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In Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s devastatingly witty Hollywood classic, backstage is where the real drama plays out. One night, Margo Channing (Bette Davis) entertains a surprise dressing-room visitor: her most adoring fan, the shy, wide-eyed Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter). But as Eve becomes a fixture in Margo’s life, the Broadway legend soon realizes that her supposed admirer intends to use her and everyone in her circle, including George Sanders’s acid-tongued critic, as stepping-stones to stardom. Featuring stiletto-sharp dialogue and direction by Mankiewicz, and an unforgettable Davis in the role that revived her career and came to define it, the multiple-Oscar-winning All About Eveis the most deliciously entertaining film ever made about the ruthlessness of show business.

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  • Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • United States
  • 1950
  • 138 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  • Spine #1003SPECIAL FEATURES
    • 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Two audio commentaries from 2010, one featuring actor Celeste Holm, director Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s son Christopher Mankiewicz, and author Kenneth L. Geist; the other featuring author Sam Staggs
    • All About Mankiewicz, a feature-length documentary from 1983 about the director
    • Episodes of The Dick Cavett Show from 1969 and 1980 featuring actors Bette Davis and Gary Merrill
    • New interview with costume historian Larry McQueen
    • Hollywood Backstories: “All About Eve,” a 2001 documentary featuring interviews with Davis and others about the making of the film
    • Documentaries from 2010 about Mankiewicz’s life and career, the short story on which the film is based and its real-world inspiration, and a real-life “Sarah Siddons Society” based on the film’s fictional society
    • Radio adaptation of the film from 1951
    • Trailer
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Terrence Rafferty and the 1946 short story on which the film is based

    New cover by Greg Ruth

    November 26, 2019

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Based on the date radio adaptation is the Lux Radio Theatre on NBC on October 1, 1951, starring Bette Davis, Gary Merrill and Anne Baxter.

However there was a second radio version of All About Eve starring Tallulah Bankhead as Margo Channing which was was presented on NBC's The Big Show by the Theatre Guild of the Air on November 16, 1952. As Margo, as played by Davis, is often thought of as Davis playing Tallulah Bankhead and Davis played on film 3 roles that Bankhead originated on stage it would have been nice to include the Bankhead version.
Here is part one of Tallulah Bankhead in "All About Eve" from youtube.

 
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Yes, the earlier disc of All About Eve looked great;
but after Criterion's updated transfer of Some Like It Hot should there really be any doubts?
So, unfasten your seat belts, it's going to be a very smooth ride.:thumbs-up-smiley:
 
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Criterion's release of Eve looks to have the same feature's as Fox's just the MovieTone newsreels, isolated score, and some vintage promotion for both Bette Davis and Anne Baxter are missing.
 
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At first, I thought this was an odd choice since Fox's Blu is already seemingly excellent except... it doesn't have lossless mono (Dolby Digital 192kbs only!) and to be honest... the Cavett episodes Criterion includes on their releases are enough to make me interested in rebuying. Plus the feature-length Mankiewicz doc. While a UHD would have been nice, I recall the camera negative to this was junked with all the other nitrates.

One of the absolute classics of cinema, though.
 
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Are they ditching the 5.1 remix, or did they just not bother to list it as an extra? I know some Criterion discs keep the “alternate” soundtrack as a supplement while other discs eliminate it altogether.
 

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Criterion's release of Eve looks to have the same feature's as Fox's just the MovieTone newsreels, isolated score, and some vintage promotion for both Bette Davis and Anne Baxter are missing.
I must confess that I’m a tad disappointed that they’re not retaining the isolated score, especially since Alfred Newman’s score is very good.
 
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I must confess that I’m a tad disappointed that they’re not retaining the isolated score, especially since Alfred Newman’s score is very good.
It's deletion from this release probably has to do with copyright and whoever is in charge of Alfred Newman's estate most likely,
 

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It's deletion from this release probably has to do with copyright and whoever is in charge of Alfred Newman's estate most likely,
I’m not so sure Newman’s estate has anything to do with the isolated score being blocked (especially since they seemingly approved the inclusion of an isolated track of his score for The President’s Lady, a much lesser known film and score than Eve). I think Criterion may have chosen not to include given they also dropped the MFX track for their Blu upgrade of Notorious earlier this year, though they strangely kept the MFX track on their upgrade of Rebecca.
 

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I’m not so sure Newman’s estate has anything to do with the isolated score being blocked (especially since they seemingly approved the inclusion of an isolated track of his score for The President’s Lady, a much lesser known film and score than Eve). I think Criterion may have chosen not to include given they also dropped the MFX track for their Blu upgrade of Notorious earlier this year, though they strangely kept the MFX track on their upgrade of Rebecca.
What is an MFX track?