Sweet Home Alabama Blu-ray Review
On November 6th, 2012, Sweet Home Alabama celebrates its 10th anniversary by coming to Blu-ray for the first time ever. This has long been one of my favorite romantic comedies; I’ve watched it at least once a year since it was released on DVD. Since it’s a favorite, I was thrilled to upgrade to the Blu-ray.
Melanie Smooter (Reese Witherspoon) reinvents herself as “Melanie Carmichael” when she leaves her life behind in a small town in Alabama for the bright lights of New York City. When her boyfriend Andrew (Patrick Dempsey) proposes to her, Melanie has to return to Alabama to convince her husband Jake (Josh Lucas) to finally sign their divorce papers.
It’s been seven years since Jake has last seen Melanie, and he is not willing to make their divorce as simple as Melanie would like. She’s eager to return to big city life, but Jake tells her he’ll only sign the papers if she goes and visits her parents, who she also hasn’t seen in years.
Sticking around longer than she’d planned, Melanie starts to reconnect with the family and friends she had left behind, and begins to realize that perhaps her heart never quite left Alabama.
Although I have seen this movie at least a dozen times and probably more, it never fails to have a huge impact on me every time that I watch it. The chemistry between Reese Witherspoon and Josh Lucas is incredible; I love watching every scene they share together, even when they’re fighting with each other. Surprisingly, I also like Andrew; he wasn’t a bad guy or even a 100% bad match for Melanie.
If you love romantic comedies with quirky characters, then Sweet Home Alabama should be at the top of your “must watch” list!
Deleted Scenes Most of the deleted scenes for Sweet Home Alabama include a character named Erin that was completely taken out of the movie. Watch and decide for yourself if the movie would have been better or worse if this story arc remained.
Alternate Ending This was the original ending for Sweet Home Alabama, which would have tied everything back to the “lightning never strikes the same place twice” line. Personally, I’m glad they changed it–it’s a bit too dramatic and doesn’t come across as funny to me.
SHEDaisy Music Video The music group SHEDaisy performs the song “Mine All Mine” set to scenes from the film.
*I received a product for review, but was not financially compensated for it. All thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.*
Jen currently lives in Utah with her family, and enjoys reading and writing in her spare time. She is active on popular book websites including paperbackswap.com, Goodreads.com, and luxuryreading.com.