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Now, Voyager [DVD] [1942]

Bette Davis , Paul Henreid , Irving Rapper    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper, Bonita Granville
  • Directors: Irving Rapper
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Subtitled, Mono
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Dutch, English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MOK89W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,778 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


SYNOPSIS: A tender love story, a taut psychological drama, an inspiring tale of physical and spiritual transformation. "Now, Voyager" isall three, as well as a Bette Davis career mlestone, resulting in her sixth Best Actress Oscar nomination. She magically plays Charlotte Vale, a sinster who defies her domineering mother (fellow Oscar nominee Gladys Cooper to discover love, heartbreak and eventual contentment. More magic is generated by a top-notch ensemble, Max Steiner's Academy Award-winning score, and an improvised moment by Paul Henreid that became an instant classic; he lights two cigarettes at once and hands one to Davis. For the ultimate in romantic melodrama, it's "Now, Voyager" now, then and forever. ABOUT THE DVD: This is a release by WARNER HOME VIDEO for the UK market (Region 2 PAL format, which will play on all standard DVD players in the UK and the rest of Europe - buyers outside of Europe will need a multi-region player in order to view this DVD). The film is presented in its original BLACK & WHITE and in FULL SCREEN format (1.33:1 aspect ratio) and runs for a total of 113 minutes. The AUDIO is the original English language (there is also an Italian dubbed audio-track on the DVD) - SUBTITLES on the disc are English, Italian, Dutch and Arabic (there are hard-of-hearing subs for English and Italian language too). The DVD includes the film's original theatrical trailer as well.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 7 Voyagers of People Who Won't Sin Bad 7 Oct 2010
Old fashioned and black and white may be enough to put some people off any film, but when that film is as interesting and as well acted as `Now Voyager' you have to give it a chance. Bette Davis is the put upon youngest child from a rich family who escapes the clutches of her overbearing mother only to fall for a man who is married and won't break his vows. Theirs is a love that can never be fulfilled, but always bubbles under the surface. A story like this wouldn't make sense in modern cinema as you would just cry divorce and get the couple together, but `Now Voyager' relies on its old fashioned sensibilities for it to work. Davis is as always excellent, although at this period in time she was slightly stereotyped as the ugly ducking waiting to become a swan. Less successful is newcomer (at the time) Paul Henreid. He gives a decent go to a character who sometimes contradicts himself, why is he so willing to make one person happy and another so sad?

In the end, it is the story itself that is king, full of longing and sadness, but also strangely uplifting. Rather than being a run of the mill melodrama director Irving Rapper fills it with interesting moments and moves the story around from America to across the globe. There are also a surprisingly number of interesting camera shots for a film that could have been a straight forward romance. The version of the film that I saw only had basic extras with a trailer being the main highlight. However, the film itself is easily enough for a fan of 1930-50s cinema to give it a go.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Jerry! 7 Feb 2010
Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis) is a dowdy spinster who has been driven to a nervous breakdown by her tyrannical mother. She enters a sanitarium and emerges an attractive and confident woman, ready to experience life on her own terms. On a cruise, she meets Jerry (Paul Henried), a married man; he's charming and romantic and they fall in love.

This is a great movie. Charlotte's physical and emotional transformation and her Grand Passion are the stuff that make many female hearts race, including mine. Davis gives a powerful, intelligent performance and was justly nominated for an Oscar. Leading men didn't come any smoother than Henried and he pulls off the now-silly double-cigarette act with absolute aplomb, making his flawed character seem almost heroic. Max Steiner's heart-tugging score won an Oscar.

The movie is pure escapist delight with beautiful people, gorgeous clothes, exotic locations, and, of course, Love. A true classic romance that makes me swoon. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlotte Vale's (Bette Davis) coming out party 25 Aug 2008
Over all this reminded me of a one liner in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (1966) where Hero says," For us there will never be happiness." Philia replies," We must learn to be happy without it."

This is not as dark as "Dark Victory" (1939). But it is just as intense. And there is no way that you will get me to mention ""Don't ask for the moon--we have the stars" in this review. What makes the movie so intriguing is that you can recognize the characters in real life. I think one of the shockers for me was when Charlotte Vale was forced to remove her eye glasses to find she did not need them. I tried it my self and could not see a thing. Of course by this time most viewers have their glasses off by this time and tissues on their eyes.

See Paul Henreid just as intense as Henry in "Between Two Worlds (1944)"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enigmatic. 25 Nov 2007
Whilst some of her work may be categorised as, 'vehicles', Bette Davis' portrayal of Charlotte Vale in Now Voyager must have been a challenging and brave role to take on. A film which redefines what a hero can be breaks the mould in many ways. Some of the performances, a little cliched and more appropriate for a stage performance.
But these were the early days of movies and certainly early days for movies of this genre.
Great, great movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The print is very good on this DVD. However there is a missing section on this DVD edition towards the end where Bette Davis organises activities at the clinic for many young patients, not merely just for her lover's daughter. The missing section results in the offer of a directorship looking a bit odd.

I won't spoil the story but this is one of the great romantic films, showing Bette Davis as a great and subtle actress before she became a caricature in her late films. Despite the unfortunate cut, I still rate this DVD as four stars. Well worth having if you are unable to get a more complete version. The complete film would rate 5+ stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film for romantics 16 Jun 2014
By Mrs R.
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Wonderful film for romantics. Bette Davis at her best. I've watched this over and over again. Make yourself a cup of coffee, put your feet up, turn your phone off !! You will just love this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bette davis 19 Aug 2013
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I cannot believe I found this but to me its the best film ever. If you like Bette and a bit of romance and nearly happy ever after this is for you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 13 July 2011
By Grahame
This is a bit of a Cinderella story with Davis playing the plain maiden aunt who transforms herself into a beautiful couture dressed society lady from a noble American family. It's a wonderful love story from the golden age of Hollywood. With Davis at her very best. Not a dry eye in the house.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All time favourite
This is one of my all time favourite Bette Davis movies. I read it was one of her least favourite to make and that she regretted it, but I'm relieved to have a copy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SP
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class
This DVD is immaculate condition and it is wonderful to indulge in nostalgia after losing my original copy. I would recommend this source wholeheartedly.
Published 11 months ago by Skylark
5.0 out of 5 stars Now Voyger.
Received on time but not yet watched. If this follows the quality of the other similar DVDs I have ordered, I would rate rate it very highly.
Published 15 months ago by molly omara
5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy
This was ideal for a present, it was in good condition and was exactly what we needed. The present was well received.
Published 16 months ago by Levi
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent melodrama
Present for my mum who is 86. She watched it at the cinema in the 40s and its always been a favourite.Subbies useful as she is quite deaf now.She really enjoyed it.
Published 17 months ago by concerned shopper 1
5.0 out of 5 stars a weepy
all i will say of this is that i personally can relate to the central character, a classic film, not to be missed, but get the tissues handy, wonderful!!
Published 17 months ago by miss marilyn miller
5.0 out of 5 stars A true romantic film.
Superb film i still enjoy it after all these years I still get a tingle with those last closing words.Good quality production
Published 18 months ago by susan cass
5.0 out of 5 stars Bette Davis Now Voyager
I really enjoyed the film one of Bette Davis best. I got it for my mum who is 88 because she is so hard to find anything for, and she loved it.
Published 19 months ago by Linda Way
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