Kate and Leopold
A rip in time begins an epic love story as Lionsgate debuts Miramax's Kate & Leopold: Director's Cut on Blu-ray Disc for the very first time this April. Hollywood mega-talents Meg Ryan (You've Got Mail) and Hugh Jackman (the X-Men trilogy) star in this romantic comedy about a modern 21st century woman who falls for a dashing 19th century man. Co-written and directed by James Mangold (Walk the Line), the film also stars Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Breckin Meyer (TV's Franklin & Bash). The film's theme song, Sting's "Until, received an Oscar® nod for Best Original Song (2001).
In modern day New York City, Kate's (Ryan) ex-boyfriend Stuart (Schreiber) unknowingly finds a rip in time that takes him to the 1870s. Puzzled by the strange man with the tiny camera photographing his surroundings, 19th century man Leopold (Jackman) follows the man into the 21st century. Unaware, Stuart leads Leopold straight into the arms of his ex. What unfolds is a hilarious and sincere love story between a man and a woman from different times. Kate and Leopold is a cute, albeit silly and somewhat smarmy romantic comedy that is tailor made for the warm hearted genre fan. Hugh Jackman is at his charismatic best and in my opinion is the catalyst for the film's best moments. I found Meg Ryan's performance to be disingenuous and a bit sterile which had a negative effect on the film's thematic romance. At just over two hours this director's cut runs just a little too long but I didn't find it detrimental. Kate and Leopold isn't perfect but it is whimsically fun and thanks to Hugh Jackman is probably a little better than it should be.
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
This 1080p AVC (MPEG-4) high definition rendering exhibited clean lines, crisp detail during close ups and warm flesh tones. Sharpness was not as acute as the best catalog release titles that have come to Blu-ray but it never looked demonstrably soft. Colors looked natural with ample saturation and vivid textures. Black levels were above average and shadow delineation revealed good visible detail in backgrounds during low light sequences and within dark areas of the picture. I would describe the video as being in the middle of the pack and perfectly acceptable. Video = 78 .
The lossless audio presentation was essentially the same in that it wasn't exemplary but sounded just fine. Dialogue was well articulated with clear tonal distinction. Dynamic range was never really tested by the film's elements however the variety of sounds within the track had ample depth. Surround activity was limited to light spatial dimension that occasionally broadened the soundfield and seamlessly bridged the space between the front and rear sound stages. This is a dialogue driven film that doesn't require extensive use of the surround platform. In that regard it does a commendable job and sounds great. Audio = 80.
- Audio commentary with director James Mangold
- On the set featurette - 14 minutes
- 7 deleted scenes with optional director commentary
- Costume featurette - 3 minutes
- Until music video by Sting
Blu-ray Disc release Date: April 10, 2012
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