Wednesday, May 20, 2009

New In Town Blu-ray Review

New In Town Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonDisc Size: 38.6 GB
Film Size: 29.0 GB
Film Rating: PG
Region: A

"I'm a city girl but I know how to light a fire. Where is the switch? " - Lucy Hill
Video
New In Town comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The film's look is a mixed bag, but not because of a bad transfer. The temperatures on location were very cold and difficult to film in, which leads to a misty and cool-colored looking film. Things are never too vibrant, or always filled with amazing detail, other than the opening city scenes before she moves into the new town. That being said, the film is as sharp as weather allows, and does impress every once and a while. The presentation is clearly high-def, never did I feel like I was watching a DVD, but it won't be anything to use as demo material. New In Town may not be a stunning Blu-ray presentation, but it certainly looks about as good as it will ever get. 7.5/10.

Audio
A 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included, and sounds just fine. Dialogue stayed front and center, and other than a few weather affected scenes, was clear as can be. The film's left and right speakers served for the majority of the effects, as well as the film's music in the film. The surround and rear speakers were used for a few fitting effects, to really bring in the 7.1 surround field. Some may think it's just gimmicky, but it was used fairly well, and only occasionally. The track won't impress, but it gets the job done nicely. 8/10.

Extras

BonusView Picture-in-Picture with Cast & Crew
Lionsgate is always pushing the Blu-ray format in such a great way, and they have included a Picture-in-Picture commentary. It features Writer C. Jay Cox, J.K. Simmons, Shiobhan Fallon, and Writer Ken Rance. The commentary works quite well, and I'm sort of glad Renee Zellweger was excluded from the commentary.

Making New In Town in Winnipeg, Canada (18:06) (HD)
The cast talks about filming in one of the coldest locations. It also can explain the weaker video presentation, due to the amount of camera lens cracking, and shots outdoors having to be filmed within 2 minutes or they would begin to have issues. Fans of the film will enjoy this feature.

Pudding's Delicious Role in New In Town (6:03) (HD)
Tapioca pudding played a great part in the film. It begins with an explanation of tapioca, uses for it, followed by cast and crew talkinb about filming the tapioca scene.

The Folk Art of Scrapbooking (7:43) (HD)
The most pointless feature on the disc, and quite cheesy actually. The narrator sounds like she was hired straight from Nick Jr.

Deleted Scenes (HD)
12 deleted scenes are included, and are viewable separately or 'Play All'.

Also From Lionsgate Previews (4:14) (HD)
Trailers for The Forbidden Kingdom and Delta Farce are included.

Disc Production Credits

BD-Live: MOLOG
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Blu-news Summary
New In Town is a generic chick flick. The story relies on the typical chick flick recipe, boy meets girl, girl hates boy, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl have a fight, boy and girl reconcile and live happily ever after. The film has some extreme characters which actually add to the film, and while the story isn't anything new, some may enjoy it more because of it's family friendly nature.

The Blu-ray release is about as good as can be, with solid video, nice audio, with some good and bad extras. New In Town is 'A Solid Rental.'

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