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- "I hate snoops!"
Breakfast at Tiffany's directed by Blake Edwards is the perfect romantic comedy/ drama. Released in 1961 and starring Audrey Hepburn is her most enchanting role to date. Hepburn is radiant and vulnerable as call-girl Holly Golightly. George Peppard stars as Holly's potential love interest, his little speech at the end of the film is defintely the best scene. Both stars have amazing chemistry together and the opening shot is 100% genius. Hepburn's style and those gorgeous blonde streaks in her hair give this film a chic and modern look even to this day. The only thing stereotypical in this film is Mickey Rooney passing as a grumpy Japanese landlord, how silly is that? Anyways Breakfast at Tiffany's is pure heaven, and with this speical anniversary collection dvd, the film looks brand new and contains some fun special features. Who doesn't love Tiffany's! Enjoy darling!...more info
- Seeing it with fresh eyes
Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of those movies which - thanks to an infrequent movie-going habit, parents who did not permit much television watching, and twenty years spent overseas watching AFRTS where the movies on offer were not top tier - I had never seen, or at least, never watched from beginning to end. So I could come to view it without much in the way of preconceptions, and to see it more or less fresh, save for seeing actors like George Peppard and Patricia Neal as almost impossibly young, younger than I had ever seen them before.
It all stands up very well - all but Mickey Rooney with grotesquely oversized buck-teeth, as the Japanese super of a pleasant New York apartment building. Fifty years later, that is a cringe-inducingly offensive bit of stereotyping and stunt casting, a small grubby fly-spot on an otherwise light and airy angel-cake slice of movie.
That it was based on a novel perhaps accounts for a certain kind of dense, and complex feel to it, a sense that all the various characters encountered - some of them just fleetingly in a single scene - have or had their own lives, interests and affections. There are a thousand more stories, behind every window on the quiet street of comfortable brownstone apartments, and a sense that every person at Holly's cocktail party, the salesman behind the counter at Tiffany's, and the fussy librarian has their very own enormously interesting life story. At the heart of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is an ill-assorted pair of neighbors. Perhaps they are not as ill assorted as all that, for they are both being kept, in the old-fashioned sense of the word. Semi-failed writer Jack is more or less the designated boy-toy of a wealthy married woman who has installed him in the apartment for her convenience. And Holly Golightly - elegant and dizzily charming - lives by her wits and charm, cadging fifty dollars at a time from a circle of escorts and visiting an imprisoned mobster once a week. She has a cat, an all-but unfurnished apartment, and a tendency to flee emotional involvement - with anyone. Her ambitions, if any, are wistful ones about making a home for herself and her younger brother, or marrying a very rich man. Very gradually and naturally, Jack and Holly become acquainted, trust each other, become friends and then realize that they love each other. In real life, love grows in a manner much more like this, much more often than the instant, shake'n'bake romance, which may account for the appeal of this move over the decades since.
Extras are a rather mixed lot: there is strange little feature about cocktail parties, featuring a reunion of the various actors cast as the guests at Holly's lively cocktail party, reminiscing about their bits of business. It was a very complex bit of shooting, and took up more than a week; if you go back and watch that segment very carefully, you will appreciate all the minor stories happening there. Another feature is a sort of retrospective on portrayals of Asians in the movies, and the (to late 20th-century movie fans) the bizarre and unconvincing penchant for casting Caucasian actors in Asian roles. There is also a feature about Tiffany's, and a lovely memory by the writer of the company history of Audrey Hepburn writing a graceful dedication page for it. Ms Hepburn and her fashion sense are the focus of yet another. (She did indeed dress beautifully, in ageless and flattering clothes that still look up-to-this-minute current. Any of her gowns and outfits could be worn today without appearing the least bit dowdy or unfashionable.)
- how old is holly?
Overall, this is a well-done movie, with the exception of Mickey Rooney.
My problem is not in the adaptation of the Truman Capote novella--it IS a very different story than what's being told here. Could you film a version that's closer to Capote's story? Of course. But this film works as a stand-alone piece.
My problem is: how old exactly is Holly supposed to be? Audrey Hepburn was 31 when she made this movie, and while she's absolutely enchanting in it, SHE LOOKS 31. But when Buddy Ebsen shows up, he tells George Peppard that Holly was just shy of 14 when they married, and that his first wife died on the 4th of July, 1955. Since the movie is set in 1961, that would make Holly (at most) all of 20 years old.
