‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ Centennial Collection DVD Review
Blake Edwards’ ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ is one of the best romantic comedies to ever grace the silver screen. Years ago there was even a popular song on the same name of the movie that was a megahit. Love is in the air with this classic and with every viewing ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ gets better and better. The film made a total box office gross of $9 million dollars.
Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) is a party girl living in Manhattan that is having the time of her life. Things are about to change for her when she meets Paul Varjak (George Peppard) and the two hit it off rather quickly. While love is not in the air at first, there is an attraction between the two. Paul is secretly in love with her and doesn’t make it apparent. It is that smile that Holly pulls off that doesn’t stop Paul thinking about her. They begin going out with each other from party to party, clubs, and even to Tiffany’s.
There is a problem with Holly’s personal life as she needs money to care for her brother Fred. Paul has his own issues with Mrs. Failenson (Patricia Neal) whom is a married woman that has interests with him. Mrs. Failenson takes care of Paul from companionship to financially. The problem at hand is that he is quickly falling in love with Holly.
‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ is a very entertaining and engaging romantic comedy. There are scenes in this film that have never seen the day of light in other films. We know how well Hollywood rehashes a lot from past films. The there is there’s Henry Mancini’s wistfully romantic score and the tremendously popular theme-song, “Moon River”, a true gem of a song that capture’s the film’s essence perfectly. The performances here are also great. Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly is charismatic, charming and complex.
Movie Content: 4.5/5
The print is presented in 1.78:1 aspect ratio with an anamorphic widescreen transfer. Colors are bright offering a very sharp image. Details are good for a film that is nearly 50 years old. The print is pristine from any real print damage, but there is a green tint over the print which I wish wasn’t there.
Video Quality: 4/5
The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and also a restored mono mix. The DD 5.1 mix is great as it allows for the wonderful score by Mancini justice. Dialogue through the center channel is rather clean and crisp. The problem that occurs here is that there isn’t a nice balance between the dialogue and surround mix.
Audio Quality: 4/5
- Audio Commentary Richard Shepherd’s
- A Golightly Gathering
- Henry Mancini: More Than Music
- Mr. Yunioshi: An Asian Perspective
- The Making of a Classic
- It’s So Audrey: A Style Icon
- Behind the Gates: The Tour
- Brilliance in a Blue Box
- Audrey’s Letter to Tiffany
- Theatrical Trailer
- 8 Page Booklet
Special Features: 4/5
The Final Word
‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ is another Audrey Hepburn classic that is the crown jewel of the romantic comedy genre. This new Centennial Collection edition is a step up from the previous release. The next step for Paramount is to release this gem on high definition. If you own the previous versions of the DVD, I recommend upgrading and if you have never seen this film it is highly recommended.
Overall Rating: 4/5 (Purchase)