Maid in Manhattan (2002) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Romance
Sony || PG13 - 105 minutes - $24.95 || February 2, 2010
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2010-02-22


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Wayne Wang
Writer(s): Edmond Dantes (story), Kevin Wade (screenplay)
Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Stanley Tucci, Bob Hoskins


Theatrical Release Date: December 13, 2002


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Blooper Reel
  • BD-Live


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Thai (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, Chinese, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai

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.::THE FILM::.

Plot: Marisa Ventura (JENNIFER LOPEZ) is a struggling single mom who works at a posh Manhattan hotel and dreams of a better life for her and her young son (TYLER POSEY). One fateful day, hotel guest and senatorial candidate Christopher Marshall (RALPH FIENNES meets Marisa and mistakes her for a wealthy socialite. After an enchanting evening together, the two fall madly in love. But when Marisaís true identity is revealed, issues of class and social status threaten to separate them. Can two people from very different worlds overcome their differences and live happily ever after?

I probably last saw Maid in Manhattan upon its initial release back in 2002. Heck, I mightíve even checked a sneak preview of it. One thing I do remember is that I didnít like it then and I didnít like it upon only my second viewing, now on Blu-ray. Itís not for the lack of talent that the film doesnít work. Despite what some people on the Net want to say, I think Jennifer Lopez is a good actress especially if sheís given the right script and the right director (Out of Sight) and Ralph Fiennes has turned a good/great performance a time or two over the years (Schindlerís List, heck even Red Dragon) but the combo here never works.

Part of the problem is that no matter how good an actor might be, if he or she is wrong for the character, it doesnít matter how charismatic you are and while Ralph Fiennes is one of my favorite actors working today, he never quite fit the role. Lopez, on the other hand, was alright for her part but really, the screenplay fails on her by giving us a story that doesnít quite click.

Since I could find nothing else about this film to really interest me, I decided to check out a bit of trivia and discovered that at one time Hilary Swank was going to star when it was titled "The Chambermaid" and was set in the 1920s. But studio heads prevailed and it was updated to become a run-of-the-mill rom-com that would be forgotten in the loreís of 99 cent video rentals.

As you might imagine, stay away from this. Although itís not a terrible movie by any stretch Ė there is a certain charm lingering underneath a stilted screenplay and poor casting Ė, itís still just another forgettable romantic comedy.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The only feature here is a standard Blooper Reel (7:18). Thereís also a BD-Live portal and previews for other Sony titles.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Maid in Manhattan sports a surprisingly pleasing looking 1080p high-def transfer (2.40 aspect ratio). The picture is bright, pops off the screen and doesnít have a noticeable amount of dust or scratches. There is some natural noise here and there but the detail levels are nice and the colors are well balanced. I donít know how much work Sony did for this release, but itís a good transfer.

I assume this release has been on the back burner as it has a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD track while some of the newer catalogue releases have had DTS-HD MA tracks. But this one is good especially with the score and the amount of modern music used throughout; dialogue levels are also crisp and clear.



.::OVERALL::.

Taking the movie itself aside, if you dig this romantic-comedy, it just might be worth upgrading over your DVD version. Thereís basically no features aside from a forgettable blooper reel, but the audio and video are both good and if you can find this at a bargain price, then it might be worth picking up. However, if you have yet to see it, you might do yourself a favor and check it out on TV (I think itís aired on TBS before).