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 6 discs:   Marked Woman,   Jezebel,   The Man Who Came to Dinner,   Old Acquaintance

and   What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?     Bonus disc - Stardust: The Bette Davis Story


Synopses:


Marked Woman
Mary Dwight works as a hostess at the Club Intime run by ruthless gangster Johnny Vanning. When one of her "clients" is murdered prosecutor David Graham questions Mary but she won't cooperate and Vanning is acquitted. When Mary's sister Betty is killed by one of Vanning's thugs she decides to spill the beans and is beaten into disfigurement. At her bedside all the hostesses agree to testify.

Jezebel
Set in antebellum New Orleans during the early 1850's, this film follows Julie Marsden through her quest for social redemption on her own terms. Julie is a beautiful and free spirited, rapacious Southern belle who is sure of herself and controlling of her fiancÚ Preston Dillard, a successful young banker. Julie's sensitive but domineering personality--she does not want so much to hurt as to assert her independence--forces a wedge between Preston and herself. To win him back, she plays North against South amid a deadly epidemic of yellow fever which claims a surprising victim.

The Man Who Came to Dinner
Lecturer Sheridan Whiteside slips on the ice on his way into the home of a prominent Ohio family. The Dr. says Whiteside must remain confined having broken his leg. He begins to meddle with the lives of everyone in the household and, once his plots are underway, learns there is nothing wrong with his leg. He bribes the doctor. The owner discovers the fraud, but Whiteside blackmails him (he finds out that the owner's sister is an axe murderer) and resumes control.

Old Acquaintance
Established serious author Kit inspires hometown pal Millie who writes a trashy novel published with Kit's help. Millie's husband Preston leaves her. Ten years of trashy novels later Millie tries to reconcile, but Preston is marrying another. Millia accuses Kit of husband-stealing. Later Kit learns of Millie's daughter Diedre's affection for Rudd, whom Kit was thinking of marrying. Kit blesses their union and makes up with Millie.

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Baby Jane was a child star. When she grows up she is forgotten by the public. Instead her sister Blanche gets famous as a Hollywood actress. Blanche gets physically handicapped after a mysterious car accident. She lives in a room and Jane has to take care of Blanche. But Jane hates Blanche...

 

Stardust: The Bette Davis Story
Combining unprecedented access to Davis' vast personal archives with original interviews, this documentary reveals a startling portrait of one of Hollywood's most gifted and enigmatic stars.

Posters

Theatrical Releases: Various

  DVD Reviews

DVD Review: Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

DVD Box Cover

   

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 The Bette Davis Collection, Vol. 2 contains Marked Woman / Jezebel / The Man Who Came to Dinner / Old Acquaintance and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Two-Disc Special Edition:
Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Audio English (original) SEE BELOW
Subtitles English, Spanish, French None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio: All 4:3

Except What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? at 1.78 anamorphic widescreen

Edition Details:

  • Marked Woman
  • New featurette: Marked Woman: Ripped from the Headlines
  • Two classic cartoons: Porky's Hero Agency, She Was an Acrobat's Daughter
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • 1.33, English Mono
  • B&W, 96 min.
  • Jezebel
  • Commentary by film historian Jeannine Basinger
  • New digital transfer from restored picture and audio elements
  • New featurette: Jezebel: Legend of the South
  • Vintage musical short: Melody Masters: Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra
  • Classic cartoon: The Mice Will Play
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • B&W, 103 min.
  • 1.33, English mono
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner
  • New featurette: The Man Who Came to Dinner: Inside a Classic Comedy
  • Vintage Joe McDoakes comedy short: So You Think You Need Glasses
  • Classic cartoon: Six Hits and a Miss
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • B&W, 113 min.
  • 1.33, English mono
  • Old Acquaintance
  • Commentary by director Vincent Sherman and Boze Hadleigh, author of Bette Davis Speaks
  • New featurette: Old Acquaintance: A Classic Woman's Picture
  • Vintage short: Stars on Horseback
  • Classic cartoon: Fin 'n' Catty
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • B&W, 110 min.
  • 1.33, English mono, French mono
  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Two-Disc Special Edition
  • Commentary by Charles Busch and John Epperson (Lypsinka)
  • Bette and Joan: Blind Ambition
  • All About Bette, hosted by Jodie Foster
  • A Film Profile: Joan Crawford
  • Vintage featurette: Behind the Scenes with Baby Jane
  • The Andy Williams Show excerpt featuring Bette Davis
  • 1.85 anamorphic widescreen, English mono, French mono
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • B&W, 133 min.
  • Stardust: The Bette Davis Story
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • 1.33, English 2.0
  • B&W and color, 88 min.


DVD Release Date: May 30th, 2006

6 Keep Case inside a cardboard box
Chapters: various

 

 

Comments:

I am totally enamored with this boxset. Image quality remains at Warner's high standards. Three of the five feature films have commentaries! Aside from some minor scratches and almost unnoticeable blemishes in the early films they all look very good. We should consider ourselves lucky that Warner are going to these lengths providing such digital care for these great films. I even enjoyed the Bonus disc - Stardust: the Bette Davis Story - and some might consider watching it first as a great mood-enhancer for the films.

I don't have any strong complaints - I wish the Baby Jane commentary was a new one - the slight marks in A Marked Woman are nothing to really gripe over. Audio is all consistent and clean. See individual reviews for more detail.

We give this collection a strong recommendation. I loved this almost as much as Volume 1 (HERE) which also has 5 feature films, but is lacking the bonus disc. Incredible value in these packages!    

Gary W. Tooze

 





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Subtitle Sample (from What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?)

 

 


 

Screen Captures

 

Marked Woman Directed by Lloyd Bacon and Michael Curtiz (uncredited), USA 1937 

 

Reviewed in Full HERE

 

 


Jezebel Directed by William Wyler USA 1938

 

 

Reviewed in Full HERE

 

 

(Warner - Region 1 - NTSC TOP vs. Warner (Restored and Remastered Edition) Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC BOTTOM)

 

 

 


The Man Who Came To Dinner Directed by William Keighley, USA 1942

 

Reviewed in Full HERE

 

 


Old Acquaintance Directed by Vincent Sherman USA 1943

 

Reviewed in Full HERE

 


 


What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Directed by Robert Aldrich USA 1962

 

Reviewed in Full HERE

 


 

 


Stardust: The Bette Davis Story

 


 

 

DVD Box Cover

   

CLICK to order from:

 The Bette Davis Collection, Vol. 2 contains Marked Woman / Jezebel / The Man Who Came to Dinner / Old Acquaintance and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Two-Disc Special Edition:
Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC




 

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