‘Funny Face’ Centennial Collection DVD Review
‘Funny Face’ is one of those old classics that have a special kind of magic about it. A lot of it comes down to the wonderful script and the performances. I really have enjoyed a lot of Audrey Hepburn’s work, but this film is enjoyable from beginning to end. Then add the excellent songs from George and Ira Gershwin, you are in a state of euphoria. Audrey Hepburn makes her character feel like it comes to life and jumps off the screen.
The film revolves around a bookstore clerk by the name of Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn). Then enter Dick Avery (Fred Astaire), whom meets Jo in the bookstore when he catches a look from her. Dick can’t stop looking at Jo since she has something special about her. Then this makes him think that she has the look of the ‘Quality Woman’ that he can use for the ‘Quality’ magazine. ‘Quality’ is a fashion magazine which its editor is also at the bookstore shooting a photo shoot there. The plan was to go as natural as possible.
While Jo is trying on different fashion clothes, she begins to think that this high fashion is not for here. She is much smarter than the women that are only there to fashion clothing. Things begin to turnaround when she is convinced to go to Paris. Once in Paris, Jo becomes the ‘Quality Woman’ whose ‘Funny Face’ is the talk of the fashion business. Jo ends up falling in love instead and the life of the ‘Quality Woman’ ends up being pushed aside.
Movie Content: 4.5/5
The print is presented in 1.78:1 aspect ratio in anamorphic widescreen. With the new Centennial Collection, Paramount was able to go back and restore the film providing an upgrade over the original DVD release. The print looks fantastic without any visual blemishes. This is one of the most beautiful classics that I have seen. Details are much better this time around as compared to the previous release. Color has more definition and vivid making this one beautiful looking older film on DVD.
Video Quality: 4.5/5
The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 with all the dialogue coming through the center channel very clear. The rears do a nice job of spreading the musical score into the soundfield. The original mix was monaural, so this is very interesting how nice they were able to push the sound in the field.
Audio Quality: 4/5
- Feature Film
- Kay Thompson: “Think Pink”
- This is VistaVision
- Fashion Photographers Exposed
- The Fashion Designer and His Muse
- Parisian Dreams
- Paramount in the ‘50’s – Retrospective Feature
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Photo Galleries
Special Features: 4/5
The Final Word
‘Funny Face’ is an excellent film that fans of the classics will really enjoy this whole new presentation under the ‘Centennial Collection’ banner. The video and audio are a nice upgrade over the previous DVD edition.
Overall Rating: 4/5 (Purchase)