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Starring: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black, Eli Wallach, Edward Burns, Rufus Sewell
Director: Nancy Meyers
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2006




- Trailers:
Mr Bean's Holiday Trailer 'A'
Evan Almighty International Trailer 'A'




Languages: English/Japanese/Thai
Subtitles: English/Mandarin/Thai/Korean/
Traditional/Indonesian (Bahasa)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 2 hrs 17 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Berjaya HVN




Meet Iris and Amanda, two women who couldn't be more different - one lives in a cosy English cottage, the other in a swanky Hollywood estate - but who are alike in their mutual bad luck with men.

In desperate need of an escape, they meet online and impulsively switch homes. Both find the last thing either wants or expects - a new romance and discover that a change of address really can change your life.


Right from the opening monologue by Iris (Kate Winslet), I was already making a list of female friends to send a copy of The Holiday Dvd. Although this group of friends don’t share the specific set of man problems that both protagonists were experiencing, I’m pretty sure that they will be able to relate the agony that Iris and Amanda (Cameron Diaz) are going through.

Folks who been through similar love lost or find it impossible to find true love in their surroundings will also be able to relate to this movie. It dug out a lot of issues and self awareness that individuals might have, that prevented them from having a lasting relationship or finding the right one. The Holiday also gives you some useful tips on what to do and what not to do in a relationship. Especially for the Guys, do take note on what not to say during break up, even when it’s really over

Besides scoring as a romantic comedy, extra points have to be given for the infusion of movie making elements into this lovely tale. Elements such as trailers and musical soundtrack were given a little spotlight in this usually forgotten and “taken for granted” ingredient of movie magic that we experienced. Watch out for those moments when the Trailer Voice Over Man started to narrate Amanda’s life and when Miles (Jack Black) explained to Iris on how some soundtracks help make their respective films great. While it’s not exactly 101 on how to cut a trailer or create a musical score, it does highlight to the casual viewers on their importance in the whole film package.

And of course it does help to have a veteran like Hans Zimmer and his amazing ability to create the light hearted fluffy musical scores that will gently sweep you off your feet, pretty much like what love will do to you.

One of the lines that Iris quoted in the opening monologue was Shakespear’s “Journeys ends in lovers meeting”. There’s no better line to be used to summaries what the whole move is about, an entertaining romantic road trip drama that will make you believe that no matter how bad your love life might be now, there just might be someone further down the road that could be the one to change all that and all you need is do is to some traveling.

A Little Extra note: This Dvd also comes with a Home Exchange coupon that helps save on the membership cost. That’s will come in particularly useful if you are fascinated with what the lead actresses did in this movie.


This DVD comes with Mr Bean’s Holiday Trailer “A” and Evan Almighty International trailer “A”.


The film is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Japanese and Thai soundtracks and comes with Cantonese, English, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin and Thai Subtitles.



Review by Richard Lim Jr


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Other titles from HVN Berjaya:

. Catch A Fire

. Man of the Year

. Napoleon Dynamite

. Flushed Away

. Coach Carter

. Children Of Men

. Barnyard

. World Trade Centre

. Accepted

. Nacho Libre

. Stay Alive

. Miami Vice

. United 93

. You, Me and Dupree

. M:I:3

. Over The Hedge

. The Break-Up

. Curious George

. American Dreamz

. Bring It On All Or Nothing

. Aeon Flux

. Inside Man

. Elizabethtown

. Spongebob Squarepants Movie

. Four Brothers

. War Of The Worlds

. Munich

. Two for the Money

. King Kong

. American Pie: Band Camp

. Surviving Christmas

. Perfect Man, The

. Madagascar


This review is made possible with the kind support from HVN Berjaya


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