"NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU" is an anthology film, comprised of 11 love stories set in, and built around New York as a landmark. Some of these short films work quite well and others feel a complete waste. But, overall, "NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU" is an entertaining experience and well worth viewing. While the 2nd or third worst of the eleven films is a toss-up between Mira Nair or Jiang Wen's piece, there's no question Brett Ratner's film is the absolute worst entry. How bad? Well, he makes anything from Mira Nair feel like a gripping suspense film! Wen's is just awful on every conceivable level. Nair's piece never reels remotely believable. While it's always a pleasure to watch Natalie Portman in any role, it's a shame to find Nair has no idea how to best utilize her. Worse, upon viewing Nair's latest full length film, "AMELIA," re-watching some of her older films and, now, upon seeing her short film, she may very well be one of the most over-rated directors currently working today! But, Ratner's film, starring James Caan and Blake Lively, demonstrates just how frustrating it must be for really good, struggling directors to see Ratner gets big-budget films, with no discernible talent at all! His attempt at comedy, revolving around guy going to prom with a girl in a wheelchair as his date, fails miserably on every level. It magnifies just how lacking in talent this guy is! Wow!!!
Perhaps the best film is the first of two from van Attal, revolving around Ethan Hawke and Maggie Q, as a couple hitting the new york streets for a cigarette. But, Allen Hughes' film, set amidst Greenwich Village, is also memorable and offers the most satisfying ending of all the films here.
Some of the romances explored here, work and work very well. Others sputter from the first few seconds! But, 8 of the films offer enough fresh, creative and inspired moments to recommend at least viewing "NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU," before buying it. But, at least it's worth viewing!
PALM PICTURES has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p blu-ray. Colors are solid for the most part, although the individual films vary with regards to their vibrancy. Detail is consistently impressive. Darker scenes are greatly aided with inky blacks, ensuring fine detail isn't absorbed by shadow. There are instances wherein the image is too warm, but these are few and far between. For the most part, the image is very good, but short of reference quality.
A DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix varies with each film, but there's a consistent focus on the center channel. Discrete and surround effects are more immersive on some films than others, but the fidelity is always impressive and LFE effects are surprisingly active.
Extras include two films that had been cut from the original release. While neither are exceptionally impressive, even the one directed by Scarlett Johansson, flawed as it is, is a masterpiece compared to Ratner's work!