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Breakfast at Tiffany'sIn honor of the 50th anniversary of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which arrived in theaters on Oct. 5, 1961, Paramount is releasing [amazon_link id=”B001UHOWW4″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]a blu-ray edition[/amazon_link] on Sept. 20, 2011.

This is one of my all-time favorite movies, mainly due to the lovely performance of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, the quirky character who flits through parties with a sexy, sophisticated air, but in private is a sweet and vulnerable little girl. 

Struggling, “sponsored” writer Paul Varjak (George Peppard) moves into Holly’s New York apartment building and becomes fascinated by her lifestyle and mantra: “I’m crazy about Tiffany’s. Nothing very bad could happen to you there!” I quite agree. Except maybe a massive credit card debt. But I digress…

Breakfast at Tiffany'sDirected by Blake Edwards, who also helmed The Pink Panther, 10, and Victor/Victoria, and based on the novel by Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s won two Oscars — for Henry Mancini’s score and Johnny Mercer’s song Moon River.

This new blu-ray offers a restored version of the classic film, as well as loads of extras:

  • A Golightly Gathering (HD) – A 20-minute featurette reuniting the folks in the cocktail party scene, which took eight days to film.
  • Henry Mancini: More Than Music (HD) – This 20-minute featurette includes interviews with Mancini’s wife, daughter and son, as well as private photos and videos.
  • Mr. Yunioshi: An Asian Perspective (HD) – Despite the popularity of the film, there’s always been a black cloud surrounding the casting of Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi. Seriously, they couldn’t find a worthy Asian-American for the role? This featurette includes interviews with representatives of the Media Action Network of Asian Americans.
  • The Making of a Classic – This 16-minute featurette includes interviews with producer Richard Shepherd and director Blake Edwards.
  • It’s So Audrey: A Style Icon – This 8-minute segment features interviews with the designers, Audrey Hepburn’s son and companion, and delves into how she made simple things sexy. She never thought of her body proportions as sexy, but she did have a good eye for style and, of course, became quite the fashion icon.
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's on Blu-RayBehind the Gates: The Tour – This 4-minute featurette offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Paramount lot.
  • Brilliance in a Blue Box – A 6-minute featurette about the history of Tiffany’s.
  • Audrey’s Letter to Tiffany – A 2-minute featurette about the letter Audrey wrote for the preface of the 150th Anniversary book for Tiffany’s.
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (HD) – The original 2-minute trailer with dust, scratches and all, including commentary by producer Richard Shepherd.
  • Galleries – Production stills, movie stills and publicity shots for the film.

Get a sneak peek at the crystal-clear restoration on the blu-ray trailer. Just beautiful.

Are you a fan of Breakfast at Tiffany’s or the great Audrey Hepburn? Think it’s worth it to buy the blu-ray?

Other sites to check out:

Good Reads * AudreyHepburn.com * IMDB * Wikipedia * Rotten Tomatoes

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