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Pretty Woman (SE)
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09.04.2005 By: Quigles
Pretty Woman (SE) order
Director:
Garry Marshall

Actors:
Richard Gere
Julia Roberts
Ralph Bellamy

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A rich businessman hires a prostitute to keep him company for a week. As fate would have it, their relationship develops past a hand job or two, and blossoms into lovey dovey hoo-hah.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
What is with Julia Roberts’s lips? Seriously, they’re massive and flat at the same time. Her character in the movie makes a rule about no kissing, which would be just fine by me. Hell, I’d even make her wear a bag over her mutant face. Oh, f*ck it. Now I’m just being pissy for the sake of being pissy. The reason being that, as much I want to fault PRETTY WOMAN for being a shallow, prosaic, and mushy piece of tripe, I still find it entertaining, even if completely overrated. Well, now it’s overrated. When it was first released, it was a huge hit, due fully to how different it was at the time. Fast forward fifteen years, and Hollywood has perfected the rom-com (romantic comedy) genre that was rocketed into popularity by this very film. In between all of the horrendous pictures, endearing flicks like LOVE ACTUALLY and BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY (which are much deeper and smarter, too) came out that prove just how transparent a film PRETTY WOMAN really is. It hasn’t exactly aged well, to say the least.

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?
THE EXTRAS
The first DVD release of PRETTY WOMAN had nothing in terms of extras. The second version included some basic extras and a commentary. The third version (the 10th anniversary edition) had a commentary, a “selected b roll” (whatever that means), a production featurette, a music video, and the trailer.

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.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Ok, so you love PRETTY WOMAN. That’s just dandy. I, however, find it completely overrated, even thought it does evoke a certain appealing quality. More important though, is that this DVD is completely pointless. There was already a 10th anniversary edition; did we really need another one? Well, considering the extras on this edition, no, we really didn’t.
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