Right of the bat here I have to admit that I never watched the Sex and the City TV series besides parts of the odd episode here and there when my wife flicked over to the channel. Going into this movie I was only vaguely familiar with the four main characters, and less familiar with the main story arcs from the TV series.
As a movie this was always a gamble for the studio. Would the audience come back to the characters they left behind four years earlier? With a production budget of around $65 million fingers were crossed that the movie could turn a profit - but with a worldwide gross of $US408 million this smashed all expectations, and managed to please fans of the TV series along the way.
As with the TV series thw Sex and the City movie follows the lives of four individuals living in New York City; Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte York Goldenblatt (Kristin Davis), and Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon). The girls are getting older and when Carrie decided to get married to Mr Big everything looks complete, but is it really a perfect match? Can the girls remain friends as their lives head in different directions?
Sex and the City comes to Blu-Ray as the extended version of the film with an extra six minutes of footage. Don't ask me what has been added to the movie though as I never saw the original theatrical edit. One big addition to the cast of this movie is Jennifer Hudson as Carrie's personal assistant Louise. She's got a bubbly personality and, for me, really was one of the standouts of this movie as she tried to organise Carrie's life.
We must also warn adults that this movie very much deserves the MA15+ rating. While I don't find sex scenes (and this movie verges on pornographic in places!), sexual innuendo, or sexual banter offensive in the slightest personally, this movie certainly pushes the limits in some areas, and we certainly believe that people should heed the rating on this movie.
Sex and the City isn't a great movie, but it was a movie that anyone can jump in and watch without knowing the characters history from the TV show. Visually this movie is great, and the actors all put in fine performances, especially in some of the more heartfelt moments.
Sex and the City comes to Blu-Ray in 1080p encoded using the VC-1 codec. The film is actually presented in a ratio of 1.78:1 which fills widescreen TV's, and is slightly altered from the films original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 as seen in cinemas. Colours used throughout the movie are bright and vibrant with rich, warm colours used on a regular basis. The transfer is free of any compression issues and being such a recent movie the transfer is free of any film artifacts and dirt.
If there is one very slight issue its that contrast seems a little overblown in a couple of scenes, however that could be a directorial and lighting decision during production rather then a fault of the transfer to Blu-Ray.
Audio Commentary with Director Michael Patrick King: Running solo on this commentary I was actually fairly impressed with his effort especially given the two and a half hour runtime. I really would have loved some of the actresses involved here - especially SJP - but this is still worth a listen with many of the story arcs, and ending, discussed at length.
A Conversation with Sarah Jessica Parker and Michael Patrick King (23:40/HD): Actually quite an interesting conversation between the director and star of the movie where they discuss different aspects of the movies production including the costumes/clothing, locations and thoughts behind some of the key scenes.
The Fabulous Fashion of Sex and the City (18:03/HD): The title says it all really as this featurette looks at the fashions worn in the movie.
Additional Scenes (3:50/HD): While a lot more could have been cut out of the movie, these scenes were obviously cut for pacing. These can be watched with an optional directors commentary by Michael Patrick King.
The City: An impressive Java based interactive map which allows you to see where each location is from the movie, read details about them and then watch that location in a clip from the movie.
"Dish It!" Pop-Up Trivia Track: This trivia track is well put together and includes notes about the production of the movie, as well as interesting trivia such as when the first Valentines day card was set when Carrie receives one.
Review By: Dave Warner