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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie..not happy at all with this product. March 21 2013
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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. Then the movie itself looks like it was made in someone's basement. Was it? The graphics in the menu look like they were created NOT by a studio and I was able to watch the movie ONCE and now, today, I went to watch it again and I can't get past chapter 17 in the movie. I looked for a name of someone I could complain to, but can't find it anywhere, so I am forced to write it here.

I'm not happy...and will be very careful ordering a movie from here again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bridget Jones's Diary Jan. 2 2014
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great funny movie.. the whole family loved it over Christmas

Loved how Amazon was able to get the movie to me so quick
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good one. Aug. 22 2013
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love the movie June 26 2013
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the only problem i order one not two. The DVD is great. Can not wait till I receive the other one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute Movie Feb. 28 2013
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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 are true to form and in my opinion carry the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Chubby Excellence of Renee June 17 2003
Format:DVD
Renee Zellweger is a delight in the title role of this frothy film. I was floored by her klutzy radiance. I had just seen a super slim Renee in "Chicago" and marvel at how youthful and appealing she is with a few extra pounds.
"Bridget Jones Diary" is a chick flick that transcends the genre. The plot has the barest nod to Ms. Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" though Elizabeth Bennett would be flabbergasted to find Bridget in her role. Colin Firth actually recreates Mr. Darcy (see his fine BBC performance of P&P) with his tongue firmly in cheek. Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) is Bridget's wicked temptation of a faithless lover. I must say if Hugh Grant is lovable as a dim wit comedian, he is devastating in a charming villain role.
Bridget is a not-quite-featherhead, obsessively concerned with her weight, sex life and self-perceived lack of charm, looks, and luck. In her early 30's, she worries about expiring in her lonely room and being eaten by dogs. She dislikes "smug marrieds," but is fearfully intimidated by them. Bridget makes sporadic attempts to take control of her life usually with disastrous results.
It took me this long to see the movie because I was lukewarm about the book. However, Ms. Zellweger brings Bridget to life in such a way that I was instantly won over by her ditzy charm. I fervently championed her every triumph and was saddened by her setbacks (usually brought on by herself). This is a feel-good film and definitely worth a 120 minute investment. Treat yourself to a guilt-free chocolate sundae after the movie. Enjoy!
-sweetmolly-Amazon Reviewer
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2.0 out of 5 stars Iffy adaptation Nov. 20 2001
Format:DVD
I pushed the eject button on this DVD wondering "Why on earth would anyone, leave alone a stand-in for Mr. Darcy, want to be with Bridget?
Don't get me wrong, I understand the idea: the main character is lovable despite her flaws, and for once it isn't a Cinderella story about becoming beautiful (read: skinny) when you thought you weren't. She drinks, she smokes, she's kind of a bumbler socially, but she can still be happy, right? She can still find true love. That's a likable premise.
Except... um... why were we supposed to like this woman again?
Hugh Grant and Colin Firth are really fun in this movie. Grant seems to relish his role as the scoundrel, and man, the guy has wonderful comic timing. Colin Firth basically is meant to be Pride and Prejudice's Mr. Darcy -- the character's name is Mark Darcy, and Firth played Darcy in the BBC miniseries version of that book -- but instead of being proud or disdainful, it seems as if the direction might have been "do your best to bore the audience." He's a bland, bland guy, Mark Darcy. Firth works through that okay, he's a flawless actor and he can make his limp noodle of a character stand up -- but even he can't rescue the idea that his character would fall in love with Ms. Jones. Why would he do THAT?
This movie's working really hard to make Bridget adorable, to make her haplessness touching. It didn't work for me. Bridget's an "event magnet"; she's the sort of person things are always happening "to" mainly because of how oblivious she is to everything outside her own head. She's self-involved, and things just sort of keep knocking over when she accidentally stumbles into them. The lovable quality just didn't outweigh the obnoxious one. She's really kind of a jerk in several spots.
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Just as you are...
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... Read more
Published on Dec 6 2004 by Minmaster
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a gem, a keeper, a library addition
Bridget Jones's Diary was an unexpected surprise for me. I suppose I expected a sappy Renee and Hugh love story. It's not. Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by W. Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars "Bridget used to run around naked in my paddling pool"
BRAVO Bridget Jones!
This movie is truly and amazingly unique and hilarious! Rene Zellweger is charming and funny as a slightly overweight publisher. Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by A. Banaag
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