- a totally enchanting urban fairy tale
Forget about Capote's cynical novella and enjoy what a couple of master Hollywood craftsmen (Edwards and Axelrod) spin from it. It is pure 24 k Romantic gold. There has never been a more perfect date movie.
Hepburn was never more radiantly beautiful than in 61. And Peppard is quite a piece of male eye candy. Together they are the perfect Upper East Side New York dysfunctional couple: Physical perfection and infantile neurosis wrapped up in one beautiful Tiffany Blue box of a movie....more info
- Wonderful Production Values!!
I just received the new Paramount Centennial Collection "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and I have to say it's wonderful. They did a great job of remastering and Dolby editing. I own all three releases of the DVD and this is by far the best. I ran it on my Sony Blue-Ray, which upscales, into a 42" Toshiba with a Sony 7.1 receiver (5 Speakers) and the production is almost as good as my Blue-Ray discs. If you're a "Breakfast at Tiffany's" or Audrey Hepburn fan this is a must have! Great job Paramount!...more info
- a diamond amid cubic zirconia
This is the wondrous film that created Audrey Hepburn's enduring and iconic image: The sublime Givenchy gown, the oversized sunglasses, the glamorous streaked updo, her own yards and yards of sophistication and chic. If you hit puberty in the 60's as I did, this film presented one classic character to "wanna be": Holly Golightly via Audrey Hepburn.
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" is not without its flaws but what isn't in this world? It's a glossy, frothy, romantic glimpse into a window of time 50 years ago.
It's about Holly, a sometimes well-paid "party girl" living by her wits and on her charms in Manhattan during the early 60's. It took me years to truly absorb that Holly was "paid for her favors" - primarily because imagining Audrey Hepburn as such was inconceivable. I actually believed Holly was given money from admiring men "just" to go to the powder room. I probably thought: who wouldn't give Holly/Audrey money simply for the pleasure of her delightful presence?
As it turns out, Holly's some kind of beautiful hillbilly who's drifted her way to the fringe of celebrity, from yahooville to Hollywood to New York. She's living "La Dolce Vita" with "the jet set," but she's in survival mode, avidly looking for a rich husband and security. Holly meets Varjak, Paul/aka "Fred" (George Peppard), a struggling writer, when he moves into her building. Holly learns that he's kept by a wealthy, older married woman (Patricia Neal) and the two bond. Things get complicated, as things always do, but things never get dull...
At one time the casting of George Peppard bothered me. Now, not so much -even after having read that Steve McQueen had been considered for the part. McQueen might have been great, but I like Peppard just fine. Paul Varjak is supposed to be a "square," and Peppard does a good job portraying the bemused outside observer of Holly's "swinging scene."
Much has been said of Mickey Rooney as Holly's upstairs neighbor, Mr. Yunioshi. Today playing an ethnic character this broadly and with buffoonery is NOT DONE - totally politically incorrect, and rightly so. However, when "Breakfast at Tiffany's" was made in 1961 it was not yet the end of the era in which caricaturing non-WASPS was common. I'm not saying it was a good thing and I'm not defending it, I'm just saying it's best to keep in mind that times hadn't changed yet when Rooney played Yunioshi.
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" boasts a solid supporting cast: Patricia Neal (mentioned above), Martin Balsam as fast talking movie-man, O.J. Berman, Buddy Ebsen as Doc Golightly and - not to forget - "Cat," a pivotal character.
"Roman Holiday" launched Audrey Hepburn, but this is the film that made her a legend. For that alone it is to be savored.
- Goodbye to New York
In spite of her goal to marry a rich man, Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn), an immature young woman, finds herself falling in love with Paul Varjak (George Pappard), a poor writer who moves into her apartment building.
With the possible exception of "My Fair Lady", "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is probably the best remembered of all of Audrey Hepburn's films, and yet, of those that I have seen, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is the one that least impressed me. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is just like "Goodbye to Berlin" (Christopher Isherwood's autobiographical novel, which formed the basis for "Cabaret"), only set in 1960's New York and made as a romantic comedy. The two main character, Holly and Paul, seem to be lifted directly from "Goodbye to Berlin" (in particular the dynamics of their relationship) to the point where, about 10 minutes into the film, I found myself pointing at Holly and saying aloud "that's Sally Bowles!" Yet, whereas when I read Isherwood's book and saw "Cabaret", I found myself feeling sorry for Sally Bowles and saw her as a tragic figure to be pitied, I found Holly Golightly to be quite simply objectionable. This is possibly due to the differences in the way their behaviour is looked on in these two stories. While Bowles's behaviour was viewed as self-destructive, Holly is portrayed as a lovable woman-child whose flightiness is what causes Paul Varjak to fall hopelessly in love with her. The idea that Holly's behaviour is somehow a good thing turned me off her completely.
