Manhattan Night Blu-ray Review
“Manhattan Night” is an involving mystery film.
In “Manhattan Night,” a married NY reporter (Porter) becomes wrapped up in a complex mystery involving a widow (Caroline), her late husband’s (Simon) strange death, a media mogul (Hobbs), and video recordings. How does it all connect? That would be telling.
In many respects, “Manhattan Night” is an old fashioned throwback to the film noirs and murder mysteries of the past as well as the erotic thrillers of the 80’s. It’s not the type of film you see too much of these days which is partially what makes it so appealing. Now, granted, the plot isn’t exactly original or surprising, but it really doesn’t matter as “Manhattan Night” still manages to be an entertaining film about secrets and voyeurism that holds your interest from start to finish.
What really makes the film work so well is the strong trio of performances from the three main stars- Adrien Brody, Campbell Scott and Yvonne Strahovski (best known from “Chuck”). Even though Brody has been doing a lot of VOD/DVD movies as of late, he never ceases to give the movies his all unlike some actors out there (Cough Bruce Willis Cough). Campbell Scott gives the film’s most interesting performance as a creepy and warped filmmaker. Lastly, Yvonne Strahovski shines as a seductive femme fatale of sorts (you’ll see what I mean).
Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The NY locals really come to life with this transfer.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? It does the job.
* Digital copy.
* Lionsgate trailers and a “Manhattan Night” trailer.
* 4 deleted/extended scenes.
* “Behind The Scenes With Cast And Crew Interviews”- The title of this near 4 ½ minute extra says it all.
* “The Watcher”- A featurette about how watching is a major component of the film.
* “Director’s Notebook And Storyboards”- Director Brian DeCubellis gives viewers a look at his binder of notes and images.
* A solid commentary by Brian DeCubellis, Campbell Scott and David Timblety.