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The Bette Davis Collection, Vol. 3 (The Old Maid / All This, And Heaven Too / The Great Lie / In This Our Life / Watch on the Rhine / Deception) (2008)

Bette Davis , Mary Astor  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Bette Davis, Mary Astor, Miriam Hopkins, George Brent, Claude Rains
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Restored, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 668 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012OX7DA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,492 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Bette Davis Collection, Vol. 3 (The Old Maid / All This, And Heaven Too / The Great Lie / In This Our Life / Watch on the Rhine / Deception)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes:
  • The Old Maid (1939)
  • Vintage newsreel
  • Technicolor historical short Lincoln in the White House
  • Howard Hill sports short Sword Fishing
  • Classic cartoons The Film Fan and Kristopher Kolumbus
  • All This, and Heaven Too (1940)
  • Commentary by film historian Daniel Bubbeo
  • Technicolor patriotic short Meet the Fleet
  • Classic cartoons Hollywood Daffy and Porky's Last Stand
  • Trailer
  • Audio-only bonus: radio show adaptation with the film's stars
  • The Great Lie (1941)
  • Broadway Brevities short At the Stroke of Twelve
  • Oscar-nominated Technicolor Sports Parade short Kings of the Turf
  • Hollywood Novelty short Polo with the Stars
  • Classic cartoon Porky's Pooch
  • In This Our Life (1942)
  • Commentary by film historian Jeanine Basinger
  • Technicolor patriotic short March On America
  • Technicolor musical short Spanish Fiesta
  • Classic cartoon Who's Who in the Zoo
  • Watch on the Rhine (1943)
  • Commentary by film historian Bernard F. Dick
  • Musical short Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra
  • Classic cartoon The Wise Quacking Duck
  • Deception (1946)
  • Commentary by film historian Foster Hirsch
  • Oscar-winning Technicolor Sports Parade short Facing Your Danger
  • Technicolor Specials short Movieland Magic
  • Classic cartoon Mouse Menace

Editorial Reviews

To quote Claude Reins in "Deception," Bette Davis is "all eyes and talent," and both burn bright in six vintage films she made for Warner Bros. between 1939-46. Lesser known than her certified classics, these are not exactly best Bettes, but they are marvelously entertaining and a representative showcase for one of Hollywood’s most enduring leading ladies. These eminently repeatable films put Davis (and viewers) through the ringer. Few actresses portrayed characters who suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune so grandly, so regally, so tragically, or so deservedly. As an ad for one of Davis’ movies once famously proclaimed, when she was good, she was very good. When she was bad, she was terrific. Just check out John Huston’s In This Our Life (1942), this set’s unearthed treasure. Bette, flouncing like mad, jilts her fiancée, steals good sister Olivia de Havilland’s husband, and promptly drives him to drink and suicide. And she’s just getting warmed up! (You don’t need Jeannine Basinger’s informed commentary to debunk the tantalizing movie legend about a supposed cameo by members of the Matlese Falcon cast. Those gents at the bar look nothing like Bogie and company. But that is Walter, John’s father, tending bar). Davis was also very good at being noble. In the prestige project, Watch on the Rhine (1943), based on Lillian Hellman’s play and adapted for the screen by Dashiell Hammett, she is the steadfast wife to Paul Lukas, in his Oscar-winning role, as a "legendary figure of the underground movement," who carries on his fight against fascism in Washington, D.C. In The Old Maid (1939), based on the novel by Edith Wharton, Bette allows her cousin (Miriam Hopkins) to give her illegitimate child a respectable name, and, posing as the girl’s unsuspecting aunt, must stand by while she grows up spoiled and "horrid." And in All This and Heaven Too (1940), she is a transplanted French schoolteacher who regales her initially scornful students with the true story behind her scandalous past. Deception is another ripping melodrama in which she stars as a pianist whose reunion with her lost love (Paul Henreid), a cellist is threatened by Rains as her arrogant and sadistic Svengali (who’s responsible for those minks in her closet). Last but not least is The Great Lie (1941), pitting Bette against Mary Astor, who won an Academy Award as the bitchy concert pianist whose son Bette is raising (long story, but it involves missing aviator George Brent, whom they both love). These films offer such they-don't-make-'em-like-this-anymore pleasures as lush, melodramatic scores by such masters as Max Steiner, hothouse emotions, quotable dialogue, and, of course, indelible character actors at their peaks. These films are seen to their best advantage when viewed as part of each disc’s bonus features that recreate an old fashioned "Night at the Movies," complete with theatrical previews, newsreels, short subjects, and Warner Bros. cartoons featuring Porky Pig or Daffy Duck. --Donald Liebenson

Product Description

IN THIS OUR LIFE Homewrecker Davis runs off with sister Olivia de Havilland’s hubby and that’s just for starters! THE OLD MAID Let the fireworks begin. Miriam Hopkins poses as the mother of the child Davis bore out of wedlock…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. DECEPTION Now, Voyagers' Davis, Claude Rains and Paul Henried reunite in a gloriously flamboyant tale of musicians, indiscretion and murder. WATCH ON THE RHINE A leader of Germany’s anti-Hitler underground is hunted by Nazi agents in Washington DC. Dashiell Hammett adapts Lillian Hellman’s play.

