Sabrina (1954) (BD) [Blu-ray]
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Sabrina (1954) (BD)
Isn't it romantic...Sabrina is charming, humorous and aglow with some of Hollywood's greatest stars. Humphrey Bogart, William Holden and Audrey Hepburn star in a Cinderella story directed by renowned filmmaker Billy Wilder (Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot). Bog ie and Holden are the mega-rich Larrabee brothers of Long Island. Bogie's all work, Holden's a ll playboy. But when Sabrina, daughter of the family's chauffeur, retur ns from Paris all grown up and glamorous, the stage is set for some fami ly fireworks as the brother s fall under the spell of Hepburn's delightf ul charms.]]>
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 5.25 x 0.3 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : PTCA1000445608BR
- Director : Various
- Media Format : Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 53 minutes
- Release date : April 8, 2014
- Actors : Various
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B00H7T0HC8
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #95,701 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The DVD played perfectly, no complaints.
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TITLE: Sabrina (1954) • NR • 1:53:35
Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, John Williams
Billy Wilder (Director)
This is one of the two movies ( Roman Holiday being the other), from early in Audrey Hepburn's career, that made her an international superstar. Watching this movie, over sixty years after its release, it's easy to see why young women to this day are still trying (and failing) to emulate her style, charisma and grace. Watch it and experience the phenomenon that was Audrey Hepburn — oh, and Humphrey Bogart (playing against type) and William Holden (playing mostly to type) ain't bad either. One of the best romantic comedies EVER made. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
See the other reviews for more detail and/or other opinions regarding the plot of the movie.
VIDEO: 1.78:1 • B&W • 1080p • MPEG-4 (30.6 Mbps)
With this transfer of Sabrina, Warner Home Video has once again shown that they know how to present their movies to their best advantage on blu-ray — particularly for their older B&W catalog titles. This transfer exhibits very-good picture quality throughout — primarily because there are absolutely NO artifacts such as black specks, white dots, hair-lines or dropped frames. In addition, sharpness and detail (though, sometimes a little soft) are, for the most part, usually very-good — and, sometimes (particularly in well-lit outdoor scenes) they are excellent (with textures of most clothing and many faces and hair-styles being readily apparent and natural looking). Also, contrast and gray scale are very-good overall — with the very few dark and low-light scenes looking particularly good. This is a very good transfer, which should satisfy all but the absolute pickiest of viewers.
AUDIO: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (Mono)
The sound engineers at Warner Home Video have definitely done significant clean-up work on the film's soundtrack, because there are no pops, bumps, and very little hiss to speak of. Also, the dialog is very clear and natural sounding, with all voices being clearly defined and easily understood. However, the transfer's dynamic range is fairly limited, and there isn't any deep bass nor any top-end to speak of (though, the sound effects and musical score sound better than one would expect from a film of this age). Otherwise, considering the age of the source elements and the fact that this is a monophonic, dialog-driven movie from the mid-1950s, this film's soundtrack has good sound quality.
EXTRAS: Film Trailers
Several Audrey Hepburn tribute videos
William Holden tribute video
None of the extras were reviewed.
5 stars for the wonderful and talented Audrey Hepburn. Elegance and Grace personified.
Audrey Hepburn was deservedly nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
In the movie, it is stated that Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn) is 22 years old, when she returns from Paris.
Despite the magnificent performance by Audrey Hepburn, the romantic pairing with Humphrey Bogart was a glaring flaw in “Sabrina”.
Audrey Hepburn was 29 years younger than Humphrey Bogart. Would have rated the romantic comedy “Sabrina” with 5 stars, if Humphrey Bogart was replaced by an actor 15 to 20 years younger.
Movie was made in 1954, when Humphrey Bogart’s health was already in decline. He died in January 1957 of esophageal cancer.
Audrey Hepburn won an Academy award, an Emmy award, a Grammy award, and a Tony award. Her most significant work and ultimate impact came after Hollywood, as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.
No one in Hollywood history could touch Audrey Hepburn as a human and as an actor.
Top reviews from other countries
The film’s basic premise, the slow migration of our protagonist’s affection from one target (David) to another, less likely, target (Linus) is hardly original, but is carried off by dint of Hepburn’s engaging screen persona. Holden is solid, although I can’t help comparing his presence here unfavourably with other Wilder collaborations, Sunset Boulevard and Stalag 17. Bogart, who didn’t get on with either Wilder or Holden and was miffed that he was only Wilder’s second choice for the role behind Cary Grant, is somewhat miscast, but nevertheless delivers an increasingly effective turn (when not attempting comedy). The ease and speed with which each brother seemingly falls for Sabrina is, however, not entirely convincing. As was Wilder’s wont, there are a number of impressive set-pieces – Sabrina’s comedic excursion to a Parisian culinary school, our heroine clambering from car to car in her early suicide attempt and Linus’ various amusing plays with office technology – and some notable character turns – by John Williams as Sabrina’s status-obsessed father, Thomas, and Ellen Corby as Linus’ fussy secretary, Miss McCardle, in particular. The middle third of the film is somewhat pedestrian by Wilder’s normal standards of plot twists and emotional highs and lows and it is not until the denouement approaches, and Linus’ conflicted character truly emerges, that the ante is upped significantly.
As far as the film’s place in Wilder’s exceptional oeuvre is concerned, Sabrina is (for me, at least) a 'supporting tier’ film i.e. below the film-maker’s 'serious’ masterpieces like Sunset Boulevard, The Lost Weekend (both Brackett co-written works), Double Indemnity and Ace In The Hole or the comedic classics, The Apartment and Some Like It Hot (both Diamond co-written works). The film does have its moments, though, and, in the main, they feature the ever-endearing Hepburn agonising over her place in the world.