Groundhog Day review (Blu-ray)

Review by Stuart O'Connor
Stars Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky,
Brian Doyle-Murray, Marita Geraghty | Written by Danny Rubin & Harold Ramis
UK certification U | UK RRP £12.99 | BD Region | Runtime 100 minutes | Directed by Harold Ramis

It's the world's worst case of deja vu as cynical TV weatherman Phil Connors (Murray) is forced to live the same day over and over and over again until he learns to be a decent human being.

Technically it's a rom-com, but Groundhog day is so much more. It's very funny, for a start, but at its heart it's a cautionary tale about what can happen when you fail to learn from past mistakes. Phil is a bit of a dick, caring for no-one but himself and getting on the nerves of coworkers Rita (MacDowell) and Larry (Elliott) as they cover Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney. And the bizarre timeloop only seems to affect him. So as he lives each day over, he slowly discovers that he can use it to his advantage.

Groundhog day has become a classic. It's the sort of film that you enjoy on first viewing, but is more enjoyable the more you watch it. Murray is on fine form as curmudgeonly Phil, and MacDowell is perfect as his sweet producer, Rita. It's a sweet, funny and quite original film that you'll find yourself wanting to watch over and over and over again.

EXTRAS ★★★★ The Blu-ray transfer is terrific – crisp and sharp, with perfect sound quality, as you'd expect from the format. As for the extras, they consist of: an audio commentary with Ramis; an interview with Ramis (9:58); the featurette The Weight of Time (24:44); the featurette The Study of Groundhogs: a Real Life Look at Marmots (6:24); six deleted scenes (5:53); a picture-in-picture track; and trailers for other Sony Blu-ray releases.

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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