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Baby Jane?

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Two twisted sisters live in their own self-made hell. Baby Jane? takes its cue from the original cult classic starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford...but continually takes the audience down unexpected twists and turns. The film begins with Baby Jane as a famous brat child star, then transitions to her failed attempt at becoming a big fat movie star like her sister Blanche until a tragic gate accident makes Blanche's spine...kinda snap. Baby Jane gives up her career to take care of her disabled sister, waiting on her hand and foot, every gawd damn day! Until one day, Baby Jane has had enough! We watch her slowly unravel, taking it out on her poor disabled sister Blanche, the housekeeper Elvira (Blanche's secret "special friend"), the nosey neighbor Mrs. Bates and her ding dong daughter, Gloria. All through this, Blanche plays the victim role when in actuality she is just a manipulating bitch!

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  • Actors: Matthew Martin, J. Conrad Frank, Heklina, Mike Finn, Ethel Merman
  • Directors: Billy Clift
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Ariztical Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005C6BGT6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,010 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Belter Fan on August 10, 2011
Brilliant!!! Brilliant!!! Brilliant!!!

I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this DVD. I can hardly believe I have a copy after all this time waiting for it to come out.

Let's start with the film itself. Matthew Martin is amazing (as always). Can we please digitally replace Julia Roberts in every film with him playing Baby Jane? It would be so much better. I might be able to sit through "Pretty Woman", after all. The acting is top-notch camp, played completely seriously. The supporting cast are all good. The script, although very close to the original, is changed enough to be a wonderful homage.

Although I LOVE the original, the cinematography of this version far exceeds the original. The house is more beautiful, more gothic, more disturbing. The imagery looks very similar to "Swoon", except with men in dresses. The direction is also excellent. Obviously a labor of love. It shows.

Now the "extras": Fascinating commentary....alternate ending...deleted scenes....trailer. All wonderful. The real treasure, however, are the "Moment with Bette" clips that have been on YouTube. They are WONDERFUL....especially the cooking show. SOOOOO funny!

I hope this DVD does really well so that we can get a "Hush Up Sweet Charlotte" sequel. My partner and I flew to San Francisco twice to see that show, and it was amazing. Mathew Martin and Varla Jean, please, please, please.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pumpkin Toss on March 27, 2014
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To really understand this movie you'd need to have prior knowledge of Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, and the original movie Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. This movie makes fun of all the above. For example: (1) in this film the bird's name is Vita, this is also the daughter's name in the Crawford movie "Mildred Pierce." (2) In the original Whatever Happened to Baby Jane film, during the movie review scene, the director had used real footage from a Bette Davis film. In this movie version, they dressed up the actor, and made fun of several Bette Davis Movies (such as All About Eve). (3) In the original the first time you see Crawford is in the room, watching one of her old movies (a real Crawford movie form her earlier years). In this movie, they did a spoof of "Mommy Dearest", a 1980's movie based on Joan Crawford, and her daughter. (4) In this movie Blanch talks about how she misses the designer clothes by Adrian. Adrian was a top fashion designer for MGM, and had designed several of Crawford's dresses.
If you are aware of these subtle jokes then this movie is even funnier to watch. If you are not, then the movie still has funny moments that all audience members will enjoy, example: (1) the actor playing Jane, while driving, says "d- -n women drivers", this is a joke reminding the audience that this is really a man in drag. (2) In the original movie the pianist's name was Edwin Flag, in this version it is f - g."
The beginning of the movie started off strong, with a lot of funny jokes/references. However, the middle of the film seemed to lag, and was not as funny. Towards the end the film's jokes picked up again, and regained my interest.
This film is really for those of us who loved the original WTBJ, Bette Davis, and Joan Crawford. However, if you have no prior knowledge of these actresses, at least watch the original WTBJ film....enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hernando DeSoto on August 12, 2013
If you haven't guessed already, this is a parody of WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE in which most of the characters are played by drag queens. It was expensive, but I bought one anyway because I figured I might not see another copy and I had to see this film just once.

It's ambitious, to be sure. Obviously made on a shoe string or (ankle strap) budget, this film tries to duplicate the look of the original with locations, set pieces, camera angles and lighting that mimic the original. The best attempt is made by the costume designer who successfully recreates the Academy Award nominated originals worn by Bette and Joan from 50 years ago.

Leaving Jane and Blanche for a moment, we get to the supporting cast who either make no attempt to look or sound like the originals or else fail in their attempts. Take your pick. The Ladylike next door neighbor Mrs. Bates, played in the original by pretty Anna Lee, is played here by an ugly drag queen in a vinyl birdsnest of a wig. The daughter, played by B.D. Merrill (Bette's daughter) in the original is played by a nondescript and uninteresting drag queen. How much better if this character had been played by B.D. as she appears now, fat and slovenly, or else a drag queen imitating these qualities.

Elvira, beautifully played in the original movie by the attractive Maidie Norman is now played by a black woman (not a drag queen) with a huge teased bouffant and amply padded hips and behind. This is not funny because the actress playing this part is actually pretty and the padding is obvious.

The only two performance that matter are the actors playing Bette and Joan. The Joan Crawford drag queen is a poor actor/actress.

The film's one saving grace is the actor/actress playing Bette Davis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bohemian Bon Vivant on November 27, 2012
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I first saw Baby Jane? at its premiere at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, and have seen it again several times since. It's wonderful fun, and so many in the cast -- especially Matthew Martin and Mike Finn -- do such a hilarious job with it.

What could have been simply a parody that gets tiresome after awhile takes on a life of its own and is elevated to something more under the watchful eye of Billy Clift.

Mathew Martin is superb as Baby Jane, bringing both humor and poignancy to the part, but EVERYONE, even down to the audience reactions at the theatre with the young Baby Jane are hilarious if you get campy humor that pokes fun at itself while also walking a tightrope of being based in real emotion.

I anxiously awaited the DVD and am glad to own it and to see it again and again. I am so looking forward to what Billy Clift and the cast do next.
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