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#1 of 3 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted March 06 2008 - 09:08 AM

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF HOLLYWOOD’S
QUEEN OF THE SILVER SCREEN

The Bette Davis Collection




Special Five DVD Collection Includes A Two-Disc Special Edition Of
All About Eve And The Debut Of The Virgin Queen, Available April 8th
>From Fox Home Entertainment


CENTURY CITY, Calif. – Commemorate the life and career of Hollywood’s first lady of film with The Bette Davis Collection, debuting on DVD April 8th from Fox Home Entertainment. Winner of two Best Actress Academy Awards® and nominated for nine more acting Oscars® over the course of her career, Bette Davis was one of the most famously and infamously celebrated actresses of her time. With her striking appearance and sultry eyes, Davis was best known for her powerful genre-spanning performances as strong, often unsympathetic, women. Now approaching her 100th birthday, Fox Home Entertainment honors the iconic actress with a definitive hand-picked collection that includes a two-disc special edition All About Eve (1950), a classic that received 14 Academy Award® nominations and won six; the DVD debut of The Virgin Queen (1955), beautifully restored and featuring a “Making Of” featurette and restoration comparison; the insightful drama Phone Call From A Stranger (1952); the haunting Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964); and the chilling thriller The Nanny (1965). Must-have DVDs for any Bette Davis fan, all five films will be available as a box set in The Bette Davis Collection for the suggested price of $49.98 U.S./$59.98 Canada. Each film will also be available individually for the suggested retail price of $19.98 U.S./$21.98 Canada. Prebook is March 12th 2008.

The Bette Davis Collection Special Features & Synopses

All About Eve (1950):
From the moment she glimpses her idol at the stage door, Eve Harrington (Ann Baxter) is determined to take the reins of power away from the great actress Margo Channing (Davis). Eve maneuvers her way into Margo's Broadway role, becomes a sensation and even causes turmoil in the lives of Margo's director boyfriend (Gary Merrill), her playwright (Hugh Marlowe) and his wife (Celeste Holm). Thelma Ritter and Marilyn Monroe co-star in this acclaimed classic, which won six Academy Awards and received the most nominations in film history.

Disc 1
Full Screen Feature With English Mono And English/Spanish Subtitles
Commentary By Writer/Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Actor Celeste Holm, Biographer Ken Geist And Christopher Mankiewicz
Commentary By Author Sam Staggs
Isolated Track Score
Disc 2
“Directed By Joseph L. Mankiewicz” Featurette
“Joseph L. Mankiewicz: A Personal Journey” Featurette
“The Real Eve” Featurette
“The Secret Of Sarah Siddons” Featurette
“AMC Backstory: All About Eve” Featurette
Bette Davis Promotion
Ann Baxter Promotion
“MovieTone News: 1951 Academy Awards Honor Best Film Achievements, 1951 Hollywood Attends Gala Premiere of ‘All About Eve’”
Restoration Comparison
Theatrical Trailer
Theatrical Pressbook Gallery
Advertising Gallery
Still Gallery

Phone Call From A Stranger (1952):
A remarkable star-studded cast featuring Bette Davis, Shelly Winters and Beatrice Straight, Phone Call From A Stranger is “a superb film” with “so much warmth and strength” it is “a gem” highlighted by a performance by Davis that “will haunt you days hence” (Los Angeles Examiner). Four strangers board a plane and become fast friends, but a catastrophic crash leaves only one survivor. He then sets off on a journey to discover who these people were, but ultimately discovers the devastating truth about himself.

Full Screen Feature With English Mono And English/French/Spanish Subtitles
Restoration Comparison
Theatrical Teaser
Theatrical Trailer
Interactive Pressbook Gallery
Poster Gallery
Lobby Card Gallery
Still Gallery


The Bette Davis Collection Special Features & Synopses (continued)

The Virgin Queen (1955):
Bette Davis delivers “an absolutely superb performance” (The Hollywood Reporter) as Queen Elizabeth I in this swashbuckling historical adventure co-starring Richard Todd and Joan Collins. In an effort to advance his ambition to sail to the New World on behalf of his beloved country, the future Sir Walter Raleigh (Todd) enamors himself to the Queen. She initially rebuffs him, but he slowly wins her over – not just in business but in her heart. But when he falls in love and marries one of her ladies-in-waiting (Collins) Raleigh enrages Elizabeth and risks everything he’s fought for.

