[10 December 2009]
PopMatters Features Editor
Sunset Boulevard transcends itself. We all know at least three lines from this film, even if we’ve never seen it. Like Casablanca, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, or To Kill a Mockingbird, this weird little masterpiece has snuck into our collective (Western) pop consciousness. Even if you find the film to be dated, stilted, overwrought, or even silly (all of which are probably natural 21st century responses), you can’t say that it doesn’t carry the aura of significance. Roman Holiday, the second in this series, is a wonderful lark, and a perfect way to spend an afternoon. It is today precisely as it was then—just about the greatest date movie ever concocted. Sabrina provides flat out entertainment, brilliant screenwriting, and some of the most adorable Audrey Hepburn moments ever put on screen, we have an olive jar full of it here. All three of these indispensable films are here repackaged in gold and black, and come with a second disc filled to overflowing with featurettes, lengthy documentaries, and other informative material. For any film fan, this stuff is completely essential—making it the perfect stocking over-stuffer.