My Big Fat Greek Wedding

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Nia Vardalos
Director: Joel Zwick Cast: Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos
, John Corbett
John Corbett
, Michael Constantine
Michael Constantine
Joel Zwick

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Overview

My Big Fat Greek Wedding: the little film that could. Everyone by now knows the story of this five-million-dollar film that went on to gross well over 200 million dollars. That being the case, why aren't we seeing a bigger release for this DVD? Not that it's a bad disc, it really isn't. It just seems there's so much more that could have been done for such a significant release. The image, which HBO has wisely included both 1.85:1 anamorphic and full-frame transfers, is a fairly solid presentation. Colors, while generally muted, come across nicely, while the darker scenes are dense and don't show any signs of breakdown. Skin tones are very warm, a real plus for this film. The sound, a 5.1 Dolby Digital track, is certainly adequate for this small romantic comedy. In other words, it's not going to test your sound system in any way. Still, the auditory elements are nicely translated to home video, with clear dialogue and a very pleasing quality. What is lacking with this title are a significant number of supplemental features. Other than some decent biographies of the cast is a commentary track from stars Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, and director Joel Zwick. This track is often "matter of fact," but has enough humor and anecdotes to keep it moving along. Vardalos and Zwick contribute more than Corbett, but each has plenty to say about their experiences. People tend to love or hate this film. Those that hate it will steer clear of it, while those that loved it will now have the ability to watch it over and over and over.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/11/2003
UPC: 0026359199325
Original Release: 2002
Rating: PG
Source: Hbo Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 3,932

Special Features

Audio commentaries by stars Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, and director Joel Zwick; Both widescreen and full-frame versions on sigle-sided disc; Cast biographies

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nia Vardalos Toula
John Corbett Ian Miller
Michael Constantine Gus
Lainie Kazan Maria
Andrea Martin Aunt Voula
Joey Fatone Angelo
Gia Carides Nikki
Louis Mandylor Nick
Bess Meisler Yia Yia
Fiona Reid Harriet Miller
Bruce Gray Rodney Miller
Ian Gomez Mike
Jayne Eastwood Mrs. White
Gale Garnett Aunt Lexy
Gerry Mendicino Uncle Taki
Maria Vacratsis Aunt Frieda
John Kalangis Greek Teacher
Christina Eleusiniotis Toula at 6
Kaylee Vieira Schoolgirl
Marita Zouravlioff Toula at 12
Sarah Osman Athena at 15
Petra Wildgoose Car Pool Friend
Melissa Todd Car Pool Friend
Stavroula Logothettis Athena
Constantine Tsapralis Foti
Frank Falcone Suitor
Eugene Martel Suitor
Joe Persechini Suitor
Peter Xynnis Suitor
Anthony Kandiotis Priest
Nick Kutsukos Bouzouki Player
Peter Tharos Yianni
Chrissy Paraskevopoulos Cousin Jennie
Kathryn Haggis Cousin Marianthi
Charlene Bitzas Aunt Nota
Chris Savides Greek Chanter
Constantine Vardalos Greek Chanter
Scott Khouri Waiter
John Tsifliklis Wedding Singer
Peter Chalkiopoulos Wedding Band
Peter Gogos Wedding Band
Spiro Milankou Wedding Band
Victor Politis Wedding Band
Jim Rouvas Wedding Band
Arielle Sugarman Paris

Technical Credits
Joel Zwick Director
Deva Anderson Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Brooks Executive Producer
Enrico Campana Set Decoration/Design
Andy Chmura Camera Operator
Michael Clancy Costumes/Costume Designer
David Coatsworth Co-producer
Robin D. Cook Casting
Nancy Vardalos Ginakes Choreography
Gary Goetzman Producer
Mia Goldman Editor
Tom Hanks Producer
Alexander Janko Score Composer
Jeffrey Jur Cinematographer
Gregory Keen Production Designer
Burton J. LeBlanc Makeup
Liberman/Patton Casting Casting
Grant Lucibello Asst. Director
Martin Malivoire Special Effects Supervisor
Tom Mather Sound Mixer
David McAree Asst. Director
Kei Ng Art Director
Kostas Petsis Choreography
Steven Shareshian Executive Producer
Nia Vardalos Screenwriter
Norm Waitt Executive Producer
Chris Wilson Score Composer
Rita Wilson Producer
Dorota Zajac Makeup

