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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane: 50th Anniversary [Blu-ray] [1962] [US Import]

Victor Buono    Blu-ray
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Victor Buono
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,950 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A cultish horror favourite, 1962's What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? will make you think twice before hungrily unveiling a covered plate of food. Bette Davis stars as Jane Hudson, a onetime child actress and singer. As an elderly woman, she wishes to revive her vaudevillian career, but she has become a grotesque caricature of her former self. Over the years as her star faded, the star of her older sister Blanche (Joan Crawford) rose, outshining the career of the has-been Baby Jane. Jane was relegated to minor roles, which she only won when Blanche demanded that she be awarded them. The film opens years after a calamitous car accident leaves Blanche in a wheelchair, with no one to care for her except the increasingly insane and sadistic Jane and their servant, Norman. Trying to punish Blanche for her years of success, Jane tortures the house-bound woman, slowly trying to starve her to death, all the while attempting to recapture the fame of her youth. This dark drama also stars Victor Buono as the hefty pianist who answers Jane's ad for an accompanist, hoping to milk some money off the demented old woman. Both Buono and Davis were nominated for Oscars for their roles in this suspenseful and somewhat sick thriller that exploited well the real-life antagonism between Davis and Crawford, while at the same time rejuvenating both their careers. --Jenny Brown

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film from two legends of Hollywood. 14 Jan 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
"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.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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Thrilling from start to finish. Sinister portrayal of ageing actresses coming to terms with growing old. Added entertainment derives from the two actresses being sisters who have a deep and distant past neither wants to discuss with the other. As they tolerate and exploit each other's weaknesses, a chilling plot unfolds with an unexpected ending.
An edge-of-the-seat thriller playing on the fears of helplessness and lost youth. Truely gripping throughout.
Bette Davis gives a cracking performance as the once famous "Baby Jane" with Joan Crawford playing the vulnerable weaker sibling. The two are matched perfectly for such an entertaining story.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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In this movie Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? There are two sisters. Jane being the oldest was a child star and lost her fame when her giant ego got in the way of her career. Her younger sister Blanche, started her own acting career and was a bigger, better hit then Jane was. Jane drove herself insane with jealousy and liquor. Then an "accident" caused Blanche to be put in a wheelchair permenantly. Leaving her in the care of her insane sister. Jane started to slowly starve her sister and torture her as her form of revenge for Blanche stealing her acting title. This movie has twists and turns for a fantastic plot! It is truly a satisfying collectable!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Divine Feud???? 22 May 2004
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Whoa!Bette and Joan at their ultimate best. The key to the brilliance of this movie is Bette and Joan trying their best to outact each other, their real life hatred spilling over into this movie, the result- a classic macabre tale of jealousy and revenge, with superb performances from two of cinema's Golden girls. watch out for the twist in the tale!!!!! Perfect classic movie gold.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Bette Davies classic... 29 Jan 2006
From the era when great acting and a great storyline were key, this is a classic. Good use of tension building, fabulous gritty acting, solid cinematography. You can't go wrong. Enjoy...
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Film Noir 7 Aug 2006
Two legendary actresses finally paired in this classic Hollywood movie! The film speaks volumes in the way Crawford and Davis approach their roles. There is a definite spark between the two on screen which is more than merely acting.

The extras on this DVD fill in the background of the two stars' career in Hollywood, which is really informative. The commentary, though informative about aspects of the film, is a tad rambling. The documentary about Crawford and Davis could have been much improved by better editing. Why cut from one talking-head to another so quickly? Why cut from one film clip to another after just a few seconds? At one point my head began to spin.

However, the film itself is well worth watching again as a true classic!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Great 11 Jan 2013
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I don't think the acting in this film will ever be surpassed. They don't make them like this anymore, pity.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extra Disc is an entertaining bonus! 20 Aug 2006
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I bought this (Aug 2006) and it's very good. So much has been written about the film itself, however the extra disc is worth it for the Crawford interview alone. Phillip Jenkinson in a rare interview with a composed Joan, questions her at length about her past film scenes.Bette's clips are honest and forthright as she chain smokes her way through various edited interviews.
Bette's singing scene on Tv with Andy Williams is a hoot! it shows Bette was gutsy enough to try anything!...
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5.0 out of 5 stars At last
I was beginning to think that the only way to get hold of a region 2 version of this film was to buy a Joan Crawford collection containing other films I didn't want. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real good film
Absolutely enjoyed this film.
Great clear picture.
This film has lost nothing in the passing of time and storyline is still captivating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable
I bought this as a birthday present for my Mum as she has always liked this film, but has never gotten around to owning it, so when I saw it was available on Blu-Ray, I decided to... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the best
You cannot miss the two Queens of Holly wood Davies and Crawford, They are at their best in this tale of sibling jealousy.
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