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The Bette Davis Collection Volume 2 ----> 5/30/06

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The Bette Davis Collection Vol.2 in May
Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of The Bette Davis Collection Volume Two for 30th May 2006. Following on the heels of the spectacular success of WHV's first Davis collection released last year, the studio has prepared another set of releases that are sure to please the huge fan base that still recognizes Miss Davis as one of the screen's great legendary talents.

Highlighting this new Collection are the revered 1962 thriller Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? newly remastered and available as a Two-Disc Special Edition and a new edition of the classic Jezebel, which earned Davis her second Best Actress Academy Award(R) and has been restored from the original camera negative and remastered for optimum picture quality. Also featured in the Collection are The Man Who Came To Dinner, Marked Woman and Old Acquaintance -- all making their DVD debuts. Old Acquaintance is making its long-awaited home video debut, having never been available in prior years on either videocassette or laserdisc. All three of these other films have been meticulously restored from their original nitrate camera negatives for superior presentation.

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Two-Disc Special Edition will be available for $26.99 SRP, while the single disc titles will sell individually for $19.97 SRP. The price for the entire seven-disc Collection is $59.92 SRP.

The extensive bonus materials include an additional bonus disc containing the exclusive-to-the-Collection Stardust: The Bette Davis Story, a brand-new feature length documentary narrated by Susan Sarandon, which has been produced and directed by Emmy-winning documentarian Peter Jones (Goldwyn, Glorious Technicolor).

We'll bring you more detailed specs soon.
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Eager to learn specs for the Baby Jane 2-discer. And once again, WB is putting out a great box set at a sensible price.
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WB press release:

THE BETTE DAVIS COLLECTION VOLUME 2 ON DVD MAY 30

Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? Two-Disc Special Edition, Jezebel (Both Newly Restored & Remastered)

Old Acquaintance (Home Video Debut), Marked Woman, The Man Who Came To Dinner (All Three New to DVD)

Bonus Features Include Stardust: The Bette Davis Story Narrated by Susan Sarandon (Exclusive to the Collection), Commentaries from Experts, Featurettes and Documentaries

Burbank, Calif. February 13, 2006 - On May 30, Warner Home Video honors one of the most acclaimed and admired actresses of her generation with the debut of The Bette Davis Collection Volume Two. Following on the heels of the spectacular success of WHV's first Davis collection released last year, the studio has prepared another set of releases that are sure to please the huge fan base that still recognizes Miss Davis as one of the screen's great legendary talents.

Highlighting this new Collection are the revered 1962 thriller Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? newly remastered and available as a Two-Disc Special Edition and a new edition of the classic Jezebel, which earned Davis her second Best Actress Academy Award® and has been restored from the original camera negative and remastered for optimum picture quality. Also featured in the Collection are The Man Who Came To Dinner, Marked Woman and Old Acquaintance -- all making their DVD debuts. Old Acquaintance is making its long-awaited home video debut, having never been available in prior years on either videocassette or laserdisc. All three of these other films have been meticulously restored from their original nitrate camera negatives for superior presentation.

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Two-Disc Special Edition will be available for $26.99 SRP, while the single disc titles will sell individually for $19.97 SRP. The price for the entire seven-disc Collection is $59.92 SRP.

The extensive bonus materials include an additional bonus disc containing the exclusive-to-the-Collection Stardust: The Bette Davis Story, a brand-new feature length documentary narrated by Susan Sarandon, which has been produced and directed by Emmy-winning documentarian Peter Jones (Goldwyn, Glorious Technicolor).

Often dubbed the "Fifth Warner Brother" for her confrontational, take-charge approach, Bette Davis earned an impressive 10 Oscar® nominations (winning twice for her roles in Dangerous and Jezebel) during the course of her legendary 60-year career. Davis was born Ruth Elizabeth Davis on April 5, 1908 in Lowell, Massachusetts and made her Broadway debut in 1929 in "Broken Dishes" before settling in Hollywood in 1931. Following a short stint with Universal, she signed a long-term contract with Warner Bros. where she made more than 50 films and was the studio's most bankable asset until 1949. Her breakthrough performance (and first Oscar nomination) in Of Human Bondage opened the studio's and Hollywood's eyes to her immense talent and led to such classic films as Dark Victory, The Letter, Now, Voyager, The Little Foxes and All About Eve. Davis starred in more than 100 films, was the highest paid woman in America in 1942, became the first female honored with the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award and was named the first woman president of the Motion Pictures Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Fans of Miss Davis will be pleased to know that they can look forward to future collections with new DVD releases containing more of the astounding films she made at Warner Bros. during her 17 year tenure with the studio. Some of these additional films (such as All This, And Heaven, Too, Dangerous, In This Our Life, The Corn Is Green, Watch On The Rhine and many others) are currently being restored from their original nitrate camera negatives, in anticipation of further Bette Davis DVD collections.

