Three Film Set (Breakfast at Tiffany's / Funny Face / Sabrina).
In an era of buxom sex symbols, she was the waif. Yet despite a figure some might classify as boyish, Audrey Hepburn personified beauty and elegance, outclassing the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, and captivating the movie-going public with her impeccable sense of style, boundless effervescence, and irresistible charm. Audrey was an original, and though she shared the screen with some of Hollywood's most noteworthy leading men - Gregory Peck, Humphrey Bogart, William Holden, Henry Fonda, Gary Cooper, Fred Astaire, and Cary Grant, among them - her most enduring, successful, and influential partnership was undoubtedly with her designer, Hubert de Givenchy, who coined her signature look and with whom she incited a fashion revolution. Nobody wore clothes like Audrey, and Givenchy dressed her to the nines, complementing her body type and spotlighting her natural allure. Men may have fantasized about a roll in the hay with Monroe and Taylor, but they all wanted to marry Audrey, whose large dark eyes, infectious sense of joie de vivre, nurturing spirit, and childlike sensitivity all combined to create the ultimate vision of loveliness.
Hepburn made many noteworthy films, but Warner Home Video has grouped together a trio of her most iconic performances into one collection. 'Sabrina' (1954), 'Funny Face' (1957), and 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' (1961) present three very different Audreys - her Givenchy wardrobe is the only sustaining thread - yet each movie showcases the star to her best advantage, displaying distinct facets of her adorable screen persona. Under the tutelage of such esteemed directors as Billy Wilder, Stanley Donen, and Blake Edwards, Audrey shines, growing up before our eyes in 'Sabrina,' blossoming into a breathtaking fashion icon (who also sings and dances) in 'Funny Face,' and embracing her inner kook as the free-spirited call girl in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's,' where she finally stands on her own as a worldly - if not completely independent - woman. All three movies have been previously released individually on Blu-ray, but it's nice to have them here in one place as a testament to the talent, élan, and immortal magnetism of our beloved Audrey.
For a complete review of 'Sabrina,' click here.
For a complete review of 'Funny Face,' click here.
For a complete review of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's,' click here.
The Blu-ray: Vital Disc Stats
'The Audrey Hepburn Collection' arrives on Blu-ray packaged in a standard case that holds all three BD-50 dual-layer discs. The case is housed inside an attractive, sturdy sleeve. Video codec is 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 and audio is DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 ('Sabrina') and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 ('Funny Face' and 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'). When the discs are inserted into the player, the menus immediately pop up; no previews or promos precede them.
The exact same transfers that graced the previous individual releases of these Audrey Hepburn classics are included here.
For a video transfer review of 'Sabrina,' click here.
For a video transfer review of 'Funny Face,' click here.
For a video transfer review of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's,' click here.
The audio transfers haven't changed either. The 'Sabrina' audio is DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono, and both 'Funny Face' and 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' sport a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track.
For an audio transfer review of 'Sabrina,' click here.
For an audio transfer review of 'Funny Face,' click here.
For an audio transfer review of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's,' click here.
Though all three of these Audrey Hepburn classics are available separately, Warner has put together an attractive - and attractively priced - collection for film fans who haven't yet hopped aboard the Hepburn Blu-ray bandwagon. With sleek transfers and plenty of absorbing supplements, 'Sabrina,' 'Funny Face,' and 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' are all mandatory purchases for Audrey aficionados. If you already own them individually, there's no need to double dip; the transfers and supplements are exactly the same as those included on the previous releases. But if you haven't yet gotten around to picking up these marvelous motion pictures, now is definitely the time. Highly recommended.