Kate & Leopold is a fun romantic comedy where one should ignore the inconsistencies that often come with time travel. Even so, the chemistry between Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman is good enough to make this a memorable and worthwhile film to see. The Blu-ray offers up some OK features, especially Mangold’s commentary, the video isn’t great but acceptable and the audio is good.
Genre(s): Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
Lionsgate | PG13 – 123 min. – $14.99 | April 10, 2012
Directed by: James Mangold
Writer(s): Steven Rogers (story), James Mangold and Steven Rogers (screenplay)
Cast: Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Breckin Meyer, Natasha Lyonne, Bradley Whitford, Philip Bosco
Theatrical Release Date: December 25, 2001
Features: Commentary, Featurettes, Deleted Scenes
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc Size: 41.1 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
THE MOVIE – 3.75/5
Plot Outline (from Blu-ray back cover): When a rip in time brings together a charming 19th-century bachelor (HUGH JACKMAN; Someone Like You…) and a 21st-century career woman (MEG RYAN; You’ve Got Mail), the potential for old-fashioned modern romance ignites.
I have to admit that I’ve always enjoyed the romantic comedy, Kate & Leopold. Yes, it is contrived and gets into plenty of trouble with the time travel elements but the chemistry shared between Hugh Jackman and Meg Ryan is good enough to overcome plot holes and inconsistencies. Also, while Meg Ryan herself has been in better movies and probably given better, more rounded, roles, the movie should at least be seen for Jackman’s hammy but fun performance.
The supporting cast is also well done. Although there’s nothing special about their characters and in fact are pretty paint-by-numbers in their quirkiness and oddities, once again they provide for a fun experience. First you’ve got Liev Schreiber in a different role as the insane scientist; Breckin Meyer as the chilled-out brother; Natasha Lyonne’s as Ryan’s quirky secretary; and Bradley Whitford as Ryan’s boss.
Co-written and directed by James Mangold, from a story by Steven Rogers (Hope Floats and Stepmom), Kate & Leopold is a funny and energetic romantic comedy that works for all the right reasons and doesn’t get hampered down too much for the time travel inconsistencies. If you’ve enjoyed either Hugh Jackman or Meg Ryan in the past, then give this one a shot.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.25/5
Audio Commentary – Co-Writer/Director James Mangold sits down for a genial and informative track talking about his attraction to the story, working with certain actors and other elements. For a solo track, it’s actually not bad.
“On the Set” Featurette (14:30; SD) – This is a generic making-of that aired on a cable channel like HBO or Cinemax as a way to advertise the movie.
Deleted Scenes (8:54; SD) – Here we get 7 scenes that didn’t make the grade and while it’s nice to have them here, they were unnecessary. There is an optional commentary by James Mangold.
Costume Featurette (2:54; SD) – This short featurette takes a look at how the costumes were created for the individual characters.
Also included is the music video (3:11; SD) for “Until” by Sting which won a Golden Globe.
Previews – Serendipity, The Switch, Shakespeare in Love, From Prada to Nada
VIDEO – 3.0/5
Lionsgate releases Kate & Leopold onto Blu-ray with a 1080p high-definition transfer and presented in its original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio. Although it is probably looks better than its DVD counterpart, this still isn’t a great transfer. For one thing, I noticed many dust or scratch marks, albeit minor ones and the picture itself seemed to be a tad soft in some places. Even so, it’s still at least a decent transfer just don’t expect it to pop off the screen.
AUDIO – 3.75/5
The disc comes with a fine 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track which shows off Rolfe Kent’s romantic score as well as some clear dialogue primarily coming out of the center speaker. Other noises such as side chatter or general city noises provide for a more in-depth lossless track. Again, even though I’d hardly say this was a fantastic aural experience, it’s still a respectable upgrade over the DVD.
OVERALL – 3.25/5
Overall, Kate & Leopold is a fun romantic comedy where one should ignore the inconsistencies that often come with time travel. Even so, the chemistry between Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman is good enough to make this a memorable and worthwhile film to see. The Blu-ray offers up some OK features, especially Mangold’s commentary, the video isn’t great but acceptable and the audio is good. The biggest drawback I’d say is that the theatrical version is not included.
Brian Oliver, The Movieman
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