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Love Story (Widescreen)

3.7 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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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 58 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000059TEQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,624 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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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase

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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I received this item as expected and there were no issues with my order. This film was another movie that I had heard much about but had never seen. I had most often heard of it referred to as 'the greatest love story every told' but I may have to disagree. The basis for the story was great and tragic, but it suffered from a lack of story telling - it didn't flow well, it felt like there were big gaps and the characters needed to be developed more as well. Unfortunately I also felt that it was also not the best acting. Ali MacGraw was not believable most of the time, Ryan O'Neill was only slightly better. I would still recommend seeing it, but keep your expectations in check.
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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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This is the classic story of Oliver (Ryan O'Neal) and Jennifer (Ali MacGraw), the star crossed lovers whose simple romance is one of the most beautiful stories ever told on film. Oliver is a rich, mildly arrogant hockey playing Harvard student who falls for Jennifer, a poor wisecracking, slightly profane, Radcliffe student. The two begin dating, fall in love, and marry, much to the consternation of Oliver's parents, who cut him off financially. Oliver struggles through law school on Jennifer's salary as a teacher. Upon graduating, Oliver gets a good job at a high powered law firm and Jennifer quits teaching in the hopes that she can become pregnant. Then, fate intervenes. Jennifer is diagnosed with leukemia and their world is destroyed. The musical score is hauntingly dramatic. All of the cast give great performances, particularly Ray Milland as Oliver's father and John Marley as Jennifer's lonely father, Phil. Also recommended is "Oliver's Story", the sequel film, which is not a very good film except that it allows you to see what happens to Oliver in the aftermath of his loss.
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By A Customer on April 3 2002
Format: DVD
Yeah, this movie was kinda silly - predictable, corny, overwrought, and most of all, shamelessly manipulative. It had an extremely generic sounding title (kinda like naming a movie, "Action Adventure"), a repetitive and overly melodramatic musical score, amateurish storyline, stilted dialogue, and uninspired acting (except Ali Mcgraw - she CAN act). And what the heck did they mean by "Love means never having to say you're sorry!"? Now that really didn't make a lotta sense! God, the whole thing practically bordered on camp! But you know what, if you just go in to see it without any great expectations, but knowing full well what you're getting into, somehow it works! That's the genius of this movie - not great film making, just surprisingly entertaining fluff! Yeah, I hate to admit, I did enjoy it, even though I wasn't born when it was first released, and viewed the movie as a relic of an older generation. Ali Mcgraw was 32 at the time when the movie was made, playing the character of a girl between 20-25. Granted she was beautiful, but c'mon who were they fooling?? Still it's kind of hard to imagine any other actress who could play the Jennifer Cavaleri role better. Ms. Mcgraw with her cute smile, sweet voice, beautiful long hair, and dewey eyes helps make you overlook the obvious, well almost.... It was also kind of interesting to see a cameo appearance by a very young Tommy Lee Jones (with hair no less!). And it's interesting to know that the Oliver Barrett character was inspired by former Vice President Al Gore. I started thinking about this movie again when I saw the 2002 Oscars, and saw a very aged and bloated Ryan O'Neil and Ali Mcgraw (both in their 60's) coming on stage as presenters with the musical score from Love Story playing as they appeared. It was so surreal. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry, kinda like my reaction to this movie....
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