Kate And Leopold [DVD] 
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Romantic comedy starring Hugh Jackman as a 19th century nobleman who finds love in 21st century New York. Mysteriously transported from 1876 to the dawn of the second millennium, Leopold, Duke of Albany (Jackman), meets market researcher Kate (Meg Ryan) and agrees to serve as a spokesperson for the brand of margarine her company is promoting. A romance soon begins to bloom between the two of them, but time is short, for Leopold will soon need to return to his own time.
On its theatrical release, James Mangold's romantic comedy Kate & Leopold was rightly panned for holes in the logic of its time-travel plot. Stewart (Liev Schreiber) finds a portal to 1876 and goes to observe his ancestor Leopold, Duke of Albany (Hugh Jackman) who then follows him back to 2001. Since Leopold is responsible for inventing a key component in lifts, this instantly causes problems.
The gallant Leopold charms, and is charmed by Stewart's ex, Kate (Meg Ryan), a hard-boiled cynical marketing expert who finds in Victorian idealism a corrective to her view of the world. And this is part of the problem with the film--we cannot entirely believe in Meg Ryan as a cynic, or that her problems can be resolved by going off to 1876 to be with her aristocratic sweetie, and much of the film has an oddly sour hostility to its heroine. Hugh Jackman is a delight in the fish-out-of-water scenes and Breckin Meyer is also very funny as Kate's actor brother, who assumes Leopold is a colleague sunk deep into the creation of a part.
On the DVD Kate and Leopold has crisp Dolby 5:1 sound, which allows the very different acoustics of the two historical periods to be neatly contrasted, and is presented in anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen. We get both the theatrical and Director's cut, both offered with commentary, though the Director's cut audio track is more polemical. The Director's cut restores some expository material and makes more sense. --Roz Kaveney
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At the time I was very pleased to discover that the ex-rental DVD which listed no extras on the cover was actually pretty packed with bonus material - including a Director's Cut.
Well, I watched the Theatrical Release first and loved it.
A few days later I watched the Director's Cut and was totally underwhelmed - because (MILD SPOILER) the ending is given away within the first few minutes by seeing Kate at Leopold's house. Then, there were other scenes inserted which didn't particularly add to the film's story or charm. So, I never watched the DC again because, in my opinion, the Theatrical version is far superior.
So...that brings us to the Blu-ray. Well, if, like me, you prefer the Theatrical Version of this wonderful film you are going to be very disappointed with this release because it ONLY contains the Director's Cut. Even my ex-rental DVD has the option to watch either version. On this BD you only get one version.
Also, I agree with the previous reviewer, that the picture quality is not particularly great. It's certainly NOT blu-ray quality. Like other Miramax release (see my Teaching Mrs. Tingle review) they seem to have simply stuck a standard definition version of the film onto a blu-ray disc.
The features are all present (except the Theatrical Cut obviously) and there is an upgrade in the sound to a DTS-HD Master 5.1 track which actually is a big improvement.Read more ›
The story as i'm sure you may know is about a modern day NYC girl and an 18th Century Duke who through a time hole meet up and fall in love.
Yes I know it sounds soppy, yes I know it sounds a little nauseating but this movie is pure joy
The acting and chemistry between Ryan and Jackman is beautiful and you can't help but get so involved in the characters and their lives and loves.
The horseback scene is genius, you'll never be able to hear anyone talking about the Louvre without quivering, and the roof top dinner will become your benchmark for all future dates.
On a lighter side, the joy of the DVD is there are actually a few deleted scenes which somewhat change the story, but due to test screenings and some clever people realising what the scriptwriters didn't, managed to stop this slight, ahem, faux pas from being released in it's original form.
While at a ball in his uncle's New York house, awash with rich and eager heiresses, he notices a stranger who had earlier caught his attention. He follows the stranger and finds himself in the year 2001, as he falls through a portal in time. Landing in the apartment of Stuart Besser (Liev Schreiber), the stranger whom he had followed, he soon meets Kate McKay (Meg Ryan), Stuart's former girlfriend of four years and a modern day Everywoman. Let the games begin.
What follows is nothing earth shattering. In fact, it is pretty predictable. Leopold and Kate fall in love, though the big question is why, as there is nothing to suggest why they should. Meg Ryan does her usual Meg Ryan thing, though she is starting to get a bit little long in the tooth to be playing the brash, cutesy ingenue. She is, in fact, getting to be quite tiresome in these sorts of roles, as she plays them all exactly the same, making them virtually indistinguishable one from the other. She needs to extend her range, before her adoring public stops adoring her.
Jackman, however, does a star turn with his gently effective and ingratiating portrayal of Leopold. He is simply sensational. Charming, handsome, and warm, with a light British accent that rings true, he is totally believable as a chivalrous gent from another time. Jackman totally upstages Ryan without meaning to do so. It is a good thing that he does.Read more ›
For fans of Meg Ryan -and who isn't- this rollicking tale just ticks all the boxes. Do buy it, it is so affordable and will appeal to females and males alike.
It's an easy film to feel superior to if you're not tuned to its wry self-satire. An interesting essay could be written about its use of food as a metaphor for the two contrasting civilizations. Does is romanticize the past? Of course! Is the plot full of holes? Certainly -- but then, so is a Swiss cheese.
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Had this on video for years. Great to finally have my own, DVD copy of it.
It's essentially a "Rom-Com", but with such a charming and engaging storyline behind... Read more
love this romcom with a difference time travel and its got meg ryanPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
My husband a fan of Meg and I love Hugh so idea viewing as a couplePublished 3 months ago by searbymason
Brilliant, comic, sweet romantic time travelling story. Really enjoyed this film and would definitely recommend it.Published 4 months ago by M. Friend
Good old fashioned romance and sloppy all the way through with a totally outrageous storyline.....How could I not love it?Published 4 months ago by J. Edwards