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Bette Davis Centenary Celebration Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Richard Todd, Wendy Craig
  • Directors: Henry Koster, Jean Negulesco, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Robert Aldrich, Seth Holt
  • Writers: Erich Kästner, Harry Brown, Henry Farrell
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: 8 April 2008
  • Run Time: 533 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012KSUTK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,926 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By P. Murphy on 13 Dec 2008
Format: DVD
sadly this is the most fraustrating thing about shopping with amazon - every time I have searched for bette davis films there is no way of knowing what each box set contains - major error from amazon and the one thing that sends me to other web sites to purchase
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 May 2009
Format: DVD
Heres some info I gleamed from researching this boxset elsewhere.

Aspect Ratio:
All Original Aspect Ratios - <various>

Edition Details:

All About Eve

* Audio Commentary by Celeste Holm, Ken Geist - Author/Film Biographer; Christopher Mankiewicz (Director's Son)
* Audio Commentary by Sam Staggs - Author/Film Historian
* Isolated Audio Track - Musical Score
Disc 2: ALL ABOUT EVE - Supplemental 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 -
* "AMC Backstory: ALL ABOUT EVE"
* Restoration Comparison
Documentaries -
* "Joseph L. Mankiewicz: A Personal Journey"
* "The Real Eve"
Featurettes -
* "Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz"
* "The Secret of Sarah Siddons"

Phone Call From a Stranger

* Restoration Comparison

* Trailers

The Virgin Queen

* Isolated Score option

* Featurette: Virgin Territory: The Making of the Virgin Queen (28:23)

* Restoration Comparison

* Trailer

* TV Spots

* 4 different galleries (Pressbook, Poster, Stills and Lobby Cards)

The Nanny

* Restoration Comparison

* Trailer

* TV Spots

* 4 different galleries (Pressbook, Poster, Stills and Lobby Cards)

Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte

* Isolated Score track

* Featurette: Hush,. Hush Sweet Joan: The Making of Charlotte

* Bruce Dern Remembers

* Vintage Promotional short narrated by Joseph Cotten

* Theatrical trailers and TV Spots

* Galleries

DVD Release Date: April 8th, 2008
5 slim black keep cases inside a cardboard box
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By frustrated yet loyal customer on 18 Jan 2009
Format: DVD
Agree totally with the other reviews here - major error on Amazon's part not to list the individual movies in box selections - how is that a description of their product? - potential buyers are forced to other sites to research the contents. When I raised this with Amazon customer services via email I got a pat reply saying my suggestion had been passed on.........
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By mac on 27 Nov 2008
Format: DVD
For the attention of: Amazon.co.uk. (please)

You state: "The Bette Davis Centenary Celebration Collection" (Region 1). Okay, but what films are featured? The way this is being advertised is SO frustrating. Why can't you simply list clearly what films this collection (and all collections available) contains? Some of the collections state the films in brackets, others do not. Why?

I'm trying to source the film "A Stolen Life" starring Bette Davis and Glenn Ford - on VHS or DVD - something that will play in the UK (a critical point..) and I'm blowed if I can find it anywhere. Does it feature on any of the mysterious "collections" you have for sale?

"A Stolen Life" comes up on a search, but that's it. I, for one, cannot get any further than that.

Any help would be much appreciated... Thank you.

PS: I cannot rate a product I can't find...
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Three films new to DVD, two double-dips 26 Jan 2008
By calvinnme - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
TWO RE-ISSUES, THREE NEW TO DVD.... 9 April 2008
By Mark Norvell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
"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.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Fox's cheap shot 16 April 2008
By rickshayne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Not Worth the Price For Films One Already Has 11 April 2008
By a viewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Did we really need to reissue "All About Eve" and "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte" again? The new "extras" in these (especially those in "Eve") aren't worth forking over the extra bucks.

I was looking forward to the "Charlotte" extras but found them disappointing. There are stills of Joan Crawford's scenes but the actual filmed footage of her as Miriam is not included being either lost or they just didn't include it. There are interviews here with Michael Merrill, Bruce Dern, and Robert Aldrich's daughter but again, it isn't worth buying the box set for this.

The rest of the films are Davis "lesser" films..."Phone Call From a Stranger", "The Virgin Queen" and "The Nanny". Of these three, "The Nanny" is the most entertaining but other than a theatrical trailer and photo stills, no extras are included.

I would rather they have included "Beyond the Forest", "The Sisters", and "Dangerous".

This boxed set is a disappointment. If it was on sale for $20.00 I'd say go ahead and buy it, but at $40.00 to $50.00 for films that have already been released on DVD and for mediocre films, I do not recommend this set.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It's Bette 12 July 2008
By true crime reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I only have one thing to say. I love Bette Davis & I have as many of her movies as I can. I watch them over & over. All are great & this is a wonderful way to get many at one time.
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