Over the past two years, “Crazy Rich Asians,” starring Henry Golding and Constance Wu, was the most-watched romantic comedy across the entire United States for Valentine’s Day, according to Vudu’s streaming data.
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Vudu put together a playlist of more than 20 of its most-watched rom-coms in the Valentine’s Day window. Coming in second place was the 2009 workplace comedy “The Proposal,” starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. Henry Golding is the romantic lead again in Vudu’s third-ranking rom-com, 2019’s “Last Christmas,” this time co-starring with Emilia Clarke.
Lionsgate will release the zany romantic comedy Love, Weddings & Other Disasters on Blu-ray Disc (with digital copy) and DVD Feb. 2, 2021.
With a couple’s impending wedding as the backdrop, the film weaves multiple storylines as it follows the search for love by a colorful group of characters. One features an inexperienced wedding planner (Maggie Grace) nicknamed “The Wedding Trasher”; another focuses on a tour-bus guide (Andrew Bachelor) looking for his Cinderella. Then there’s the story of a fussy celebrity caterer (Jeremy Irons) pursuing his blind date (Diane Keaton), who turns out to actually be blind.
Extras include an audio commentary with co-screenwriter and director Dennis Dugan; descriptive audio commentary for the blind; and the featurette “A Celebration: Making Love, Weddings, and Other Disasters.”
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the comedy Isn’t It Romantic digitally April 30, and on Blu-ray and DVD May 21.
The film stars Rebel Wilson as an architect who is knocked out while being mugged and wakes up to discover she’s the leading lady in a romantic comedy. The cast also includes Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine and Priyanka Chopra.
The film earned $47.6 million at the domestic box office.
The Blu-ray and DVD will include an “I Wanna Dance!” featurette. The Blu-ray will also include deleted scenes.
For Valentine’s Day, FandangoNow, Fandango’s VOD service, has released a list of top-rated romantic comedies ranked by Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer.
Frank Capra’s 1934 classic It Happened One Night is the top pick, while 2017’s The Big Sick came in at No. 2. Two films from 2018 joined the list: Crazy Rich Asians at No. 6 and Love, Simon at No. 25.
“This is a new era for the rom com,” said Rotten Tomatoes editor-in-chief Joel Meares in a statement. “With last year’s Crazy Rich Asians and Love, Simon taking their place among the best of the genre, it’s clear audiences and critics alike are seeking movies that marry fresh, modern-day perspectives with the rom-com conventions we all know and love.”
Rotten Tomatoes’ top 25 best reviewed romantic comedies are, in order:
It Happened One Night (1934)
The Big Sick (2017)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Roman Holiday (1953)
My Man Godfrey (1936)
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
The Lady Eve (1941)
City Lights (1931)
Annie Hall (1977)
His Girl Friday (1940)
Adam’s Rib (1949)
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Desk Set (1957)
The Apartment (1960)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Bull Durham (1988)
Enough Said (2013)
Broadcast News (1987)
Love, Simon (2018)
Roughly 150 romantic comedies, ranked by the Tomatometer, are available to watch here on FandangoNow.
Shout! Factory will release Four Weddings and a Funeral: 25th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray Feb. 12 through its Shout Select premium imprint.
A new 4K scan and a new interview with the Director of Photography are among the many special features on the release.
The 1994 romantic comedy, which was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, focuses on the relationahip between Charlie (Hugh Grant), a charming bachelor and frequent best man at the string of weddings he attends with his friends, and Carrie (Andie MacDowell), an enchanting American who catches his eye just as she is about to marry the wrong man.
The cast also includes Kristin Scott Thomas and Rowan Atkinson.
The Blu-ray includes new 4K scan of the film from the original camera negative, and the “The Wedding Photographer,” a new interview with director of photography Michael Coulter.
Additional extras include an audio commentary with director Mike Newell, producer Duncan Kenworthy and writer/co-executive producer Richard Curtis; “The Wedding Planners” documentary; “Four Weddings and a Funeral … In the Making” featurette; “Two Actors and a Director” featurette; deleted scenes; promotional spots; and the theatrical trailer.