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All About Eve [DVD] [1950]

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  • Actors: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill
  • Directors: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Format: Full Screen, PAL, Black & White, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish
  • 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: U
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 July 2012
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0086O9J8Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,167 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Taking the reins of power from the great actress Margo Channing (Bette Davis), the cunning Eve (Anne Baxter) manoeuvres her way into Margo’s Broadway role, becomes a sensation and even causes turmoil in the lives of Margo’s director boyfriend, her playwright and his wife. Only the cynical drama critic (George Sanders) sees through Eve, admiring her audacity and perfect pattern of deceit. Marilyn Monroe co-stars in this acclaimed classic, which won six Academy Awards and received the most nominations (14) in film history.

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Alfred Hitchcock famously observed that movies should be more than just picture postcards of people talking. Sometimes, though, dialogue is all that's needed. Joseph L. Mankiewicz's immaculately scripted All About Eve is a case in point. There are no special effects (unless one considers Marilyn Monroe's wiggle or a scene in which a car breaks down). What the movie offers instead is some of the most coruscating one-liners ever committed to celluloid.

The top-name cast certainly know how to put Mankiewicz's words across. Anne Baxter is all doe-eyed charm as Eve, the ruthless aspiring actress who passes herself off as a little girl lost. George Sanders (eminent character actor and the voice of Shere Khan the tiger in The Jungle Book) shows his customary mellowness of sneer as Addison De Witt, theatre critic and professional cynic ("a venomous foot louse" as he's characterised) who helps push Eve up the greasy pole toward success, if not happiness. Best of all is Bette Davis, a soured but still resplendent stage diva, who takes Eve under her wing. ("I'll admit I've seen better days but I'm still not to be had for the price of a cocktail--like a salted peanut", she tells her lover.) The plotting and double-dealing on the screen, described in Sam Staggs' All About All About Eve: The Complete Behind-the-Scenes Story of the Bitchiest Film Ever Made, were matched by what went on behind the scenes. Davis heartily loathed fellow actress Celeste Holm who--ironically enough--plays her best friend. She fell in love with another co-star, the handsome, good-looking Gary Merrill, whom she later married. Backstage dramas are often self-indulgent and stagy affairs, but this one dazzles. --Geoffrey Macnab --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: DVD
This is one incredible film, that's for sure. Everything about the film - script, acting, story - all of it - comes together to make the kind of film that doesn't come along very often. The movie was single-handidly responsible for restoring Bette Davis' career to it's finest hour after years of bum roles she was forced to play by Warner Bros. Davis plays her role flawlessly and to perfection. The film was a also a career-defining role for young starlet of the time Anne Baxter who is also outstanding as the ruthlessly ambitious Eve. In addition, even the iconic Marilyn Monroe makes a show-stopping enterance in a role that gave her the first glimpses of recognition and which would lead her onto more important roles. This movie is one of those films you simply must see. It's a must-watch for anyone studying Cinema or the Media in general because it was such an important step foward and it really was a very groundbreaking movie. And the best part? It still holds up today! You'll be totally absorbed throughout and be totally amazed by everything from acting, to script to storyline. Oustanding.
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Apparently Bette Davis was absolutely devastated that she didn't win a third best actress Oscar for her role as Margo Channing, the aging grand dame of the New York stage. It's one of the great ironies of movie history, because in All About Eve, Bette gives what many regard as her finest and most towering performance.
However, it's not only Davis that anchors this remarkable film, but the biting performances of all the cast. The performances, combined with the witty, acerbic dialogue, and the gorgeous production design, leave absolutely no room for doubt that All About Eve is one of the best Hollywood films ever made.
The modest plot - which is merely a framework for showcasing the characters agendas and highlighting the script's glittering dialogue - revolves around the journey of Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) as she climbs from struggling Broadway actress to scintillating star. The story is told in flashback from an awards ceremony for Eve wherein various participants tell us in confidence about the guest of honor.
As the camera pans on their faces and we listen to a voice over by one of the participants, we soon learn that Eve has shrewdly and cunningly manipulated her friends and colleagues to suit her own needs while ruthlessly climbing to the top of her profession. The woman she chooses as her mentor, and whom she later double-crosses, is Margo Channing (Davis), a neurotically successful stage actress who has recently entered her forties and has become concerned about her advancing age.
Eve intially presents herself to Margo as a devoted fan who insinuates herself into the lives of the theater people she meets and soon becomes Margo's personal assistant, then her understudy.
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Surely one of the best films ever made? Should be compulsory viewing (it's certainly compulsive viewing). It amazes me that you can get this classic piece of cinema for less than a fiver, when they charge more than twice as much for the largely forgettable and disposable trash pumped out of Hollywood studios these days.
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All About Eve is one of the finest Hollywood movies which takes a harshly realistic view of the theatre business. This multi Oscar winning film has finally received the hi def transfer it deserves. The detail is impressive and the image crystal clear. Fasten your seat-belts when you view this one - it may be a bumpy night for the film's characters but it will be a very smooth ride indeed for viewers.
Bette Davis has rarely given a better performance in a movie which revived her fading career. I cannot endorse this blu-ray more strongly. The extras are first rate too.
Please note it's presented in its original aspect ratio: 1.37:1 - so don't expect either colour or wide-screen.

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: Dolby Digital Mono
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: DTS 5.1 ...
Note: Latin & Castillian Spanis...
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: Dolby Digital Mono
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: DTS 5.1
Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
German: DTS 5.1
Italian: DTS 5.1
Russian: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: DTS 5.1
Thai: Dolby Digital 2.0
Japanese: DTS 5.1
Note: Latin & Castillian Spanish

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, German, Italian, Cantonese, Danish, Dutch...etc
English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, German, Italian, Cantonese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Icelandic, Korean, Mandarin (Traditional), Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Swedish, Thai

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Playback
Region free
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By John Austin HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Jun. 2006
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It is not only all about Eve, it is about the theatre world. Just as the final sequence rounds off our understanding of the real Eve Harrington, it also reveals that there will always be those who reach the top in the theatre world and those who aspire to reach it. As dialogue-laden and full of quotable quotes as any play, the film rarely provides glimpses of any play performance. Instead it reveals the back-stage relations between director, producer, writer, actress, their partners, dresser, critic, under-study, etc. Their world is a comedy/drama in itself.

Working from a tiny story by Mary Orr, Joseph Mankiewicz wrote, master-minded and directed the film and Daryl F Zanuck produced it. Their work, and the work of cast members Bette Davis, George Sanders, Anne Baxter, Celeste Holm, Thelma Ritter and Gregory Ratoff is seen at its best here. In its year (1950) it garnered six Oscars and 14 nominations. Critics and audiences, ever since, have always rated it amongst their favourite films.
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