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

The legendary dispute between rival divas Bette Davis and Joan Crawford fueled the fire both on- and off-screen in Director Robert Aldrich's Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Its Grand Guignol story of an aging ex-vaudeville child star (Davis) waging a psychotic reign of terror over her crippled ex-movie star sister (Crawford) became a smash hit and nabbed Davis her 10th Academy Award nomination for her acid portrayal of the title role. Nominated for an impressive five Academy Awards (winning for Best Costume Design), Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? is a mirthful masterpiece of the macabre.

DVD Special Features:

· New 16x9 digital transfer from the original camera negative and restored audio elements (Enhanced for widescreen televisions)

· Commentary by author and film historian , Charles Busch and film historian John Epperson (a/k/a "Lypsinka")

· 3 fabulous documentary profiles of the movie and its 2 immortal stars:

o Bette and Joan: Blind Ambition (A new making-of documentary)

o All About Bette, Biographical profile, hosted by Jodie Foster

o Film Profile: Joan Crawford

· Vintage featurette "Behind the Scenes with Baby Jane"

· The Andy Williams Show

· Theatrical Trailer

· Languages: English & Français

· Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)


Jezebel

Nobody is better than Bette when she's bad and Jezebel gave her a meaty role she could sink her teeth into. Davis plays Julie, a New Orleans beauty whose constant attempts to goad fiancé Pres Dillard (Henry Fonda) to jealousy backfire. One of the most powerful moments in the film is when Julie wears a scandalous red dress to the White Ball, a moment so powerful that audiences decades later vividly remember seeing Davis in that red dress, although the film itself is in black & white. Angry and disgraced, Pres breaks their engagement and leaves town. Julie is remorseful until Pres comes home --married to another woman.

Jezebel is also noted for its sumptuous sets and lavish costumes, Fay Bainter's Oscar-winning performance and William Wyler's vivid direction, highlighted by a horrifying recreation of a yellow fever epidemic. But the film's greatest strength is Davis, whose titanic talent has never been better displayed than in Jezebel and the film won Davis the 1938 Best Actress Academy Award.

DVD Special Features:

· New digital transfer from the original nitrate camera negative and restored audio elements

· Commentary by film historian Jeannine Basinger

· New featurette Jezebel: Legend of the South

· Vintage 1938 Warner Bros. musical short Melody Masters: Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra

· Classic 1938 Warner Bros. cartoon The Mice Will Play

· Theatrical trailer

· Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Feature Film Only)


The Man Who Came To Dinner (1942)

After a string of high-powered, emotional performances, Bette Davis took a rare back seat to another performer with the uncharacteristic role of an unflappable secretary in The Man Who Came to Dinner. Monty Woolley reprised his George S. Kaufman/Moss Hart Broadway triumph as the imperious "Sheridan Whiteside" in this delightful, lightning-paced farce. The Man Who Came to Dinner focuses on famed author Whiteside (Woolley), an esteemed critic who possesses a sharp mind and an acid tongue. While on a lecture tour in Ohio, Whiteside slips on some ice and is confined to the home of a bourgeois couple (Billie Burke & Grant Mitchell). He proceeds to plunge the household into complete chaos, ruling the place like a czar and meddling in everyone's love life. Davis's star wattage was seriously rivaled by Hollywood's "Oomph Girl," Ann Sheridan, who had one of the best roles of her career as a Broadway star (a thinly-veiled caricature of Gertrude Lawrence). In fact, the film was a veritable roman-a-clef, with Woolley's character a dead ringer for critic Alexander Woollcott, "The Great Schnozola" Jimmy Durante as "Banjo" (an on-the-mark takeoff of Harpo Marx) and Reginald Gardiner as "Beverly Carlton" (spoofing Noel Coward).

DVD Special Features:

· New featurette The Man Who Came to Dinner: Inside a Classic Comedy

· Vintage 1942 Warner Bros. Joe McDoakes comedy short , So You Think You Need Glasses

· Vintage Warner Bros. musical short featuring the singing group Six Hits and a Miss

· Theatrical trailer

· Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Feature Film Only)


Marked Woman (1937)

Warner Bros. was justifiably famous in the '30s for its series of gritty, hard-hitting male-centric gangster dramas ripped from the newspaper headlines (Little Caesar, The Public Enemy), but Marked Woman offered a rare depiction of the women victimized by the mob. Bette Davis (who won a Best Actress award for the role from the Venice Film Festival) plays Mary Dwight in a fictionalized account of the real-life prostitutes whose testimony put gangster Lucky Luciano behind bars.

