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SEX AND THE CITY: THE MOVIE – EXTENDED CUT (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

January 10, 2009 by  



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“For fans of the ‘SEX AND THE CITY’ television series, not only does the movie carry the similar magic of what made the series so enjoyable.  A cool storyline for those searching for love, for those that are going through life changes and so much more!  Enjoyable! Sexy! Fun and heartbreaking.  It’s about friendship and love and overall, a damn good movie!”

TITLE: SEX AND THE CITY: THE MOVIE – EXTENDED CUT

DURATION: 151 minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: Color, 1080p High Definition, Dolby TrueHD English 5.1, Dolby Digital English 5.1, English & Espanol Subtitles

COMPANY:  New Line Pictures/HBO

RATED: NOT RATED

BASED ON CHARACTERS FROM THE BOOK BY CANDACE BUSHNELL

BASTED ON THE TV SERIES CREATED BY DARREN STARR

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED by MICHAEL PATRICK KING

COSTUME DESIGNER: Patricia Field

MUSIC BY: Aaron Zigman

PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Jeremy Conway

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: John Thomas

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Kathryn Busby, Jonathan Filley

PRODUCED BY: Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael Patrick King, Darrent Star and John Melfi

CAST:

Carrie (Sara Jessica Parker)

Samantha (Kim Cattrall)

Charlotte (Kim Davis)

Miranda (Cynthia Nixon)

Mr. Big (Chris Noth)

Also starring Jennifer Hudson, Candice Bergen

FOR TOO LONG, CARRIE BRADSHAW (Sarah Jessica Parker) had been looking for love in all the wrong places…but in all the right shoes.  In this much-anticipated movie event, Carrie, Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) are back four years after the hit TV series ended.  As they continue to juggle career, relationships, motherhood and life in Manhattan, the girls realize that more than ever, true friendship never goes out of style.  “Poignant, incisive and proudly outrageous.  Sex and the City is the love letter fans have been waiting for” (Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner)

Sexy, beautiful, heartbreaking and every emotion that you can use for “love”, “SEX AND THE CITY: THE MOVIE” has it all.

When I reviewed the theatrical version of “SEX AND THE CITY: THE MOVIE”, I was quite clear of how much I fell in love with this movie and enjoyed it so much that I couldn’t wait to review it again but on Blu-ray.  So, having purchased the “extended cut”, I’ll talk about what one can find in this version compared to the DVD theatrical version.

SEX AND THE CITY THE MOVIE was definitely a highly anticipated film of 2008.  A lot of my female friends and guy friends are fans of the HBO television series and even my wife was so hardcore that she and her female friends would have viewing parties every night the new episodes were shown.

For me, I’ve always enjoyed the series for it’s in-depth look at love and relationships via the woman’s perspective, as much as I loved BBC America’s look at love and relationships via the comedy “Coupling”.

The series definitely took on a variety of topics, especially of how it related to the characters and the topics of love and sex were just hilarious, emotional and overall uplifting.

With the highly anticipated film reuniting the women four years since the series, we see Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), who has three successful books on love and still dating and very much love with Mr. Big (Chris Noth).  The two are in the next step of their relationship about to move into an awesome apartment with an awesome closet but most of all, the two finally ready to tie the knot.

Samantha (Kim Cattrall) living in Hollywood to manage her model/boyfriend’s career and missing New York City.  Samantha is missing her former life of having fun and being the center of attention.

For Charlotte (Kristin Davis), Charlotte and husband are still happy and raising their adopted daughter.

And Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), very busy with her job as a lawyer and as a parent but at the same time, somewhat neglecting her wife duties.

Without spoiling the storylines for each of these women, throw in some major wrenches to the lives of these women and you definitely get one sensational story about love, finding love, losing love and most of all to see the friendships of these four women tested.

Like the show, you get beautiful scenes of New York City and the beautiful settings.  Also, the interesting and at times outlandish but most of the time elegant fashion courtesy of costume designer Patricia Field.  Also, the musical setting of hearing Mairi Campbell’s “Auld Lange Syne” to Run DMC’s “Walk this Way” and various music as it plays an emotional and enjoyable setting for the various segments of the film.

But what makes this movie work is the well written storyline by Michael Patrick King who knows how to really balance each of the women’s storylines but effectively writes a film that not only will women enjoy it but also men.

I have to give credit to another woman on the show who actually plays a significant role on the film.  Jennifer Hudson’s character as an assistant to Carrie Bradshaw definitely added a cool character component as a woman also looking for love in New York City, rents her designer bags but most of all, how she helps Carrie through a difficult time.

