You've Got Mail
You've Got Mail Features Music by Harry Nilsson
Harry Nilsson's biggest hit, "Without You"
was released more than two decades ago and Nilsson died of a
heart attack five years ago, but his music lives on in "You've Got Mail."
The romantic comedy reunites "Sleepless in Seattle"
stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan with director and writer, Nora
Ephron. The film contains four songs performed by Nilsson.
BURBANK, Calif.--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--March 4, 1999--Warner Home Video (WHV) Thursday announced the release of the blockbuster, romantic comedy "You've Got Mail" on VHS [Buy It!] and DVD-ROM-enabled DVD [Buy It!]. The film, which reunites the "Sleepless in Seattle" team of stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan with director Nora Ephron, will be available on both formats for purchase and rental May 4, just in time for Mother's Day ($22.96 suggested retail price for VHS and $24.98 for DVD). "You've Got Mail" opened as the No. 1 movie in America on Dec. 18 and was still running in 1,600 theaters nine weeks after its release. The film is expected to gross $115 million domestically.
This new, old-fashioned love story is based upon the classic films "The Shop Around the Corner" and "In the Good Old Summertime," updating that tale of anonymous pen pals to a modem romance. Two-time Oscar(R) winner Hanks plays a chain-bookstore mogul who falls for three-time Golden Globe(R) nominee Ryan in an Internet chat room, not realizing that in the real world, she's the small-bookshop owner he's putting out of business.
"You've Got Mail" DVD Heralds New Era of Internet Connectivity
Ushering in a new frontier in DVD design, the "You've Got Mail" DVD combines the best of digital packaged media with the thrills and opportunity of the Internet. This new direction in home entertainment demonstrates DVD's limitless potential for content breakthroughs.
In addition to more than 70 pages of cast interviews, commentary and special features, the DVD offers users with DVD-ROM-enabled personal computers and Internet access a one-click feature that links directly to communities of "You've Got Mail" fans. Once online, users can interact with others in movie-related chat rooms, post messages about the stars or the film on bulletin boards, send "You've Got Mail" Web greeting cards, access tools to build their own Web sites, or search for their own online romances.
"`You've Got Mail' is one of the most advanced, feature-rich DVD titles ever created," said Thomas F. Lesinski, WHV senior vice president, worldwide marketing. "It represents a combination of technological firsts, exciting new content and Internet connectivity."
"You've Got Mail" will be the first DVD to include film production call sheets, enabling users to learn how specific scenes were arranged before taking them directly to scenes in the movie, to see how the same shots appeared in the final cut.
Additionally, with a feature called "The Buzz," lovers of the movie's soundtrack will be able to queue specific scenes by selecting the accompanying music. A $5.00 mail-in rebate will also be offered to those purchasing both the VHS or DVD and the soundtrack.
In another leap forward for interactive features, the "You've Got Mail" Web site has been enhanced with extra material and video and is included on the DVD for DVD-ROM users. Users will be able to read correspondence between the Hanks and Ryan characters in the film, view video interviews of cast members, read about the film's production and even take a tour of New York's Upper West Side. "You've Got Mail" desktop patterns, icons, screensaver and movie poster will allow even the most insatiable fans to customize their PCs with official "You've Got Mail" images and memorabilia.
The DVD also pays tribute to past triumphs, enabling film historians and romantic comedy buffs with DVD-ROM drives to compare crucial scenes from the film to earlier classics that inspired them. The DVD-ROM features require PCs running Windows(R) 95 or better. To utilize Web-based features, Internet access is required. All other software needed to run the included features is contained on the disc. Users viewing the DVD on set-top players will enjoy a host of new features, as well. In addition to cast and crew bios, commentary and interviews, the DVD offers the HBO First Look Special: "A Conversation with Nora Ephron," an interactive map of New York's Upper West Side with selectable clips enabling viewers to retrace the steps of the movie's characters, a music-only track option and trailers for the classic romantic comedies "The Shop Around the Corner" and "In the Good Old Summertime," which inspired the film. DVD, offering superior picture and sound quality, convenience, exciting interactive features, viewing options and an affordable price, was launched in test markets in March 1997 and rolled out nationwide in August of that year. In the first two years, DVD has outsold the VCR 13-to-one and the CD four-to-one.
More than 2,400 DVD titles are currently available from every major studio for sale or rent through traditional retail outlets and through online services. For more information access www.dvdwb.com. "You've Got Mail" is a Lauren Shuler Donner Production, produced by Lauren Shuler Donner and Nora Ephron. Delia Ephron, Julie Durk and G. Mac Brown are executive producers. The film also stars Parker Posey, Jean Stapleton, Dave Chappelle, Steve Zahn and Greg Kinnear. It is rated "PG" and has a 119 minute running time.
The DVD has an aspect ratio of 16:9 with a letterboxed, widescreen format and 5.1-surround sound.
Copyright 1999, Warner Home Video
End Of Release
On March 9, 1999, Varese Sarabande Records released More Music from "You've Got Mail". The CD contains the film's beautiful score composed by George Fenton and two of the most important songs from the film, Harry Nilsson's "Remember" and "Over The Rainbow." [Buy It!]
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Where to Find the Songs on CD
"Over the Rainbow"
"The Puppy Song"
"I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City"