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Billy Wilder DVD Collection (Sunset Boulevard/Stalag 17/Sabrina)
Billy Wilder DVD Collection
Sunset Boulevard/Stalag 17/Sabrina
Actors: William Holden, Don Taylor, Gloria Swanson, Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn
Director: Billy Wilder
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Military & War
UR     2002     5hr 42min

This boxed set shows the many moods of director Billy Wilder, from luxurious cynicism to spiky romance. He's teamed up for all three pictures with William Holden, and the two are perfectly tuned to each other's sardonic in...  more »


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Actors: William Holden, Don Taylor, Gloria Swanson, Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn
Director: Billy Wilder
Creators: Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, D.M. Marshman Jr., Donald Bevan, Edmund Trzcinski, Edwin Blum, Ernest Lehman
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Romantic Comedies, Billy Wilder, Audrey Hepburn, Love & Romance, Classics, Military & War
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 11/26/2002
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 5hr 42min
Screens: Black and White,Color
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English, French, German
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

He Left Us Too Soon
Interplanetary Funksmanship | Vanilla Suburbs, USA | 11/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Billy Wilder died earlier this year at 95 years old, and it was still too soon. A shame that Hollywood left him after "Buddy Buddy," to spend the last twenty years of his life pining for a movie production that never came his way.These three movies represent Wilder in his heydey at Paramount Pictures, and also his three best with William Holden, who was just at home playing it straight or wisecracking. Sure, I'd like to see "The Apartment," and "Some Like It Hot" on this collection, but those were released by United Artists, so those would be released by MGM, not Paramount anyhow.These three movies really hold their own, even -- or rather, especially -- today. "Sunset Boulevard" is one of the darkest of black comedies, and a really disturbing portrait of Hollywood has-been Norma Desmond and Holden as her kept man screenwriter, who's been hired to bring her out of mothballs. Chilling last line: "I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. deMille.""Stalag 17" is a nice mix of serious war movie interspersed with slapstick humour. Though Holden is great, his supporting cast almost steal the show, especially Sig Ruman as Sergeant Schultz, the camp guard, Otto Preminger as Commandant von Scherbach and Harvey Lembeck and Robert Strauss as the camp cutups, Harry Shapiro and "The Animal.""Sabrina" is a beautiful portrait of a young Audrey Hepburn, so vivacious and full of wondrous energy. Though she's a bit self-aware in her role, her charm still just carries you away. Holden is in a supporting role here, but Humphrey Bogart comes off as a bit stiff. Really, though, it's Audrey's movie from beginning to end, and the romantic-comedy script by Ernest Lehman and Samuel Taylor has wit and panache.I own all three movies separately, but this set is worth laying down your Benjamins in one fell swoop."
Folks, hello, this is a *Paramount* collection ...
S. G. Oles | Venice, CA United States | 12/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"No need to say these are all fine, classic movies,but in response to those who wonder why it doesn't include SOME LIKE IT HOT or THE APARTMENT ... this boxed set is issued by Paramount Pictures. Paramount can't release films made by other studios, so please stop complaining. :-)I think it's great to have these three films boxed, especially the little-seen STALAG 17.SOME LIKE IT HOT and THE APARTMENT are available everywhere, so let's be grateful for what Paramount is giving us: the best movies Wilder made at their studio."
The Wild Billy Wilder
Claude Z. Lovecraft | San Jose, CA United States | 05/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The movies chosen to present this trio of Wilder films are all excellent in their own genre. Not only are Sunset Blvd., Stalag 17, and Sabrina "true classics",but the extra bonus features
take you inside the set and inside the mind of Billy Wilder. The well spoken narrative on all three films is not only intelligent but enlightening as well. You can really benefit by watching all three films "as they are", but then again
WITH the narrative because it is then that you learn how Wilder worked and got the best performances out of his splendid cast of actors. The astonishing performance of the 50ish Gloria Swanson in Sunset Blvd. is truly
amazing in itself. Of the three THAT one's my personal favorite.
William Holden fans will be delighted to know that he is in all three movies!! Was there any sweeter girl than Audrey Hepburn (Sabrina)? She wins your heart as does the character in that movie played by Humphrey Bogart whose subtle turn is quite noteworthy."
Finally, a DVD collection for the best director of all time
Claude Z. Lovecraft | 10/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Billy Wilder is my cinematic idol. His versatility as a director and as a write is still unmatched. Although these wouldn't all be my choices to include in the collection, I'm still very excited. Sunset Boulevard is one of the most perfect motion pictures of all time. If only the three movies were Sunset Boulevard, Some Like it Hot, and The Apartment, this collection would be perfect. I'll just have to wait until next time. Until then, this will do me just fine."