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To Rome With Love [Blu-ray]

 

(Woody Allen, 2012)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Medusa Film

Video: Sony Pictures Classic

 

Disc:

Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:51:45.699

Disc Size: 30,676,004,644 bytes

Feature Size: 27,881,232,384 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.91 Mbps

Chapters: 16

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: January 15th, 2013

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3243 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3243 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio French 2162 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2162 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Audio Descriptive Service: Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps

 

Subtitles:

English, English (SDH), French, Hindi, Spanish, none

 

Extras:

• Con Amore: A Passion For Rome (9:05)

Trailer

 

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Description: Romance! Adventure! Hilarity! Italy! Woody Allen leads this all-star cast on a rollicking ride through the streets of one of the world's greatest cities. Lovers and Fianc‚es Opera Singers and Architects the talented and the famous and the youthful and the wise are all players within this ensemble tour-de-force as their stories and lives magically criss-cross and collide throughout this engaging film. Also starring Alec Baldwin Roberto Benigni Pen‚lope Cruz Judy Davis Jesse Eisenberg Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page in a movie as incredible as Rome itself.

 

 

The Film:

The beginning of “To Rome With Love” suggests a return to this durable theme, as we observe a fresh-faced young woman, charmingly lost on her way to the Trevi Fountain, asking directions from a handsome young Italian man. Another ingénue falling into the sinister clutches of a Continental seducer? Not really. Her name is Hayley, she is played by Alison Pill (Zelda Fitzgerald in “Midnight in Paris”), and her inamorato, Michelangelo (Flavio Parenti), is a decent and earnest lawyer devoted to left-wing causes. Their courtship is relatively free of conflict or ambivalence, though the arrival of Hayley’s parents — Mr. Allen and Judy Davis — causes a bit of a kerfuffle.

Excerpt from AO Scott located HERE

 

In Woody Allen's ensemble comedy To Rome With Love, various lives intersect in the Italian city. The characters include architect John (Alec Baldwin), a young man (Jesse Eisenberg) in love with his girlfriend's best friend, an opera director (Woody Allen) who finds an undiscovered talent in an unexpected place, and Leopoldo (Roberto Benigni), who inadvertently becomes one of the most famous people in Rome.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

To Rome With Love appears bright with rich colors on Blu-ray from Sony.  The image is in 1.78:1 aspect ratio.  This is a dual-layered transfer with a supportive bitrate. Colors may have some embellishment but it would be in an acceptable range for most. Contrast is at premium levels. Daylight scenes are more impressive but nothing is overly dark. This Blu-ray has a consistent appearance and supplies a worthy video presentation showcasing some of the grandeur of Rome.

 

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Audio :

Audio comes in the form of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at a healthy 3243 kbps. It easily handles all the film exports with some Italian musical touches like Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare), Puccini's "E lucevan le stelle" from "Tosca" and the memorable "Nessun dorma" (from Turandot.) There is a French DUB and 'Audio Descriptive Services' as well as optional subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'.

 

Extras :

Extras include a 9-minute Making of... entitled Con Amore: A Passion For Rome where the focus is Allen, the location and how the film was put together. There is also a theatrical trailer and some previews.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Critics seemed lukewarm but I loved it. To Rome With Love embodies much of what makes Woody Allen's work so enjoyable. Keen observations on relationships, love, passion, desire - basically the human condition in a warm atmosphere. This is a lot of fun with the incredible backdrop of Rome. I can't imagine fans of the director not be highly entertained. It is a bit sexier than usual with Penelope Cruz portraying a prostitute and nympho-leaning Monica (Ellen Page) - all good.  The Blu-ray is standard fare - doing its job with enough adeptness to make the presentation a reliable and worthwhile one. Recommended! 

Gary Tooze

January 9th, 2013

About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

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