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Growing Up Greek [7:37]
2. Nothing Ever Changes [5:12]
3. Your Own Private Greek Statue [2:49]
4. Head Vs. Neck [3:28]
5. Something Different [4:27]
6. A Window Of Opporutnity [5:18]
7. Romantic Interludes [8:19]
8. The Family Knows! [7:47]
9. Will You Marry Me? [3:06]
10. Becoming Greek [4:23]
11. Meet the Family [5:10]
12. Whose Wedding is This? [6:30]
13. A Quiet Dinner [8:08]
14. What Really Matters [3:36]
15. Morning Madness [3:54]
16. First Steps [5:10]
17. The Wedding Reception [9:50]

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
From the beginning to the end, this film exhibited behide the back spoof of the most hilarious minupulation of one shy individual and a guy who fell into a relationship, with the Greek family for support!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sweet and funny. Sweet and funny. Very Sweet. Very funny. GO SEE IT OR ORDER IT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic movie, but my favorite character is MICHAEL CONSTANTINE as the father, Gus Portokalos!! He was soooooo funny!!! I honestly think he should win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's one of the greatest movies I've ever seen not because of the performance or acting but because of its truth. I'm Ukrainian and I see my family in it. Some of my friends are Georgian and they see theirs families in their. Really, anybody from the eastern, southern or central Europe feels like it's movie about them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This had to be one of the best movies I have ever seen. I laughed from the minute it started until the end. I saw it when it first came out and before it was rated as one of the top 5 movies. I liked it so much, I saw it ''twice,'' and I enjoyed it even more the second time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's hard to find romantic comedies that are enjoyable and don't have depressing endings. It seems too many movies are going for that "realistic" feel, and so they don't have happy endings. Well, I don't mean to spoil it for you, but there's a good ending to this movie. Some things may seem a little cliche, and they's becuause they probably are. But if it is, it's definately one of the best cliche movies you'll ever see. It's cute, romantic, and it's the kind of movie you buy because you know you will watch it more than just one time. I also like it, because kind of like Spanglish, it shows how people with different ethnic backgrounds learn to compromise their traditional culture with modern American culture. I also really like Toula's character - it shows how confidence goes a long way in making you look and feel beautiful. Ian is such a nice guy, you can't help but like his character. Watch this movie!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it very much. It was funny and very touching at some points. I recommend it to many of my friends and people who never seen it because it is funny and if you are the type to laugh at anything this one movie makes sense to laugh about and relate to most characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. I laughed so hard, many of the people reminded me of my own sisters. I loved the fact that there wasn't any violence and the language wasn't too bad, although to me it could still have left out some of the words that were used. I bought the DVD from Barnes and Noble, can't wait to get it. If you have not seen this movie, buy it, you won't be disappointed. We all need to laugh, helps to lower your BP.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie I've seen in many years. Sometimes, movies hit close to home..this definately did...however, you don't need to be Greek to enjoy it. I've seen it 5 times in the theater - and never get sick of it. I've taken all my ''non-Greek'' friends to see it - and they left the theater laughing hysterically. I recommend you see this movie if you haven't already.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was incredible! I laughed my butt off the whole way through, all 19 times I saw it in theater!!! It was hysterical!!!!!!! Everyone in my family is buying the DVD!!! I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a hilarious, but poignant and accurate account of a 30-ish Greek woman thrown into dating and eventual marriage by her father, who keeps telling her that she needs to get married, ''You look old.'' The siblings and cousins are trying to help-OH NO!!! Anyone with ANY European blood can identify with this movie. OPA!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best movie that I have been to for many of years. The critics need to promote more movies like this one. It appears that the critics have been promoted to being brain dead for not even reviewing this movie when it forst came out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow!!! a very good movie i must say... although this seems like a copy of ''east is east...''
