Two Weeks Notice appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie came with an acceptable but unimpressive presentation.
Sharpness was usually good. The movie rarely demonstrated precise delineation, but it also failed to suffer from notable softness. This left us with decent but not great definition. No problems related to jagged edges or moiré effects occurred, and edge haloes remained absent. Digital noise reduction wasn’t an issue, and I saw no specks, marks or other print flaws.
With a fairly natural palette, I thought the hues of Notice looked fine but unexceptional. The movie occasionally exhibited some bright colors, but it usually seemed ordinary in terms of its hues. Blacks also came across with nice depth but nothing stronger, while low-light sequences demonstrated acceptable clarity and openness. Overall, Two Weeks Notice offered a watchable image that lacked much to stand out.
The DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Two Weeks Notice was lackluster mainly because it lacked sonic ambition. I don’t expect this sort of romantic comedy to give me something to show off my system, but the soundfield for Notice seemed awfully bland nonetheless.
The front channels heavily dominated the piece, and they only sporadically offered much life of their own. Music provided pretty good stereo imaging, but effects didn’t spread out all that well. The occasional example of effects popped up on the side, but little more occurred in this subdued piece.
In regard to the surrounds, I suppose they added some light reinforcement of the music and effects. However, I felt hard-pressed to cite any examples where I definitely noticed audio from the rear. When support occurred, it remained essentially unnoticeable. Even the film’s smattering of opportunities for greater audio enhancement passed limply. A Mets game and a thunderstorm continued the front-heavy sound and seemed curiously flat.
Although the scope of the track appeared bland, the quality of the audio was fine. Speech came across as concise and well defined. I discerned no concerns related to edginess or intelligibility.
Music showed good range and dynamics, as the score was bright and distinct throughout the movie. Despite their small role in the presentation, effects also seemed clean and accurate. The mix featured acceptable bass response and clarity overall. It simply failed to ever present an engaging soundfield, so it earned only a lackluster “B-“.
How did the Blu-ray compare to the 2003 DVD? Audio was pretty similar; the DTS-HD mix had a little more range but the track remained so subdued that it didn’t offer a notable step up in quality.
In a similar vein, the image’s lackluster elements restricted how much improvement it could demonstrate. Nonetheless, it offered superior definition and clarity, so it was the more impressive presentation.
Except for some cast/crew-related text, the DVD’s extras repeat here, and we open with an audio commentary from writer/director Marc Lawrence, producer/actor Sandra Bullock, and actor Hugh Grant. All three sat together for this running, screen-specific piece. Bullock and Lawrence previously did a commentary together for 2000’s Miss Congeniality. If you listened to that track, you’ll know what to expect from this breezy but largely uninformative discussion.
Despite the addition of Grant to the mix, the commentary for Notice demonstrates the same tendencies heard during Congeniality. Actually, it differs in one significant way: Bullock seems to speak less frequently here. Grant and Lawrence dominate, and Bullock occasionally appears a little lost in the mix. That’s a shame, for she demonstrated her wit and personality nicely on the Congeniality track.
Here Grant launches most of the zingers, and Bullock gets in a few cracks as well. Lawrence good-naturedly takes some abuse, though the participants also mock themselves as well. Grant often comments upon his own allegedly poor acting skills, and the trio fail to take themselves too seriously during this light and witty piece.
Unfortunately, they also don’t tell us much about the movie. Occasionally we discover some insight into the filmmaking process, but this occurs rarely. For the most part, we only get real data when Lawrence reads one of the smattering of questions prepared for him by someone else, and even then the stars tend to shrug off the queries with jokes. The commentary seems entertaining enough to merit a listen, but don’t expect to learn much about the film.
Two Bleeps Notice provides a blooper reel that goes for two minutes, 25 seconds. View this and see brief shots of the actors’ mistakes. Most of these seem banal, but Grant’s creative profanity such as “wanky tit basket” makes the clip more entertaining than most.
A typically dull HBO First Look special appears next. “The Making of Two Weeks Notice” offers little material of the sort implied in its title. Instead, it provides the usual conglomeration of movie clips, shots from the set, and interviews. In the latter category, we hear from Lawrence, Bullock, Grant, and actors Alicia Witt and Dana Ivey.
The vast majority of the 13-minute, four-second program simply consists of film snippets. The interviews mostly just tell us basic plot and character points; they reveal almost nothing of interest about the flick’s creation, though we do get some amusing notes about Lawrence’s alleged hypochondria. Otherwise, this “First Look” is a near-total dud.
In addition to the film’s trailer, we find two Additional Scenes. “Wedding” runs three minutes, 54 seconds, while “Lucy and Meryl Jogging” goes for two minutes and 40 seconds. An alternate ending, “Wedding” provides the more compelling of the pair. “Jogging” expands Meryl’s character slightly but doesn’t add much to the package otherwise. Still, I welcome all potential chances to eye the lovely Heather Burns, so “Jogging” comes as a welcome addition.
Anyone with a desire to see a creative and original romantic comedy should steer clear from the utterly predictable Two Weeks Notice. However, fans of the genre could do worse, mainly thanks to the charm of its actors. The Blu-ray gives us decent but unexceptional picture and audio along with average bonus materials. This ends up as watchable but forgettable romantic comedy.
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