The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Paramount - 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 107 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, French/Spanish/Brazilian Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum
Directed by: Roger Michell
Music by: David Arnold
Written by: Aline Brosh McKenna
Region Code: A,B,C
Blu-ray Disc release Date: March 8, 2011
"What's the story?"
For Becky (Rachel McAdams, "The Notebook"), running a TV show in New York City was the big break she dreamed ofuntil star co-anchors Mike (Harrison Ford, Indiana Jones) and Colleen (Diane Keaton, "Something's Gotta Give") declare an all-out, on-air war. Making the show work with its cast of eccentric characters and outrageous story angles will take a major miracle, but Becky is ready to rise and outshine.
I am a Rachel McAdams fan and have been since seeing her in the Notebook. Her alluring good looks, schoolgirl charm and versatility as an actor make for a complete package that commands attention whenever she is onscreen. Morning Glory is a character driven comedy about a vivaciously competent morning television executive producer, Becky Fuller (McAdams) who is recently hired by the New York City based IBS network to resurrect the dying Daybreak morning show. She faces an abysmal level of cynicism from the staff and needs to find new ways to generate interest from them as well as morning TV viewers. When an opening becomes available for a co-anchor opposite Daybreak's current veteran host Colleen Peck (Keaton), Becky proposes to bring in the network's recently demoted news anchor Mike Pomeroy (Ford) in the hopes of boosting the show's ratings. Once the toast of New York news Mike is now embittered with a gruff exterior that makes him both feared and hated by co-workers. Becky quickly finds out that the best laid plans of mice and men (or women in this case) often go awry when Mike's huge ego gets in the way of her efforts. Amidst the chaos she tries to find balance in her budding romance with new boyfriend, and network peer, Adam. After being given a six week deadline by the network Becky tosses a Hail Mary that she hopes will keep them from pulling the plug on the show and her career.
Morning glory doesn't bring anything especially new to the genre table however it manages to feel fresh nonetheless. This is due to the wonderfully drawn characters, spirited/witty dialogue, and the energetic/breezy screenplay that allow the perfectly placed cast to shine. Rachel McAdams doesn't disappoint and has no trouble handling the lead role opposite screen veterans Keaton/Ford. Her captivating charm and pitch perfect timing sets the tone and establishes the viable connection to the story and the film's characters. The laughs never feel forced and the romance/drama doesn't take on unnecessary emphasis. I like the fly on the wall depiction of what it must be like to produce a morning show and appreciated the funny familial type interplay among the show's crew. As an ensemble the cast is great. Here are a few of my favorite moments: Becky's I accept meeting, Mike and Becky on the bench (following his freshly broken story), Colleen's put me in coach montage, Ernie on location Becky style, and Becky in slow mo'. Certainly derivative but decidedly entertaining Morning Glory provides a great bit of escapism that didn't leave me wanting less but wanting more.
The rating is for some sexual content including dialogue, language and brief drug references.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
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Morning Glory comes to Blu-ray Disc from Paramount featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 31 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.6 Mbps.
This is a great looking video presentation that boasts vivid primary colors and excellent depth and dimension. Images are sharp, delineated and revealing of subtle textural detail that enhances the perception of minutia within clothing, physical features and objects onscreen. Blacks are rich with deep highlights that provide plenty of pop during dark sequences that contain mixed content. Detail in shadowy backgrounds and dim lighting in the nighttime exterior sequences is quite good which gives those segments appreciable depth of field. Fidelity never wavers in this beautifully rendered high def encoding from Paramount.
The DTS MA soundtrack is quite good and easily renders the source elements with excellent clarity and punchy dynamics. Dialogue is delivered with crystal clarity and discerning tonal characteristics through the center channel. The surrounds are active at times and used to good effect for sound effects and mild but enveloping ambience. The mix is well balanced and creates an enjoyable surround sound experience that perfectly matches the tone of the film.
- Audio commentary with director Roger Michell and screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna
- (HD) Deleted scene
As far as dramedys go Morning Glory doesn't break new ground but its wonderfully drawn characters, spirited/witty dialogue, and breezy screenplay mated with a solid ensemble cast provides a great bit of escapism that didn't leave me wanting less but wanting more. I have no complaints with its high definition audio/video presentation as it looks terrific and features crystal clear lossless sound quality. I found the lack of bonus material, save for a deleted scene/filmmaker commentary, to be the only disappointment in this otherwise worthwhile Blu-ray offering from Paramount Home Entertainment. Enjoy.
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