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Two Weeks In Another Town Blu-ray Review

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“Two Weeks In Another Town” is a stellar character piece.

After spending time in a sanitarium, washed up movie star Jack Andrus heads to Rome to work with director Maurice Kruger (whom he has worked with in the past). While in Rome, Jack tries to revitalize his career, develop a new romance and start a new life, but first he has to fight through some past demons in order to do so.

Director Vincente Minnelli may be best known for helming classic musicals, but the famed director also dabbled in other genres. In “Two Weeks In Another Town,” Minnelli creates a dramatic behind-the-scenes movie making story about broken people (washed up actor a troubled movie star, and a director whose career is falling apart). The screenplay by Charles Schnee (based on the novel by Irwin Shaw) could have easily devolved into an over-the-top melodrama, but it thankfully never does. In reality, the story doesn’t unfold like your average drama and instead spends a lot of time with the characters and their complex dynamics over the course of a 2 week span. At the same time, viewers are also getting a rather dark look at the not so glamorous side of Hollywood filmmaking.

The film does have a few moments that don’t quite work. There are cringe worthy misogynistic elements that pop up every now and then. Also, the end car sequence is a visual nightmare from a filmmaking perspective. You can see what Minnelli was going for, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired.

On the plus side, the movie is a real acting showcase. Kirk Douglas is in peak form as Jack and gives the film’s best performance. George Hamilton may have been a little miscast but it’s interesting to see the actor do something out of the norm. Edward G. Robinson also has a different sort of role here as the vulnerable director. Cyd Charisse (Carlotta) and Dalilah Lavi (who just passed away) also shine in important supporting roles.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? Expect a beautiful transfer that really showcases the picturesque location shooting.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? It sounds like a Mono track but it’s still adequate

The lone extra is a “2 Weeks In Another Town” trailer.

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June 29, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , ,

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