Holiday (Blu-ray)

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Studio Sony
SKU 204080967
UPC 043396179721
UPC 14 00043396179721
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/3/2011
Rating Rating
Romantic Comedy
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note The Brits and the Yanks join forces in this romantic Christmas comedy set in England and L.A. Kate Winslet is a British journalist caught in a cycle of unrequited love with her coworker, Jasper (Rufus Sewell). Jasper does his best to lead her on, and when he announces his engagement to another woman in the office, Winslet is crushed. Meanwhile, across the pond, Cameron Diaz is a high-strung movie-trailer editor who has just ended her relationship with Ethan (Edward Burns) after he accuses her of being emotionally unavailable. And, oh yes, he has sort of been sleeping with his receptionist. ^Brokenhearted, Diaz and Winslet make contact through a vacation website and agree to swap homes for two weeks to escape their disastrous personal lives. Winslet takes off for Diaz's lavish L.A. pad, while Diaz arrives at Winslet's picturesque cottage right outside London. When Winslet's brother Graham (Jude Law) knocks at the door one night looking for his sister, he instead encounters Diaz, and sparks soon fly--despite the fact that they both know she won't be in town for long. Winslet, for her part, is busy mending her heart in sunny California, befriending Diaz's elderly neighbor, and making the acquaintance of film composer Miles (Jack Black). But her healing is abruptly interrupted when Jasper suddenly appears on her doorstep, having flown halfway round the world to make sure he still has her under his spell. Miles apart, Winslet and Diaz find themselves at the crux of all rom-com crises: how to follow your heart, while still being true to yourself. While THE HOLIDAY's whimsical plot can at times feels stretched thinner than Diaz's legs, fans of the genre will no doubt find Winslet's thespian charms, Law's dimples, and the high-fashion wardrobes quite enough to give them their chick-flick fix.
Entertainment Weekly "The dialogue has a perky synthetic sheen....Meyers brings out the best in her actors..." -- Grade: B- 12/15/2006 p.67
New York Times "Ms. Winslet is always a welcome screen presence....Ms. Meyers always has something to give." 12/08/2006 p.E12
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] Jack Black's uncommonly restrained turn as Kate's new beau, the TENACIOUS D star toning down his usual hysterics to charming, winning and surprisingly touching effect." 02/01/2007 p.45
Sight and Sound "[W]ith a likeable cast and credible romantic unions, it still has the power to move us..." 02/01/2007 p.58
Empire 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here is some real charm along the way..." 12/01/2007 p.224
Nancy Meyers
Jack Black
Kate Winslet
Cameron Diaz
Jude Law
Cast & Crew
Cameron Diaz - Actor
Dan Webster - Art Director
Dean Cundey - Cinematographer
Edward Burns - Actor
Eli Wallach - Actor
Hans Zimmer - Original Music By
Jack Black - Actor
Joe Hutshing - Editor
Jude Law - Actor
Kate Winslet - Actor
Nancy Meyers - Director
Nancy Meyers - Writer
Nancy Meyers - Producer
Rufus Sewell - Actor
Shannyn Sossamon - Actor
Suzanne McNeill Farwell - Executive Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 17972
UPC 00043396179721
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 138 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The Holiday is no vacation. Sloppy writing, an overindulgent editor, and poor casting have taken an intriguing premise and transformed it into an uneven mess. The movie follows the lives of two women at Christmastime who trade houses. One story, while neither surprising nor groundbreaking, is moderately entertaining. The other feels like filler and ends up consuming about 45 minutes of the film's bloated 135-minute running time. The theory, I suppose, is that viewers get two romances for the price of one. In reality, one isn't always the loneliest number - sometimes it's the best fit...The best that can be said about The Holiday is that it's the best of 2006's crop of Christmas-themes movies, but that's not high praise considering that the other contenders are The Santa Clause 3 and Deck the Halls.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
Review "I like corny," says the heroine of The Holiday toward the end of the movie. "I'm looking for corny." If she weren't in it, The Holiday would probably be her favorite film of all time, given that it's the most unabashedly corny and sentimental Hollywood romance in years. It isn't enough for writer/director Nancy Meyers to provide two parallel love stories--she heaps on every gooey device in the book, from cute pets to cute kids to cute old people. It's the kind of sugary movie that will send jaded viewers running for their toothbrushes, but on its own terms, it's kind of perfect. The sheer volume of intense emotional content has a cumulative effect that will easily win over anyone whose heart and mind are open to it.
Reviewer Jim Hemphill
ReviewRating 9
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Diaz,Cameron
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Claudia Puig, USA Today ...some incisive humor, a few poignant moments and enjoyable scenarios...
Justin Chang, Variety A lavishly overstuffed gift basket of a movie.
M.E. Russell, Portland Oregonian ...likable. Really likable, in fact.

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