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Lisa Allardice continues our writers' favourite films series with the sparkling escapist fantasy that can dispel any hint of the 'mean reds'
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To admit that Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of your favourite films, these days, is to out yourself as the emotional and intellectual equivalent of a cupcake. The iconography of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly has become as neatly packaged and commodified as a duck-egg blue Tiffany's box – a world away from Capote's booze-and-nicotine-fuelled 1958 original. A revisionist feminist take on Breakfast at Tiffany's would be as unconvincing and ill-advised as Mickey Rooney playing the Japanese Mr Yunioshi – there's no getting away from the fact (although Hollywood tried) that Holly takes money "for the powder room", and that she is in many ways the creation of a series of Svengali-like men. »
- Lisa Allardice
Roger Ebert is regarded as one of the greatest film critics in the world. But after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2002, he was left unable to speak, eat or drink. In an extract from his new book, Life Itself, he explains how his life has been changed
My secret as an interviewer was that I was actually impressed by the people I interviewed: not only by Bill Clinton, John Wayne or Sophia Loren, but by Sandra Dee, Stella Stevens and George Peppard. I am beneath everything else a fan. I was fixed in this mode as a young boy and am awed by people who take the risks of performance. I become their advocate and find myself in sympathy. I can employ scorched-earth tactics in writing about a bad movie, but I rarely write sharp criticism of actors themselves. If they're good in a movie, they must have done something right. »
It's difficult to believe "Breakfast at Tiffany's" was released 50 years ago on Wednesday (Oct. 5) because the movie is just so beautifully timeless. But, the film -- based on the book of the same name by Truman Capote -- was, in fact, made in 1961.
Audrey Hepburn starred as the gamine, Givenchy-clad Holly Golightly -- a sort of proto-typical Carrie Bradshaw who was living her dream of being young, single and fabulous in New York. George Peppard ("The A-Team") co-starred as her new upstairs neighbor and love interest. And, in one unfortunate bit of casting that is the movie's only weak spot and indelibly ties it to a different era, Mickey Rooney played Mr. Yunioshi, Golightly's caricature of a Japanese neighbor.
Still, the movie and Hepburn's turn as Golightly remain iconic. Women still seek the perfect little black dress, celebs still sport oversized sunglasses and navigating one's young adulthood remains a dangerous, »
Chicago – With her gamine physique and ageless radiance, it’s easy to see why many cinephiles regard Audrey Hepburn as the greatest of all screen beauties. Yet it isn’t merely her unconventional appearance that continues to keep moviegoers mesmerized. It’s her utter lack of vanity and unmistakable sweetness that ground her in an earthy reality unoccupied by fellow icons like Monroe.
Her persona is so inherently engaging that it can even turn a gold-digging kleptomaniac like Holly Golightly into an irresistible heroine that has stood the test of time. Though fans of Truman Capote’s edgier and more nuanced novella have rightfully criticized the film for softening its source material, Blake Edwards’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” works entirely on its own terms as classy entertainment, albeit with one major exception.
Blu-Ray Rating: 4.5/5.0
Golightly is a Manhattan socialite with mob ties and a penchant for endless witty chatter. »
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Hitting movie theaters this weekend:
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The Plot: The story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.
The Buzz: Correct me if I’m wrong, but has there ever been a really great baseball movie? Yes, there have been a few, like Major League, Bull Durham, and A League of Their Own. Those are comedies though, so let me rephrase the question: has there ever been a really great baseball drama? Hmm, The Natural was decent, albeit dated and a consequently a bit cheesy. »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
To help support the big release, we've teamed up with Paramount Home Entertainment to offer three readers a chance to take home Breakfast at Tiffany's on Blu-ray as part of this contest. Each winner will get to watch a ton of bonus features culled from the previous two home video releases, as well as hear the film in a newly restored mono soundtrack or in 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio.
Learn more about bringing Breakfast at Tiffany's to Blu-ray in this interview with Paramount's VP of Preservation and Restoration.
To enter for a chance to win Breakfast at Tiffany's on Blu-ray in this contest, simply fill out the entry form below and cross your fingers. Increase the odds of winning any or every day »
For over 20 years, Ron Smith, Paramount Pictures Vice President of Preservation and Restoration, has been ensuring that some of the world's most beloved and cherished films and TV series receive the clarity and care that they deserve. His latest efforts were focused on the transfer for the Audrey Hepburn classic, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and its new 50th anniversary Blu-ray release, out September 20, 2011. I was able to ask Ron a few questions in regards to the film, as well as what Paramount may have on the horizon.
When releasing films to correlate with anniversary's, much like Breakfast at Tiffany's 50th this year, how far in advance does the restoration process begin?
