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All About Eve [Blu-ray Book] (1950)

Bette Davis , Anne Baxter , Joseph L. Mankiewicz  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Marilyn Monroe
  • Directors: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Producers: Darryl F. Zanuck
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Restored, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: February 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (403 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004DTLK6W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,451 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "All About Eve [Blu-ray Book]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by Actor Celeste Holm, Mankiewicz Biographer Ken Geist and Christopher Mankiewicz
  • Commentary by Author Sam Staggs
  • Joseph L. Mankiewicz: A Personal Journey
  • The Real Eve
  • The Secret of Sarah Siddons
  • AMC Backstory®: All About Eve
  • Vintage Bette Davis Promotion
  • Vintage Anne Baxter Promotion
  • Fox Movietone News
  • Restoration Comparison
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    Additional Features

    Writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz's All About Eve ranks as one of Hollywood's wittiest--and most quotable--films about showbiz. In his dishy commentary, Mankiewicz biographer Ken Geist (Pictures Will Talk) says "it's really about Herman and Joe and their rivalry," though the story actually revolves around two women, a Broadway star and her underhanded understudy (Joseph's older brother, Herman, cowrote Citizen Kane). Supporting actress Celeste Holm and Joseph's son, Christopher, join in on the first track, while author Sam Staggs (All About "All About Eve") handles the second (and does a better job at staying on topic). Unfortunately, Holm, who has outlived the rest of the cast, has only a few comments to add. While she praises Thelma Ritter, for instance, she admits she didn't get along very well with the notoriously blunt Bette Davis. Geist and Mankiewicz return for the featurettes Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and A Personal Journey, which focus on the filmmaker's background, affection for the theater, and abiding interest in class and ambition. Joseph's son, Tom, and his widow, Rosemary, also contribute their thoughts. Other extras examine the real Eve Harrington (an actress named Martina Lawrence) and 18th-century tragedienne Sarah Siddons (who inspired the film's awards banquet), while the promotional spots and the All About Eve episode of AMC Backstory feature archival interviews with Anne Baxter and Davis, who credits Mankiewicz for "resurrecting my career." The glossy digibook case, which encloses the pristine Blu-ray, offers profiles of the principals, including Oscar winner George Sanders. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

    Product Description

    From the moment she glimpses her idol on Broadway, Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) strives to upstage Margo Channing (Bette Davis). After cunningly stealing Margo’s role, Eve disrupts the lives of anyone close to the actress in this timeless cinematic masterpiece that earned a record 14 Oscar® Nominations*, winning six — including Best Picture!

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    148 of 156 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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    153 of 168 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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    44 of 48 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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    19 of 19 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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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    incredible screenplay
    Published 6 days ago by Elliott Piros
    5.0 out of 5 stars BETTE!..MARILYN!!..ALL ABOUT EVE is a triumph!
    What can be said about ALL ABOUT EVE that hasn't been said already? Well, this edition for one is the absolute version ALL fans of Bette and Marilyn should get. Read more
    Published 6 days ago by Leland D. Petty
    5.0 out of 5 stars What Goes Around Comes Around
    I have watched this movie several times and always enjoy the acting and the story-line. Anyone who is a Trivial Pursuit officianado can appreciate the many quotable lines. Read more
    Published 7 days ago by Anna Clair
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic line.....
    Davis at her best!! Classic line 'fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night'
    Published 11 days ago by vicki disalvo
    5.0 out of 5 stars "What a story! Everything but the bloodhounds snappin' at her...
    Hands down if the screenplay for "All About Eve" is not the most literate, witty, and sophisticated in the history of film, it most certainly is in the top five! Read more
    Published 11 days ago by Classic film buff
    5.0 out of 5 stars Bette Davis
    Any old favorite is always better as a DVD.
    Published 17 days ago by C. Sinclair
    5.0 out of 5 stars great stars.
    a classic...great stars.
    Published 21 days ago by william mitchell
    5.0 out of 5 stars All About Eve, a brief critique
    Both Bette Davis and Anne Baxter were excellent in All About Eve, but this was Ms. Davis' movie. Bette Davis would have won the Oscar in 1950 for her performance without... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by John Lee Dozier
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bette Davis
    Davis camps around in a cloud of cigarette smoke as usual. It's fun to watch, though, and Marilyn Monroe has a brief but funny bit, one of her earliest appearances in film. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Organgrinder1010
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie.
    This just may be the all-time acerbic look at Broadway and stardom. Joseph L. Mankiewicz's writing and direction was never better and the stars were at the top of their game. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by William J. Harper
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