In addition, there is the matter of Mr Yunioshi, the Japanese character played by Mickey Rooney and commented on in so many other reviews. From the first moment he appears, this character is painful to watch. He is a caricature of a Japanese man, so is painful to watch because of the incredibly racism of this character's inclusion, but even if we ignore his race, the character is a mean spirited little man who is presumably meant to be funny because of his over-the-top meaness and general stupidity, but the humour just falls flat on its face. It is uncommon for me to give a movie 1 star, since I can usually find something I like about anything, no matter how bad it is, but in this case, Mickey Rooney's character is so cringeworthy bad that I am prepared to make an exception.
- fast service
I have never watched the video. It was a gift for a friend. The product was shipped to me on time! ...more info
- NEW VERSION DVD review....
I'm not about to preach about the merits of this classic movie....this is for readers who want to know if they need to throw down for yet another version? YES, the movie looks the best so far and by a noticeable amount. the BONUS features on disc 2 bring along all the best from the last edition with about an hour of new ones....all very interesting (the 20 minutes on Henry Mancini was my favorite). I picked it up for $7.50 at Target and was very very happy. If you are a fan of the movie....upgrade..if you are not an owner THIS is the one to get..
the 2 DVD Paramount version....more info
- Fun, Flirty and Resplendent
This great romantic classic features the glowing Audrey Hepburn as a callous, innocent society girl who wants no permanent home. This rule applies to her cat as well, whom she refuses to give a name to because she doesn't feel she'll keep it .
George Peppard is the single writer and "escort" of an older woman.
After some scandal and a fiance who later breaks off the engagement,Holly finds the love she's looking for in Peppard and together they find the cat and .who knows ?
Audrey is stunning, dreaming and convincing in her role....more info
- Amazon "Reviewer" Needs Thicker Glasses Than Mickey Rooney!
In response to an idiotic and "uninformed", (despite his claiming to have actually viewed the film at least once!?), review by one, "C.Hoffman", of this truly romantic, great, sweet, classic, (and at one time dismissed by ME as "boring, scatter-brained and unfunny"), film that merely solidifies and proves to everyone that Audrey Hepburn was, in fact, the most lovely, charming, magical, and completely "irresitable" woman to ever grace the planet, I feel a need to point out that the film and its original Truman Capote story were indeed about a bunch of "narcissistic and shallow rich people, drinking and smoking and saying stupid lines over and over"... Like they all did and still do! (Go hang out with Paris Hilton for a few seconds and you'll see how true to life the little gay man from Texas had written it!) But the "point" which I must "point out" to you is that in each of their efforts to try and become one of these socially, (if not financially), affluent pigs in "The Big Apple" of the early 1960's, two very "real" people who were "running away" from life and from themselves somehow manage to meet, fall in love, and discover that what really does matter is not all of those creature comforts and attitudes that come with being a rich, socially affluent pig, (who calls everyone "Darling"), but that its their capacity to love someone else, and "be able to help" each of their true "selves" throughout all of the unknown "adventures" to come in this cold, hard, lonely "fact" we call a "life", for better or worse, that every single damned one of us "drifters" must take, first so we can lose, and finally find "ourselves", and start our "life" over again. But mostly, it's about how much more beautiful, and magical, and fun it can all be with a fellow "drifter", (or "Huckleberry friend"), along for the ride... Get it?!? (I know, it took me a little while too.) And one more thing, with regards to the offensive "stereotypical" Landlord character that the great Mickey Rooney unfortunately played, (NOT that he "wrote", or "created" or "directed", but merely "played" because he was "paid"!), he was Japanese, NOT "Chinese"! You could tell by the Japanese decor in his apartment, the multiple flashing camera's set up in it, the Japanese tea ceremony in his kimono, the steaming hot bath, the ridiculously big buck teeth, the "coke bottle" glasses, and all the other pre-post WWII insults and "attacks" made by all of u.s. against all of them, even those patriotic Japanese-American citizens who were stripped of everything then thrown into "internment camps" in the worst places throughout America, as well as his name, which was a very good clue too! ...Got it?... Good! ...more info