That's a good question. We started talking about this film about two or three years ago but by the time we got the budget approved and everybody on the same page, it was so close to being the 50 year anniversary, »
Fans of classic cinema, or Audrey Hepburn fans, are in for a treat with the 50th Anniversary Blu-ray edition of Breakfast at Tiffany's hitting the shelves on September 20. Audrey Hepburn was nominated for an Oscar for her unforgettable performance as Holly Golightly in Blake Edwards classic, which was restored to pristine condition for this 1080p release. I had recently had the privilege of speaking with Audrey Hepburn's son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, about this classic film, the Blu-ray release, and his mother's legacy. Take a look at what he had to say below.
I believe you were less than a year old when Breakfast at Tiffany's came out. I was wondering at what age you first discovered the film?
Sean Hepburn Ferrer: Well, I was only a few »
Fully restored and re-mastered, the iconic film Breakfast at Tiffany.s arrives on Blu-ray in a 50th Anniversary edition on September 20th from Paramount Home Entertainment and M&C.s giving away three copies! Based on Truman Capote.s best-selling novella, Breakfast at Tiffany.s captured the imagination of audiences everywhere and made an indelible impact on movies, fashion and society at large. In director Blake Edwards. timeless classic, Hepburn.s intoxicating New York party girl embarks on a wildly entertaining, comedic adventure to find love in the big city. George Peppard is the struggling and "sponsored" young writer who finds himself swept into Holly's dizzying, delightfully unstructured lifestyle as she determinedly scours Manhattan for a suitable millionaire to marry. The film »
- Patrick Luce
Fully restored and remastered, Paramount celebrates the 50th anniversary of Breakfast at Tiffany’s with a brilliant Blu-ray remastered release. This iconic film stars the exquisite Audrey Hepburn, as the free-spirited Holly Golightly in the unforgettable masterpiece, which debuts on Blu-ray on 12th September, from Paramount Home Entertainment. After reviewing the new release last week, we are delighted to have five copies of the Blu-ray to give away.
Based on Truman Capote’s best-selling novella, Breakfast at Tiffany’s captured the imagination of audiences everywhere and made an indelible impact on movies, fashion and society at large. In director Blake Edwards’ timeless classic, Hepburn’s intoxicating New York party girl embarks on a wildly entertaining, comedic adventure to find love in the big city.
George Peppard is the struggling and “sponsored” young writer who finds himself swept into Holly’s dizzying, delightfully unstructured lifestyle as she determinedly scours Manhatten for suitable millionaire to marry. »
- Matt Holmes
Damnation Alley is a post-apocalyptic film that takes place in a universe where the Cold War never had a chance to fizzle out, but in it's past-tense future, ends with a bang as they say, and the launching of those dreaded Icbm's. The end of civilization however, is only the beginning! Now with 9/10ths of the population wiped out in one fell swoop, military officers George Peppard, Jan Michael-Vincent, and Paul Winfield can pull the multi-wheeled, weapon enhanced, amphibious all terrain bad ass vehicle, the LandMaster, out of mothballs, and take it for a real test spin. Underneath radiated psychedelic colored skies, our intrepid survivors set out to traverse the newly-wasted lands (that's the fastest fallout ever!) and make their way across the country »
It’s finally here! One of cinemas most treasured classics and one of the legendary Audrey Hepburn’s most defining roles, Breakfast at Tiffany’s makes it’s way onto a special 50th anniversary Blu-ray edition today. Read on for our review…
When Paul Varjak (George Peppard), a novelist with severe writer’s block, moves into a new Manhattan apartment building he’s immediately enraptured by his beautiful but quirky neighbour, Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn). Holly’s unconventional lifestyle both alienates and captivates Paul, who finds her public persona carelessly flitting through swanky parties with an alluring and sophisticated grace little more than a mask to disguise the endearing vulnerability she exhibits when they’re alone. Can Paul ever hope to capture Holly’s heart?
When a film is as iconic as Breakfast at Tiffany’s is, simply from a single image of its star, the actual material has a »
- Stuart Cummins
A driver/bodyguard, Walid (Yan Feldman) clicks the car alarm and gets blown up when the car explodes. Tony's (Michael Weatherly) on the phone and says Anthony Di Nozzo Jnr is in Washington. Anthony Di Nozzo is in New York City. McGee (Sean Murray) comments on Tony conversing, junior, Senior and asks if the conversation is coherent. Ziva (Cote de Pablo) says Tony's calling his father to straighten things out. (Yeah like Ziva did with her father last season and this season - eventually.) Tony talks about a cruise for Spring Break and when Ziva asks about it, he replies, "none of your business." Gibbs (Mark Harmon) tells them they have a Db at Pax River, a foreign national. Tony refers to the cruise as a 'need to know' and she doesn't need to know. He's not too old for Spring Break. Not Spring Break again, Tony has already been »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Mila Hasan)
Shout! Factory:Shad (Richard Thomas) must scour the cosmos to recruit mercenaries from different planets and cultures in order to save his peaceful home planet from the threat of the evil tyrant Sador (John Saxon), who's bent on dominating and enslaving the entire universe. Joining this magnificant seven of mercenaries are the deadly Gelt (Robert Vaughn), carefree Cowboy (George Peppard) and the sexy Valkyrie Saint-Exmin (Sybil Danning). The film brought together some extremely talented people behind the scenes who went on to bigger and better things: Academy Award winning director James Cameron as the art director, Academy Award winning composer James Horner (Titanic, Avatar), screenwriter John Sayles (Lone Star, Piranha) and producer Gale Ann Hurd (Aliens, The Incredible Hulk) as an assistant production manager. If you »
The Movie Pool goes in with guns blazing to review Cannon for Cordoba on DVD for the first time!
