41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Warners unveils their latest entries in the TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection. Whilst NOW VOYAGER has previously been covered in the TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Romance (Splendor in the Grass / Love in the Afternoon / Mogambo / Now Voyager); the other three titles are must-own Bette Davis vehicles, and when bought together in this package are cheaper than the individual discs.
NOW VOYAGER - Davis dazzles as Charlotte Vale, a miserable young spinster driven to the brink of a nervous breakdown by her shrewish mother (Dame Gladys Cooper in a masterful performance); but saved by a caring psychiatrist and a chance for love. Special Features: music scoring sessions.
DARK VICTORY - In the ultimate portrait of courage under fire, Davis is New England heiress Judith Traherne, faced with an incurable brain cancer that will eventually rob her of her sight. Special Features: new featurette "1939: Tough Competition for Dark Victory", audio commentary with James Ursini and Paul Clinton; and the trailer.
OLD ACQUAINTANCE - Bette Davis slaps Miriam Hopkins silly in the signature scene from this ripe "women's picture". Davis is Kit Marlowe, an author who willingly shuns fame and glory for the prestige of her work, whilst Hopkins is her antithesis, glamorous romance novelist Millie Drake, intent on destroying Kit's happiness when it happens to also involve Millie's husband and child! Special Features: audio commentary with Boze Hadleigh and director Vincent Sherman; and the trailer.
JEZEBEL - When Scarlett O'Hara proved impossible, Bette Davis played her own wilful Southern belle to Oscar-winning effect in this splendid re-working of Owen Davis' play. Even in black-and-white, the "red dress" ball scene sets the screen ablaze, as Julie (Davis) attempts to seduce her beau, Pres (Henry Fonda) into marrying her. From a Yellow Fever outbreak to countless hoopskirted costumes, this sordid saga of the South has it all! Special Features: audio commentary with Jeanine Basinger, new featurette "Jezebel: Legend of the South", vintage musical short "Melody Masters: Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra", classic cartoon "The Mice Will Play"; and the trailer.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2011
The movies are classics and the quality of the restorations is exquisite. My one complaint is that the "Dark Victory" DVD only plays about 1/3 the way through before degenerating into pixels, advancing haltingly, then stopping altogether. I've purchased DVDs on occasion with similar problems, tried them in multiple players, all with the same result. I wish quality control methods were better. From reading other buyers' reviews, I realize this is not a rare occurrence and I suppose it's a caveat to be aware of when buying movies on DVD. The other movies played just fine from beginning to end.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2012
I specifically bought this DVD in order to watch Now Voyager which was a favorite movie of my mom's. I was not disappointed. The movie was great and restoration of the film was wonderful... crisp and clear. I enjoy Bette Davis and can't wait to see the other films. Note that each movie is on it's own DVD which surprised me. I expected 2 double-sided DVDs... nice surpise!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2013
Undoubtedly, this is an excellent collection of Bette Davis films. Each film comes in its individual discs, and in each Bette Davis performs headstrong independent women. Each film is also in pristine condition and they are all in black and white. My favorites here are Jezebel (1938) and Now, Voyager (1942). Personally, Dark Victory and Old Acquaintance don't draw a lot of enthusiasm, but that doesn't mean that these films are bad at all. Each one of her films presents great examples of her performances and compelling stories.
In Jezebel, Davis pairs with Henry Fonda and George Brent in an antebellum drama where social conventions are challenged by the heroine, Julie Marsden (Davis), and later shattered by yellow fever. It is directed by William Wyler. In Now, Voyager she has a romance with Paul Henreid while on a cruise through South America. It is also about personal transformation for Charlotte Vale (Davis), where she starts as a secluded spinstress (literallly), and becomes a headstrong, independent woman who can also transform the lives of others. The romance may seem dated, but I find it delightful to watch. Specially, I enjoy listening to the romantic exchanges between Davies and Henreid with Max Steiner's soundtrack in the background. In Dark Victory, Bette Davis plays Judith Traherne, another headstrong lead who must face terminal illness, a tumor in the head. George Brent plays her doctor (with whom she marries) and Humphry Bogart, a stablehand who is in love with her. Although it might be considered a tear-jerker, it's still an important Bette Davis film. Old Acquaintance, the only comedy in the group, has Bette Davis play a successful writer who gets critical acclaim but doesn't sell well rival an old friend of hers who writes bestsellers, but doesn't get much critical approval. This may be the least interesting of the group, but the film is enjoyable, and Davis still delivers.
