Second Act (Blu-ray) (2019)

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Released 3-Apr-2019

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Drama Featurette-3
Interviews-Cast-3
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2019
Running Time 103:30
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up ?
Region Coding 4 Directed By Peter Segal
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Jennifer Lopez
Vanessa Hudgens
Leah Rimini
Case ?
RPI ? Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
English Descriptive Audio DTS HD Master Audio 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.40:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 2.40:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

The title of this film, Second Act starring Jennifer Lopez, refers to a woman taking charge of the second act of their life (i.e. after 40) and despite challenges, making herself successful and achieving what she wants to. This is a good idea for a film which has not really been done very much, however, it is hard to imagine how you can make a worse film based on that premise than this one. I watched this film with someone who I would assume should be its target audience, a woman over forty thinking about the next stage of her life, but she got sick of it before I did. The main problem here is the writing which is poor from start to finish with too many ridiculous plot points and relies on incredible coincidences and ludicrous character behaviours changes to get to its ending. I don't understand how a film can be completely unbelievable and yet really obvious at the same time. The writers and director need to take a long hard look at themselves.

Anyway, the plot concerns Maya (Lopez) a woman of forty-ish who has been living with her boyfriend Trey (Milo Ventimiglia) for a few years without committing to having a family. She works as a assistant manager at a large suburban store, somewhat like a Costco or Walmart. The manager job has become available and she is in the running for the role. When she is passed over for a man with a degree but not street smarts or people skills, she decides to look for something else. Her friends create a new resume and online presence for her (which is all lies), getting the interest (by some miracle) of the CEO of a big cosmetics firm, Anderson Clarke (Treat Williams) who asks her in for an interview. Despite the concerns of his daughter, Zoe (Vanessa Hudgens) who is a VP in the business, he obviously hires her as a consultant. This pitches them against each other in the creation of a new line of cosmetics. Zoe has the best minds in the firm on her team, whereas Maya gets the cast-offs, a scientist with too many morals (Alan Aisenberg) and an assistant with a fear of heights (Charlyne Yi). The completely unbelievable 'twist' comes along part way through and takes things in a different direction. The cast also includes Leah Rimini, Lopez's real-life best friend.

To be fair there are some funny moments in this film with little bits of pratfall humour and some smart lines but this is the only positive I have to offer. The dialogue is quite ordinary at times and as I mentioned above the storyline generally doesn't hold together. The acting although decent cannot elevate the material. The direction is average and the cinematography run of the mill. The music doesn't add a whole lot either being mostly generic pop. I cannot recommend this film.

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Transfer Quality

Video

The video quality is very good without being reference quality.

The feature is presented in a 2.40:1 aspect ratio whichisthe original aspect ratio in 1080p. The film was shot digitally and looks quite good, with good colour and sufficient detail. There is some minor aliasing and a little motion blur but nothing major. Generally, the film looks as you would expect for a recent digital feature film with no major issues to report.

There aresubtitles available in English for the Hearing Impaired which are clear and easy to read.



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Audio

The audio quality is very good.

This disc contains an English soundtrack in DTS HD-MA 5.1 and a descriptive audio track in DTS HD-MA 2.0. Similar to the video there is nothing about this soundtrack that makes it stand out but it does a good job with the material. The music sounds nice and full, the dialogue is clear throughout. There are some mild uses of the surround speakers for crowd and street scenes but that is all you can really expect from this style of film.

Thesubwoofer did a good job supporting the music without really being overly noticeable.

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Extras

A small selection of promo style extras.

Menu

The menu is still and silent.

Connections (0:55)

Promo featurette with interview snippets and scenes.

Empowerment (0:55)

Promo featurette with interview snippets and scenes.

Friendship (0:57)

Promo featurette with interview snippets and scenes.

Interview - Jenifer Lopez (2:53)

Standard promo style interview seemingly with Aussie journalist.

Interview - Vanessa Hudgens (3:34)

Standard promo style interview seemingly with Aussie journalist.

Interview - Leah Rimini (3:58)

Standard promo style interview seemingly with Aussie journalist.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

The US release of this film has the same technical specifications but does not contain the interviews (for what they are worth). Local win.

Summary

A poor film about a worthwhile topic.

The video quality is very good.

The audio quality is very good.

The extras are small and fairly pointless.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, May 13, 2019
Review Equipment
DVDSony UBP-X700 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player, using HDMI output
DisplayLG OLEDC8PTA 55. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 2160p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5012
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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