Love Actually Blu-Ray Review

Cover Art and Menus: 5/10
I like the original cover much better. A bigger collection of the stories in the movie. The question is, would I have THIS cover as a poster on my wall? No. This is a boring, not in line with the fun of the movie, therefore I want to throw myself on the floor and have a fit until someone changes it.

The menu is strangely loud and not themed with the movie. It’s functional, and that’s about it.

Features: 5/10

  • Deleted Scenes – This is a sizable collection of deleted scenes introduced by the writer/director. The original movie would have been 3 1/2 hours long, so at just over 2 hours you have to imagine a lot of digital bits on the cutting room floor. I didn’t see anything in the deleted scenes that would have made the movie better, in fact, I think it would have been pretty poor if it was presented in its original state.
  • The Music Of Love ActuallyI get it, the music is emotional and we all react to it accordingly. I guess I figure it’s pretty obvious why certain music is chosen for certain parts of the story. Sometimes too much inforomation takes away the romance.
  • Kelly Clarkson “The Trouble With Love Is” Music Video – Ugh, (awesome song though)
  • Billy Mack “Christmas Is All Around” Music Video – Ugh again, although this is pretty funny. I still don’t need music videos.
  • The Storytellers – How the different relationships of Love Actually come to be stories from the mind of Richard Curtis? He explains how he used some real life tales, and a bit of romantic fantasy love stories tossed in for good measure.
  • Feature Commentary With Director Richard Curtis And Actors Hugh Grant, Billy Nighy And Thomas Sangster – I can’t deny that I love this movie enough to NOT listen to the commentary. It must be good, with the gang of folks involved, but I say leave the lovely movie as it is for me 🙂

The Movie: 8/10
Ohhh to score this movie is so unfair. I love it. I can’t have a holiday season without it. I am not a romantic, but it happens to bring out some hint of that kind of vibe for me so I truly enjoy it every time I watch it. That would be about 20 or more times by now. The thing is, it’s not a brilliantly made piece of story telling. It’s not original or bold or clever, well, a little bit here and there. It’s just plain old fashioned love-sick mushy fodder, and that’s fine with me.

I get a nice feeling every time I watch Love Actually, that has to be a good thing, right? I mean, the world is harsh and has a mean edge, this kind of movie can take me away from that for a while.

I do know that it’s sappy, it’s soft, it’s mushy, it’s trite, old school romance, over the top ‘sweet’. I have no problem with that, in this case. Any other time and I’d be rolling my eyes like crazy! It might have something to do with being married to a British man, the charm, the accent, it all kind of brainwashing of the international romance situation. Whatever the reason, I love the movie and will continue to do so until I do not love it anymore.

That’s what happens with “love” it can fade. They even touch on that little sad point in one of the stories. That marriage, however it might look on the outside has it’s flaws that maybe, just maybe the idea of love cannot mend. The movie needs something that’s not so happy happy, and Emma Thompson does a tremendous job of bring her character and her situation directly to the heart of me. Love it.

I don’t believe in a lot of things, but I do believe that if you find someone, for a little while or a long while, who you feel deeply, madly, passionately in love with, well, it makes life worth living. Even if that falls away and you are left with memories, you can’t tell me it’s better than never loving anyone at all. (I think someone might have said that before with different words and more skill.)

I will say that as much as I love the movie, the director talking about how he came up with the stories and the whole of the project, it didn’t endear me to it at all. It’s fine on its own, no extras, no explanations, just as it is, soppy, romantic, lovely, and sweet. It’s a nice way to spend a couple hours each year around the holidays.

Audio & Video: 9/10
Love Actually looks and sounds quite amazing for a older back catalog title. Universal really have a great looking 2.35:1 wide Screen VC1 transfer here which looks sharp and best of all vibrant. I have watched the DVD version many times over the years and it’s safe to say the Blu-Ray is a major step up in quality especially the depth of color.

The movie has an amazing soundtrack which is quite well presented.It’s not standout material but the DTS-HD Master Audio codec does its job delivering the speech clearly and the musical tracks have a richness the DVD soundtrack doesn’t.

Overall this is my absolute favorite romantic comedy/Christmas movie and will be dragged out around here each and every year so I say it’s totally worth the $17 bucks or so you can find it for online.

Value: 7/10
I might not be objective on this topic, after all I do think this is a MUST HAVE movie for my collection. That being said, if you can find this movie on Blu-ray or DVD or VHS or scratched into the side of a rock for a pocketful of your holiday gift cash, go for it! The extras are so-so, it’s the movie that is well worth the purchase.

Overall Score 8/10