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  • Actors: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal, John Marley, Ray Milland, Russell Nype
  • Directors: Arthur Hiller
  • Writers: Erich Segal
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Jan. 7 2005
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000059TEQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,757 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Macgraw/O'Neal ~ Love Story


Strife-torn America wanted a meat-and-potatoes romance in the late '60s, and the country embraced Erich Segal's slim, generic-sounding novel in a big way. It did so again for the film adaptation in 1970, starring Ryan O'Neal as a law student who defies his rich and powerful father (Ray Milland) on every issue, including the former's love for a music student (Ali MacGraw). The two marry, start life together...and then the Grim Reaper turns up at the door. Directed by Arthur Hiller (The In-Laws), the film ends up lacking the kind of stylistic boost that might have made it a must-see for the ages. But its faithfulness to the book's uncomplicated and, yes, moving intentions is pretty solid. O'Neal is convincing as a nice guy who's as bullheaded in his own way as his steely father (a nice job by Milland), and MacGraw has a way of getting under one's skin. A viewer just has to try not laughing at the refrain, "Love means never having to say you're sorry." --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This 42 year old movie arrives on blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.78:1 encode. For a low-budget film, this new transfer is much improved over the previous DVD counterpart. Contrast is surprisingly sharp and consistent, with crisp, clean whites, giving the presentation an attractive, rejuvenated appearance. Fine object and textural details can often be remarkable, revealing very distinct lines around buildings, clothing and hair. Black levels are quite impressive and accurate. Colours are very bold, especially the red and blue (like bright red dresses and the crimson Harvard hockey jersey). Skin tone is very natural. Overall, it is a very pleasing video transfer. (4.0/5)


Although the back cover showed that the audio was only in Dolby Digital Mono, this movie does have a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack (not noted on the cover). If the story itself isn't enough to pull at the heartstrings, then Francis Lai's timeless score should finish the job on this beautiful soundtrack. The music plays an important role in the narrative. It fills the entire soundstage with excellent clarity and an outstanding mid-range, differentiating between each individual key of the piano and the rest of the score's orchestration. Dialogue reproduction is superb, delivering even the whispered conversations with exceptional intelligibility.

We are all very familiar with the title theme, and probably have the original soundtrack album. Other tracks, like Snow Frolic, Mozart: Sonata In F Major, Skating In Central Park, Bach's Concerto No. 3 in D Major, are all oh so beautiful and soothing, fitting snugly with the video.

This movie was nominated for 7 Academy Awards, and Francis Lai deservedly walked away with the Oscar for Best Original Score.
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this is an unorthodox romantic drama.it doesn't follow all the typical conventions of the genre.the characters and their action aren't typical.and the movie isn't overly maudlin or sentimental.in fact,it has almost none of that.but it works.sure it does tug on the heart strings,but in a way that doesn't feel like manipulation it's very subtle.credit that to the writing of Eric Segal.the the two main characters,Jennifer Cavalleri(Ali MacGraw)and Oliver Barrett IV(Ryan O'Neal)aren't what you would call likable,yet they tend to endear themselves to you through the course of the film,enough that you do end up caring about them.overall,i was drawn in to the story from the get go right to the end credits.for me,Love Story is a 4/5
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The film is stilted, overacted, theatrical. The dialog delivery? It was like Oliver and Jennifer were reading from a script. When one hardly finishes saying something, the other is ready with a retort! "Brrrrrrk" it comes out! "Love Story" is not as boring a movie as it is... uh... phoney. You want to watch a real love story to get those tear ducts working watch "Waking The Dead" with Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly. Now that's what I call a good script, good acting, realistic and and heartbreaker of a movie.
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A friend recommended this movie to me, and I must say that I was disappointed. First of all, I'm not sure who came up with the theme for the movie: "Love means never having to say you're sorry," but that's ridiculous. Love means being willing to say you're sorry. Thankfully, that phrase was only repeated twice that I can think of in the movie.
I think the plot of the movie is occasionally cute and sweet, but not particularly memorable or original. It has appeal to a certain extent, but it is certainly not a film to which I had a genuine, deeply felt response or to which I give much artistic merit. Granted, there were some scenes that I enjoyed, but overall it was sort of like eating a big stick of pink cotton candy. It was sweet and fluffy but it dissolved really fast and had no lasting effect.
Also, the storyline felt forced and constrained at times, and I thought the fact that that Oliver called Jennifer a few days after they'd met and professed his love was a little unnatural.
I also got kind of irritated by Jennifer's constant smartmouth comments. Sometimes they were funny, yes, but they when they became relentless they were overbearing.
I don't know how the book ends, but I felt like the movie ended awkwardly. I was left with a sort of hopeless feeling, like nothing had been gained from this entire melodramatic experience. I mean, Oliver's relationship with his father wasn't even resolved. He just spits that same stupid line in his face ("Love means never having to say you're sorry") and walks away.
I did enjoy the music in the movie and the different variations on the theme. That part was well done.
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Nothing unmasks cheap scripting and trendy plot shifts like time, and the past thirty years have done a number on Love Story. The dialogue, while in its day considered coy and realistically witty, is now no more realistic than the plot: a combination of snappy cliches and shameless escapism, catering to those who think the mere idea of people in love is entertaining. Love Story meanders along through bad dialogue and even worse pacing toward no discernible conclusion...nothing builds, nothing changes, nothing is learned. The characters' speedy fall into love is not only unlikely (which IS romantic) but entirely unexplained onscreen (which only evoked laughter from myself and other viewers). After dispensing with 'all that falling in love with each other nonsense,' the characters' oddly boring relationship is subjected to a number of 'non-conformist' cliches: a rich father, an option to go overseas to an artistic school, a law school bid, religion, disapproval, and finally, death. Love Story's close is a reflection on its opening, melodramatic and cheaply written, but tainted by the cold knowledge that these two never actually fell in love; they simply woke up that way.
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