When Harry Met Sally… is just a wonderful and damn near perfect romantic comedy from the tightly and sharply written Nora Ephron script, Rob Reiner’s creative direction and, most of all, the incredibly chemistry shared between Crystal and Ryan.
Innerspace is a fantastic sci-fi comedy that not only has a fun story but excels courtesy of the cast relying on each of their strengths to make for a good time; and not to be outdone, the effects work is still impressive decades later. The Blu-ray released by Warner is rather basic porting over the features from the previous DVD while the video/audio transfers were both well done.
City of Angels has some cheesy moments and Nic Cage early on doesn’t quite exude leading man who can act creepy yet still nab pretty (and smart) surgeon, but once you get beyond that, the story mostly works and somehow Cage and Ryan share good on-screen chemistry.
Sleepless in Seattle isn’t the perfect romantic-comedies but it’s an effective one and respectable given the two leads share very little time on-screen with one another. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are great in their respective parts separated and even though I’ve seen the film dozens of times over the years, it’s still entertaining. The Blu-ray distributed by Twilight Time isn’t the best but certainly a good enough upgrade over the original DVD released back in 1999.
Kate & Leopold is a fun romantic comedy where one should ignore the inconsistencies that often come with time travel. Even so, the chemistry between Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman is good enough to make this a memorable and worthwhile film to see. The Blu-ray offers up some OK features, especially Mangold’s commentary, the video isn’t great but acceptable and the audio is good.
Armed and Dangerous isn’t a great comedy by any stretch as the comedy falls short and the action scenes were fairly mundane, though typical for a 1980s action-comedy. John Candy and Eugene Levy share some comedic chemistry and for fans of either actor might enjoy the film for what it is. The Blu-ray itself has a good video transfer and an OK audio track.
There’s no reason why I should love You’ve Got Mail as much as I do because there’s so much going against it. But I think it has to do with the old fashioned Hollywood chemistry between Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan it could also be that so many other romantic comedies pair up some of the most obnoxious actors working today or actors with no chemistry.