Davis Bette Collection-Volume 3

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Get your hands on this third collection of films starring one of the most iconic film actresses of all time. The Bette Davis Collection: Volume Three includes THE OLD MAID, ALL THIS, AND HEAVEN TOO, THE GREAT LIE, IN THIS OUR LIFE, WATCH ON THE RHINE, and DECEPTION!

THE OLD MAID: Let the fireworks begin. Miriam Hopkins poses as the mother of the child Davis bore out of wedlock...but the arrangement is beginning to fray.

ALL THIS, AND HEAVEN TOO: Enchanted by governess Davis, nobleman Charles Boyer murders his wife. But is la Bette as innocent as she appears?

THE GREAT LIE: Friends make the best enemies. Scheming concert pianist Mary Astor and selfless Davis are entangled in secrets and lies.

IN THIS OUR LIFE: Homewrecker Davis runs off with sister Olivia de Havilland's hubby...and that's just for starters! "Davis at histronic height" (Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide).

WATCH ON THE RHINE: A leader of Germany's anti-Hitler underground is hunted by Nazi agents in Washington, D.C. Dashiell Hammett adapts Lillian Hellman's play.

DECEPTION: Now, Voyager's Davis, Claude Rains and Paul Henried reunite in a gloriously flamboyant tale of musicians, indiscretion and murder.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 206803038
UPC 085391187578
UPC 14 00085391187578
Format DVD
Release Date 4/1/2008
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Cast & Crew
Anatole Litvak - [Heaven] Director
Barbara O'Neil - [Heaven] Actor
Bette Davis - [All] Actor
Charles Boyer - [Heaven] Actor
Claude Rains - [Deception] Actor
Donald Crisp - [Old] Actor
Edmund Goulding - [Old, Great] Director
George Brent - [Old, Great, Life] Actor
Geraldine Fitzgerald - [Watch] Actor
Hattie McDaniel - [Great, Life] Actor
Herman Shumlin - [Watch] Director
Irving Rapper - [Deception] Director
Jeffrey Lynn - [Heaven] Actor
John Abbott - [Deception] Actor
John Huston - [Life] Director
Lucile Watson - [Watch] Actor
Mary Astor - [Great] Actor
Miriam Hopkins - [Old] Actor
Olivia de Havilland - [Life] Actor
Paul Henreid - [Deception] Actor
Paul Lukas - [Watch] Actor
Awards
Winner (1944) Golden Globe, Paul Lukas, [Watch] Best Motion Picture Actor,Oscar, Paul Lukas, [Watch] Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominee (1944) Oscar, Lucile Watson, [Watch] Best Actress in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Watch on the Rhine, [Watch] Best Picture,Oscar, Dashiell Hammett, [Watch] Best Writing, Screenplay
Winner (1942) Oscar, Mary Astor, [Great] Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominee (1941) Oscar, Barbara O'Neil, [Heaven] Best Actress in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Ernest Haller, [Heaven] Best Cinematography, Black-and-White,Oscar, All This, and Heaven Too, [Heaven] Best Picture
Reviews
ReviewSource 2 Things @ Once
Review [Old] The Old Maid is a perfect example of the classic weepy chick flick from the '30s. It's a beautifully mounted production with particularly stunning costumes from the 1860s-80s and a built-in rivalry between the two leads, spitting enemies Davis and Miriam Hopkins...Bette Davis wasn't particularly thrilled with her performance as the old maid, but she makes the most of her role, impressively transforming from an exuberant young woman into a sour spinster. The scene in which she imagines herself chastising her daughter after the teenager has stayed out late with a boy is particularly effective, as Davis first speaks from the heart as a loving mother and in a beat, switches into her adopted demeanor of the harsh and bitter aunt her daughter has come to despise.
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ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Classic Film Guide
Review [Heaven] Bette Davis stars as a governess for nobleman Charles Boyer, his wife Barbara O'Neil (who received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination), and their children (including June Lockhart, Ann Todd, and Virginia Weidler). Witnessing her loving interaction and tutoring of them, especially the attention she pays his son, who falls sick because of his wife, causes Boyer to fall in love with Davis. She is a stark contrast to his cold wife, who ultimately discharges her and, refusing to provide a letter of recommendation, keeps her from finding work. His wife's jealousy also leads to tragedy. Henry Daniell plays an investigator of these subsequent events. The story is told in flashback by Davis's character, an infamous woman that was imprisoned, who is now a school teacher, supported by Jeffrey Lynn. Henry Davenport also appears, playing a key role as a servant that figures in the drama. Directed by Anatole Litvak, based on the Rachel Field novel with a Casey Robinson (Captain Blood (1935)) screenplay, the film and its B&W Cinematography also received Academy Award nominations.
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ReviewSource FilmFanatic.org
Review [Great] This melodramatic "women's flick" is primarily notable for the juicy interplay between its two strong female leads -- Bette Davis (atypically cast in the more sympathetic role) and Mary Astor (who deservedly won an Oscar for her portrayal as a ruthlessly self-absorbed concert pianist). Davis and Astor rewrote much of the script themselves -- improvising whenever possible -- and their efforts yield positive results: while the overall narrative of the film still defies belief (see the synopsis above), individual scenes between the women remain enjoyably catty. In order to really appreciate The Great Lie, one must suspend disbelief again and again (would Davis really be that interested in raising her rival's child as her own? would Astor really take 9 months off from her busy touring schedule in exchange for money she doesn't seem to need?) -- but, if you're willing, chances are you'll be waiting anxiously to see how this most unusual love triangle ultimately resolves.
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ReviewSource Variety
Review [Life] Story, adapted from the novel by Ellen Glasgow, displays the ruthless and selfish personality of Bette Davis and its impress on other members of her family. She lies, cheats and steals to gain her ends; and, when cornered, schemes her way out. As the yarn opens she woos and steals her sister's husband, eloping with him to Baltimore...John Huston, in his second directorial assignment, provides deft delineations in the varied characters in the script. Davis is dramatically impressive in the lead but gets major assistance from Olivia de Havilland, George Brent, Dennis Morgan, Billie Burke and Hattie McDaniel...Script succeeds in presenting the inner thoughts of the scheming girl, and carries along with slick dialog and situations. Strength is added in several dramatic spots by Huston's direction.
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Features
DVD, 6 Pack, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Classic Film Guide [Life] ...Davis plays a particularly nasty bitch in this one...truly a wicked pleasure...
Doug Pratt, DVDLaser.com [Great] ...a marvelous treat...the byplay between Davis and Astor is the sort of emotional stimulation that some fans live for.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide [Old] Soap opera par excellence...The two female stars create fireworks as they enact this chronicle of love and hate...
Sanderson Beck, Movie Mirrors [Heaven] This well acted drama explores the triangle of an aristocratic marriage that lacks love...

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