Widescreen Feature With Dolby 4.0 Sound And English/Spanish Subtitles
“Virgin Territory : The Making Of The Virgin Queen” Featurette
Restoration Comparison
Theatrical Trailer
TV Spots
Interactive Pressbook Gallery
Poster Gallery
Lobby Card Gallery
Still Gallery


Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964):
Starring Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, and Joseph Cotton, Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte is the tale of wealthy southern spinster Charlotte Hollis (Bette Davis) who lives with her eccentric maid (Agnes Moorehead) in a decaying southern mansion, shunned by the townsfolk after the mysterious axe-murder of her late lover. When her jealous cousin (Olivia de Havilland) and her cousin’s wily husband (Cotton) arrive for a visit, the two conspire to drive Charlotte insane and have her committed so the two can sell off her estate and pocket the proceeds.

Widescreen Feature With English Mono And English/Spanish/French Subtitles
“Hush . . . Hush, Sweet Joan: The Making of Charlotte” Featurette
“Bruce Dern Remembers” Featurette
“Wizard Work” Vintage Featurette Narrated By Joseph Cotten
Theatrical Trailer
Interactive Pressbook Gallery
Poster Gallery
Lobby Card Gallery
Still Gallery

The Nanny (1965):
Bette Davis gives a “chillingly polished” (Boxoffice) performance in the spine-tingling suspense thriller, The Nanny. Blamed for the drowning death of his little sister, 10-year-old Joey Fane (William Dix) has finally returned home after being institutionalized for two years. Placed once again under the care of his devoted Nanny (Davis), Joey is soon accused of trying to poison his own mother. But when he swears it was Nanny who committed the crimes, his tormented pleas lead some to wonder: is Joey the disturbed killer everybody thinks he is…or is this dear old Nanny hiding some murderous secrets? “Engaging, disturbing and often frightening” (The Motion Picture Guide), The Nanny is “a superior psycho-thriller” (Variety) that will leave you guessing!

The Bette Davis Collection Special Features & Synopses (continued)

The Nanny (1965) Special Features:
Widescreen Feature With English Mono And English/French/Spanish Subtitles
Theatrical Trailer
Interactive Pressbook Gallery
Poster Gallery
Lobby Card Gallery
Still Gallery





The Bette Davis Collection – Box Set
DVD Price: $49.98 U.S./$59.98 Canada
Street Date: April 8, 2008
Prebook Date: March 12, 2008
Total Running Time: 533 minutes
DVD Catalog Number: 2250712
U.S. Rating NR
Closed Captioned: Yes
Titles Include: All About Eve, Virgin Queen, The Nanny, Phone Call From A Stranger and Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte




The Bette Davis Collection – Singles

All About Eve
DVD Price: $19.98 U.S.
Street Date: April 8, 2008
Prebook Date: March 12, 2008
Total Running Time: 138 minutes
DVD Catalog Number: 2250732
U.S. Rating NR
Closed Captioned: Yes

Phone Call From A Stranger
DVD Price: $19.98 U.S.
Street Date: April 8, 2008
Prebook Date: March 12, 2008
Total Running Time: 105 minutes
DVD Catalog Number: 2250728
U.S. Rating NR
Closed Captioned: Yes

The Virgin Queen
DVD Price: $19.98 U.S.
Street Date: April 8, 2008
Prebook Date: March 12, 2008
Total Running Time: 92 minutes
DVD Catalog Number: 2250725
U.S. Rating NR
Closed Captioned: Yes

Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte
DVD Price: $19.98 U.S.
Street Date: April 8, 2008
Prebook Date: March 12, 2008
Total Running Time: 132 minutes
DVD Catalog Number: 2250730
U.S. Rating NR
Closed Captioned: Yes

The Nanny
DVD Price: $19.98 U.S.
Street Date: April 8, 2008
Prebook Date: March 12, 2008
Total Running Time: 93 minutes
DVD Catalog Number: 2250722
U.S. Rating NR
Closed Captioned: Yes

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#2 of 3 OFFLINE   Andrew Budgell

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Posted March 06 2008 - 09:45 AM

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#3 of 3 ONLINE   Powell&Pressburger

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Posted March 07 2008 - 07:33 AM

anyone know how the DVDs will be packaged in the set I would guess in the slimline cases. They do have the artwork for the single releases up on amazon.com and their classic cases with the slipcovers are usually very cool.

Stop the Replacing of original Studio Opening / Closing logos! They are part of film history.

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