Blu-ray Makes a 'Funny Face'

Posted Thu Dec 12, 2013 at 01:00 PM PST by

The 1957 classic starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire dances to Blu-ray in April.

In an early announcement to retailers, Warner Brothers is working on 'Funny Face' for a Blu-ray release on April 8.

This filmed version of the 1927 George Gershwin Broadway musical Funny Face utilizes the play's original star, Fred Astaire, and several of the original tunes, then goes merrily off on its own. Astaire is cast as as fashion photographer Dick Avery (a character based on Richard Avedon, the film's "visual consultant"), who is sent out by his female boss Maggie Prescott (Kay Thompson) to find a "new face". It doesn't take Dick long to discover Jo (Audrey Hepburn, who does her own singing), an owlish Greenwich Village bookstore clerk. Acting as Pygmalion to Jo's Galatea, Dick whisks the wide-eyed girl off to Paris and transforms her into the fashion world's hottest model. Along the way, he falls in love with Jo, and works overtime to wean her away from such phony-baloney intellectuals as Professor Emile Flostre (Michel Auclair). The Gershwin tunes include the title song, "S'wonderful", "How Long Has This Been Going On" and "He Loves and She Loves"; among the newer numbers is Kay Thompson's energetic opener "Think Pink". For years available only in washed-out, flat prints, Funny Face was eventually restored to its full Technicolor and VistaVision glory.

Specs and supplements have yet to be revealed, but suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $19.98.

You can find the latest specs for 'Funny Face' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under April 8.

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Funny Face (Blu-ray)
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