21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2009
All About Eve is one of the wittiest films ever to come out of Hollywood. Bette Davis as Margo Channing gives one of her finest performances and she is surrounded by a splendid cast all of whom match her. Anne Baxter's Eve is magnificent. In The Virgin Queen Davis repeats her role as Elizabeth 1. It is a glossy, historically dubious affair, but thoroughly enjoyable with Richard Todd proving a suitably dashing hero and Joan Collins - never much of an actress - looking as lovely as any of today's celebrity stars (they don't call them pin up girls any longer). Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte is a neat melodrama with Olivia de Havilland standing in for Joan Crawford - it is enjoyable, although the Crawford/Davis pairing would have made it even more so. A good package this.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2011
Our friend just called to thank us for that wonderful surprise of the Bette Davis collection, we had sent to her. Whenever a Bette Davis movie came to town you can guarantee a full house, she was a marvel to watch. In our time as teenagers the movie theater's in Glasgow were filled to the brim by movie-goers. Just after the second world war there was a lot of hardship but watching Bette Davis on screen, made us all forget our troubles for a couple of hours.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2011
This set contains three BD classics (All about Eve; Hush, hush sweet Charlotte; and the Virgin Queen) published in an elegant set. I was amazed by the great number of subtitle options (such as Czech, Polish, Hungarian, etc.)! Well done!
on 31 October 2014
Ruth Elizabeth Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) known as Bette Davis was an American actress of film, television and theater. Regarded as one of the greatest actors in world cinema history, she was noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic, sardonic characters and was reputed for her performances in a range of film genres, from contemporary crime melodramas to historical and period films and occasional comedies, although her greatest successes were her roles in romantic dramas.
After appearing in Broadway plays, Davis moved to Hollywood in 1930, but her early films for Universal Studios (and as loanout to other studios) were unsuccessful. She joined Warner Bros. in 1932 and established her career with several critically acclaimed performances. In 1937, she attempted to free herself from her contract and although she lost a well-publicized legal case, it marked the beginning of the most successful period of her career. Until the late 1940s, she was one of American cinema's most celebrated leading ladies, known for her forceful and intense style. Davis gained a reputation as a perfectionist who could be highly combative, and confrontations with studio executives, film directors and costars were often reported. Her forthright manner, clipped vocal style and ubiquitous cigarette contributed to a public persona which has often been imitated and satirized.
Davis was the co-founder of the Hollywood Canteen, and was the first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, was the first person to accrue 10 Academy Award nominations for acting, and was the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. Her career went through several periods of eclipse, and she admitted that her success had often been at the expense of her personal relationships. Married four times, she was once widowed and thrice divorced, and raised her children as a single parent. Her final years were marred by a long period of ill health, but she continued acting until shortly before her death from breast cancer, with more than 100 films, television and theater roles to her credit. In 1999, Davis was placed second on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest female stars of all time.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2013
bought this for my sister, she is a bett davies fan, sheer talent, a great lady, these will neva grow old,
on 22 July 2015
Bette Davis is truly a formidable actress and, reputedly, in 'real life' also. It shows on screen and she truly dominates. Reissues often leave a 'dated' response but certainly not with the 'All about Eve' and 'Hush, Hush'. These are both 'must watch' productions. I'll pass the third film on to friends. The supporting actors and storyline fail to impress.