I think that regardless of preferences for specific Bette Davis movies, film lovers will be satisfied by this collection.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2013
Having been a classic movie fan for decades, I've seen a lot of movies. I watch a favourite movie over and over again....I literally watch it, then rewind it and watch it again. This collection of films starring Bette Davis are four of those movies! I love to watch her "act" because it's not "acting" at all! She lives her characters - from the vulnerable spinster aunt in "Now, Vogageur", the vain cougar in "Mr. Skeffington" to the doomed newly wed in "Dark Victory". Now, with this collection, I am able to see even more characters come to life with "Old Acquaintance" (which I had not only never seen, but I'd never even heard of!) and the strong willed "Jezebel". Always strong, always in control of her own life, she is an inspiration and an icon to me and I am sure to all women who are lucky enough to be able to watch her, and thanks to Amazon and their wonderful collection of DVDs, I'll be able to watch her again and again!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2012
This is a great look at B Davis in her prime; "Now, Voyager," is one of my favorite films, with "Dark Victory" as a bonus!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2014
I Purchased the Bette Davis 4 MOVIE PACKAGE WITH Now Voyager, Dark Victory,
Old Acquaintance and Jezebel. First, I looked at the Now Voyager and was happy to once more be looking at it. The DVD was playing beautifully when
it suddenly started to go into a slow motion mode and blurring, etc. I could not get it to stop. It was at the part where Bette and the youngster that played his daughter were on their way to go camping (that is as far as it
I took it out and decided to look at the other 3 and they were absolutely
wonderful. Because they were all very, very, wonderful to look at, I decided
not to send the "Now Voyager" back. That is the only reason I have given
this a package a 4-Star Rating. I will, however, be ordering more DVDs
around the first part of January.
Thank you Amazon.com for your quick service, The package arrived in time and was packaged beautifully.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2012
THERE IS NOTHING LIKE THE OLD MOVIES, THE OLD STARS. NOT EVEN THE MOVIES OF TODAY CAN COMPARE WITH THESE CLASSICS. BETTE DAVIS IS ONE OF MY MANY FAVORITES, I LOVE HER WITH CLAUDE RAINS. I HAD 2 OF THESE MOVIES ON TAPE, BUT IT IS SO MUCH BETTER TO HAVE THE DVDs. THERE IS ANOTHER SET THAT I WANT TO GET OF THIS STAR AND THEN I WANT TO GET SOME MORE SETS OF OTHER STARS. I HAVE QUITE A COLLECTION OF TAPES AND DVD MOVIES, THIS IS JUST ONE OF MY MANY PASSIONS.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2013
Great collection of BD movies w/one of my favorites "Now Voyager" included. Also included in the collection is Old Acquaintances & Jezebel as well as Dark Victory. Bette was one of the all-time great actresses and this collection proves her staying power even in death. I recommend this collection to all her fans.
on December 18, 2014
As a Bette Davis fan of long standing, this collection of four of her finest movies made at her highest point of popularity, both with the public and box office successes, all mid-career, from the last two years of the 1930s to the middle half of the '40s, the most profitable and finest films of her nearly two decades under Warner contract. Similarities abound from one picture to another, and though the story-lines may differ slightly, it is the characters Davis plays, along with her mannerisms and acting style that remain basically the same in most all of her films that make them seem slight alterations of one film to another. It seems the only difference in these four offerings is change in story local and circumstances of plot line.
Since this collection of films are the most well known and frequently shown in one form or another, there really is no point in going through the different discs, just to say they are loaded with many bonus shorts and extras, some of which are more interestingly entertaining than the main attractions themselves, because, to be realistic and honest, just how many times can a person, even the biggest hard core Davis fan sit through yet another viewing of "Now, Voyager" and "Dark Victory"? Sure, they are both fantastic entertainments, yet at the same time, how many steak dinners can you manage to get down before you start puking them back up?