Sabrina - The Centennial Collection

When I take a look at what I think of as my favorite movies, only two of them end up being in black and white.  Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb being one of them and The Day The Earth Stood Still is the other and whose remake I am strongly dreading.  One of those is black humor and the other an anti-nuclear sci-fi epic.  None of the supposed Hollywood classics are among my favorites, even though some people swear by them.  Now there is a new chance for people to see one of the definitive movies of the black and white era.

Starting November 11th, now available as a two-disc set from Paramount Studios Home Entertainment comes the restored film about love and competition and it’s completely loaded down with special features.  Sabrina – Centennial Collection is ready to burst out of your living room screen in black and white glory and sweep you along into a world we’ve all left behind.  Bring home this monumental cinematic achievement today!

Directed by Billy Wilder, this film stars three icons, Humphrey Bogart, William Holden and Audrey Hepburn.  Bogart and Holden are the super-rich and elite Larrabee brothers who make their home on the north shore of Long Island.  Bogart works all the time and Holden does nothing but play.  The only thing they end up having in common is that they have both fallen in love with Sabrina Fairchild, the now-grown daughter of their family chauffeur.  Previously an ungainly and sheltered girl, after a trip to Paris, she is charming and both brothers are now competing for her heart, causing fantastic results.

The second disc of this two-disc set is devoted wholly to special features.  There is a documentary about the making of this film, a retrospective of what Paramount was like back in the Fifties, a look at the cameras and camera work used for this film, a featurette about William Holden when he was under contract with Paramount, a look at the supporting cast in the film, a deeper insight into the world that this film took place in and a featurette about Audrey Hepburn and the role she played as a fashion icon.

It’s easy to see why this time was referred to as the golden age of cinema.  Bogart is, as always, completely magnificent in his role in the film.  Audrey Hepburn is very good as her character, but I’ve never found her attractive and that certainly continues with this film.  The movie does make me miss the post-war excesses of the Fifties, the feeling of confidence and strength.  That’s what we’re missing the most right now and that’s by far the most appealing part of the whole film.

Fall in love with Sabrina all over again!

The Centennial Collection is a series of releases from the award-winning depths of the vaults at Paramount Studios.  Each two-disc set undergoes extensive restoration to present the film in the award-winning glory that first set it apart.

This 2-disc boxed set is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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