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Unconditional Love (Widescreen/Full Screen)
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Unconditional Love (DVD)
Academy Award winner Kathy Bates stars with Rupert Everett in this comic thriller about Grace Beasley and Dirk Simpson a Midwestern woman who has just lost the two most important men in her life, and the long-secret lover of the pop star Grace has idolized for years. Two completely different people forced together by their desire to find a killer.and their shared quest for Unconditional Love.When Grace Beasley's (Bates) husband (Dan Aykroyd)leaves her, she travels to Chicago for a concert by the one man she has adored for years, Welsh singing star Victor Fox (Jonathan Pryce). But when Fox is murdered by a serial killer known as The Crossbow Killer,a devastated Beasley travels to London for Fox's funeral. There she encounters Dirk Simpson,who has secretly been Fox's lover for twenty years.Now,these two damaged people with nothing in common other than their love for Fox travel to Chicago determined to bring his murderer to justice.]]>
Despite the success of My Best Friend's Wedding, Aussie director P.J. Hogan certainly hasn't gone Hollywood. Unconditional Love, co-written with his wife and fellow filmmaker Jocelyn Moorhouse, is a deeply eccentric concoction that ranges from campy comedy to murder mystery. If the whole thing doesn't really come off, it does have much that is funny, giddy, or simply weirder than all-get-out. Kathy Bates enjoys herself as a discarded wife who impulsively flies to England to attend the funeral of her idol, a beloved singer--Jonathan Pryce, in glorious sequined form. Meeting his "valet" (read: secret gay lover), Rupert Everett, she determines to find the dead man's murderer. It's hard to get the tone right on this kind of movie, but it's also easy to like a film that finds time for tributes to Barry Manilow (hey, Hogan rehabilitated ABBA in Muriel's Wedding) and the reassuring spirit of Julie Andrews. --Robert Horton
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1, 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : 2261741
- Director : P. J. Hogan
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 2 minutes
- Release date : June 1, 2004
- Actors : Kathy Bates, Rupert Everett, Dan Aykroyd, Julie Andrews, Barry Manilow
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified
- Studio : New Line Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B0000ARD7O
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #75,350 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Grace begins to explore what unconditional love means as she realizes she can make her own way in iife. It's a movie about the courage to move forward, and about being one's authentic self, about caring and about helping friends, about grieving, and about having a few laughs too. It's also about change, believing in oneself, and taking chances. It is a very enjoyable film. Several guest stars appear in this film, including Julie Andrews, Sally Jessy Raphael, Lynn Redgrave, and.........BARRY MANILOW! Has a cute "feel-good" ending, too.
Overall, I recommend it to anyone who needs a good laugh. This one will do it for you.
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Cathy Bates is wonderful as Grace, a woman who just drifts along in her boring life until her husband decides to leave her for a more fulfilling life. She then obsesses over Victor Fox, a crooner in the style of Tom Jones. He is murdered by a Serial Killer in Grace's home town of Chicago just as she's about to meet him on TV and suddenly Grace becomes the woman she never knew she could be, travelling to England to attend Victor's funeral, then back to Chicago to track down the serial killer. Along the way she helps, and is helped by, her daughter-in-law (who's a dwarf with commitment issues), Victor's secret gay lover (Rupert Everet) and even in some surprisingly funny moments, Julie Andrews, playing herself.
This film is touching, funny, dangerous and absolutely crazy and surreal. Don't take my word for it, you must see this film, if only once, just to appreciate the sense of humour and, also, the absolute insanity of the writers. It’s well worth it!!!!
This DVD is a dual-sided disc with a full screen (4:3) format on one side and a widescreen (1:85.1) version on the other side. This almost new condition at least what they think they can call, "almost new condition", came out of the collection of a video rental placed located in NJ called, "West Coast Video".
There are minor scuffs on the disc surface so I would hardly call it, "almost new" as it definitely shows wear and tear, but the disc was playable on the widescreen side. I don't think anyone bothered with the full screen side because other than a fingerprint, there was no blemishes on the disc surface.
The amusing thing is the $5 handwritten sticker on the front of the DVD box in red marker. Though West Coast Video has over 36 locations in NJ, they must've sold their unwanted disc to Tunes US (Tunesus), who has 6 locations in NJ, who then decided to sell it on Amazon. The amusing part is the cost of the disc plus shipping in Canadian funds is practically the same as the $5 sticker on the front of the box...