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Roman Holiday (Special Edition) [DVD] [1953]

Audrey Hepburn , Gregory Peck , William Wyler    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Eddie Albert, Harcourt Williams, Hartley Power
  • Directors: William Wyler
  • Producers: William Wyler
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, Bulgarian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Sep 2009
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029KQO4U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,865 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The three-way combination of ingénue Audrey Hepburn, admirable Gregory Peck and the Eternal City itself guarantees that Roman Holiday (1953) still knocks the socks off any modern rom-com you might care to name. Add to this stellar triumvirate the meticulous, loving direction of William Wyler and a warm-hearted original story by Dalton Trumbo (blacklisted and uncredited at the time) and the result is assuredly one of Hollywood's timeless classics.

At the leading man's own suggestion, newcomer Hepburn was generously accorded equal above-the-title billing with Peck: he knew that the film belonged to her anyway and wasn't one to stand on ceremony. As the princess who chafes at stuffy responsibility Hepburn's appealing girlishness is suffused with a will and wilfulness that rubs delightfully against Peck's more earnest mannerisms (even playing light-hearted comedy, he's still Atticus Finch at heart). The then-unusual decision to shoot entirely on location provides the movie with its glorious travelogue backdrop, and stalwart character-actor Eddie Albert is a fine foil for the two leads. Although Wyler is best known now for the grander vistas of The Big Country and Ben-Hur, none of his epics have as much heart as this.

On the DVD: Roman Holiday comes to DVD in a good digitally restored print--in itself a powerful reason to acquire the movie on disc. Sound is clean Dolby mono. Extras include a brief piece on the film restoration process, and a short documentary about costume designer Edith Head, which isn't specifically about this movie. The 25-minute making-of featurette has recent and archive interviews with cast members, including Peck and Eddie Albert, as well as William Wyler's daughter, plus Hepburn's screen test footage. Still-photo galleries and trailers complete a pleasant selection. --Mark Walker

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An adventure-seeking princess on an official visit to Rome slips away from her chaperones to explore the city with a brash newspaper man, then falls in love with him. The winner of 3 Academy Awards including Best Actress.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Princess abroad 1 Oct 2008
Fairy tales don't really happen in our world -- especially not the kind that actually involve princesses.

But you wouldn't know that from "Roman Holiday," one of Audrey Hepburn's earliest ever movie roles -- as well as her breakout one. This adorable romantic comedy balances itself nicely between a sweet little romance, a lighthearted romance and the bittersweet, overhanging specter of royal duty.

Bored young Princess Ann (Hepburn) goes on a "Roman Holiday," when she gets upset, is sedated by a doctor, and has an odd reaction to it. Soon she has wandered out of the palace and into the streets of Rome, where she is found by struggling American journalist Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck). Since she appears to be drunk, he takes her home.

When Joe realizes that he has the missing princess in his apartment, he takes her on a whirlwind tour of Rome, with his pal taking photographs for a full article about her. But he doesn't count on falling in love with Ann, or having her truly fall for him. And Ann has a tough choice to make -- should she give up her royal life and stay with Joe, or fulfil her responsibilities as a princess?

"Roman Holiday" is one of those rare movies that sounds incredibly trite and Hollywoodish when you just hear what it's about, because it's been done so many times before. Surprise -- instead we get a movie that is mostly a cute, innocent little romance, but with an inevitable choice that looms over Anne throughout her fun.

But it's a fun ride while it lasts, with Anne and Joe careening through Rome on a scooter, dancing by the river, and getting her hair cut.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding romance with Audrey Hepburn. 22 Feb 2003
Finally! The one of most famous romantic movies is coming on DVD .I was waiting for that moment more than a three years, since the first DVD's with Audrey were released. Audrey is playing a character of Princess Anne, who is coming on the official Italy visit and during the first night, as a consequence of stereotypical, tiresome and boring life, she is decided for a one normal, exciting day among the common people, the world beyond her velvet prison-of course incognito. She is recognize by one typical, cynical American journalist - starring Gregory Peck - and...and one outstanding romance about the one exceptional Rome's day can start. The one of the most celebrated romantic movies of all times, based on the fantastic performance of young, sweet Audrey, who was awarded, just in the age of 24, by Oscar, Golden Globe and New York Movie Critics prize for this stunning performance. My personal higly recommendation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A young princess trying to spread her wings... 8 Dec 2006
"Roman holiday" (1953) is a charming movie that you are likely to love, specially if you are fond of romantic comedies that have an excellent director (William Wyler) and great actors (Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck).

Do you want to have at least an idea of what this film is about? Well, the main character is Ann (Audrey Hepburn), a beautiful princess that is visiting Rome for official reasons, but that wants to break free of her obligations, at least for one day. This movie tells us what happens when Ann gets to do what she wants, that is a day of almost perfect freedom in Rome. Of course, Ann is not alone: she accidentally meets an American journalist, Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck), a handsome rogue that becomes a possible love interest. But does Joe know who Ann really is? And what does he want from her?

All in all, I can say that I enjoyed watching the story of Princess Ann, a young woman that could be compared to a bird trying to spread her wings for the very first time. You will laugh, and maybe cry a little, but I think that "Roman holiday" is a film that you will not regret watching.

Belen Alcat
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars audrey hepburn glamour at it's best! 21 Feb 2001
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This is every girls fantasy, to be a princess swept of their feet by the dashing Greg Peck!!! Young touring princess Hepburn goes slumming for the day and embarks on an afternoon of moped mayhem in Roma (falling in love with journalist Greg Peck along the way) before being torn from new love interest Peck and returning to her duties. Peck is wonderful as the corrupt journalist taught nobility by Hepburn and there is a great comic touch in Eddie Albert's have a go photographer, trying to get the perfect photo for Pecks article. It is also a showcase for Hepburn at her most stunningly elegant as she oozes sophistication from every pore (if she has wonders with a complexion that stunning!). There is also some smashing scenic photography in Wylers stunning Roman backdrop. Heartthrob appeal for girls and boys and a very sweet little rom-com. Great Family Fun!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the most romantic movie ever made 16 May 2004
By Dennis Littrell TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This was Audrey Hepburn's debut in a starring role. She was 24-years-old and had appeared in two or three other movies but just in bit parts. Here she plays a reigning European princess visiting Rome who would like an escape from her daily regime of official duties, thus the title and theme of the movie, a Roman holiday.
Gregory Peck plays an American newspaper reporter living in the Eternal City. We first see him playing poker with his cronies, and losing. His relative "poverty" and Princess Ann's fabulous wealth and station present a formidable barrier to their ever finding true love and marital happiness. Part of the fun of the script is in seeing how this will play out and how their differences are resolved in the end. I will give you a small hint: very carefully!
The script comes from a story by Dalton Trumbo who is perhaps best known as the author of the anti-war novel, Johnny Got His Gun. Trumbo was one of the "Hollywood Ten" who were blacklisted from working in the industry during the excesses of the McCarthy era. He went to Mexico and continued working on film scripts but under assumed names or had his scripts presented by "fronts." In this case Ian McLellan Hunter fronted for Trumbo and won an Academy Award for the story. Later the Academy awarded Trumbo a posthumous Oscar for his work.
Long time Hollywood studio director William Wyler directed the film entirely on location in Rome. He has a formidable list of credits going well back into the silent film era including such outstanding films as Wuthering Heights (1939), The Letter (1940), The Little Foxes (1941), etc. His clear directorial style and his attention to detail work well here. The sets in Rome are charming, especially Peck's bachelor apartment.
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