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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
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
Retail Price: $38.95
Features: Theatrical Trailer
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,
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.
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.
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.