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Bette Davis Centenary Celebration Collection (All About Eve / Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte / The Virgin Queen / Phone Call from a Stranger / The Nanny)
Bette Davis Centenary Celebration Collection
All About Eve / Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte / The Virgin Queen / Phone Call from a Stranger / The Nanny
Actor: Bette Davis
Genres: Classics, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2008     9hr 12min

Disc 1: THE NANNY (1965) Disc 2: VIRGIN QUEEN (1955) Disc 3: PHONE CALL FROM A STRANGER (1952) Disc 4: HUSH... HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE (1964) Disc 5: ALL ABOUT EVE (1950) Disc 6: ALL ABOUT EVE (1950) DISC 2


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Actor: Bette Davis
Genres: Classics, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Classics, Love & Romance, Classics, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color
DVD Release Date: 04/08/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 9hr 12min
Screens: Black and White,Color
Number of Discs: 6
SwapaDVD Credits: 6
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Three films new to DVD, two double-dips
calvinnme | 01/26/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is the second of two boxed sets celebrating the one hundredth birthday of Bette Davis. The other one is from Warner Home Video, and since Bette Davis is often called "the fifth Warner Brother", obviously Warner's has a much larger library of films from which to choose. My main complaint with this set is not that the films are not good, but that two of the films - "Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte" and "All About Eve" have already been released by Fox under the Studio Classics label. That leaves only three films new to DVD in this set.

As for the three films that are new to DVD, chances are you may have never even heard of them, much less seen them. The problem is that Fox owns the rights, won't let anyone else such as Turner Classic Movies televise them, and would rather televise "Wall Street" ten times a month on the Fox Movie Channel rather than put these older good films on at all.

All About Eve (1950) - This film brought Davis' career back from the brink and set up a very productive second act in her career. Margo (Bette Davis) plays an insecure aging star who helps a very poisonous young ingenue, Eve, (Anne Baxter) get started. As Margo, Davis throws some of the best tantrums of her career. Just when you think there is nobody more evil than Anne Baxter's Eve Harrington, along comes George Sander's Addison DeWitt and kicks her to the curb in that category.
The special features are:
Audio Commentaries -
1. Celeste Holm - Star; Joseph L. Mankiewicz - Director; Ken Geist - Author/Film Biographer; Christopher Mankiewicz - Director's Son
2. Sam Staggs - Author/Film Historian
Isolated Audio Track - Musical Score
Disc 2: ALL ABOUT EVE - Supplemental Material
Additional Release Material:
Additional Footage - "MovieTone News: 1951 Academy Awards Honor Best Film Achievements, 1951 Hollywood Attends Gala Premiere of "All About Eve," Holiday Magazine Awards, Look Magazine Awards"
Behind the Scenes -
1. "AMC Backstory: ALL ABOUT EVE"
Comparisons - Restoration Comparison
Documentaries -
1. "Joseph L. Mankiewicz: A Personal Journey"
2. "The Real Eve"
Featurettes -
1. "Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz"
2. "The Secret of Sarah Siddons"

Phone Call From a Stranger (1952) - This is an odd pick for a boxed set about Bette Davis, since she has practically a cameo role here. Instead the lead role goes to Davis' husband at the time, Gary Merrill. The film is about four strangers on a plane that is destined to crash. Only one survives (Gary Merrill). After the crash, he goes to contact the families of the three who did not survive the crash and finds three very different groups of people with different problems. You hardly ever see this one on TV, and it is very good so that is too bad. Just don't expect big doses of Davis in this one.

The Queen (1955) - This is Davis' second film in which she plays Queen Elizabeth I of England. Personally, I thought 1939's "Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex" was better, but it is hard to compare the two since this film takes place 15 years earlier in history than "Private Lives" and has Davis essentially playing Elizabeth at the age - 47 - that Davis actually is. Here Richard Todd plays Sir Walter Raleigh, who, like Essex in the earlier film, is a younger man who trades on Elizabeth's love for him to gain some personal glory. Richard Todd plays Raleigh effectively, but there is just no topping the charisma of Flynn in the earlier movie. Special features:
Behind the Scenes - A "Making Of" featurette

Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964) - Meant to be a kind of sequel to "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?", this film is missing the dynamic of those dueling actresses, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. Instead we have the perennial sweet thing of the golden age of Hollywood, Olivia de Havilland, playing opposite to Bette Davis. As a teenager Charlotte Hollis (Bette Davis) was presumed guilty of killing her married lover. Her wealthy father got her out of it, but Charlotte has lived as a recluse ever since and is facing eviction from the family plantation. Her cousin Miriam Deering (Olivia de Havilland) comes to visit just as Charlotte seems to be going over the edge with visions of her murdered lover from 37 years before.
Special features:
Behind the Scenes - "Hush...Hush, Sweet Joan: The Making of CHARLOTTE"
Featurettes -
1. "Bruce Dern Remembers"
2. "Wizard Work" (Vintage Featurette)

The Nanny (1965) - Another one you don't see very often anywhere. In fact it's been years since I've seen it and I can't even remember where. Ten year old Joey has a new nanny, Bette Davis. I don't think she even had a name in this one, just "the nanny". Nobody believes disturbed Joey when he claims that the nanny is evil and wants to kill him - she's such a sweet old lady. You know where this one is probably going from the start, but it's interesting to watch it play out. However, there is some very disturbing stuff in this one, so note that it might be difficult to watch. It takes real advantage of the fact that Davis could play anything from the sweetest to the most evil person in the world, and turn on a dime at either end of the scale.

All of the films have trailers and a stills gallery as extras. I am rating this set as follows:

Value - 3 stars due to the two double-dips.
Quality - 5 stars since the films are all very good.

Result: 4 stars"
Mark Norvell | HOUSTON | 04/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

""All About Eve" & "Hush...Hush Sweet Charlotte" are re-issued and re-packaged with new extras in this fine set. New to DVD are "The Virgin Queen", "The Nanny", and "Phone Call From a Stranger". All are encased in their own individual slim-cases with art work. For Davis fans, this edition is completely worth it. A bravura array of Davis performances is featured here. And the performances couldn't be more different: a Broadway star, a haunted Southern recluse, a Queen of England, a British nanny, and the small but pivotal role of a wife of a plane crash victim. The prints are fine and the extras are good including a 4-page booklet with added info on each film. As with all these sets, it just leaves you wanting more. However, this one was worth waiting for. Enjoy."
A beautiful box set honoring a legend
R. Pepper | Los Angeles | 03/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Another reviewer gave this 3 stars without knowing the facts. This box set has 3 titles available on DVD for the FIRST time. The Virgin Queen, Phone Call from a Stranger and The Nanny which I have been longing for the most. The other reviewer even stated The Nanny has been released 3 times already. False! Trust me, if it had ever been released on DVD I would have had it by now. It was released in the UK on Region 2 format but that doesn't count because Region 2 will not play on DVD players in the US or Canada. Yes, Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte has been released once on DVD however this new version will contain new bonus footage sure to make the most loyal Davis fan happy. Basically, Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte was a follow-up to Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. Anyone who follows Bette Davis will know that her and Joan Crawford didn't get along. Charlotte brought Davis and Crawford (in De Havilland's role) back together however all did not go well. It is said Bette made Joan's life a living hell on the set and Crawford eventually bailed due to "illness." A new feature on the Hush Hush DVD is called Hush..Hush Sweet Joan. However I'm not sure if that includes the scenes Joan filmed or not (supposedly there is about 10 minutes worth). I have seen production stills on the internet with Bette and Joan on the set though. All About Eve has been released onto DVD (unsure on the number of times) although I have read that this release will also include new bonus material. So, with that said, this box set is well worth purchasing even if you already own Eve and Charlotte. I have read The Nanny was Bette's last great role but that really depends on who you talk to. The Nanny was made during the same time period as Jane and Charlotte so if you are a fan of Bette's work during this time, The Nanny will be a new treat for you. Also recommended is Dead Ringer where Davis plays a set of twins. The box set for these films is really gorgeous. I honestly don't feel like I'm being cheated. 3 Davis films on DVD for the first time and 2 previously released DVD's but with new features. However if you are only interested in one film, they are being sold seperately and that is more practical. I am giving this 5 stars because this year is Bette's 100th birthday and this set is a perfect tribute."
Fox's cheap shot
rickshayne | 04/16/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"20th Century FOx doesn't hold many Bette Davis movies so they stash all of them in this fine box. But how? In slimline cases, so kinda cheap, maybe not, but what kind of idiot packs a two-disc edition in slimline case WITH a booklet inside that obvisouly is going to be punched through in the middle several times because that's how the casing works? Only idiots approve these. It's really a low low shot and I would not expect this from ANYONE, not even the cheapest studio ever. It's just unbelievable. And that's supposed to be the special edition movie of the pack!!!!
As for the content, no complaint there, and love the extras on Hush Hush where for the first time I see more than one still of Joan Crawford on the set and there's even a featurette on the backstory."