DVD REVIEW: Roman Holiday – The Centennial Collection

Roman Holiday is Audrey Hepburn film debut, she co-starred with Gregory Peck in a romantic comedy about a modern-day Princess and an American newspaperman who fall in love. It’s absolutely amazing that Hepburn won an Oscar for this role.

There are several extra featurettes about Audrey’s biography. All in all these extras will last a couple hours at most. One of the videos is carried over straight from the 2002 DVD release.

This collection includes:
Audrey Hepburn: The Paramount Years
Remembering Audrey
Rome with a Princess
Dalton Trumbo: From A-List to Blacklist
Restoring Roman Holiday
Behind the Gates: Costumes
Paramount in the ‘50s- Retrospective Featurette

This film is very enjoyable to watch. Some of the shots of Rome and its landmarks look fantastic. Audrey Hepburn was delightful, and this was one of Gregory Peck’s better films.

DVD REVIEW: Sunset Boulevard – The Centennial Collection

Sunset Boulevard is one weird movie. I mean that in a good way, this movie keeps you on your toes. You have no idea what is going to happen next.

The movie starts out with a dead man floating in a pool at a Sunset Boulevard Mansion. If that doesn’t immediately grab your attention than we’ve lost all hope for you. This tragic story is an inside look into Hollywood filmmaking.

Sunset Boulevard has one hell of a golden quote: “All right, Mr. Demille, I’m ready for my close-up.” Yeah it’s one of those quotes that you’ve heard before but never knew where it came from. Well now you know.

This movie defines a classic. It is surely one that most people will enjoy.

The DVD includes:
Commentary by Ed Sikov (author of On Sunset Boulevard: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder)
Sunset Boulevard: The Beginning
The Noir Side of Sunset Boulevard by Joseph Wambaugh
Two Sides of Ms. Swanson
Stories of Sunset Boulevard
Mad About the Boy: A Portrait of William Holden
Sunset Boulevard Becomes a Classic
Recording Sunset Boulevard
The City of Sunset Boulevard
Original Morgue Prologue
The Score of Sunset Boulevard
Behind the Gates: The Lot
Hollywood Location Map
Paramount in the ‘50s – Retrospective Featurette

DVD REVIEW: Sabrina (1954)


Audrey Hepburn plays the role of Sabrina, the Larrabee’s Chauffeur’s daughter. Sabrina has been in love with David Larrabee, a young playboy, for as long as she could remember. After a trip to Paris for culinary school, Sabrina comes back looking like a beautiful, elegant, and sophisticated lady rather than a girl stalking David from the trees.

Catching David’s attention, he falls in love with her, forgetting about his fiancé and the 20 million dollar sugarcane and plastic deal. So Humphrey Bogart, who plays Linus, decides to try to entice Sabrina out of leaving with David, but apparently Linus ends up falling in love with Sabrina but it is hard to notice. 

This movie has poor acting and a weak plot. It’s like Cinderella but with a father, and she doesn’t have until midnight. I found Sabrina to be a psycho. She has been in love with this man for over 10 years and he doesn’t notice her. I especially felt this way after she tried to commit suicide in the garage by carbon monoxide poisoning, because he didn’t love her.

I believe this was a horrible role for Audrey Hepburn to play; maybe she was blackmailed into this movie because while some may think it’s a classic, I believe Paramount wasted a horrible amount of money to produce this garbage without a likeable storyline. I cannot emphasize how horrible the acting is. While it may have been the script, I could not tell if Linus or David, loved her, loathed her, or was just drunk.

If I were you I would pass on this movie. It was two hours that I could have spent studying! (But not really). Well I would advise you to check out Witness of the Prosecution if you are in for a good black and white flick.