Nearly every character from the TV series had such an important role although I was surprised Stanford (Willie Garson) didn’t have that many lines.

Overall, there are so many classic scenes that I can easily remember from this film.  Again, I don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t watched it but that’s what made this film so special, many special moments.  But what is the difference between the theatrical and extended cut?  Well, the extended cut has about six minutes extra.  Many of the extra scenes can be found during the part where Carrie is planning to rid of some older clothes and her friends are deciding to let her keep them or throw them out.  In the theatrical version, it focused on mainly Carrie Bradshaw but in the extended version, each women try on different outfits and a scene with Carrie Bradshaw unplugging her laptop from the outlet of her apartment.

I’m glad they did cut these additional scenes.  If I found one thing that I wished was included was that the film was cut well with the theatrical version and with the Blu-ray, there is only the extended cut.  I wish they included the regular version of the film on another Blu-ray disc.  Then again, they technically the did, but it’s available as a digital copy on the second disc.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

The video is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:85:1).  Because this film is shot in a variety of beautiful locations in New York, California and Mexico, there were a good number of breathtaking scenes that I had to check out.    And sure enough, on Blu-ray, the picture quality was great.  From the beautiful blue eyes of Sarah Jessica Parker (especially when you see a close up of those eyes with the blue bird on her head), you can’t help but be entranced by those eyes.  Move on to the breathtaking scenes in Mexico and the shots are just beautiful.  Outdoor video shots feature vibrant color and overall, I felt that the film looked very good.

As for audio, the film is featured in English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD and also Dolby Digital English 5.1.  The film is primarily an all-dialogue film but where the sound comes clear is during the musical segments but music plays such a major part in this film.  From the “Auld Lang Syne” theme that plays during the New Year’s Eve segment to the scenes that enhance a musical mood, may it be happy or heart warming or heart wrenching, the music definitely comes through in the TrueHD audio version.  I switched back and forth from Dolby TrueHD and regularly Dolby Digital 5.1 and there is surely a difference.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Unlike the Widescreen regular presentation of the DVD which included commentary, this extended version has more special features included.  Included are:

  • A second disc that contains the digital copy of the film
  • Audio commentary by Director Michael Patrick King – This commentary features additional commentary that goes in conjunction with the extended cut and some interesting tidbits from how the “Auld Lang Syne” song was selected (courtesy of Sarah Jessica Parker’s husband, actor Matthew Broderick) to how the New Year’s Eve scene was originally going to be a Christmas Eve scene, how Michael Patrick King had a similar situation to Charlotte’s Mexico scene and more.
  • A Conversation with Sarah Jessica Parker and Michael Patrick King – A very good 24 minute conversation featuring Sarah and Michael talking about the film and their favorite parts and the cast.  The conversation takes place months after the film premiered and so, you get their reaction to the positive reviews the film received and how it has touched so many people.  A very good featurette.
  • The Fabulous Fashion of Sex and the City – An 18 minute featurette on the fashion of the film.  Patricia Field is always known for what she has brought to the television series, so it was good to hear about the fashion for the film.  Especially since Carrie Bradshaw’s decor can get quite wild.
  • Fergie in the Studio: Watch a Hit in the Making as the Singer Records “Labels or Love” for the Movie Soundtrack– A short featurette on Fergie recording the theme song and how she is a big fan of the television series and being honored to sing the theme song for the film.
  • Additional Scenes – This scene features optional commentary of scenes that were not used in the theatrical version
  • Sex and the City: The City – This features a map of NYC and when you click on a certain section of the map, you get to learn about areas where the film was shot and you can click the video to watch how that scene was integrated into the film
  • Dish It! – This allows people to watch the film and learn tidbits and behind-the-scenes info. while watching the film

“SEX AND THE CITY: THE MOVIE” works on all levels.  Perhaps, maybe moreso for fans of the TV series who are familiar of the background of the women and also the supporting characters.

But everything comes together…the storyline, the setting, the fashion, the music…everything that the series is known for, you see it in a much extravagant form in this film.

The wife and I enjoyed this film so much that we just had to get the Blu-ray version of the film.  Although she was more a fan of the television series and had the viewing parties with her friends, I suppose the reason why I like it, was to see these four women who have grown with the television series show how their friendship which has gone through severe ups and downs managed to overcome the obstacles no matter how difficult those obstacles could be.

Through that friendship, you get a good glance of each women during the seasons and the film manages to touch you.  It’s beautiful, it’s fun, it’s sexy and it’s heartbreaking and more.  But the film is about friendship and love and so you experience so much it and you remember those key scenes.

An enjoyable film that is easily a must-own for “Sex and the City” fans and on Blu-ray, even more enjoyable!

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