PARAMOUNT has released a "centennial" edition of "SABRINA," on dvd. It's hard to imagine any film starring Audrey Hepburn, Bogart, "and" William Holden being less than great. Add to that a script co-written and directed by Billy Wilder, and it's easy to see why "SABRINA" is such a wonderful classic, worth savoring and adding to every film-lover's collection.
Hepburn stars as a chauffeur's daughter, "Sabrina," and Holden and Bogart play the wealthy Larabee brothers. Upon returning from a cooking education in France, Sabrina finds herself amidst the affections of both brothers. Well, one of the brothers has always cared for her from afar, and the other has been typically clueless and unappreciative of the wonderful girl Sabrina is. Sabrina is set on making the clueless, but more adventurous brother(Holden)her own, but he's already been promised to the daughter of a wealthy sugar magnate, as part of the older brother's(Bogart)plans to advance their fortune. While keeping Sabrina at bay, it's easy to see how Bogart's character falls for Sabrina. As good as Bogart was in "CASABLANCA" and "AFRICAN QUEEN," it's hard to argue that his acting isn't even better here!
Everything about "SABRINA" is flawless! The film's script, pacing, set design, costumes,...everything, showcases why it's so hard to appreciate the crap that genuinely comes out of studios in such abundance today.
PARAMOUNT has provided the correct 1.33:1 aspect ratio for this dvd. While most of the film offers little discernible difference from the previous version, it's certainly cleaner now. None of the minor noise affecting the older version are present here. It's a wonderful transfer.
PARAMOUNT has provided the same wonderful mono mixes from the prior version. Fidelity is excellent, without a hint of hiss or distortion.
Various featurettes focused on camera work, Hepburn's costumes, and Holden's career at Paramount are included, and all are quite good.