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96 of 102 people found the following review helpful
This set contains six films, all new to DVD in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Bette Davis' birth. Here we are on the third DVD boxed set of Bette Davis films by Warner Home Video, and we are still getting A List properties. The details are as follows:

In This Our Life (1942) - In my opinion this is one of Davis' best films, yet TCM will show "Jezebel" ten times a year and never show this one. Davis and Olivia De Haviland play sisters. Davis runs off with her sister's husband right before she herself is to be married. As time passes, her ex-fiance falls for De Haviland's character, and they decide to be married. When the husband Davis absconded with kills himself, Davis returns home and decides she wants her ex-fiance back. This film spotlights the kind of scenery-chewing role that Davis excelled at. Extra features include:
Commentary by film historian Jeannine Basinger
Vintage newsreel
Technicolor patriotic short: March On, America!
Technicolor musical short: Spanish Fiesta
Classic cartoon: Who's Who in the Zoo
Trailers of In This Our Life and 1942's Desperate Journey
Subtitles: English & Français (main feature only)

The Old Maid (1939) - Davis and Miriam Hopkin play cousins. Hopkins is the belle-of-the-ball type who is marrying a well-off man to spite her colorful yet poor suitor that she in fact still harbors deep feelings for. Davis plays Charlotte, the pretty but quiet type who comforts the ex-suitor after Hopkins rejects him. The rejected suitor then goes off to fight in the Civil War and is killed. Years later, as Charlotte is planning her own wedding, her cousin finds out that Charlotte had an illegitimate child by her ex-beau. Her retribution ruins Charlotte's life and yet binds her to Charlotte forever.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THE LOFT MISS DAVIS! May 8, 2009
It would be a unforgiveable deception to tell you that this Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains vehicle is anything but top rate glossy soap bubble popping high drama. A rainy day is the perfect time to watch this film, late afternoon when the light seems like it will last forever giving you that trapped in time feeling. This film evokes that effect through out. Wonderful light, and so much of it takes place in twilight, or in rain, and in the deepest inky night.

It may not be considered a film noir in the classic sense but it certainly, as shot by the incredible Ernest Haller; it looks like one and one of the most gorgeous of the style. It is more like a Woman's Noir with its story of a basically good woman driven by her deceptions to do bad things, very bad things.

Without a shadow of a doubt this is one of Claude Rains most entertaining, sharp, insightfully and wicked performances. He is pure joy to watch as he manipulates each person he comes in contact with in the story. He is the rotten, jealous petrified hard center of this poison soufflé. Bette Davis is wonderful of course and is dressed to the nines but what is remarkable to see is the fun she is having as she hands the film over to Mr.. Rains. They made so many wonderful films together and he is obviously someone she admired and loved to work with. She is strong and exciting in the role but she gets out of the way and lets him have his day.

And yet beyond all of this there are two reasons I love this film. It has a remarkable classic Hollywood score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and features his now famous "Hollenius' Cello Concerto" as well as music by Beethoven, Wagner and Schubert. The music is as much a star of the film as anyone else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Special Features January 19, 2008
By Severin
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Here is a list of the films on this set and the special features, as listed at Turner Classic Movies:

The Old Maid (1939)
Special Features:
· Warner Night at the Movies 1939 short subjects gallery:
- Vintage newsreel
- Technicolor historical short Lincoln in the White House
- Howard Hill sports short Sword Fishing
- Classic cartoons The Film Fan and Kristopher Kolumbus
- Trailers of The Old Maid and 1939's Confessions of a Nazi Spy
· Subtitles: English & Français (main feature only)

All This, and Heaven Too (1940)
Special Features:
· Commentary by The Women of Warner Bros. author Daniel Bubbeo.
· Warner Night at the Movies 1940 short subjects gallery:
- Vintage newsreel
- Technicolor patriotic short Meet the Fleet
- Classic cartoons Hollywood Daffy and Porky's Last Stand
- Trailers of All This, and Heaven To and 1940's Dr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My wife collects Bette davis movies and this collection arrived yesterday.
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I bought this for my mother and she truly enjoys it.
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Claude was on of those folks who doesn't appear to have had a poor or weak performance in him . While I've seen a moderate amount (certainly not as much as some of you most serious... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Claude Rains reigns supreme in this Davis/Henreid vehicle
This would be a perfect film if it weren't for the ending which is very oddly constructed and quite unbelievable. But never mind that. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Vivian
5.0 out of 5 stars The eternal triangle
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Published 1 month ago by P. B. Sharp
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift for a Friend
My friend was very pleased with receiving this collection of Bette Davis movies. She loves old movies and said thank you.
Published 1 month ago by Marie Shakoor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Bette Davis Collection
If you like the oldies then this is a good collection for you! She does some great performances in these 4 movies and you will enjoy them.
Published 2 months ago by Carol D. Pippin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection
This is a great collection and the video quality is amazing. I didn't know much about the movies, so I can't divulge information on them, but they are great movies in my opinion... Read more
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