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Love Story [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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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.Read more ›
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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it's just not as good as when I saw it the first time around many many years ago.Published on Aug. 8 2014 by Pat Knecht
I've always loved this movie and when I ordered it, I received it within days. There was a little glitch in it so I only gave it 4 stars, otherwise it's excellent.Published on Aug. 26 2013 by Elizabeth
After reading the book "Love Story" and sobbing about the ending of the of the book when Jenny dies, I wasn't quite normal for a few days, the story just stuck in my... Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by Anamika Sandhu
After reading the book "Love Story" and sobbing about the ending of the of the book when Jenny dies, I wasn't quite normal for a few days, the story just stuck in my... Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by Rathana Oum
Most sad films make me cry, this didn't really. Although it was sad when jenny died. It might not be everyone's type of film but for me i quite liked it. Read morePublished on May 4 2004 by Kathryn Pointon
I just watched Love Story on DVD - the score of the film is so memorable and on DVD it sounds great. Read morePublished on March 16 2004 by E. Karas