Nicole Kidman was cast in the lead role but dropped out. Lucy Punch would later accept the role. ~IMDB
I’ve seen a few Woody Allen films in my time and a majority of them have to do with the realties of love with a twist of black comedy. You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger follows that suit. First off it’s a massive, mostly experienced cast of actors and actresses, and with Allen’s storytelling you are entertained throughout. Unfortunately for me right off the bat the whole grass is greener on the other side bit just didn’t work out as well as the execution would have hoped. Anthony Hopkins’ storyline is more clown like with Lucy Punch (Ella Enchanted, Dinner For Schmucks) playing a young call girl who Hopkins plans to marry. It’s a complete mismatch that misses the charm that the character would have had if it were played by a more engaging actress. Frieda Pinto’s performance seems narrowed down to her beauty and clichéd as this exotic erotic ideal fantasy, but its just written in that way and doesn’t exactly seem fair to what fans of her previous work in Slumdog Millionaire know her for. Still, the film manages to stay coherent and really offers up a tale that’s worth sitting through. As always final judgment is yours.
Colors seemed a bit off to me. Skin tone has an unnerving reddish hue and overall picture seemed mostly soft and blander then you’d expect unless your looking at close ups which have high detail and a good sense of vibrancy but falter a bit due to a higher level of grain in the picture. Overall the picture could be brighter and reds brought down just a tab to maintain a more organic looking picture but for what its worth the film manages to give you a faithful transfer that stays loyal to Allen’s vision. Its not perfect its not to far off. Audio is brought to you via DTS-HD MA and is more then sufficient offering up the mostly dialogue heavy film capturing some really beautiful moments in the film such as Pinto’s introduction as a guitar playing neighbor and atmospheric sound such as Banderas’ fancy sports car coming and going.
It’s pretty barren in this area. You’ve got the films original trailer as well as trailers for other films but other then that it’s a sad supplemental package from Sony for this release. There seriously had to have been more. The only thing I can think is that this was a rushed job and the film will get a better presentation later in some form of directors cut that will feature a better transfer and a much larger bonus feature package.