful, fun and full of warmth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bridget Jones's Diary
great funny movie.. the whole family loved it over Christmas

Loved how Amazon was able to get the movie to me so quick
Published 8 months ago by mary corrigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good one.
If you're looking for a good chick flick, I recommend this movie. I've also purchased the second movie and loved it as well.
Published 13 months ago by Moniquez
5.0 out of 5 stars love the movie
the only problem i order one not two. The DVD is great. Can not wait till I receive the other one.
Published 15 months ago by marilena delucacalce
1.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie..not happy at all with this product.
When I received the copy of this movie, I was a bit surprised to see that as a collector's edition, it there were no extras in the case. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Canadababy
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute Movie
This movie is good for a rainy day when you want to watch something fairly mindless. Rene Z. comes across as an American pretending to be British but Colin Firth and Hugh Grant... Read more
Published 19 months ago by June
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent quality
Excellent quality for an excellent movie.Received item very quickly.very pleased with purchase.Will be purchasing from amazon.ca in the future.Highly recommended.
Published on Oct. 28 2011 by chrissie
5.0 out of 5 stars A stellar cast and a stellar movie!
Let me begin by saying that I do NOT like chick flicks. This is the ONLY girly movie I have ever liked in my life! Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2011 by V. Buttino
5.0 out of 5 stars bridget jones is someone every women can understand
a very good movie bridget is someone who you laugh with feel bad for,and understand.at least once in every women's life we felt like bridget,but one thing is for sure she bounces... Read more
Published on May 3 2009 by Tara Langevin
2.0 out of 5 stars not a good movie,by any definition
this movie is not funny at all,not even mildly amusing.It is one long
bore.i'm at a loss to understand why so many people rave about it. Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2007 by falcon
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