"Whatever happened to Baby Jane" was a film that was hoped to revive the careers of veterans Bette Davis & Joan Crawford,and it succeeded in doing so. The two actresses were not good friends in real life,to put it mildly, and the tension must have paid off here,as their dislike of each other seems so obvious.
Bette Davis plays Baby Jane Hudson, once famous as a child star,but now nearly forgotten. Her housebound sister is played by Crawford. The nastiness of the way Davis treats her sister still has the power to shock,and the film will have you guessing till the end,as the outcome is never predictable. The moody black & white adds to the atmosphere of the mansion,where most of the film is set. The performances of the two leading ladies are brilliant. This film is a classic.
This special edition is loaded with extras, including a 40 minute biography of Bette Davis,hosted by Jodie Foster,filled with clips from much of Davis's long career,and personal interviews spanning decades,up until near the end of her life in 1989. There is a lengthy BBC interview with Crawford, and a documentary from the time,on the making of Baby Jane, as well as a documentary on the rivalry between the two actresses, and a singing appearance by Davis,singing a tune from the movie,on the Andy Williams show. If you would like to learn more about these two fine actresses,then the extra features on this DVD alone will be an education.
The film alone is worth the purchase price,but get this for the extras too,it will add to your appreciation and understanding of the film and the two legendary actresses.