i have wanted to see this movie for years because i had always heard such wonderful things about it. what a bust. holly golightly is just too flakey to be able to follow in this movie. totally unrealistic plot. and really it was going no where. don't bother with this movie. it was a real disappointment....more info
- Wild ride on the wild side of privilege
BaT is one of those films that gives viewers an insight into the lives and mindset of an entire period. Audrey Hepburn plays impulsive-yet-fragile Holly Golightly, a young woman living the high life in New York City around 1960. There is much about the film that is bizarre and almost otherworldly. Holly is a woman of exquisite taste and fantastic connections, with a perhaps non-existent body of work and (beyond comic scamming of her rich dates) no evident means of support. She doesn't seem to be a movie star, and (regardless of how Truman Capote may have written her originally) shows little evidence of being a call girl. She throws lavish parties, loves to hang around Tiffany's and lives alone in a largish apartment in notoriously expensive NYC. She may or may not be na?ve about the "weather reports" she is asked to pass along, for a modest stipend, by a mobster she visits weekly in Sing-Sing prison. She quickly starts up a relation-by-fire-escape with Paul Varjak, a young writer who moved into the apartment upstairs. Varjak is a "kept" man, who is supported by a middle-aged society woman. Predictably, the two young people fall in love, though Holly is notoriously skittish about commitments of any kind.
The film is smart, based on a story by Capote, and exudes a tamed version of debauched high society hijinks that must have seemed shocking when the film was released. Alcohol flows copiously at Holly's parties, with people dancing with more or less wild abandon until the cops arrive to quiet things down. The idea of mixing Holly up with narcotics dealers is pretty edgy also, as is the clear indication of the sexual relationship between Varjak and his married benefactrice. Indeed, the sexual tension is kept rather high throughout the film. In one memorable scene, Holly escapes a drunken date by climbing a window into Varjak's apartment. Holly is clad only in a nightgown, and Varjak, in bed after an assignation with his lover, is seemingly naked under the covers. Their conversation, held on Varjak's bed, is at once titillating and awkward.
But all is not as it seems. In spite of her seeming sophistication, Holly has commitments "back home" in Arkansas. Her impulse is always to flee, which threatens her budding romance with Varjak. The rest of the film deals with whether she will run away once again or settle down with a man who loves her.
BaT fascinates by giving us a glimpse into Holly -- an intriguing and beguiling creature -- and the life she leads. Who is she? And how does she manage to both attract and keep so many men at bay? Hepburn gives us the 1950s-vintage portrait of the alluring female, ever in search of a sugar daddy. Yet this is also what modern eyes find repellent. Holly may be presented as the charming sum of her behaviors, but psychologically, she is a mess. She drinks too much, pretends not to understand she is being manipulated, cavorts in the scandalous limelight. She is almost a cartoon -- hardly someone who could be understood as real. Yet Hepburn brings a charm, cuteness and vulnerability to make the film very engaging. By the end of the film, you will have fallen for her like everyone else.
The rest of the cast stands out -- George Peppard as Varjak, Martin Balsam as Holly's agent, and Buddy Ebsen as her back-home interest. The only sour note is played by Mickey Rooney, who plays a stereotypical buck-toothed, myopic Japanese neighbor forever banging into things and threatening to summon the police to ends Holly's noisy parties.
BaT is still worth the watch after 40 years, if only to observe the world that many found fascinating in an age that considered itself more optimistic and innocent than our own....more info
- Absolute Classic!
Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, beautiful clothes, New York City, what's not to like? This is one of my favorite movies and I am so glad to be able to have it in my DVD library....more info
- Breakfast at Tiffany's
Adapted from Truman Capote's novella, Edwards's fleet-footed romantic comedy would not be the cultural touchstone it is without the effervescent presence of Hepburn. As Holly Golightly, a small-town Texas girl with her feet planted firmly in the glitz of New York's party scene, Hepburn is irrepressibly charming, a vision of elflike beauty in Givenchy and pearls. But she is also a frail creature harboring secrets, and Hepburn plays both sides exquisitely. Peppard is solid and likable as writer Paul, Holly's admirer and confidante, while Patricia Neal chews on her steely role as Paul's wealthy older mistress. A chic, iconic romance, memorably set to the Oscar-winning strains of Henry Mancini's "Moon River."...more info
- Tiffany's and All That Cat's Meow.
