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  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: eOne Films Distribution
  • Release Date: Jan. 18 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VD2Q8M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,189 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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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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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Shannon "Giraffe Days" on 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 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Buttino TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 15 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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! I am a huge fan of British movies and British actors in general, so that's why I decided to see this movie in the first place. I remember watching it when it was first released but I hadn't seen it since then (until last night). On a whim, I borrowed the DVD from my local library a couple days ago and I am SO glad I did because I laughed just as hard the second time around.

The characters are real and relatable and the storyline is classic (Pride & Prejudice). Perhaps the best fight scene I've ever seen in a movie takes place in this one when Mark and Daniel scrap outside (and inside) the Greek restaurant, across the street from Jones's house. I haven't laughed that hard in a long time!

Hugh Grant is at his caddish best and Colin Firth plays Darcy to a tee (as he did so well in the TV production of Pride & Prejudice in 1995). A casual viewer would never guess that Renee is NOT a Brit - she pulls the role off really well and should be congratulated for doing so. If you're in the mood for a good laugh and some naughty behaviour, you've GOT to see Bridget Jones's Diary!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Jan. 24 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I LOVED the book, Bridget Jone's Diary, so much that I immediately went out and bought the sequel. I even stayed up all night reading it. Both books are hilarious and utterly charming. Needless to say, I was really looking forward to the movie. Unfortunately, I thought it was a cheapened version of the story. Renee' Zellweger is a fabulous Bridget and Hugh Grant and Colin Firth (Oh my! He is gorgeous!!)do an admirable job of portraying Cleaver and Darcy. However, the supporting cast of friends and co-workers are abyssmal portraying characters with no redeeming qualities--very unlike the book! My biggest complaint of all is that Bridget, with all of her flaws and quirks, is one of the most loveable and sympathetic literary heroines to come along in quite some time and this movie portrays her life and her friends' lives as vacuous. Where the book is charming, the movie is simply foul. For anyone who loves Jane Austen's P & P and stories with any integrity, this is not the movie for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Canadababy on March 21 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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Format: VHS Tape
Renee Zellweger IS Bridget Jones, in my opinion, perhaps because I saw the movie before I read the book. Who else can convey Bridget's myriad and truly unique emotions with a simple roll of the eyes and a lift of the eyebrow? She makes us love her as she struggles with her "singleton" life as a 30s-something Brit who just can't quite get anything right.
Having watched the movie again AFTER reading the book, I was even more enchanted with her wonderful performance. And of course the addition of Colin Firth as an updated Mister Darcy, parodying his own performance as the haughty and brooding Darcy in the BBC version of "Pride and Prejudice," is simply too delicious to miss. As Bridget devotees know, Bridget and her girlfriends have quite an obsession with Mr. Firth...and he plays along with the joke without once letting us down.
It is Hugh Grant, however, who gave me pause. Hugh plays Hugh, as he always does, but this time he's the villain, if you will--Bridget's faithless and rotten boss Daniel, who loves her and leaves her a number of times. I just couldn't quite see Hugh as the bad guy, and he did not, to my mind, resemble the nasty user in the book. On the other hand, I always find him a delight, so this weakness did not ruin the movie for me.
For those who like their movies to be absolute replicas of the book, this is not the one to watch. Rather, it is a delightful, fast-paced and maybe a little bit frenzied hodgepodge of bits and pieces of the book, with a little more thrown in. Some memorable parts of the book, such as Bridget's battle with the "nasty underpants," are taken out of context, but still very funny.
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