The Tourist Blu-ray Review

The film opens with Elise (Angelina Jolie) having breakfast at a café. When a bike-messenger delivers a note from her criminal husband, Alexander Pearce, it instructs her to meet him at a train station in Venice.

We soon learn that Elise is being trailed by French authorities. The investigation is being led by Inspector John Acheson (Paul Bettany) in connection with Scotland Yard, for her husband’s criminal behavior, specifically owing £744 million in back taxes to the British government.

Once on the train Elise meets Frank (Johnny Depp), an American math teacher and spy novel enthusiast. The two share a meal and conversation, then Elise gives him a kiss and is on her way. Unfortunately for Frank, the innocent kiss causes him to be mistaken for Alexander Pearce. This sets off a chain of events from him being almost killed by Russian mobsters, to being arrested by the Venetian police.

You’d think a film starring two of Hollywoods most powerful players, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, should be a sure fire blockbuster hit. Even with a well written script and an excellent execution, it’s unfortunate that assumption would prove to be wrong.

The film wasn’t awful, it just suffered very poor pacing issues and some bland story writing. The concept is absolutely nothing you haven’t seen before. It’s essentially Angelina Jolie in every film she’s ever done, sans kicking ass; and Johnny Depp portraying every man that’s ever been in any sort of romantic comedy movie. That’s not to say that the film wasn’t well acted, Depp and Jolie preform as you’d expect, it’s just that their characters lack interest.

The Tourist arrives on Blu-ray with a beautiful 1080p transfer that you’ve come to expect from a Sony title. This film is high in detail and textures, everything from the faces to the landscape is so beautifully captured and transferred. The colors in the film are also amazing, especially the beautiful skin tones and scenic scenes. The blacks are nice, noticeably deep and inky as with most Sony releases.

The Tourist arrives to your ears via a near perfect DTS lossless audio presentation, though there isn’t a lot of dynamic sound range. Most of the film rides on dialogue and a subtle underscore. You wont find anything that’s going to rumble your bass, as even the few gun shots in the film are silenced and muffled. That’s not to say that the sound doesn’t fit the film perfectly. This film doesn’t call for anything more than what’s given, however a little more dynamic range would have been nice.

  • Director Commentary
  • Canal Chats – Cast and crew commentary
  • A Gala Affair
  • Action in Venice
  • Bringing Glamour Back
  • Tourist Destination
  • Alternate Animated Title Sequence
  • Outtake Reel
  • Previews of additional Sony titles.
  • MovieIQ
  • BD-Live

While the film’s plot isn’t that great, the technical specifications are really up to par with everything you’ve come to expect from Sony. If you saw the film in the theater and liked it, or you just have to have every film that Depp or Jolie have starred in, then this is certainly a movie that you might want to consider for your collection. If you haven’t seen the movie and you’re not a die hard Depp or Jolie fan, then i’d suggest you wait until the film comes down in price before you decide to purchase it. As I said above, the film isn’t horrible, it’s just certainly nothing special.