Friday, October 29, 2010

Sex and the City: The Movie Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 37.4 GB
Film Size: 30.9 GB
Film Rating: Unrated/R
Release Date: September 23rd, 2008
Region: ABC
The Video
Sex and the City: The Movie’ on Blu-ray features a 1080p VC-1 video presentation. The film has always impressed me visually in high-definition, everything from the colors to the level of detail. ‘Sex and the City’ is generally very sharp and a notable improvement from its DVD release.

The film is very visual, intentionally so. I think the film is beautifully shot, with incredible colors and amazing environments, almost as if it were made with Blu-ray in mind. The colors are rich and vibrant, leaping off the screen at all times.

The film’s details are also impressive, with a few softer moments throughout. Detail is so strong we can see how terrible the women look without makeup, particularly Sarah Jessica Parker who looks rough throughout.

Sarah Jessica Parker has never been particularly attractive, but she has an appeal which comes from her personality. I feel bad by how awful she looks on the Blu-ray release at times though, especially the moments in which she is intended to look beautiful. The intentionally rougher looking moments are especially hard to watch, with Mrs. Parker looking like one of the most popular Halloween costumes for females, a witch.

Overall I thought the film looks incredible. The visual style of the film is very appealing and easily benefits from a high-def transfer. DVD owners will certainly want to upgrade to the Blu-ray release as there is no denying the upgrade. 9/10.

The Audio
An English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track is the lossless option. Also included is an English 5.1 Dolby Digital audio track. Optional subtitles include English SDH and Spanish.

‘Sex and the City’ sounds quite good, although admittedly not the best mix when it comes to impressive surround use. The film opens up strong with the lead song ‘Labels or Love’ by Fergie, there is a very significant difference in the quality from the TrueHD track and the lossy Dolby Digital track.

Dialogue is presented front and center and sounds crisp and clear like your typical newly produced film. The film’s surround use isn’t especially strong, but there are impressive moments throughout which make this far from a lifeless audio experience.

For a ‘chick flick’ with no explosions or serious adventure, I do think the mix was more than solid. I do wish there was a bit more surround use in the mix, but overall it is not too disappointing at all. The mix certainly gets the job done nicely for the material. 8/10.

The Extras

Audio Commentary
By Director Michael Patrick King

A Conversation (23:50) (HD)
With Michael Patrick King and Sarah Jessica Parker.

The Fabulous Fashion of ‘Sex and the City’ (18:03) (HD)
The cast raves about Costume Designer Patricia Field who styled the film. Patricia Field then takes us on a tour through the wardrobe for the film.

Fergie in the Studio (2:11) (SD)
Go behind-the-scenes of Fergie recording ‘Labels or Love’ for the film.

Additional Scenes (3:53) (HD)
Four deleted scenes are included with optional audio commentary by Director Michael Patrick King.

The City
This is a map of the city with highlighted locations that were featured in the film. Click on a location to learn more or select the option to see the scene where it is featured.

Dish It! (Trivia Track)
A pop-up trivia track which plays during the film, revealing fun and random facts throughout.

The extras included on this release are good, although there isn’t too much to see. The audio commentary is interesting, but nothing particularly special. The featurettes are definitely the most interesting aspect of the extras, especially ‘A Conversation.’

A Digital Copy may be included with your copy of the Blu-ray release, but if you haven’t used it yet it has expired and is no longer useful. Overall the extras are satisfying, and perhaps the film being ‘extended’ can be seen as a bonus as well. 5/10.

The Movie
Sex and the City: The Movie’ is a film I previously reviewed in the early life of the site. I have to say I wasn’t a fan of Carrie Bradshaw and the girls, the story felt overdramatic and I just didn’t connect with the characters like I hoped I would.

‘Sex and the City’ was a long running series on HBO which for its time was especially racy. I didn’t see the show as it originally aired, but this past year I decided to watch the series for the very first time. I tend to enjoy anything from HBO, so I definitely wanted to know what the series was about.

Watching the series I realized how open the show is in confronting sexual topics. Each episode featured some unique sex discussion, whether it is anal sex or threesomes. The story focuses on four successful women in New York City who are reaching 40, but none of them married.

Throughout the show we definitely get to know the characters, we go through both their high-points and low-points. The show is actually quite relatable with certain discussion, topics and issues that may hit home to your life.

Watching the series certainly interested me in revisiting the film, especially knowing that a sequel was on the way. I have to say I really enjoyed the series, a fantastic comedy and drama series which pushed boundaries.

‘Sex and the City: The Movie’ really is a great film now that I have had a chance to experience the series. The movie is definitely made so it can appeal to newcomers as well, but I find that I enjoyed it much more knowing the characters and previous struggles.

The relationships and hurt that comes in the film just wasn’t as gripping before, now all makes sense and we can better understand the reactions to the hurt in the film. The story brings both the sex and the city and I do think most fans enjoyed the film. Newcomers may not love the film as much, but I certainly think it was well done and intended for fans of the series. 9/10.

The Blu-news Summary
‘Sex and the City: The Movie’ is a great film which is best enjoyed by fans of the series. The Blu-ray release features a strong video presentation with good audio track. The extras are slightly lacking, but not bad whatsoever. Overall the Blu-ray release is ‘Highly Recommended’ to fans and ‘Worth a Look’ to those new to the series.

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