DVD Review: Pretty Woman (15th Anniversary Special Edition)
Release Date: August 30, 2005
Distributor: Buena Vista
· Garry Marshall
· Richard Gere
· Julia Roberts
· Jason Alexander
by Chad Maddux
Published: September 6, 2005
Vivian Ward is a hooker. Edward Lewis is a wealthy, high-powered corporate raider. These two characters from very different worlds cross paths in "Pretty Woman." Edward heads out in a borrowed Lotus. After getting lost, he winds up on Hollywood Blvd where Vivian asks him if he wants a date. He wants directions and, for $20, she rides (and briefly drives) with him to his hotel.
For $300, Vivian stays for the night. For $4000, she stays for the whole week. Edward is in town working on a business deal and Vivian accompanies him to dinner, the opera, and other functions. Although she initially acts like clichéd prostitute, she gradually becomes more sophisticated with the help of the hotel manager. As Edward's time in the city nears its end, their relationship becomes more hostile. A few demonstrations of his care for Vivian can turn things around in an instant. Eventually, Edward's workaholic lifestyle begins to soften and his life of raiding companies takes an unexpected turn.
"Pretty Woman" is an atypical love story. Very few men turn to prostitutes for permanent love and very few prostitutes are walking the streets looking for true love. The film propelled Julia Roberts permanently into the spotlight and her on-screen chemistry with Richard Gere is terrific. As with most of her movies, Julia Roberts plays her role beautifully.
The first bonus feature is a blooper reel. It's 2 minutes, 34 seconds long and includes more non-bloopers than actual bloopers. I always like blooper reels but this one was very disappointing.
"Live from the Wrap Party" is four minutes long and features Richard Gere playing with a band in a bowling alley. The video quality resembles a bad home movie. "LA: The Pretty Woman Tour" is an interactive feature with short facts about the various locations used during filming. This was, by far, the most compelling feature of the bonus content.
Director Garry Marshall provides commentary throughout the presentation of the film in another bonus feature. The 1990 Production Featurette is just shy of four minutes and features brief commentary on the characters and their development throughout the film. Finally, a Natalie Cole music video and the theatrical trailer round out the bonus offerings.
For a 15th Anniversary Special Edition, the bonus content on this single disc edition is pretty lacking. The content is mostly standard bonus content with the exception of the interactive tour which was I enjoyed. The movie is still great but if you are expecting terrific bonus content, you won't find it here.
Film Grade: B+
Bonus Material Grade: C-
"Live from the Wrap Party"
"LA: The Pretty Woman Tour"
All-New Audio Commentary with Director Garry Marshall
1990 Production Featurette
"Wild Women Do" Performed by Natalie Cole
"Pretty Woman (15th Anniversary Special Edition)" is rated R (sexuality and and some language).