2 Days in New York (2012)

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Released 22-Mar-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Featurette-Q&A with Julie Delpy and Chris Rock
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2012
Running Time 85:00
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Julie Delpy
Studio
Distributor
Entertainment One Starring Chris Rock
Julie Delpy
Albert Delpy
Alexia Landeau
Alexandre Nahon
Kate Burton
Dylan Baker
Case ?
RPI ? Music Julie Delpy


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     A few years after the events of 2 Days in Paris photographer Marion and her eccentric French family are reunited, this time in her adopted city of New York. Difficulties and hilarity ensue.

     That is pretty much all the plot description you need to know to appreciate 2 Days in New York the sequel of sorts to the very successful Paris set film written and directed by star Julie Delpy. You may recall that the earlier film brought Marion and her boyfriend Jack (played by Adam Goldberg) to Paris where they bickered and whined principally about Marion's sexual history. Three years later and Marion and Jack are no longer together. Marion is now living with Mingus (Chris Rock) a radio show host who also has a child of his own. They live in a small but cool apartment in Manhattan and everything seems to be going just great.

     Marion has an important exhibition of her photographs coming up at a gallery and for a treat her family has decided to visit. That includes her randy and generally incorrigible father (played by Delpy's real father), her sister with whom she has a love/hate relationship and, inexplicably, her former boyfriend, who is now dating the sister. Given that it was the existence of this relationship which first threw Jack into turmoil the stage is set for more relationship discord.

     2 Days in New York is a slight piece which is probably not the equal of the earlier film. Whilst the Paris movie pitted her French openness against Jack's Woody Allen-like insecurities the New York film relies more on the comedy of cultural differences. These are multiplied by the black / white difference. Add to this some slapstick and broad humour when Marion's disapproving neighbours are misled to believe that she has a serious illness and you have a film that is funny at times and occasionally insightful.

     Fans of the earlier movie and fans of Julie Delpy in general will wish to pick up the movie to add to their collection. Fans of Chris Rock who want to see him play the straight guy (albeit still pretty funny) might be curious too.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     2 Days in New York was shot on the RAW high-definition digital format and was transferred to 35mm film for projection at the cinema. It comes to DVD in the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio.

     This is a pretty good looking film throughout. The colours are well defined and stable. They are bright in keeping with the beauty of New York on show.

     The image quality is reasonably sharp. There are no technical problems with aliasing or compression.

     The flesh tones are accurate.

     There are no general subtitles. The French language scenes have burned in subtitles.

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Audio

     The sound for 2 Days in New York is English Dolby Digital 5.1 running at 448 kb/s. There is also a 192 Kb/s Dolby Digital 2.0 track.

     This is more than enough for a film which is primarily dialogue coming from the centre channels. The dialogue is clear and easy to understand.

     Not content to merely write, direct and star in the film Julie Delpy also provides the music which, to be fair, is interesting throughout.

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Extras

Interview with Chris Rock and Julie Delpy (10.30)

     The only extra is a Q&A session with Julie Delpy and Chris Rock. It is a short but interesting discussion about their time spent on the film together. Rock expresses the challenge of working with a director and DP who often spoke in French, a language he didn't understand. The only difficulty is that the interviewer is hard to hear.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

 

     The Region 1 version has some extra interview footage ad a short Making of. It gets the tick - just...

Summary

     2 Days in New York is an enjoyable trifle however I didn't feel that it had the immediacy of the earlier film even though Julie Delpy and Chris Rock put in enjoyable performances.

     The transfer is fine both sound and vision terms.

    The extra is interesting though brief.

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© Trevor Darge (read my bio)
Thursday, April 04, 2013
Review Equipment
DVDCambridge 650BD (All Regions), using HDMI output
DisplaySony VPL-VW80 Projector on 110" Screen. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationPioneer SC-LX 81 7.1
SpeakersAaron ATS-5 7.1

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