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Mildred Pierce (Keepcase) (2003)

Joan Crawford , Jack Carson , Michael Curtiz  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth
  • Directors: Michael Curtiz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • 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: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2005
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0008ENIAC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,976 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mildred Pierce (Keepcase)" on IMDb

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  • Acclaimed feature length documentary Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star
  • Crawford Trailer Gallery

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What Veda wants, her mother Mildred Pierce provides. Even if Mildred must end her middle-class marriage, climb atop the male-dominated business world and marry a wealthy man she doesn't love. "I'll do anything," Mildred says in explaining her love for her daughter. But does anything include murder? Just when you think you got this nominee for five other Oscarsincluding Best Picture figured out, along comes a shocking twist ending! Director: Michael Curtiz Starring: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth

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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
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Warner Bros. has outdone themselves to bring one of the finest classics in their library to DVD. This transfer of MILDRED PIERCE is so perfect, so sharp, clear & glistening, it's almost like watching a different film. Gone are the spots and glitches.
The image is smooth and gorgeous, lusciously capturing Ernest Haller's masterful cinematography. The sound is amazing too, for a film of this vintage.
The film itself is Joan Crawford's finest hour, and one of the best film noir ever turned out by Hollywood. It's virtues are legendary by now, and I need not recount them here. This is simply a must have for even a casual film buff. A stylish and intelligent drama which is a testament to the dozens of talents that brought it to the screen.
If a phenomenal transfer if an essetial classic wasn't enough, Warners has given us a B side with a feature length documentary entitled JOAN CRAWFORD: THE ULTIMATE MOVIE STAR. This is an excellent program that was made for the Turner Classic Movies channel a few months ago, and makes its home video debut here. With an astounding array of interesting interviews, rare film clips, and sumptuous photographs, the show takes the gloves off and presents both sides of the Crawford persona. Her incredible drive for stardom and perfection, her unique place in the hollywood pantheon, as well as the damage her reptutation has suffered due to the revelations made by her daughter Christina who is one of the many interviewed to recount stories about the real Joan Crawford. Others who knew Crawford wisely counter the daughter's words, with their own perceptions, leaving the viewer the opportunity to judge for themselves what they think of Joan Crawford. A very well-researched and entertaining film indeed.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knock-Out Noir December 9, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Film Noir never had it so good: "Mildred Pierce" combines the toughness of the Cain novel; a gutsy cast delivering knock-out performances; and at the center of it all one of cinema's great hard-shell dames, Joan Crawford.
Do not be misled into thinking this is a "women's picture" typical of the 1940s. Given that the story concerns a woman who must find her own way after a bitter divorce, it may have a special appeal for women as a group--but let's face it, Joan Crawford ain't your average wife and mother, and while Mildred Pierce may engage our sympathies she ain't exactly a "little woman" stereotype herself.
As noted, the plot revolves around Mildred/Joan's need to make her way in the world--but more to the point, her need to endow her daughters, particularly eldest daughter Veda, with all the best that money can buy. (Never mind, of course, that Veda is clearly a man-hungry, social-climbing little serpent dripping poison from both fangs.) And if that entails kicking out the husband, playing house with a society heel, or even... just possibly... murder... well, then so be it. The cinematography is light-and-shadow film noir classic; the production values are first rate throughout; and Joan and company deliver enough double-dealing spirit to make "Mildred Pierce" a vastly entertaining ride. And if you ever wondered what made Crawford one of the great stars of her era... Mildred Pierce will show ya and how!
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Not A Restaurant? August 8, 2006
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I first saw this film on Turner Classic one night a few years ago, shortly into the film as I was skimming through the channels. I saw the murder take place, and I was hooked. I watched the rest of the film, glued to the screen. To say that Joan Crawford ruled this film is a major understatement. She thouroughly dominated the screen from beginning to end. In a way, she WAS Mildred, the story drew strong parallels to her own life. Ann Blyth was PERFECT as the wanna-be rich snob Veda. Eve Arden should have had more time in this film, she was needed relief from the seriousness of the story. All three principle female leads got academy award nominations for this film, Crawford won Best Actress, and there's no arguing she deserved it. As the plot has been dissected and gone over repeatedly before, I'll focus on the DVD release. The film transferred beautifully, with razor-sharp definition and wonderful light and dark areas. This film is true film noir, and the lighting played a major role in the movie. On the disc flip side, there is a wonderful documentary on Crawford's life called "Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star". The documentary is well-worth watching on its own, so to have it included is great. All in all, it's easy to see why Crawford was very proud of this film, it represented her commercial comeback after MGM put her out to pasture, saying she was too old, and box office poison. Amazing what the right role, script, and director can do for a strong actor. This film is a true classic, so get this DVD and enjoy!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie, lousy packaging August 22, 2005
One of the great film noirs of all time. Joan Crawford is in her element as the long suffering mother of a rotten child who drips with contempt for her mother's job as a waitress. I could go on about this movie, but everyone who has heard of it or seen it can attest to its story of hard working mother trying her best to please her spoiled daughter to the point of divorcing her husband to ensure her ownership of a restuarant. Then her second marriage to a penniless and money grubbing twerp who thinks nothing of seducing her daughter, and of course exhausting all means including body and soul just to win the affections and respect from her ungrateful, ruthless daughter. My only complaint is what's with the shoddy cardboard cases? Warner Brothers thinks this is a good way to honor their star? Or are they too cheap to fork over the 50 cents for a sturdy, plastic case? All my movies from warner's from excalibur to billy jack to a cheap copy of Gone with the Wind is given the same ho-hum treatment. Shame on them! Mildred Pierce deserved better! Even 1.00 movies get better.
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Published 14 days ago by Kathy L. Lister
5.0 out of 5 stars Nail biting rising action!
If you enjoy drama you will enjoy Mildred Pierce. Nail-biting rising action. Scenes dramatized by shadow play and some unforgettable one liners. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Jeffrey A. Timberlake
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite movies of all time!
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Published 1 month ago by sheryl speights
4.0 out of 5 stars Mildred Pierce is an outstanding film of any era. ...
Mildred Pierce is an outstanding film of any era. It rates at least four stars, probably a bit more. A little below five stars. An example of a five star film might be Casablanca.
Published 1 month ago by charles marmon
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Mildred Pierce
One of the best films of the 1940's. Joan Crawford well deserved the Oscar for Best Actress. And yes, Ms. Crawford's slap from Ann Blyth is real! All in all, a great movie.
Published 1 month ago by John Lee Dozier
5.0 out of 5 stars I ordered this for a customer and he was extremely pleased with his...
Classic movie, well presented, and worth the cost! Actually, I ordered this for a customer and he was extremely pleased with his purchase so, ergo, I am also extremely pleased. Read more
Published 1 month ago by James V. McKnight
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't pluck those eyebrows and paint them on Joan
Joan Crawford was at her best in this movie. Great '40 's genre movie of lifestyle from the costumes and scenery .
Published 1 month ago by Carl
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