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All About Eve (1950)

Bette Davis , Anne Baxter , Joseph L. Mankiewicz  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (389 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill
  • Directors: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Writers: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Erich Kästner, Mary Orr
  • Producers: Darryl F. Zanuck
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: January 14, 2003
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (389 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006RCO1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,271 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "All About Eve" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary by Celeste Holm, Christopher Mankiewicz, and Kenneth Geist
  • Audio Commentary by Sam Staggs (Author of All About "All About Eve"
  • AMC Backstory episode
  • Original Interviews with Bette Davis and Ann Baxter
  • 4 Movietone Newsreels
  • Restoration Comparison

Editorial Reviews

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 (BETTE 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). Only the cynical drama critic (Oscar winner GEORGE SANDERS) sees through Eve, admiring her audacity and perfect pattern of deceit. THELMA RITTER and MARILYN MONROE co-star in this acclaimed classic, which won six Academy Awards and received the most nominations (14) in film history.

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146 of 154 people found the following review helpful
By pm444
Format:DVD
I managed to find this a few days before its official release date and am happy to report that it finally gives this classic film the treatment it deserves. The video and audio have been restored from orignal source material with noticeable improvements over the previous DVD transfer. The picture has none of the scratches and dust that were present on the earlier version, and there is a Dolby stereo option as well as the original mono. The stereo soundtrack offers greater clarity and depth and there's no low-level hum or hiss.
Besides offering a major improvement in the quality of the image and sound, the new DVD also includes a good selection of extras. There's a 25 minute "Backstory" from AMC that is very informative and entertaining. There are two separate commentary tracks, one with Celeste Holm, Christopher Mankiewicz (Joseph's son), and Kenneth Geist, the other with Sam Staggs, author of "All About 'All About Eve'". There are
promotional interviews with Davis and Baxter, four newsreels, a trailer, and a restoration comparison.
The restoration comparison is one of the strangest that I've seen. Instead of an audio track explaining the problems and processes involved in the transfer, there's a series of screens with text printed on them. There then follows a series of comparisons from various versions of the film. There's nothing really wrong with any of this, but considering the huge amount of time and effort that goes into a restoration of this magnitude, I expected something a bit more dynamic.

For any "All About Eve" fan, old or new, this is the DVD we have been waiting for, and at five dollars less than the original DVD, a real bargain.
Highly recommended!
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150 of 165 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SPARKLING MASTERPIECE! December 3, 1999
Format:DVD
Bette Davis made this movie in 1950 when her career was faltering;her last film was the insipid "Beyond the Forest" (now considered a minor camp classic by some.) "All About Eve" is relished by many who hail it as Davis's all-time greatest performance(which is,in all fairness, arguable) as the forty year old magnetic actress Margo Channing.Many also feel Davis never looked better than she does here (her costume designer for this was the legendary Edith Head).The acting is genuinely excellent and the screenplay is music to the ears;as a consolation for not winning the AA,(it went to Judy Holliday)Davis received the coveted New York Film Critics Award for Best Actress.George Sanders is peerless as the poison pen critic Addison De Witt;( he won the academy award for best supporting actor.) Thelma Ritter is hilarious as the wise old companion of Margo's who's seen it all happen before. Celeste Holm gives an absolutely sparkling performance as Karen Richards(she tells Eve "I'm the lowest form of celebrity" she being the wife of playwright Lloyd Richards(Hugh Marlowe,whose wooden personality suits the role he plays.)Gregory Ratoff's timing in the "bicarbonate of soda" scene is amazing and Gary Merrill is right on as the cynical Bill whose age (32) creates insecurity for Margo; she fears she'll lose him to some young "babe".The film holds up extremely well,considering it will be 50 years old next year.Marilyn Monroe has an amusing bit as a "Graduate of the Copacabana School of Dramatic Arts" Finally we come to the gal who played the "little worm" of the title: Anne Baxter. Read more ›
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
All about Eve is (along with Sunset Blvd.) my favourite film of that year. What makes it so great? Everything! This is the story of how greedy people get ahead in showbiz: using other people and manipulating their lives.
But there's more than meets the eye. The screenplay really shows how the characters revolving around Eve get affected by her actions. All of them play important parts in her raise and ultimate fall.
And more... The ending is one of the best endings ever written on movie history. This is a film that trully shows you the circle of life and how the evil that you do returns to you in the end.
Bette Davis, Celeste Holm, Anne Baxter, Thelma Ritter (and even Marilyn Monroe)... This is also a film dominated by women. It is their antagonism between them that moves the film. What they want and what they do. Every scene in this film is capital.
An american gem: a solid script, a strong cast, a beautiful music score, great production values, a great cinematography and on top of it all, a great director in peak form.
This DVD edition is ok. I think this film deserved a better edition with some commentary or a brief documentary, production notes or something like that. Here, all you get is the trailer. Anyway, with or without extras, this film is a must!
My two favourite lines: Bette Davis' "fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night!" and "I wish someone would tell me about me." ohh, but there are many... George Sanders' introduction is beautiful as is his "killer to killer" final talk with Eve.
Buy it now!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous New Print and Sound February 9, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
The new Blu-Ray edition of All About Eve has a new fabulous, super clear flawless print, and incredible stereophonic sound. (There is no information on the disk or booklet on how this was done or where the improved soundtracks came from or were processed.) The movie itself is a classic, one of the ten best movies ever made, with Bette Davis giving a once-in-a lifetime performance. The new print is much clearer than any earlier versions and the sound has been improved over the years from extremely muffled (VHS) to this incredibly clear and excellent sounding transfer. There is also a separate audio-only track where Alfred Newman's music can be heard to even greater effect. I think most of the extras have been included in earlier DVD versions. It's worth replaceing your earlier DVD with this very much improved Blu-Ray version. I hope Fox can do the same magic on the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Still AClassic
Bette Davis doesher usual bang-up job. I am glad I bought a blueray copy of this classic film. Ya gotta love Bette!
Published 4 days ago by rickkrugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Super!
A permanent part of my Bette Davis VHS collection. So well done; if you're a Bette Davis fan, this one's a must.
Published 10 days ago by Northlander
5.0 out of 5 stars All About Bette!!!
Honestly, had she retired after this epic venture, she would have been better off!! The perfect script, the perfect role AND she ended up with a husband at the end of it all!!! Read more
Published 11 days ago by Jude Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Nice, good , love the clear picture, it was just a great DVD to have, thanks for everything. love it
Published 18 days ago by terry burnett
5.0 out of 5 stars All about seeing this great movie All about Eve! Several thumbs uP!
This is an interesting story about a young woman hanging around a stage door, obsessed with her favorite actress, -which played by Bette Davis, actually wanting to take her place,... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Terie J. Carney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie !
A friend recommended this movie and I'd never seen it . One of the best films I've ever seen .
Published 29 days ago by Steven T Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars All About Show Biz
This movie is Bette Davis, Anne Bancroft and Gary Merrill in top form. The smarmy George Sanders is in it and he introduces a fresh young starlet named Marilyn Monroe, "A... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael E. Nader
5.0 out of 5 stars Bette at her best
You can't go wrong with this film when Bette Davis is a Bitch she is great. I love her movies
Published 1 month ago by Geradine Dinardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly crafted tour de force
They don't make them like this anymore. Top notch writing, ensemble acting, directing and character development. George Sanders steals the show.
Published 1 month ago by J. Stonier
5.0 out of 5 stars Bette Davis rules
One of the great acting roles for Bette Davis. Great story, excellent cast. Aging actress being upstaged by newcommer Eve.
Published 1 month ago by Paul A. Hurd
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