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THREE YEARS after its Paramount Presents release on Blu-ray, the classic “Roman Holiday” starring Audrey Hepburn will jump to 4K Ultra HD for its 70th Anniversary on August 15. It originally premiered on August 27, 1953.
When you see this utterly delightful film, you’ll understand why the world became immediately enchanted with the adorably waif-like Dutch actress. Hepburn won the Oscar for Best Actress in her first leading role and stars opposite Gregory Peck, Joe Bradley, an American journalist who discovers the young princess asleep on a fountain wall.
Director William Wyler’s (“Ben Hur,” “The Best Years of Our Lives”) 1953 fairy tale was one of Hollywood’s first on-location motion pictures and memorably captures the bustling streets and iconic sites of Rome.
Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was blacklisted for refusing to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee and his name was not included in the film’s original credits. In 1992 the Board of Governors of the Academy voted to finally credit Trumbo for the “Story Writing” Oscar and his widow received a statuette in 1993. In 2011, the WGA restored Trumbo’s name to the screenwriting credits. This release correctly credits Dalton Trumbo with both the screenplay and story by credits.
Frame shot from the 2020 Blu-ray edition. Newcomer Audrey Hepburn won the Academy Award for Best Actress as Princess Ann and Gregory Peck plays American journalist Joe Bradley.
The bonus features are carried over from the 2020 Blu-ray, also included in the combo set.
Filmmaker Focus: Leonard Maltin on Roman Holiday
Behind the Gates: Costumes
Rome with a Princess
Audrey Hepburn: The Paramount Years
Dalton Trumbo: From A-List to Blacklist
Paramount in the '50s: Remembering Audrey
Four Photo Galleries: Production, The Movie, Publicity, The Premiere
Video – A restored 4K master from the original camera negative (1.37:1 aspect ratio) and best-surviving elements, which was used on the previous Blu-ray. But, this time we get the higher resolution and HDR grading (HDR10 and Dolby Vision.
Audio – Features the same restored Dolby TrueHD 2.0 Mono track