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    Added on: 14/12/2001 18:21
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    Bridget Jones`s Diary (UK)

    8 / 10
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    Uncensored. Uninhibited. Unmarried
    Certificate: 15
    Running Time: 93 mins
    Retail Price: £19.99
    Release Date:

    Synopsis:
    This hilarious romantic comedy is the story of Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger), a 32 year old "singleton" who decides to take control of her life by keeping a diary. With a taste for adventure and an opinion on every subject -- from her circle of friends, to men, food, sex and everything in between -- she`s decided to turn the page on a whole new life. Despite her efforts to get her act together, she finds herself caught between two men -- Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant), a man who`s too good to be true, and Marc Darcy (Colin Firth), a man who`s so wrong for her, he could be just right!

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    Commentary by Director Sharon Maguire
    Behind the Scenes Featurette
    Bridget Jones Articles Featurette
    Deleted Scenes
    Two Music Videos

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English

    Subtitle Tracks:
    English

    Directed By:
    Sharon Maguire

    Written By:



    Starring:
    Hugh Grant
    Colin Firth
    Jim Broadbent
    James Faulkner
    Celia Imrie
    Gemma Jones
    Renée Zellweger

    Casting By:
    Michelle Guish

    Soundtrack By:
    Patrick Doyle

    Director of Photography:
    Stuart Dryburgh

    Editor:
    Martin Walsh

    Costume Designer:
    Rachael Fleming

    Production Designer:
    Gemma Jackson

    Producer:
    Peter McAleese
    Debra Hayward
    Eric Fellner
    Liza Chasin
    Jonathan Cavendish
    Tim Bevan

    Executive Producer:
    Helen Fielding

    Distributor:
    Columbia Pictures

    Your Opinions and Comments

    8 / 10
    I really enjoyed this movie considering all the hype. I think that I was expecting a bit more of a chick flick, but was pleasantly surprised by this extremely witty film. The cast is excellent, although Hugh Grant gets all the best lines, and really every scene he's in.

    The disc itself is a solid effort. Video & audio are both up to par, and there is a nice selection of extras, although more would have been nice. We get a selection of deleted scenes which are mostly very amusing, but it would have been nice to have either a commentary or introduction to explain why they were deleted. There is a 10 minute "making of" featurette made especially for the DVD which is good, but too brief. The commentary track from director Sharon Maguire is amusing and insightful. There are also 2 music videos and a selection of the original Bridget Jones articles.

    Overall, I was surprised out how much I enjoyed this film. The DVD is solid, but could have done with a few more extras (it's odd that there weren't even bios or a trailer on there). Still, well worth buying as it's around £8.50 from play.com at the moment.
    posted by Rich Davies on 1/12/2002 00:04
    8 / 10
    Introduction
    Its the film of the book - what more can you say!

    The Plot
    Early 30s Bridget, single, no boyfriend, in a battle to find Mr Right, whilst trying to keep weight, cigarettes and parents under control in her life. Into her life comes Mr "RIght but Dull" Darcy and Mr "Wrong but exciting" Cleaver, who should she choose, if indeed either? Based roughly on the plot of Pride and Prejudice.

    It follows the book pretty much, with one or two artistic diversions here and there, and the humour keeps going.

    The Cast
    Renee Zellweger as Bridget does the part very well. A reasonable accent despite being a Texan, and looks the part (thats is not a stick insect supermodel).
    Colin Firth plays the thoughtful sensitive Mark Darcy nicely, though is a bit dull.
    Hugh Grant is rather good as the Mr Wrong character.

    The Visuals/Audio
    Pretty good visually, didn`t notice anything amiss.
    The 5.1 track is not overused, in fact I didn`t really notice much in the way of surround, which is probably as it should be for a film like this

    The Extras
    A fair selection of extras
    A commentary by the director, that I`ve dipped into. Has a few nice comments here and there and some nice background. Interestingly she really starts talking when the final credits roll, and its a race to see if she can finish all she has to say before the track ends - just!
    Some deleted scenes, which give some interesting perspectives. Mostly cut for time I think, as they are all pretty reasonable to watch.
    Music videos, if you like that sort of thing
    Behind the scenes featurette which is actually quite interesting and informative for once. Little in the way of backslapping, and you get to meet the cast, the director and the author which is nice.

    Summary
    Well you can`t really go wrong with this film. It delivers what it promises. Its witty, has some fair acting and is paced fast enough to keep you engaged. Worth watching at least once if not more.
    posted by Julian Onions on 11/7/2004 15:35