This DVD is offered as part of MGM's "Limited Edition Collection," which is available from select online retailers and manufactured only when the DVD is ordered. The DVD features a simple menu with no menu for chapters or scenes. Manufacture-On-Demand (Mod) DVDs are made to play in DVD playback units only and may not play in DVD recorders or PC drives. This DVD did not play in our laptop DVD drive but did play in our Toshiba DVD recorder.
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Running Time: 104 minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0
Special Features: Theatrical trailer
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Hitting movie theaters this weekend:
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The Plot: The final chapter of the Harry Potter franchise. Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue in their quest to find and destroy the Dark Lord’s three remaining Horcruxes
The Buzz: We’ve been following these spell-casters around now for just over a decade, and it’s hard to believe that their journey is coming to a close. It’s been interesting to see Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint grow up on screen. I’ve personally found these films to be more and more palatable as the kids have moved on through the years, and have therefore found each »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
Some say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And in the case of Roger Corman and his New World Pictures, they have made some of the biggest names in the film world quite flattered, that is, if this is indeed true.
The king of the cinematic “sample,” Corman has ripped off, or at least borrowed from, countless films. However, none of his pictures sums this up quite as well as the Jimmy T. Murakami picture, Battle Beyond The Stars. Not only drawing inspiration from the sci-fi juggernaut that is Star Wars, but also Akira Kurosawa’s classic masterpiece The Seven Samurai, and while it may not live up to this pedigree, it is quite the entertaining piece of cinema.
Plot wise, the film sounds like a futuristic Kurosawa film right from the beginning. A farm colony is under attack from an evil conqueror, and one of their citizens attempts »
- Joshua Brunsting
The exquisite Audrey Hepburn stars as the free-spirited Holly Golightly in the unforgettable masterpiece Breakfast at Tiffany's, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and debuting on Blu-ray September 20, 2011 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Based on Truman Capote's best-selling novella, Breakfast at Tiffany's captured the imagination of audiences everywhere and made an indelible impact on movies, fashion and society at large. In director Blake Edwards' timeless classic, Hepburn's intoxicating New York party girl embarks on a wildly entertaining, comedic adventure to find love in the big city.
George Peppard is the struggling and "sponsored" young writer who finds himself swept into Holly's dizzying, delightfully unstructured lifestyle as she determinedly scours Manhattan for a suitable millionaire to marry. The film also stars Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam and Mickey Rooney and earned Oscars for Best Song ("Moon River") and Best Score.
Breakfast at Tiffany's has been fully restored and remastered »
Fresh from its world-premiere showing at the TCM Classic Film Fest, the 50th anniversary new digital restoration of romantic comedy-drama Breakfast at Tiffany's will screen on Friday, July 29 at 7:30 pm at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The Blake Edwards film adaptation of Truman Capote's novel has been a favorite ever since Audrey Hepburn first appeared as Holly Golightly. The movie may be dated (see Mickey Rooney), but Hepburn's Golightly isn't. "People don't belong to people," she tells smitten George Peppard. The 1961 film nabbed Best Actress and Adapted Screenplay Oscar nominations plus wins for Best Song ("Moon River") and Henry Mancini's score. Here's more on the screening, which is open to the public. See 1961 trailer below. »
Excited for Shout! Factory's July release of the weirdness that is Damnation Alley on Blu-ray and DVD? Did you pre-order your copy and get your limited edition lithograph? How about a few clips to offer you incentive?
From the Press Release
Shout! Factory has announced the July 5 release of the western-meets-sci-fi themed Oblivion on DVD and the July 12 release of the highly requested doomsday cult classic Damnation Alley on DVD and Blu-ray. Oblivion DVD Srp $14.93, Damnation Alley DVD Srp $19.93, Blu-Ray Srp $26.97.
Shout! Factory is offering a free, limited edition 8"x10" Damnation Alley lithograph with purchase, available exclusively at Shout! Factory's online shop.
In Oblivion, it’s all about cowboys and aliens. On a frontier light years from the O.K. Corral, a bizarre gang of futuristic desperados have their sights set on turning the tumbleweed town of Oblivion into their own private playground. Their lizard-like leader, Redeye (Andrew Divoff, Wishmaster »
- Uncle Creepy
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