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Kate & Leopold (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman come together as star-crossed lovers who discover that passion and chivalry never go out of style. When a rip in time brings together a charming 19th-century bachelor and a 21st-century woman, the potential for an old-fashioned modern romance ignites. Can the Duke of Albany find the perfect soul mate from the future in time before the portal to the past closes forever? Love may be timeless, but the clock is running!

Specifications

  • Lions Gate-Miramax
  • 2001, Color, PG-13, 123 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Breckin Meyer, Liev Schreiber, Hugh Jackman, Meg Ryan
  • Directed by: James Mangold
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Though this story has been done before, it is always amusing to watch people from the past cope with present day issues and a society that has dramatically changed mores. The movie wastes no time in explaining how time travel is possible or how the "rip in the fabric of time" was even discovered, but just jumps into the story of the modern business women who meets a Duke from 1878 in NYC. No new ground is set by this film, but my wife and I enjoyed this light weight romance. Jackman's performance was actually quite good and carried the show for the most part. Interesting that he would be in a movie with Schreiber who would later play "Sabertooth", the foil to Jackman's "Wolverine" in the X-Men franchise. A major plot error: The world première performance of La bohème took place in Turin on 1 February 1896. The Duke could not have seen it performed as he states in this movie because he is from 1876. Oops!

Technical

The overall picture quality was mediocre. Stock footage of NYC looked fuzzy and dull. Night scenes were noisy with complete loss of detail and colors. In most scenes, textures were absent in hair and clothing. Contrast varied throughout and most scenes looked flat, with lack of depth. However, when compared to the SD extra deleted scenes, you can easily see that the movie was in better shape than the SD version on DVD. Sound quality was actually pretty good, with clear dialog and some nicely spread out music and surround effects. Even my sub woke up 3 different times during the flick.

Extras

An audio commentary, "on the set", costumes and a music video with Sting singing "Until" (which actually sounded good, for Sting) and several deleted scenes. This is the first Blu-ray that I have reviewed that has a DTS-HD Master Audio setup included for testing speaker hookup and phase.