NEW Audrey Hepburn Collection (DVD)
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Still, what's here is memorable to say the least; Billy Wilder's pluperfect romance Sabrina, Stanley Donen's miraculous Funny Face and Blake Edward's thoroughly nourishing Breakfast at Tiffany's - each one a certifiable classic with a capital 'C'! These discs are mercifully region free and the quality is mostly satisfying. A few caveats to consider.
(1) the sequence in Funny Face where Fred Astaire sings the title tune to Hepburn in a dark room bathed in red light exhibits some very minor instability akin to watching an old analog TV broadcast with an airplane flying overhead. It only occurs at the start of the song and vanishes thereafter. If you blink you may or may not notice it, but it's there and obvious in an otherwise flawless transfer.
(2) the grain structure in Sabrina has been eradicated with DNR. Again, we don't veer into those unattractive waxy digitized images we're used to seeing on occasion, but Sabrina is very smooth and occasionally - especially on monitors 65 inches or larger - we notice that something is slightly remiss.
(3) finally, with the exception of Breakfast at Tiffany's, none of the other discs contain ANY of the extras Paramount gave us on their Centennial DVD's. Why?Read more ›
Its easy to see why Audrey Hepburn has remained such a popular film star, and why so many actresses fail miserably to be the "next" Audrey Hepburn. There was only one actress who combined the sense of innocence, sweetness, beauty, humor, grace and charm into one. And don't we all wish she had made more movies? And don't we all wish they could still make movies like the ones that Audrey starred in? No wonder she's still our favorite!
So, in chronological order...we get Roman Holiday(1953), Audrey's breakout Oscar winner where she guaranteed she would be a star, then her next movie, Sabrina(1954), which cemented her as Hollywood's sweetheart, then Breakfast at Tiffany's(1961), simply one of my favorite movies of all time. I would have liked to have seen Charade, My Fair Lady, and Funny Face included, really I would...will there be a Volume 2?? It would be quite a nice cure for the mean reds. If you haven't fallen in love with Audrey Hepburn yet, then buy this nice set and you will!
She also was absurdly good at romantic comedies of all kinds, whether playing a polished ingenue, a damaged party girl or an earnest nerd-turned-model. "The Audrey Hepburn Collection" brings together three of her most beloved comedic turns -- "Funny Face," "Sabrina" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" -- which show Hepburn at her most charming and enchanting. The clothes aren't bad either.
"Sabrina" (Hepburn) is the daughter of the chauffeur at the palatial Larabee estate. She's also in love with the ne'er-do-well second son, David (William Holden), but is sent away to Paris to attend a cooking school. And with the help of a fairy godcount, she gains sophistication, ambition, and confidence... as well as the ability to make a souffle properly ("A woman unhappily in love, she forgets to turn on the oven!").
When she returns to the Larabees' estate, David is instantly smitten with the poised young lady. But even if marrying a chauffeur's daughter were okay with his family, his brother Linus (Humphrey Bogart) has arranged a business marriage for David to finance a newly-patented glass formula. And to make sure David doesn't run off with Sabrina, Linus begins wooing her too... and falling in love for real.
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" is a daily ritual for Holly Golightly (Hepburn), a social butterfly who hosts parties, entertains drunken men every evening, and dreams of owning a horse farm in Mexico.Read more ›
First up: Roman Holiday, which according to the little sticker on the outside of the box has been "meticulously restored frame by frame." It shows! The viewer is treated to William Wyler's lush, grandiose frame composition and gorgeous lighting. Though not as jaw-droppingly beautiful as many of the shots in Sabrina, the look of Roman Holiday will leave you breathless. That's a good thing since so much time is spent, not in character or plot development, but in showing the audience the sights of Rome. One of the first films to double as a travelogue, Roman Holiday wouldn't work half so well without the sharp details and the subtle shades of blacks and greys throughout. Hepburn's character comes across as very natural and charming and Peck is a revelation. This film was shot before he was obligated to play "Gregory Peck" in every movie. Though the humor is played a little too broadly in spots, this film's a good one and the chemistry between Hepburn and Peck is wonderful. Incidental details like a taxi driver crying like a baby to communicate the Italian word "bambino" and a landlord who hauls out his old rifle to guard Hepburn's room complete a picture already delightful, subtle and moving.Read more ›
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Fantastic restoration. Great picture & sound. Wonderful to see these films the way they were meant to be seen.Published 2 months ago by Mark
If you love vintage movies - if you love Audrey, then I highly recommend this! Loved all the movies. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Natalie
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