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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
(Blu-ray)

review by Zach B.

 

 

MPAA Rating: R (For Some Language)

Running Time: 93 Minutes

Starring: Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Gemma Jones, Freida Pinto, Lucy Punch, Naomi Watts

Written and Directed by: Woody Allen

 

 

Studio: Sony

Retail Price: $38.95

Features: Theatrical Trailer

Specs: 1.78:1 Widescreen 1080p High Definition, English DTS-HD Master Audio Surround, French DTS-HD Master Audio Surround, English Subtitles, Scene Selections (16 Scenes)

Released: February 18th, 2011

 
 


"You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" is presented in a 1080p high definition transfer, with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1. The movie and its London setting looks good: the movie has a fresh, clean visual palette overall. Fleshtones look pretty accurate, while color saturation is warm and full bodied. Detail is very nice too. However, while this certainly looks better than standard definition, I did not find the transfer to "pop out" as much as other Blu-rays I have seen recently. Do not get me wrong, there is a lot to like here, but even with the cinematography of the elgendary Vilmos Zsigmond, the film looks sorta flat. Shimmering pops up now and then, but is never distracting. Not the best transfer you'll bear witness to, but fine nonetheless.

 


Woody Allen never wants his films released as multi-channel mixes, so it is something to say that in lieu of the usual mono, "You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger" has surround DTS-HD Master Audio tracks in English and French. Per Allen, the film is driven by dialogue, and that does not disappoint here: all the dialogue that comes out of the actors mouths sounds very clear and is always easy to hear. The music comes through well, while the stray sound effect here and there (such as a car crash) gives off a little punch. For a surround mix, this is pleasant enough and fits the film just fine.

English subtitles are included.

 


Per every Woody Allen film released on home video, you will only find the film's Theatrical Trailer.

 


"You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" is not vintage Woody, but compared to some of the more recent films he's made, it's not bad for an evening's entertainment. The Blu-ray is essentally featureless, but the film looks and sounds amiable enough. Fans of the filmmaker will want to see it, but a purchase should only be in order for Woody completeists.