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie the first time with my husband and there was a guy in front of us laughing so hard we thought he was going to have a heart attack. We were laughing as hard. This was the funniest movie I have ever seen. I saw it a second time with a friend and I laughed just as hard the second time. She loved it too. Everyone should see this at least once! I am so happy it's available on DVD now, so I can watch it over and over!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this comedy is outstandingly funny. i must admit, after i saw it, i couldn't stop laughing. yaya, is so funny, especially when she keeps going on the neighbor's yard. this movie is so fun-packed, and it's a famliy movie for everyone. trust me, YOU WILL LAUGH!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If ever we needed a ''feel good'' movie for Americans to forget our country's troubles, leave it to the wondeful characters in My Big Fat Greek Wedding to see us through. It is by far the best comedy ever -- thank you Nia and cast members for adding laughter to the seriousness of the world. I sincerely hope the tv series does as well. I'm definitely adding this to my DVD collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I¿m at a loss to explain why ¿My Big Fat Greek Wedding¿ got the Oscar nod for best screenplay. It¿s the story of an ugly duckling, Toula Portocalas (Nia Vardalos) who (stop me if you've heard this one before) turns into a beautiful swan by the end. This transformation is made possible by the love and respect of Toula¿s floppy-eared fiancée cum groom, Ian Miller (John Corbett). Though both of Toula¿s parents, Gus (Michael Constantine) and Maria (Lainie Kazan), are initially opposed to the marriage they eventually they warm up to the idea that their daughter loves a Catholic. Written by Vardalos, who clearly thought this was some sort of homage to her middle European heritage, the plot is excessively burdened with middle-European clichés that get overplayed, tapping into the bias that all Greeks are warm-hearted simpletons and all outsiders are clearly cold fish. Perhaps a more fitting title would have been, 'My Big Fat Greek Stereotype'. Really, there are maybe four instances in the entire film where I found myself genuinely smiling. The rest of the jokes fall somewhere between middle of the road and 'oh God, I can't believe they did that!' Clearly, this was a movie written for and marketed to a very specific audience, and in so far as that goes, ¿My Big Fat Greek Wedding¿ hit its target right on the money and all the way through to a failed television spin off and lucrative Hollywood career for its star. Never has so little originality been stretched such a long, long way. But this is not a great comedy or even a mediocre one. It's just big and fat. At least there's some redemption to be found in the widescreen transfer. Anamorphically enhanced, colors are rich, bold and well balanced. Contrast levels are admirably presented with a remarkable amount of fine detail present, while blacks are both solid and deep. Edge enhancement is present but is kept to a bare minimum. Pixelization and shimmering crop up now and then, but here too, they are nothing to quibble about. The audio is 5.1 and nicely presented.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are from a big family or you've ever been around one, you'll love this movie. If you are neither one, this movie will make you wish you were. It's funny, it's heartwarming, it's touching and it's FUNNY. The last time I saw a movie that was this good was Fried Green Tomatoes. This is your mother speaking. Go. Laugh. Enjoy. It's good for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't laughed out loud that hard in a theatre in a long time! Excellent movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a movie to entertain you, make you feel good when it is over and make you stomp you feet as you laugh, this is the movie to see. I can hardly wait for it to come out on DVD. This will be a movie our family will watch over and over again for years to come. You catch something each time you see it that you hadn't caught previously. Go, get popcorn, soda and enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best comedy I've seen in years. A delightful cultural tale that will make you laugh and cry all in one sitting. A must have for any DVD library! Best of all, its safe for the family!