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The Trip To Italy Blu-ray Review

The Trip To Italy Blu-ray

“The Trip To Italy” doesn’t compare to its predecessor.

“The Trip To Italy” (which is a follow up to the amusing but overlong “The Trip”) once again finds actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon hitting the road to do restaurant reviews for The Observer. This time, however, the two tour Italy where they eat incredible food, sightsee, interact with various people, discuss careers, films, music, family, Lord Byron, literature, and, of course, do many impersonations.

“The Trip to Italy” (which started out as a TV series and was later turned into a feature) certainly feels like a natural sequel to “The Trip,” but unfortunately, it also feels like a retread. Even with director Michael Winterbottom at the helm again, the film just feels like it’s always trying to one up its predecessor without actually doing so. Now, that’s not a knock on Coogan and Brydon who are once again stellar as fictionalized versions of themselves. The problem simply lies with the overall story. While it was interesting to see the Coogan and Brydon’s friendship develop throughout the course of this second installment, ‘Italy’ is plagued by pacing issues and a rather meandering story. The frustratingly abrupt ending doesn’t exactly help the film’s cause either.

On the plus side, there are still plenty of amusing scenes to be had here. While there are a lot of familiar beats from “The Trip,” viewers can expect to see hilarious conversations about James Bond actors and “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? The picturesque Italy locals alone are breathtaking. A great transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The dialogue and Alanis Morissette music come through loud and clear.

Extras:
* “The Trip To Italy” trailer and IFC Films trailers.
* 14 deleted scenes.

Overall Thoughts: While the food is often more enticing than anything else on screen, “The Trip to Italy” still manages to be a watchable (albeit supremely flawed) sequel.

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December 30, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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