It is a timeless story about a woman who was lost and then found (herself). In fact, her apartment looked like a lost and found box, and her cat was lost then found!
This review is about the movie only. I believe there is a new release, but I do not know what extras are added.
I read somewhere, when Capote wrote the novel, Holly/Lula Mae was modeled after Marilyn Monroe/Norma Gene. That's a very important point to keep in mind in order to understand her character.
Holly didn't like herself, at least her old self, so she transformed herself into someone else. Admirable effort, but she lost her identity along the way. She really wasn't escaping to a better place, except externally/materially she felt different.
She was a mess, a real phony. She cared no one, but herself. She lacks of responsibility, but she was also everyone's inner desire....
People commented on the acting. I bet that was fashionable at the time. Nowadays it's the naturalness that's in vogue, so it may be a problem for some people. It was the period.
I can't say I like the fake Japanese character though. It's unrealistic. Have you ever met a Japanese person like that? I think the DVD should have an option to take that part out as deleted scenes. They contribute nothing to the storyline, except as a comic relief (and it has plenty of wittier ones). It was just very out of place.
The costume design is very nice. It's 1950's at its most glamorous. Glamorous but not out of place.
"Moon River" is just brilliant. A simple song that delivers so much emotion! Many of us are still drifters waiting for the right one. That's the ultimate love song for me.
I love the symbolism. When she found her cat, she found herself. Cat never had a real name, because she also had no identity.
I was very concerned for the cat in many scenes he appeared. He was dripping wet in the last scene. And earlier on, when Holly smashed stuff all over the place (she must be an Aries), Cat was walking through the shards!!! I wonder how much he was paid for the part....
In any case, it's a fancy fun for guys and gals alike. It's still relevant today (which is why I think it's good). I bet we all know someone who is just like Holly. Do they still give out prize in Cracker Jack?...more info
- Classic for a Reason
This film's a classic for good reason. Among the reasons: the charming Audrey Hepburn, the rest of the terrific cast (including "Cat"!) the rendition of "Moon River" by Hepburn.
Need more reasons? How about: The New York scenery, the satisfying plot, the happy ending we all love to see.
It's a perfect addition to any collection of classic films!...more info
- A brief comment
I only saw this movie all the way through for the first time a few days ago. And what a surprise it was.
All I can saw is wow, what a feast for the eyes. All these great old actors and actresses, many of them no longer with us, all seeming to have a wonderful time in this star-filled romp that is just classic old Hollywood 50s light faire. It is truly a blast from the past. But the movie has more in the way of depth and substance than at first appears.
The plot hinges around Hepburn's secretive Holly Golightly character, as George Peppard tries to figure out just who she is and where she came from, which is only gradually revealed as the movie progresses. The dialogue more than hints that she's an expensive, high-class call girl, but still, there's nothing more than the "$50 for 15 minutes in the powder room" comments to imply that. But Peppard's reactions to these revelations is one of the funnier aspects of the movie. Eventually, Holly's identity is revealed through a series of accidental meetings Peppard has with people from Holly's past.
Holly seems determined to marry a wealthy playboy, or any wealthy man for that matter, no matter how much older or how unscrupulous, and the vulnerability she reveals behind her devil-may-care facade makes this one of her most appealing roles. George Peppard plays the young, indigent writer who ultimately wins Holly's heart.
The movie takes some pointed jabs at various aspects of Hollywood and American society. In the movie, almost all the characters (except for Hepburn and Peppard) are rascals or rapscallions of some sort, scheming or plotting something, exploiting or using someone else, or are just slightly smarmy or unsavory in a sort of charming and engaging way. It's totally harmless and a lot fun to watch. But the deeper social implications are not far beneath the otherwise highly polished surface of this New York society.
Oops, I almost forgot...actually George Peppard is a kept man sleeping with an older, wealthy, married woman (played by Patricia Neal) for much of the movie until he decides to make a play for Holly. So even he is using someone too. :-) Although he does eventually break off that relationship and redeems himself in the end.
By the way, a little side note here. The cat who acted in the movie was trained by the great Frank Inn, who trained many of Hollywood's most famous animal actors, including Arnold the pig, Orangey (the cat in this movie), Benji the dog, Lassie, Cleo from People's Choice. His animals have won 40 Patsy awards (the animal equivalent of the Oscar). When he was 17 he was run over by a car in Culver City and pronounced dead. Fortunately, a mortuary student noticed he was still alive, and he recovered after a long convalescence. Most of the people currently working in Hollywood as animal trainers were either trained personally by him, or by his students.