Marked Woman marked the return to the screen by Davis, who waged a long battle against Warner Bros. in an effort to have greater control over her screen material. While she lost the battle, she won the war and the respect of the studio who greeted her return with this strong film. Davis tore into the role with all the passion at her considerable command and made audiences sit up and take notice. The picture is also notable as the fourth (of six) screen pairings of Davis with Humphrey Bogart (Casablanca, To Have and Have Not), who has a rare good-guy role (as a crusading prosecutor), since at this point in his career he was mostly playing vicious second leads in gangster yarns.

DVD Special Features

· New featurette Marked Woman: Ripped from the Headlines

· 2 classic Warner Bros. cartoons:

o Porky's Hero Agency

o She Was an Acrobat's Daughter

· Theatrical trailer

· Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Feature Film Only)


Old Acquaintance (1943)

Bette Davis's most notable Hollywood feud was with the volatile, beautiful and talented Miriam Hopkins (Trouble in Paradise, The Story of Temple Drake, These Three) whose abundant screen-stealing abilities caused sparks to fly during their first film together, The Old Maid (1939). Re-teaming the two temperamental actresses gives their onscreen chemistry together an electrifying jolt.

In Old Acquaintance, writer Kit Marlowe (Davis) possesses one thing all her own: literary acclaim. But the rest of her life is lived second-hand. Her melodramatic best friend Millie (Hopkins), who pens trashy potboilers, has the husband Kit loves and child Kit yearns to call her own. Yet through 20 years of friendship, Kit keeps her claws sheathed as volatile Millie smashes crockery and has the vapors. Then when Kit meets an exciting new man, Millie throws a tantrum - and the claws finally come out. Often hilarious and always moving, Old Acquaintance (remade as 1981's Rich and Famous) is the delicious tale of two lifetimes. Davis and Hopkins are simply magnificent as they love, blame, battle and forgive their way through a dead-on depiction of what we all gain - and lose - in a lasting friendship.

Long desired by film buffs, Old Acquaintance was one of a handful of truly great films that never made it to home video during the technology's first 25 years. WHV is proud to finally bring this beloved Davis classic to DVD for its home video debut, restored from its original nitrate film elements.

DVD Special Features:

· Commentary by the film's director Vincent Sherman and Bette Davis Speaks author Boze Hadleigh

· New featurette Old Acquaintance: A Classic Woman's Picture

· Vintage 1943 Warner Bros. short Stars on Horseback

· Classic 1943 Warner Bros. cartoon Fin'n Catty

· Theatrical trailer

· Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Feature Film Only)


STARDUST: THE BETTE DAVIS STORY (2005)

This new, in-depth documentary Stardust: The Bette Davis Story, narrated by Susan Sarandon, tells the whole dynamic story of the woman dubbed by film historian John Kobal as "the most starry of actresses, the most actressy of stars." Utilizing vintage film clips, TV interviews, newsreels, stills and reminiscences from stars and others who knew her, Stardust paints a picture of a powerhouse who survives personal and professional ups-and-downs that would have crushed mere mortals. It's not for nothing that Bette Davis's tombstone reads "She did it the hard way."

Produced by Turner Classic Movies and Warner Home Video, this new feature-length documentary is a stylistic triumph from Emmy-Award winning documentarian Peter Jones, who has gathered an impressive gallery of talents who knew and worked with Davis to share their thoughts including Jane Fonda, Gena Rowlands, James Woods, and her former lover and director Vincent Sherman. There is also an impressive array of rare artifacts from Davis' own memorabilia and keepsakes on display to truly tell the story of a complicated, yet brilliant and immortal talent whose qualities can never be equaled.

THE BETTE DAVIS COLLECTION VOLUME 2

Street Date: May 30, 2006

Collection: $59.92 SRP; Individual Prices Noted Below

Stardust: The Bette Davis Story is in color. All Other Titles Are B&W & Not Rated
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Another great boxset by WB.
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Cover art here:

http://www.dvdactive.com/news/releas...ollection.html

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Tempting, though I haven't seen any of the films. I'll need to read some reviews first.
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I'm getting it just for the bio disc. I tend to enjoy the bios more than any of the actor's films. Not to say that the movies aren't excellent. I bought the Garbo and Errol Flynn collections just for those bio discs. I haven't even seen any of the Flynn movies. I suppose I should start.
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I've seen them all except "Old Acquaintance," and enjoyed them all. "The Man who Came to Dinner" isn't so much a Davis vehicle as the others--she's basically there to smile and be nice while Monty Woolley does the heavy lifting.
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OK, reading Pauline Kael's capsule reviews of Jezebel and The Old Acquaintance has convinced me to buy this set.

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