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Autumn in New York is your run-of-the-mill romance-drama that you’ve seen before and has been done over the years since and although both Richard Gere and Winona Ryder give solid performances, neither shared great chemistry with the other.

 

 

Autumn in New York
(2000)

Genre(s): Drama, Romance
MVD | PG13 – 104 min. – $29.95 | August 28, 2018

Date Published: 09/03/2018 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Joan Chen
Writer(s): Allison Burnett (written by)
Cast: Richard Gere, Winona Ryder, Anthony LaPaglia, Elaine Stritch, Vera Farmiga, Sherry Stringfield, Jill Hennessy, J.K. Simmons
DISC INFO:
Features: Gallery, Trailer
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (PCM 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Disc Size: 21.8 GB
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

MVD Visual provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


THE MOVIE — 2.75/5


Plot Synopsis: At 48 years old, Manhattan restaurateur Will Keane (RICHARD GERE) is handsome, successful, single and determined to keep it that way. A consummate playboy who’s perfected the art of casual romance, Will adores women, but has never thought seriously about marriage or commitment until he meets Charlotte Fielding (WINONA RYDER). Charming, vivacious and radiantly beautiful, Charlotte is unlike anyone Will’s ever known before, and as their relationship blossoms from a heated one-night stand into something rare and wonderful, they both realize that this love will last a lifetime. But, for Charlotte, a lifetime may be much shorter than either of them prepared to accept.

Quick Hit Review: Autumn in New York is a sappy romantic-drama with some rather weak writing, from Allison Burnett who would go on to write a variety of films spanning different genres, from the thrillers Untraceable and Gone to fantasy horror flick Underworld Awakening, and of course, the sentimental drama.

This is your paint-by-numbers drama where the girl has a terminal illness (in this case, a tumor growing near the heart) and the boyfriend learns a powerful lesson about life and love. This is predictable which in of itself isn’t fine, but the problem is despite two earnest performances by Richard Gere and Winona Ryder, the chemistry between the pair didn’t work and the vast difference in age did make it feel a bit off at times.

In the end, while this is a half-hearted romance-drama, I can’t say it’s horrible or one of the worst in that genre, but certainly expected better from two actors who generally can be charismatic, unfortunately this is a case where casting was a pretty big fail.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0.5/5


This release comes with a matted slip cover. Features include a Gallery and the Trailer.

 


VIDEO – 3.75/5


Autumn in New York arrives on Blu-ray through MVD’s “Marquee Collection” line where it is presented in its original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and given a 1080p high-definition transfer. The picture looks okay for the most part, though this is not a movie that will shine on the small screen, in fact it is rather dark. Still, detail was decent and there was still the natural film grain and noise. On the downside, there were numerous instances of dust marks and scratches so clearly, but not surprisingly, this did not undergo any restoration, nor should a movie like this get one.

AUDIO – 4.0/5


The movie includes a PCM 2.0 track which does offer good, crisp and clear dialogue levels and considering there’s really not much outside of that, and the music/score, you can’t really ask for much more. There is also a Dolby Digital 5.1 track available but it is on the limited side.

 


OVERALL – 2.5/5


Overall, Autumn in New York is your run-of-the-mill romance-drama that you’ve seen before and has been done over the years since and although both Richard Gere and Winona Ryder give solid performances, neither shared great chemistry with the other. The Blu-ray release has good video and audio transfers but the features are lackluster.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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