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Manhattan Night (2015/Lionsgate Premiere Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B Film: C

A modern day film noir with femme fatale and all, the thriller Manhattan Night (2015) stars Adrian Brody and the gorgeous Yvonne Strahovski (TV's Dexter) in a game of cat and mouse directed by newcomer Brian DeCubellis.

Beautifully shot in New York, the film deals with a news reporter (Brody) who gets entangled with a widow (Strahovski) whose filmmaker husband recently died under mysterious circumstances. The two have an affair, which quickly leads to bad news for Brody and he is soon blackmailed and on the run as his personal and professional life begins to unravel.

Manhattan Night also stars Jennifer Beals, Adrien Brody, Steven Berkoff, and Campbell Scott.

While the film is fine on a technical level and isn't without some good performances, it ultimately feels like a tread on the film noir genre with familiar beats and predictable plot points that took me out of it. The contemporary setting aside, this film could have easily been made in the 1940s and had similar story beats.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and a lossless, crisp sounding DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 track, the film looks and sounds extraordinary on Blu-ray disc. Also included is an UltraViolet copy of the film.

Special Features include:

Audio Commentary with Director/Producer/Screenwriter Brian DeCubellis, Actor/Co-Producer Campbell Scott, and Cinematographer David Tumblety

Behind the Scenes with Cast & Crew

"The Watcher" Featurette

Deleted/Extended Scenes

Director's Notebook and Storyboards

Not terrible but more average, I would suggest Manhattan Night if you're a fan of the stars or are looking for a contemporary Film Noir.

- James Lockhart



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