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'Sex and the City 2' [Blu-ray]
(Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, et al / 2-Disc Blu ray+DVD / R / 2010 / New Line+Warner Bros.)

Overview: The fun, the fashion, the friendship: Sex and the City 2 brings it all back and more as Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) come together to take another bite out of The Big Apple – and beyond – in a hilarious sequel.

Blu ray Verdict: 'Sex And The City 2,' at its core, has a fairly good story and script by Michael Patrick King (with bows to Candace Bushnell and Darren Star who created the original HBO series) - issues that face older girls post marriage and menopause. But those tidbits get buried in the embarrassingly extravagant production that reeks of misspent funds attempting to make the show a crowd pleaser. It didn't work in the theaters and it doesn't seem to work on DVD.

It is especially sad to watch this self-indulgent film because there are some really fine actors involved. Not only is the original quartet of high flying comediennes intact - Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall. Kristin Davis - but the leftover men - David Eigenberg, Evan Handler, Jason Lewis, Chris Noth, John Corbett - are also pulled into the redux, each appearing a bit tired of the attempt to update what had been a good show.

There is no real story: after an insulting wedding of tow gay men, Samantha is invited to Abu Dhabi for a PR swing and of course she takes her girlfriends along, each of whom is having conflicts in their marriage or mothering status. The trip simply allows for the constant costume changes that are appallingly grotesque to be shown in contrast to the social mores of the Arab Emirates (burka wearing women contrasting with the flamboyant quartet) and many lessons on how to identify the old 'ugly American' tourist. But of course, the trip's influence on the ladies makes them appreciate what their lives are truly like in New York...la la la.

There are very brief appearances by Liza Minnelli, Penélope Cruz, Miley Cyrus, Tim Gunn etc that only seem to underscore the expensive budget of this Redux. If the viewer is able to get past these obstacles and hear the tiny bits of advice for women a la Carrie Bradshaw Preston's journalism, this can be an entertaining evening. It is just not worth the final tab. [GH] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

"So Much Can Happen in Two Years": A conversation with Sarah Jessica Park and Michael Patrick King
Styling Sex and the City 2
Marry Me Liza!
Revisiting the 80s
The Men of Sex and the City
SATC2 Soundtrack: In the Recording Studio with Alicia Keys
Commentary by Michael Patrick King

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