Now that I have half of you sufficiently traumatized from bashing a film you probably love dearly, I will continue on with some of the high points that manage to carry the flick. First off, the chemistry is very strong between the two leads, and both ooze with their own specific charismatic appeal. On top of that, Julia Roberts’s body is amazing! (All they need to do is blur out her face she would be a stunning goddess.) Secondly, the movie is, when it wants to be, completely charming. It has that “I think you’re cute (*giggle*)” quality about it. And lastly, it’s actually pretty humorous; I even laughed out loud a few times. These aspects of the movie have basically blind-sighted the world into thinking it’s actually meaningful, when all they really do is make the movie enjoyable enough for a rental. But hey, ignorance is bliss, right?
So now we get to this DVD – the “15 Anniversary Special Edition”. Lemme tell ya folks, there is nothing more frustrating than having to review a Special Edition DVD that doesn’t deserve the title. Hell, the 2nd and 3rd DVDs didn’t even deserve it. Lets take a look at what this lackluster edition of the movie has to offer...
All-New Audio Commentary (with director Garry Marshall): An unfocused but fun and energetic commentary. Marshall gives plenty of interesting tidbits and is good at entertaining. Check it out.
Blooper Reel (2:36): I love blooper reels, but this one wasn’t all that great. I chuckled a few times, but there’s nothing “guffaw” worthy to be found.
Live From the Wrap Party (4:07): Raw footage from a party after the movie had finished. Roberts, Marshall, and Gere perform a song together, but I didn’t find it all that interesting. The footage is really grainy, too.
LA: The Pretty Woman Tour (9:11): With this extra, you can click around a map of LA, with each point showing footage of the area (while Marshall gives audio commentary). You can watch each of the 8 segments separately, or all at once with the “Play All” feature.
1990 Production Featurette (3:47): This is NOT, I repeat, NOT a featurette. The only thing here is footage from the movie, and people talking about how good it is.
There is also 7 Previews, the Music Video “What Women Do”, by Natalie Wood, and finally, the theatrical trailer.