Two Weeks Notice isn’t the most memorable romantic-comedy or anything but Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock share good chemistry together even if the story is a bit thin. The catalog Blu-ray released by Warner ports over all of the features from the DVD and offers a moderate upgrade in both the picture and audio.
Genre(s): Comedy, Romance
Warner Bros. | PG13 – 101 min. – $19.98 | February 4, 2014
Directed by: Marc Lawrence
Writer(s): Marc Lawrence (written by)
Cast: Hugh Grant, Sandra Bullock, Alicia Witt, Dana Ivey, Robert Klein, Heather Burns
Theatrical Release Date: December 20, 2002
Features: Commentary, Featurette, Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel, Theatrical Trailer
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Disc Size: 19.7 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C
THE MOVIE – 3.0/5
Plot Outline: Attorney Lucy Helson (SANDRA BULLOCK) wants to save the world. Instead, she’s choosing ties and interviewing prospective girlfriends for her handsome and hapless billionaire boss George Wade (HUGH GRANT). She originally took the job to help others and save a beloved community center in her neighborhood but soon enough her feelings toward the once loathsome George has turned into something more. However, with the expectations for her job not living up to what she anticipated, with phone calls at all hours of the night, she turns in her two weeks’ notice (if we’re going with proper grammar as I discovered) and in the time find a suitable replacement
Quick Hit Review: Two Weeks Notice is one of those romantic comedies that not only doesn’t break new ground in the genre but does it in such a way that makes one shrug their shoulders and move on to the next movie. Don’t get me wrong, some of the jokes are funny and together Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock make for a charming pairing, but outside of that, it’s merely an amiable film that one will forget in a week’s time.
The film was written and directed by Marc Lawrence who previously worked with Sandra Bullock (serving as the producer) on 2000s Miss Congeniality and later its unnecessary sequel as well as working with Hugh Grant again on the slightly superior Music and Lyrics and the dreadful Did You Hear About the Morgans? Lawrence shows that he can be a good writer/director as Two Weeks Notice does have its moments and yet at the same time this isn’t the kind of film one will remember even compared with other romantic-comedies… heck, even against other Hugh Grant rom-coms.
Still, in the end, the film does breeze on by and although the script isn’t the strongest, Grant and Bullock have enough chemistry to make it a passable flick and maybe make fans out of those who love romantic-comedies.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5
All the features from the DVD were carried over. All features are in SD unless otherwise noted.
Audio Commentary – Writer/Director Marc Lawrence is joined by Actors Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock for a light-hearted but fun commentary discussing some of the ins and outs of the production.
The Making of Two Weeks Notice (13:04) is a featurette made for “HBO First Look” and was more of a marketing tool than offering anything substantial.
Additional Scenes (6:34) – We get two scenes that were cut or excised and frankly they were unnecessary and kind of dumb such as an alternate ending where our two leads have gotten married and are starting their own firm.
Two Bleeps Notice (2:25) is a gag reel with the usual on-set hijinks.
Theatrical Trailer (2:29)
VIDEO – 4.25/5
Warner gives its Two Weeks Notice written on Blu-ray. While the video transfer isn’t anything extraordinary, the detail levels was still fairly good and sharp while colors, outside of the opening anyway, appear to be bright. I also didn’t notice any major instances of pixilation, artifacts or dust marks so this looks like a clean transfer which isn’t overly surprising considering the movie is only 12 years old.
AUDIO – 3.75/5
The included 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is probably somewhat better than the standard Dolby Digital 5.1 featured on its DVD counterpart with decent dialogue levels coming from the center channel and the other speakers used primarily for the whimsical score and some ambient noises.
OVERALL – 3.0/5
Overall, Two Weeks Notice isn’t the most memorable romantic-comedy or anything but Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock share good chemistry together even if the story is a bit thin. The catalog Blu-ray released by Warner ports over all of the features from the DVD and offers a moderate upgrade in both the picture and audio. If the price is right ($10 and under) then it might be worth picking up especially if you enjoy either of the two leads.