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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by BrianM, Jan 17, 2003.
Is the new release of this movie significantly improved over the previous release?
From what I've read, yes!
I don't have the old one, but the new one looks great.
To put it as mildly as I possibly can, yes.
God, yes. The film still doesn't look great but it's significantly better than the previous release. It's worth it for the commentaries alone. If you're a big fan of this, get All About All About Eve, which is written by Sam Staggs one of the commentators on the DVD. It's gossipy as all get out and dissed in the other commentary track.
I listened to the commentary tracks last night, and, really
they are quite, uh, shockingly uninhibited.
One commentary track features Joseph L. Mankiewicz's son,
who talks about his father in a way that reminded me
of "Mommie Dearest." His comments could be renamed,
"Daddie Dearest: the talented, but emotionally cold
philaderer that was my father."
My favorite comments regarding Mankiewicz are in the form
of a story regarding "Super Catholic, Loretta Young," who
apparently walked around the studio with a donation box.
When she heard people swear, she would walk up to them
and insist that they pay for their sin with a donation.
Apparently she heard Mankiewicz use the word "Shit,"
and ran up to him and told him that he needed to put
money in her donation box. His response:
"Loretta, how much will I need to put
in your box when tell you to 'go [email protected]*k yourself'?"
Celest Holm is also on the track, though she and the
other commentator were clearly all recorded separately
then spliced together aftewards. Her voice is high and
whispy, but she adds some great comments from time to
time, including some remarks regarding George Sanders's sucide.
The second commentary track is by the author of
All About "All About Eve" and his comments are
more bitchy and clever than any of the previous ones.
One the first commentary, I cannot tell which of the two
men, but one states early on how much he disliked the
book written by the guy on the other commentary track.
(No wonder Fox put that "does not reflect the opinions..."
disclaimer on all the bonus materials! Whew!)
The DVD also features trailers and the AMC special on
All About Eve. Best of all, the DVD features
a non-motion, sound-free menu system,
which THANK GOD! Just a silent,
clean, easy menu system!
Hooray for FOX!
i was kind of confused when i read how bad people thought the original disc was. in the two years i'd owned the disc i'd never actually got around to watching it, but i did put it in for a few minutes here and there, and it always seemed like a pretty typical older movie. i still bought the upgrade, and decided to a/b them last night. the differences were evident in the first few seconds. on the old disc, i couldn't even read the inscription on the Sarah Siddons award, now most of the inscription is legible, significant clean-up of flecks, etc. i very much agree with Julians assessment. not the best looking vintage B&W movie on disc, but it is much improved. for $15 street price, this is a terrific package. i hope this is the template that all the Fox Studio Classics will adhere to. can't wait for the some of the rest!
I've tried like crazy to find a copy of this DVD in the Los Angeles area (Burbank, North Hollywood, Studio City). No one has it. Times like this I really miss Dave's. Regards, Lee
Lee, Imagine my surprise when I found two(!) copies of this at my local suburban Best Buy yesterday. Picked one up at $14.99.
Slight audio sync problem during the middle of the movie. This one and Criterion's "Black Narcissus" are my only DVDs with out of sync audio.
Costco seems to have all three of the Fox Studio Classic titles for $12.99 each, for those with the Costco option.