Blu-ray Review “Kate & Leopold”

Directed by: James Mangold
Starring: Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber
Studio: Lions Gate
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release Date: April 10, 2012
Running Time: 123 minutes

Film: 3 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3 out of 5 stars

Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release the director’s cut of Kate & Leopold to Blu-ray for the first time this April. I am not the biggest fan of Meg Ryan, especially since she started to look like The Joker. This film was probably one of her last decent roles. Hugh Jackman channels is 19th Century duke and does a decent job. The romance between the two is not bad, though the film itself runs a little long hitting just over two hours. The director’s cut includes some extra scenes that provide some more plot into the characters and story. Overall though it doesn’t make the film any better or worse.

This romantic comedy stars Hugh Jackman as Leopold, a 19th Century duke who accidentally travels through time and ends up in modern-day New York City. While getting used to the new place he meets a career woman Kate (Meg Ryan) and he plans to change her ways and aim to court her. The Blu-ray presentation looks great with its 1080p video resolution and packs an impressive DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track.

The main downfall of this release is that the theatrical version is not included, so if you prefer that one you are out of luck. The special features are decent overall though. They include an audio commentary track with director James Mangold. There are a few deleted scenes with optional commentary, nothing special but worth a look. There are two decent featurettes. The first is focusing on the Costuming and the second is a look into the production called “On the Set”. Lastly, there is a short photo gallery included.

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