Two for the Road on DVD and Blu-ray

Monday, 19 January 2015 00:00 Written by 

Two for the Road - out on Dual-Format Blu-ray and DVDPart relationship study, part travelogue, "Two for the Road" is a warm and amusing film  that is also a dramatic inspection of how time and events can put a strain on couples. Audrey Hepburn ("Breakfast at Tiffany's") and Albert Finney ("Annie") star as Joanna and Mark Wallace, with support from Eleanor Bron ("A Little Princess") and William Daniels ("The Graduate") as their friends Cathy and Howard Manchester.

Directed by Stanley Donen ("Charade") and scored by "The Pink Panther" legend Henry Mancini, the movie darts backwards and forwards between a number of different stages of the Wallaces' marriage, typically whilst on holiday in France. They start off poor but besotted with each other, joyfully hitchhiking their way across the country, and end up with a lot of emotional baggage and a daughter, more wealthy but not necessarily better off.

Finney and Hepburn are on excellent form, going through every possible emotional state and making it feel real. The film covers a number of decades and thanks to their acting prowess, with a little help from the costume and make-up departments, we are persuaded that these two delirious and carefree lovers become parents with the weight of the world on their shoulders, via a number of intermediate states in between.

Although the film is a little heavy-handed in its metaphors for the state of the Wallace's marriage through the ages, Donen is very clever in the manner he changes scene. We often witness the couple effectively being over taken by themselves in their next or previous family car, as Mark and Joanna reminisce about how key events shaped their lives.

Mancini's characteristically Gallic music compliments the stunning photography, imbuing the film with heaps of charm and a European holiday atmosphere.

There is some quality humour in the film such as when, during a three-week break with the Manchesters, Mark comes to the end of his tether with Howard's incessant preaching. He compares his friend to the 'largest pocket of untapped natural gas known to man'.

The wonderful depiction of the Manchesters' daughter Ruth (Gabrielle Middleton) is another comedy highlight; she is the most spoilt, insufferable child you have ever seen. Ruth's decision to throw the car key out of the window during a particularly stroppy tantrum is hilarious, and it will probably send shivers down the spines of some viewers!

"Two for the Road" is a memorable and enjoyable film that also challenges the audience and might make them question certain comparisons with their own relationships, past and present.

Special features include:

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

The Blu-ray version reviewed is the best way to experience the film, brilliantly promoting the beautiful French countryside and coastal resorts. The colour balance is very 1960s/1970s but naturally it works in the context of what is a very colourful film in all regards.

“Two for the Road” (1967) is out now on dual-format DVD and Blu-ray (two discs), courtesy of Eureka. The main feature has a running time of 111 minutes approx, carries a 'PG' certificate and retails for £17.99, or less from

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