Overall, a great classic of American cinema that still holds up today....more info
- The Centennial Collection of Breakfast at Tiffany's" is the definitive version to own on DVD!
A word that can describe the Centennial Collection release of the 1961 film "Breakfast at Tiffany's", the classic romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard.
Having reviewed previous versions of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" before on DVD, I'm sure many Audrey Hepburn fans are probably wondering how else can Paramount improve from the 2006 45th Anniversary Edition on DVD? Well, I can tell you right now... plenty! Please read on.
A film that stars quite a bit of talent, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" remains not just one of the most memorable romantic films of all time but a film that exemplifies the beauty of Audrey Hepburn, the chic style of the times and more (which I will discuss more in the special features portion of my review).
VIDEO & AUDIO:
The film is presented in widescreen format, enhanced for 16:9 TV's. A lot of the Centennial Collection releases have been remastered for high definition and having the previous DVD's, I can tell you that the DVD looks great. But I can only imagine how this film would look in 1080P if released in Blu-ray.
Audio is featured in Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround/English, Restored Mono, French Mono and Spanish Mono. The film of course is dialogue-driven but sure enough, the music of Harry Mancini is alive and well when blaring through your speakers.
As mentioned before, there have been several releases of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" prior to this Centennial Collection, the older DVD's really hardly came with anything but the trailer until the 2006 "Special 45th Anniversary Collector's Edition" which came with a good number of special features and a commentary by producer Richard Shepherd.
Well, what I can tell you is that the Centennial Collection contains all of the special features from the Anniversary DVD release but also adds quite a few new lengthy featurettes as well. On the first disc, the first disc contains the movie and the same commentary from the Anniversary disc by Producer Richard Shepherd. You can tell that Shepherd gets drawn in to the film and doesn't speak in the commentary until he feels necessary.
So, for those wanting a verbose commentary, Shepherd doesn't do that. But it's actually quite fine because when he does speak, you learn a lot of things from him about the filming. For example, the opening shot featuring Audrey Hepburn in front of Tiffany's in Fifth Avenue. Where the place is typically packed with cars and people, for that time... there was hardly any traffic and no people. So, a very lucky time in filmmaking for the crew.
Also, Shepherd is quite apologetic about casting Rooney as Mr. Funiyoshi and he does that quite a bit in the commentary. You realized he didn't want the yellow face routine (Caucasian actor looking like an Asian stereotypical character) but it was kept in. Also, commenting of how certain scenes worked then but would never fly now. But most of all, his continued feeling of Audrey Hepburn as a class act. Overall, a very good commentary that you learn a lot from.
The special features on disc 2 are as follows:
* A Golightly Gathering - A 20-minute featurette that reunites the talents who were in the cocktail party scene from "Breakfast at Tiffany's". One of the coolest parties ever on film, it's great to see the talent from the film reunite and discuss their experiences of filming that part scene 40-years later. I had no idea the party-scene took 8-days to film but it was great to hear everyone talk about their scene, working with Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard and Blake Edwards. But what a great featurette and so happy of it's inclusion.
* Henry Mancini: More Than Music - This nearly 21-minute featurette is a wonderful featurette that features interviews with Henry Mancini's wife, daughter and son. Seeing private photos and even videos of Henry and having their family talk about him and what they remember about him, winning the two Academy Awards for "Moon River" and working on other films is just wonderful.
* Mr. Yunioshi: An Asian Perspective - A 17-minute featurette. Despite the popularity of the film, the black cloud that has lingered on this film was the casting of Mickey Rooney as "Mr. Yunioshi". A talented actor, the "yellow face" role was just wrong and acknowledge by the director, producer and a cast member was just terribly wrong in casting Rooney for that role. This feature has interviews with representatives of the Media Action Network of Asian Americans. I'm glad that Paramount did include this featurette on this collection.
* The Making of a Classic - Originally from the Anniversary release, this segment features interviews with Producer Richard Shepherd and Director Blake Edwards. A 16-minute featurette and you definitely learn a lot about the film, especially from Blake Edwards. One could image how his director's commentary would have been if included, especially with what he had to say on this featurette.
* It's So Audrey: A Style Icon - An eight minute featurette with interviews with designers, Hepburn's son and companion. How Audrey Hepburn made simple things quite sexy. How Audrey never thought of her body proportions that sexy but she did have a good eye for style and how she became a fashion and style icon.
