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Blu-ray review: 'To Rome With Love' sees Allen's fab palette with partial pallor

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Blu-ray: To Rome With Love

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Studio Synopsis ~ 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 Fiancées, 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.

Studio: Sony
Running Time: 112 minutes
Rating: R
Number of Disks: 1

Special Features:
- Con Amore: A Passion for Rome

Woody Allen has perpetually managed to capture the manic fantasyland that inhabits his brain with a deft hand and a thoughtful – albeit at times squirrely – conveyance. And while “To Rome With Love” carries the brushstrokes that could only be those of Allen, as the multiple storylines perform their familiar dance and the picturesque locales are elegantly paraded, this latest trip to Rome sees an entirely different time-zone and tone compared to last year’s “Midnight in Paris.”

At times both preachy and overly crowded, one of Rome’s most redeeming qualities – aside from its marvelous cast – seems to lie with the city itself, rather than with Allen’s usual band of hefty eccentricity and hopped-up glands. But even with the misfired rants and the aimless strolls through back alley confusion, Woody’s Rome still carries with it glimmers of a place where boy meets girl, and quirk meets quaint.

Only Uno extra is included, even with the space expanding Blu-ray format, and although some nice shots of the city and some thoughtful words about working with Allen add a bit of color to the overall appeal, “Con Amore: A Passion for Rome” remains largely a standard clips-and-interviews feature.

So while Allen paints with his familiar palette, the film takes on a partial pallor, as we are whisked away on a fair journey “To Rome With Love.”

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Additional Resources:
Central Cast: Woody Allen | Judy Davis | Alec Baldwin | Jesse Eisenberg | Greta Gerwig | Ellen Page | Penélope Cruz | Carol Alt
Director: Woody Allen
Central Writers: Woody Allen
Theatrical Release: July 6, 2012
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: January 15, 2013
Genre: Comedy | Romance
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE

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