Friday, January 18, 2013

Now Available on Blu-Ray and DVD -- To Rome with Love (Review)


"Experience the allure of the eternal city when Woody Allen’s TO ROME WITH LOVE arrives on Blu-ray and DVD January 15th from Sony Pictures Classics and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. This enchanting romantic comedy, set in Rome, features a star-studded cast including Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin (TV’s “30 Rock”), Academy Award® winner Roberto Benigni (Best Actor, Life is Beautiful, 1999), Academy Award® winner Penelope Cruz (Best Supporting Actress, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, 2009), Judy Davis (A Passage to India), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Greta Gerwig (Damsels in Distress) and Ellen Page (Inception). Alison Pill (TV’s “The Newsroom”) and Allesandra Mastronardi also star in the film.

TO ROME WITH LOVE is told in four independent vignettes about four characters whose adventures change their lives forever: an average Roman wakes up one day to find himself a well-known celebrity; an American architect revisits the streets on which he used to live as a student; a young couple on their honeymoon are pulled into separate romantic encounters; and an American opera director tries to turn a singing mortician into a star.

Both the Blu-ray and DVD come with the special featurette “Con Amore: A Passion for Rome,” providing a first time glimpse into the secretive world of Woody Allen’s filmmaking process featuring exclusive cast and crew interviews with Alec Baldwin, Penélope Cruz and Greta Gerwig.  The film, which opened the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival, was written and directed by Allen, produced by Letty Aronson (Midnight in Paris), Stephen Tenenbaum (Midnight in Paris), Faruk Alatan (Pope Joan) and Giampaolo Letta with co-producers Helen Robin (Midnight in Paris) and David Nichols (The Tourist), and    co-executive producer Jack Rollins (Midnight in Paris). 

TO ROME WITH LOVE has a run time of approximately 112 minutes and is rated R for some sexual references."



My Thoughts:

Woody Allen is always known to make great love story films, and he doesn't disappoint with To Rome with Love.  Featuring a star-studded cast, including Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz, Jessie Eisenberg, Ellen Page,  Roberto Benigni and Woody Allen himself, this romantic comedy follows four story lines in one.  Even though the parties in each story never actually meet, the way in which Woody Allen tells their love stories is amazing.  You would think that with four stories going on at once that you would get confused or lose interest.  It was quite the contrary for me.  At first I thought Woody Allen would bring the four stories together, but then I hoped he wouldn't as they were all enjoyable in their own right.  I couldn't believe how often I found myself laughing.  And, having never been to Rome, I loved how Woody Allen shared tourist scenes of this popular tourist destination for love, as each of the four stories plays out. 

I have been a fan of Woody Allen for years, and was excited to see him back in front of the camera.  Some think that he is goofy or acts awkward, but I feel he is pure genius in his ability to tell a story in such a way that you find yourself relating to characters, as they remind you of people in your life or experiences you may have had.  Well, I hope you don't see yourself in Penelope Cruz's character as she plays a prostitute in this film.  :-)  I especially loved seeing the awkward love story unfold between Juno's Ellen Page and Jesse Eisenberg. 

Now, I am not going to tell you how each story ends or if everyone lives happily ever after.  You will have to rent or buy this DVD/Blu-Ray and watch for yourself.  :-)  Moviefone this past week named this film a must-see, and after watching it myself, I can see why.  This is not one to miss. 

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this movie from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone. 

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