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Breakfast at Tiffany's: 2-Disc

Score: 100%
Rating: Not Rated
Publisher: Paramount
Region: 1
Media: DVD/2
Running Time: 114 Mins.
Genre: Drama/Romance/Classic
Audio: Dolby Digital: English 5.1
           Surround, English Restored Mono,
           French Mono, Spanish Mono

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish


  • Commentary by Producer Richard Shepherd
  • A Golightly Gathering
  • Henry Mancini: More Than Music
  • Mr. Yunioshi: An Asian Perspective
  • The Making of a Classic
  • It's So Audrey: A Style Icon
  • Behind the Gates: The Tour
  • Brilliance in a Blue Box
  • Audrey's Letter to Tiffany
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Galleries

Based on the novel by Truman Capote and directed by Blake Edwards, Breakfast at Tiffany's is perhaps Audrey Hepburn's most notable role wherein she plays footloose NYC party girl Holly Golightly. Holly spends her days sleeping and her nights partying as she escorts various wealthy men around town. Her favorite haunt, however, is Tiffany's jewelry store, where she drinks coffee and eats croissants after a wild night of partying. She is forgetful and is always losing her apartment key, much to the chagrin and annoyance of her landlord, Mr. Yunioshi (Mickey Rooney). She is the type of girl who keeps ballet flats in the fridge and the phone in a suitcase (to muffle the noise, you see). She has a cat aptly named "Cat" simply because she doesn't feel like she deserves to own anything. One day, her routine is altered when a young author by the name of Paul Varjak (George Peppard) rings her bell, unable to get into the apartment building. Paul, or "Fred" as she calls him because he so reminds her of her younger brother, has moved into the apartment above her. It soon becomes clear that Paul is a kept man, as his mistress (Patricia Neal) makes her "ownership" painfully clear. But Holly is not one to judge. After all, she understands these things. She makes her money by going out on the town and getting $50 for the powder room here and there. Then there's the "weather report" that she gets when she visits Sing Sing to see Sally Tomato, ex-mob boss, which earns her $100 for delivering it to his lawyer. Who would pay $100 a week to hear the weather! At least, that's how Holly sees it.

As Holly and Paul/Fred get to know one another, they spend one day doing things they've never done before. Whether it's having breakfast at the famous Tiffany's and doing a (very) little bit of shopping, or shoplifting cat and dog masks from the five and dime, the two have a wonderful time together. He finds that Holly is not as she appears and is instead quite sensitive and scared. She is saving her pennies so that she can support her younger brother, Fred, when he gets out of the service in a few months. To that end, she intends to marry a very rich man.

When Paul suspects a man of spying on he and his mistress, that same man turns out to be Doc Golightly (Buddy Ebsen), Holly's ex-husband. Doc is old enough to be her father and Paul finds out that Holly, or Lula Mae as she was known, came straight from the country and was once more at home with hogs and chickens than with cocktails and tiaras. Holly insists that the marriage was annulled years ago and enlists Paul in making Doc see the light so he will leave her to her new life.

When Holly finally snags a South American wealthy tycoon as her fiance, she believes all will be set for young Fred's return. But when tragedy strikes too close to home, and then a scandal with Sally Tomato erupts, jeopardizing her relationship with said South American, Holly is devastated. She pushes all who care about her away, only to realize that true love was right in front of her all the time.

Breakfast at Tiffany's is a true classic. Holly Golightly is the original club kid and her zany antics and wild parties are the stuff of legends. I've seen this movie many times as it was always my mom's favorite. Hearing Henry Mancini's wonderful tunes like the haunting "Moon River" really brings back so many memories. Since this is one of Paramount's Centennial Collection, Breakfast at Tiffany's has been masterfully restored and contains a treasure trove of special features for the true fan. There is commentary, but also a retrospective on Holly's famous cocktail party, where the guests (actors) that attended are brought back together again to discuss the famous gathering. There's a really deep featurette on Henry Mancini, a making-of featurette, one on Audrey Hepburn's signature style, a behind-the-gates tour of Paramount Studios, a featurette on Tiffany's, plus a featurette on the offensive portrayal of Mickey Rooney's Mr. Yunioshi. If you are a fan of Breakfast at Tiffany's, you can't go wrong adding this one to your collection.

-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

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