* Behind the Gates: The Tour - This 4 minute featurette gives people a look behind the gates of the Paramount lot. A good promotional for those who would like to tour the Paramount lot.
* Brilliance in a Blue Box - A six minute featurette about the history of Tiffany's. Originally featured on the Anniversary DVD.
* Audrey's Letter to Tiffany - A two minute featurette about the letter Audrey wrote for the preface of the 150th Anniversary book for Tiffany's.
* Original Theatrical Trailer - The original two minute trailer with its dust, scratches and all.
* Galleries - Featuring production stills, movie stills and publicity shots for the film.
The Centennial Collection also comes with a booklet that features information of facts of the film, from how Capote wanted Marilyn Monroe for this film, information on Orangey the cat and how the "New York Site" that was filmed at the Paramount lot is now forever lost due to the big Paramount fire back in 1983 that destroyed historical sets.
And the DVD is just classy with it's black and gold packaging (which most of the Centennial Collection are packaged) and ditching the pink and white packaging.
I absolutely love this film. From the memorable dialogue, that first scene with Holly standing in front of Tiffany's, the cocktail party, Holly Golightly singing "Moon River" on her guitar, the cat and of course the final scene between Holly and Paul.
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" is a classic Audrey Hepburn film that is a must-own. I know that the film has been re-released many times on DVD and the 45th Anniversary was just a pleasure when it first came out and at the time, it was a definitive release. But now, with this "Centennial Collection" featuring a remastered version of the film and the new (and quite lengthy) featurettes that is included on this collection, this is the definitive version on DVD.
Personally, I can only imagine how this would look once it becomes available on Blu-ray but for now, these Centennial Collections from Paramount are just wonderful. Especially "Breakfast at Tiffany's", I'm really amazed how far Paramount went in order to make this release much more special.
The addition of "A Golightly Gathering" featuring the actors who took part in that cocktail party was awesome, the Henry Mancini featurette for those who just love his musical work will love this featurette and of course, for those who have felt the pain of the "yellow face" segment in the film, Paramount going the extra step by including a featurette dedicate to that on this DVD.
But in the end, this DVD is indeed a special tribute to Audrey Hepburn. Hepburn is just an icon of style and elegance and this DVD does a great job of giving special attention to such an incredible film. And after seeing this film so many time times, I still have not grown tired of it. It's one special film that I highly recommend...more info
- Read the book instead
This is pretty different from Capote's terrific novella. They "Hollywood-ized" so much of it, that it could only be described as "loosely" based on...... if you have modern movie sensibilities, you may find this way too predictable and sappy, especially the ending. I heard that Capote didn't think much of the movie, and I'm inclined to agree....more info
- Cute movie - Unrated, but Not for young children
This is one of my favorite fun movies! I like the special DVD edition with the extras and interviews. I agree that the casting of Mickey Rooney as a japanese man might have been better played by a japanese actor. Breakfast at Tiffany's was Audrey Hepburn's best. I love Funny Face too because both are fun.
- A Dream Maker, You Heart Breaker
We know they will never see the end of days together, but we all are rooting for them and their dreams and the moment for Capote has captured the essence of so many of us in these two characters. One can view this film one hundred times and still have a tear drawn by this unconvential and unsentimental love story. Everyone has a Huckelberry friend, just waiting around the bend....more info
- What a breakfast
One of my all time favorites, fantastic movie, music score and who didn't
love Audrey Hepburn, what a classy lady!!...more info
- For narcissistic, shallow people only
This is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. It seems to be about a bunch of fashionably dressed shallow rich people drinking and smoking and saying really stupid lines over and over again. Unbelievable that its considered a "classic". Mickey Rooney plays an unfunny stereotypical Chinese landlord in what must have been the racist role of the year. The music is nice, thats about it. 1 star for the music....more info
- Breakfast at Tiffanys
This is a great movie, and is a classic. I can't believe I had never seen it, even on tv. The movie has twist and turns all throughout with a surprise thrown in to boot. I liked the bohemian spirit and the innocence mix. It is a girlie girl film for sure and a great girls night out movie at home. Buy this movie for a keeper if you like frivolity, bohemian life styles and zany old fashioned movies now and again, just for the enjoyment. It is fun seeing the late George Peppard so young along with Audrey Hepburn in her youth. Great, silly, funny, and romantic...all in one! LM...more info