New in Town (2009)

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Released 11-Aug-2009

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Romantic Comedy Main Menu Audio & Animation
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2009
Running Time 92:52
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4,5 Directed By Jonas Elmer
Icon Entertainment Starring Renée Zellweger
Harry Connick, Jr.
Siobhan Fallon
J.K. Simmons
Mike O'Brien
Frances Conroy
Ferron Guerreiro
Barbara James Smith
Case ?
RPI ? Music John Swihart

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1
English dts 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis


    Romantic comedies come and go and many are quite light and frothy entertainment without being memorable at all. Another one off this production line is New In Town starring Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr. It was directed by a Danish director, working on his first major US picture, Jonas Elmer.

    The story here is pretty much a standard 'fish-out-of-water' plot which has no real new elements to it. An up and coming Miami food company executive, Lucy Hill (Zellweger) is looking for a promotion and so agrees to preside over the modernisation and 50% downsizing of staff at a remote food factory in New Ulm, Minnesota. She arrives in town in the middle of winter and quickly realises that she is now a long way from Miami and the life she is used to. The first night her new PA, Blanche Gunderson takes her home for dinner and introduces her to Ted Mitchell (Connick) without explaining to her that he is the local union rep. Of course, we know that despite initially annoying each other they will be the romantic couple. Will Lucy we able to keep her man when he realises the plan in train for the factory?

    This film is entertaining without being anything special. There are some amusing moments but the combination of Zellweger and Connick doesn't really seem to catch fire and the movie although amiable enough certainly doesn't hit any heights.

    Those in search of an amiable and inoffensive romantic comedy could do worse.

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Transfer Quality


    The video quality is very good.

    The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio, 16x9 enhanced which is close to the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1.

    The picture was quite sharp and clear throughout without being as crisp as the best modern transfers. Shadow detail is very good.

    The colour was good but seemed somewhat dull.

    There were no obvious artefacts.

    There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired which were yellow, clear and easy to read.

    There is no noticeable layer change during the feature.


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    The audio quality is very good.

    This DVD contains two audio options, an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and an English DTS Surround soundtrack. I cannot confirm the bitrates as this test disc will not load in my computer.It seems a bit over the top to have a DTS option on a film like this, however the DTS track is certainly more full and immersive than the Dolby Digital option.

    Dialogue was mostly easy to understand and clear, however, some scenes were a little difficult to catch.

    The score is by John Swihart , however, the most memorable part of the musical presentation is the various country pop tunes on offer.

    The surround speakers were well used by the DTS track for the music and immersive atmosphere.

    The subwoofer was used for music mostly.

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Surround Channel Use


     No extras here.


    The menu is functional, featuring motion and music.

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 DVD release of this film includes an audio commentary, a making of plus some other featurettes and deleted scenes. It does not include the DTS option. Region 1 is probably it the version of choice for SD buyers if you like extras. The film is available on Blu-ray locally and in Region A.


    A light and inoffensive romantic comedy.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    No extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Review Equipment
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DisplayLG Scarlet 42LG61YD 106cm Full HD LCD. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. 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 VSX-511
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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