Okay DVD lovers, mark your calendars because on April 25th Shopgirl comes to DVD from Touchstone Home Entertainment.

Based on Steve Martin’s bestselling novella, this funny and poignant story of love in the modern age stars the multi-talented Steve Martin (“Bringing Down The House,” “Cheaper By The Dozen”) and Claire Danes (“The Family Stone,” “Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines”). Jason Schwartzman (“I Heart Huckabees,” “Bewitched”) and Bridgette Wilson-Sampras (“The Wedding Planner,” “Extreme Ops”) also star.

In Shopgirl, a sweet but as yet unspectacular young woman named Mirabelle (Danes) works at the gloves counter at the upscale Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. Newly arrived to Los Angeles, Mirabelle is an artist struggling to keep up with even the minimum payment on her credit card and student loans. She lives an uneventful and lonely life until two men cross her path simultaneously.

Young and fumbling Jeremy (Schwartzman) is a socially inept but down-on-his-luck young font-maker and band roadie who falls for Mirabelle. But Mirabelle is swept off her feet when rich entrepreneur Ray Porter (Steve Martin) meets her at Saks. Older than Mirabelle, Ray invites her into a seductive world of privilege that she can’t resist. As Ray and Mirabelle’s relationship deepens, both must decide what each really wants from the other.

In the year 2000, writer, actor, comic and entertainer Steve Martin made his debut as a novelist with a 130-page-long story entitled Shopgirl. Although he had published several books of acclaimed essays previously, this deceptively simple tale was by far Martin’s most intimate and revealing work to date, exploring the funny choices and undoable mistakes people make in the universal human quest to find a connection.

The book was lauded by critics for its insightful look at the hopes, dreams �" and especially the delusions �" of men and women looking for love in the big city. Martin spent several months taking the richly literary narrative of the novella and completely reworking it into a cinematic tapestry of three colliding lives.

After the success of his Shopgirl novella, Martin’s second novella, The Pleasure of My Company, published by Hyperion, once again was ranked on bestseller lists around the country including the New York Times bestseller list. He has also written a best-selling collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel, and his work frequently appears in The New Yorker and The New York Times.

DVD Features

- Deleted Scenes

- Evolution Of A Novella: The Making of Shopgirl

- Audio Commentary With Director Anand Tucker

Technical Specs

- Run Time: 106 minutes

- Rating: R

- Rating Reason: Some Sexual Content And Brief Language

- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1, enhanced for 16x9 TV screens

- Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound

- Languages: English, Spanish, French audio.

- Subtitles: Spanish French

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Evan Jacobs