While it’s somewhat unfair to compare New York, I Love You to its predecessor, it’s an easy example of how this type of film can be done right — having the wealth of talent that Paris, je t'aime featured is an important first step. With yet another entry, Shanghai, I Love You, on the way, let's hope the concept gets an overhaul, or at least better directors.
The Blu-ray Disc
New York, I Love You is presented in 1080p high definition with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Interestingly, there’s a very homogenous feel to the transfer, with all directors’ segments looking more or less the same, although that’s more a comment on the film itself. The transfer here is excellent, with strong color saturation and fine detail. Even if the films show us nothing new about New York City, at least the familiar images look great here. The audio is presented in 5.1 Dolby DTS-HD, and it’s pretty much a front channel affair, with dialogue presented cleanly and crisply. Occasional city noise provides some ambiance, but nothing to get too excited about.
There’s not a lot going for the bonus material on the disc, which is all presented in standard def. Two segments that were excised from the film — unfortunately, as both are better than several of the film’s worst — are included here. One is written and directed by Scarlett Johansson and the other written and directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. Also included are five short director interviews from Ratner, Attal, Marston, Nair, and Iwai. The theatrical trailer rounds out the extras.
The Bottom Line
There’s very little wheat among the chaff that is New York, I Love You, making it hardly worth it to even pick around the underperformers.