When Harry Met Sally DVD

Directed by: Rob Reiner. Starring: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, and Bruno Korby

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Synopsis: Harry and Sally first meet when they drive to New York together for college. They run into each other intermittently over the years, finally becoming friends about 10 years later when both are “between relationships.” Almost inevitably, a night of passion ignites. It will change their relationship forever.

Sample quote: “Men and women can’t be friends because the sex part always gets in the way.”—Harry, to Sally

Comment: Good romantic comedies are hard to do. This is a good one. What I especially like about it is that the obstacles aren’t some weird, artificial, outside elements, but the characters’ own neuroses. Also nice that Harry and Sally are actually adults. Relatively young, very attractive adults, but adults nonetheless, with real jobs and life experiences.

Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal have very good chemistry, and both give excellent performances. The movie moves at a good clip and has many hilarious scenes, including, of course, the famous “orgasm in a diner” scene.

Rating: ***½

The Extras: Quite a good selection. I particularly enjoyed the retrospective documentary, in which actors, director, writer, and others involved discussed the making of the film. (It’s easy to forget that this is the movie in which the world first noticed Meg Ryan.) There are also deleted scenes, a Harry Connick Jr. movie video, and the original trailer for this and other Rob Reiner movies.

Rob Reiner’s audio commentary doesn’t add much that you can’t get from the extras. For stretches he just watches, commenting that it’s been a while since he last it…

Usability: Quite easy to navigate. Everything is clearly labelled, and it’s not complicated to make your selections.