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Sex & The City 2 (2010/Warner Blu-ray w/DVD)

 

Picture: B-/C Sound: B-/C+ Extras: D Film: D

 

 

The Sex & The City franchise was built on its shocking boldness, but the series ran on much longer than it should have and the box office success of the first feature film was as much of a curio and fluke as anything. Two years later, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon and Sarah Jessica Parker are back with Sex & The City 2 (2010), easily the obnoxious nadir of the most played-out cable TV success around, or the equivalent of Friends without commercials or sex.

 

Creator Michael Patrick King writes and directs this absurd where Carrie (Parker, more obnoxious than ever) goes (of all places) to Abu Dhabi (aka the United Arab Emirates) and Samantha (Cattrall, the highlight of any of these outings) happens to have an ex-boyfriend who is making a film there (obviously before the world economy collapsed) and that is just for starters. This self-centered, absurd exercise in cashing in barely made its money back and when the promoters try to sell it on Parker as the star, which always backfires.

 

The problem is that the makers and actors really have nothing to say or do. They are there to be gaudy and pick up their paychecks. At an insane 146 minutes, this goes on longer than all three Lord Of The Rings combined and never knows when to quit. Talk about excess. Even diehard fans were not happy, so see it at your own risk and only if you =have seen the show before. If you have, than there is nothing to see here.

 

The 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image was shot digitally and looks it with poor detail, poor depth, odd color and an oddly soft look that is part style, part stupidity. It also looks much worse than a typical episode of the series, which makes no sense considering the budget. The anamorphically enhanced is much worse with constant softness and dullness that makes it much harder to watch.

 

The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 mix on the Blu-ray is somewhat dialogue based, yet is also oddly mixed, has an awkward soundfield and is not always as well recorded as it could be. The Dolby Digital 5.1 on the DVD is ever weaker. When combined with their respective pictures, this looks more like a bad imitator or even spoof of the show than the show itself.

 

Extras include Digital Copy for PC and PC portable devices, four making of/behind the scenes featurette and a feature length audio commentary by King, plus we also get another featurette with Alicia Keys recording for the soundtrack (this follows her disastrous Another Way To Die for the James Bond film Quantum Of Solace, so Miss Keys has replaced Bryan Adams as the #1 singer of bad movie music!) and the horrid, unnecessary featurette Revisiting The 80s.

 

Time for the makers to practice celibacy.

 

 

- Nicholas Sheffo


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