Romantic comedies aren't really my cup of tea, they are ultimately very predictable beasts with only the rarest of movies resulting in the leads not ending up together. Released earlier this year New in Town stars Renée Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr as the two leads. Did this movie capture our interest? Read on...
New in Town tells the story of a high-powered consultant (Lucy, played by Renée Zellweger) in love with her upscale Miami lifestyle who is sent to a middle of nowhere town in Minnesota to oversee the restructuring of a blue collar manufacturing plant. After enduring a frosty reception from the locals, icy roads and freezing weather, she warms up to the small town's charm, and eventually finds herself being accepted by the community. When she's ordered to close down the plant and put the entire community out of work, she's forced to reconsider her goals and priorities.
Most of you would be aware that I find almost no joy in watching Renée Zellweger on-screen. She does absolutely nothing for me, but I actually enjoyed her in this movie. It's a solid, natural, performance and she is actually quite likable for once. Supporting cast including Harry Connick Jr as Ted, J.K. Simmons as the plant manager and Siobhan Fallon Hogan as Lucy's secretary, are all strong in their supporting roles.
There were though some occasions when the image lept out as quite gorgeous, primarily when we see Renée Zellweger's character jogging through the city streets. The transfer is generally free of any dirt or marks, and contains a natural, low level amount of film grain giving it a natural film look.
There are two audio tracks on this disc, a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track and a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track. Both are impressive, but the DTS track is a higher bitrate and does sound a little clearer overall. Still, this isn't a movie to test your aural senses by any stretch of the imagination with a focus on the dialogue and occasional subtle music. There is some use of surround sound channels, and limited sub-woofer use throughout. Nothing outstanding, but nothing offensive either.
If there is one disappointment with the audio it's that the American disc has been lavashed with a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track, but does omit the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track in favour of a French Dolby Digital 5.1 track. This disc includes a single subtitle track, English. We only sampled it briefly but it seemed solid enough with good pacing and accurate translation of the dialogue.
There is only one extra on this disc - a forced, unskippable trailer for the movie Fame which is heading to cinemas this September apparently. This is actually pretty disappointing as the American release of this movie comes with quite a few extras including a Picture-in-Picture commentary, deleted scenes, and other making of video featurettes.
Review By: Dave Warner