New Years Eve comes early this year and it is helmed by master Garry Marshall
New Years Eve comes early this year and it is helmed by master Garry Marshall! The hit holiday movie is now coming to DVD staring May 1st and it's your chance to count down until the ball drops once again.
Corporate executive Claire Morgan (Hilary Swank) is responsible for overseeing the annual Times Square extravaganza with some help from TV host Ryan Seacrest, NYPD officer (played by Chris Bridges, aka Ludacris), and a crack repairman (Hector Elizondo). Also, nearby event planner (Katherine Heigl) is very reluctantly putting the final finishing touches on a rock concert at which her handsome rock star ex-boyfriend Jensen (played by Jon Bon Jovi) is going to be headlining. Meanwhile, one of his back up singers Elise (Lea Michele) all of a sudden finds herself stuck in an elevator with a New Years grouch Randy, played by Ashton Kutcher, who has vowed to not celebrate the holiday. There's also the helicopter mom Kim (Sarah Jessica Parker) who's too obsessed with her teenage daughter Hailey's (Abigail Breslin) crush on a classmate Seth, played by Jake T. Austin, to think about her own needs.
Also, hospital bound Griffin Byrne (Seth Meyers) and his nine months pregnant wife, Tess (Jessica Biel) are hoping that they can win the $25,000.00 prize for having the very first baby born after midnight. Elsewhere in the hospital is a terminal patient named Stan who is on the cancer ward, played by Robert De Niro, who is trying to talk his empathetic nurse Aimee (Halle Berry) into taking him up to the roof to watch the ball drop. And of course no modern movie would be complete without a cougar Ingrid (Michelle Pfeiffer) being serenaded all over town by a very persistent and young admirer who is old enough to be her son.
With so many tales to tell and stars packed into one film, you'd think that the mega watt lights would be shining but some of the stories get mixed up and lost in translation. When you try to tell too many stories at once films and TV shows can overwhelm the audience and lose focus. Unfortunately this problem is persistent in New Years Eve. You end up caring more about certain couples storylines then others, and some aren't really needed in order to get the holiday theme or message across. While there is something for young and old viewers, and Times Square is the key location where all roads lead, Marshall tries to incorporate too much and things become somewhat muddled. Your heartstrings will be tugged, and your funny bone will be a little bit tickled, but mostly you're left feeling why you should be invested in all of these characters and paths the characters go down.
The DVD extras for the Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack include Director's commentary which is your standard extra featuring director Marshall's run down of his favorite parts of the film, anecdotes from filming, and other tidbit facts and doesn't have any of the cast join him. Also included is your typical gag reel full of goofs and gafs when it comes to flubbing lines, missing marks, and other mischief. The featurette "Magic of Times Square" is just a history while "Jon Bon Jovi & Lea Michele rock New Year's Eve" is a collaboration of the rocker and the "Glee" star with producer Don Was from the recording studio to the set to a live Times Square performance. "New Year's Eve Secret of the Stars" is a featurette that focuses on various cast members dishing on their best and worst New Year's Eve celebrations. There is also a handful of deleted scenes that are packed into a pretty insignificant featurette.
New Year's Eve is available on Blu-ray Combo pack, DVD and for download 5/1.