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Introduction
If you were to draw up a list of ideal duos to star together in a romantic comedy, then I am sure Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock would come pretty high up. Both celebrities have successful careers and pull in the crowds whenever one of their movies is released. However, up until this year’s release of Two Weeks Notice the pair had surprisingly never acted together.  

Two Weeks Notice
Movie
Lucy Kelson (Sandra Bullock) is a practicing attorney, who has a desire to save endangered buildings from the clutches of power hungry property developers. Lucy puts all her spare time and effort into benevolent projects which benefit the community. Lucy’s hard work ensures that she has no time for personal relationships and this is the main reason she lives alone. Sometimes her enthusiasm for saving buildings can get her into trouble and this is clearly evident when she loses her job. Most people would revaluate their lives after such an experience, but not Lucy as she sets about trying to save her local community centre in Coney Island. Not content with petitioning the building company, Lucy sets about trying to meet the owner of the company, a certain businessman called George Wade.

George Wade (Hugh Grant) is a stereotypical property developer; he cares more about his bank balance than the well-being of residents who live near any of his developments. George also loves the lifestyle and power that comes with being one of America’s richest and most famous businessmen. His life could best be described as that of a playboy, as he works hard, but plays even harder. However, George’s attitude means that he is an awful boss to work for. He demands 100% effort, but the trouble is that he has intimate relationships with all his personal assistants, who conveniently happen to be female!

The meeting between George and Lucy doesn’t go to plan! Lucy accepts a job working for George, in exchange for George scrapping the development on Coney Island. The unusual working partnership blossoms over the following months and George grows to heavily rely on Lucy, while Lucy finds it difficult to keep up with her demanding boss. This results in her giving George her two weeks notice. During the two weeks the pair realise that their feelings for each other extend beyond the workplace, but is either one of them brave enough to take the plunge?

Two Weeks Notice is not your usual romantic comedy. What I mean by that is that normally the genre has a tried and tested formula which begins with the couple falling madly in love, then they have an argument and they make up towards the end of the movie. This formula is not used in Two Weeks Notice and what ensues is a fresh storyline, which is slightly unpredictable. Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock make a good team, which is strengthened by an amusing script. If you are looking for a feel-good date movie, then look no further.

Two Weeks Notice
Video
Warner Bros have presented the movie in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which is also Anamorphic. Colour levels are natural and when called upon, black levels also appeared solid. This movie is mostly shot in daylight, but there is the occasional night time scene, which the transfer dealt with capably. As is to be expected with any new release, there are no signs of edge enhancements and I didn’t notice any visible compression artefacts either. Clarity levels were also spot-on, showing the beauty of the scenery and main actors in their full glory. Warner Bros usually set high standards with their new movies and this release is no different.

Two Weeks Notice
Audio
There are two soundtracks with this release. First up is an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track, which surpassed my expectations. Having missed this film at the cinema and basing my ideas on the nature of the movie, I wasn’t expecting a great deal of action from the surrounds.  However, while not being the most active soundtrack I have heard, it provides enough kicks to keep most female viewers engrossed in what’s happening on the screen. Background noises are often portrayed through the rears, so for example during some of the noisy street scenes, I could hear cars passing closely behind. Dialogue is clear throughout and the musical score was also presented competently. The second track which can be found on this disc is in French (dubbed in Quebec). Subtitles are also provided in English, French and Spanish.

Extras
Heading up the list of extras on this disc is the HBO First Look: The Making of Two Weeks Notice documentary. The first five minutes of this documentary is spent explaining the story involved, with various crew and cast members leaving no stone unturned. I would definitely recommend skipping this extra if you haven’t seen the film first. After the storyline is divulged, the documentary then moves onto a longer than normal backslapping session. Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant obviously got on well during the filming, which is emphasized by the numerous compliments that they pay one another during this documentary. They also get around to praising the director as well, which is par for the course these days on DVD releases. This documentary lasts for just over thirteen minutes and is pretty dull viewing.

Next up are two deleted scenes. The first scene is actually an alternate ending, which would have appeared directly after the final scene in the movie. I don’t want to give away the storyline, so I won’t mention what happens in the scene. The other deleted scene included features a conversation between Lucy and her friend while they are jogging through a park. Both deleted scenes have a combined running time of six minutes and have to be played sequentially.

The next extra is something of a novelty and is generally underused on DVDs. Warner Brothers have taken the white rabbit technique used on the Matrix DVD and turned it into a romantic extra called “Two Bleeps Notice”. This extra involves the user pressing enter on their remote every time a pink heart is shown during the movie. Pressing the enter button launches outtakes for that particular scene. This is a worthwhile extra and certainly the highlight of the disc. Hopefully more distributors will start using this functionality.

Less technical extras are next up on the disc, with Cast & Crew information and a theatrical trailer on offer. I remember seeing the trailer at the cinema and I have to admit my first impression was not particularly favourable. Having seen the trailer for a second time I am still not convinced by it. In my opinion it is too disjointed and makes the movie look corny. The trailer runs for just over two and a half minutes.

Last up on the disc is a commentary with Director/Writer Marc Lawrence, Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant. Apologies are made at the start of this commentary on behalf of Hugh Grant, who is obviously not well and whose voice is not particularly clear. However, it doesn’t distract from him adding some amusing moments to the commentary, e.g. when he expresses his confusion that people will actually listen to a commentary and waste their time doing so! This extra is very light-hearted and shows that the commentators are good friends, and obviously had a ball filming the movie. Fans of technical commentaries will be slightly disappointed by the content here, however is it one of the most entertaining commentaries that I have listened to recently.  

Two Weeks Notice
Overall
Two Weeks Notice is an ideal date movie which should bring a smile to your face, while at the same time keeping you in the good books with your other half (if you are anything like me!) The pairing of Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock works well and they seem to have chemistry between them, which I am sure will be replicated onscreen again in the near future. As far as the disc is concerned Warner Bros have once again provided a first class release, which is only slightly let down by a lack of meaty extras, given today’s high standards.  The transfer is impeccable and the soundtrack is a pretty reasonable effort as well. This release will sell by the bucket-load and it is easy to see why.  


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