The BETTE DAVIS Collection and

The JOAN CRAWFORD Collection

 

 

Bette Davis and Joan Crawford were two of the most talented actresses of their time, but apparently, there was no love lost between them.  They became involved in an old fashioned, off-screen Hollywood rivalry.

 

Why or how the feud began is lost to history but the ladies spent a good deal of time sparring verbally.  'Crawford once said of Davis “I resent her. She’s a phony but I guess the public really likes that.” Davis, upon hearing the news of Crawford’s death in 1977 said, “You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good…Joan Crawford is dead, good!” 

 

The two stars shared the screen only once, successfully exploiting their real-life antagonism as battling sisters in the 1962 thriller, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?  The film garnered six Academy Award® nominations, winning one for Best Costume Design. What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? remains available on DVD from Warner Home Video for $19.97 SRP.'

(quote from Warner Home Video press release)

 

Warner Home Video has put together DVD collections featuring these two catty ladies.  Released June 14, 2005, each set includes 5 of the ladies most memorable films plus DVD extras.  Both collections will sell for $49.92 SRP and are detailed below.

The Bette Davis Collection

 

Mr. Skeffington (1944)

Bette Davis earned her eighth Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance as Fanny Skeffington.  Backed by Claude Rains (Notorious, Casablanca) as her devoted husband, glorious costumes and a lush Franz Waxman score, Davis takes what might, in lesser hands, have been just a woman’s picture and turns it into art. This is the original full-length 147 minute version of the film, which was cut by 20 minutes a few weeks after its initial release. 

DVD Special Features include:

·        Commentary by the film’s Director Vincent Sherman

·        New Featurette Mr. Skeffington: A Picture of Strength

·        Theatrical Trailer

·        Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

 

The Star (1952)

After her triumphant comeback as Margo Channing in All About Eve, Davis earned her ninth Academy Award nomination as washed-up one time movie-star Margaret Elliot. As always, Davis gives a confident, perceptive, absolutely authentic performance in a gripping motion picture which co-stars Sterling Hayden and Natalie Wood. 

DVD Special Features include:

·        New Featurette How Real is The Star?

·        Theatrical Trailer

·        Subtitles: English, French & Spanish

 

Dark Victory (1939)

Although previously released at the dawn of DVD, a new presentation of Bette Davis’s bravura, moving, but never morbid performance as Judith Traherne, a dying heiress determined to find happiness in her few remaining months, has been fully-restored from the original negative for this DVD re-issue. Dark Victory remains a three-hankie classic and was Davis’ biggest box-office hit yet, garnering Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Actress and Original Score.

DVD Special Features include:

·        New Digital Transfer from Restored Picture and Audio Elements

·        Commentary by Film Historian James Ursini and CNN Film Critic Paul Clinton

·        New Featurette 1939: Tough Competition for Dark Victory

·        Theatrical Trailer

·        Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

 

The Letter (1940)

Directed by William Wyler (Ben-Hur, Roman Holiday), this classic film noir, based on the play by W. Somerset Maugham, was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and a Best Actress nod for Bette Davis.   

DVD Special Features include:

·        New Digital Transfer from Restored Picture and Audio Elements

·        Lux Radio Theater broadcast featuring performances by Davis and Marshall

·        Alternate ending

·        Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

 

Now Voyager (1942)

A tender love story, a taut psychological drama, an inspiring tale of physical and spiritual transformation, Now, Voyager is all three. It’s also a Bette Davis career milestone, resulting in her sixth Best Actress Oscar nomination as spinster Charlotte Vale, who defies her domineering mother (fellow Oscar nominee Gladys Cooper) to discover love, heartbreak and eventual contentment. A stunning transfer from the original negative, this DVD, first issued in 2002, is now repackaged into a sturdy Amaray keepcase.

DVD Special Features include:

·        Max Steiner Scoring Session Music Cues

·        Cast Career Highlights

·        Theatrical Trailer

·        Languages: English & French

·        Subtitles: English, French, Spanish & Portuguese

 

The Joan Crawford Collection

 

Humoresque (1946)

In this acclaimed and profound exploration of desire, Crawford plays socialite Helen Wright, a character torn between selfless love and selfish impulses.  John Garfield (The Postman Always Rings Twice) matches her as the driven genius. Directed with panache by Jean Negulesco, and featuring an amazing score by Franz Waxman, Humoresque was a box-office smash, a worthy follow-up for Miss Crawford after winning her Oscar for Mildred Pierce. Humoresque has been fully restored from the original camera negative for this release.

DVD Special Features include:

 

Possessed (1947)

Joan Crawford co-stars with Van Heflin and Raymond Massey, and reteams with producer Jerry Wald from her Academy Award-winning performance in Mildred Pierce.  She claimed a 1947 Best Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of the tempestuous, mentally unstable Louise. This film convinced even the skeptics that Crawford was a great actress. 

DVD Special Features include:

 

The Damned Don’t Cry (1950)

This film is the first of three collaborations between Joan Crawford and director Vincent Sherman.  Crawford brings hard-boiled glamour and simmering passion to the role of Ethel Whitehead, a woman who moves from the wrong side of the tracks to a mobster’s mansion and on to high society, one man at a time. A hidden gem, this marks the first home video release of this unforgettable motion picture.

DVD Special Features include:

 

The Women (1939)

George Cukor (My Fair Lady, The Philadelphia Story) directs an all-female cast in this catty tale of battling and bonding.  Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Joan Fontaine, Mary Boland and Paulette Goddard play various husband snatchers, snitches and lovelorn ladies.

DVD Special Features include:

·        Two Vintage Another Romance of Celluloid Documentaries

o       From the Ends of the Earth

o       Hollywood: Style Center of the World

o       Sequence with Different Footage

 

Mildred Pierce (1945)

From a novel by James M. Cain (The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity), Mildred Pierce is a classy murder mystery, a stylish film noir told from a woman’s point of view.  Joan Crawford’s performance ended a two-year career slump, earning her a Best Actress Academy Award.  The film was nominated for five other Oscars including Best Picture. 

DVD Special Features include:

For more info visit: 

www.JoanCrawfordDVD.com

www.BetteDavisDVD.com

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