DVD Review: Two For The Road (Masters of Cinema)

Two of the most iconic actors of the 1950s and 1960s were Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney. Whilst Hepburn is synonymous with the glamour of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Roman Holiday and Charade. Finney made his name in the kitchen sink dramas Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. In Stanley Donen’s Two For The Road, they play a couple who, whilst drawn together, constantly push each other apart.

A successful architect Mark (Albert Finney) and his wife Joanne (Audrey Hepburn) are travelling down to Saint Tropez from Northern France. There are tensions between the couple, and as they drive down they remember past journeys along the same road. From a chance meeting on a ferry and Mark repairing her choir’s bus, as newlyweds, and then with their daughter. As the time passes we witness them fall in and out of love.

Two For The Road is a delightful and invigorating film. The leads have great chemistry, and both their performances are integral to how well the film works. Based on the true story of writer Frederic Raphael’s relationship with his wife, there are ups and downs throughout. He was nominated for the Best Writing Oscar whilst Hepburn was shortlisted for the Golden Globe. Two For The Road is an entertaining ride, with great performances and laced with ’60s sheen.

Special Features:

New 1080p presentation of the film (on Blu-ray) in its original aspect ratio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Feature-length commentary with director Stanley Donen
Interview with critic Frederic Raphael
36-page booklet featuring writing on the film and more

Two for the road is released on Dual Format by Eureka as part of their Masters of Cinema collection on January 19.

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