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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 50th Anniversary (BD) [Blu-ray]

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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 50th Anniversary (BD Book)

Two icons from the golden age of Hollywood, Oscar® winners* Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, take their famous feud onscreen in Robert Aldrich's newly restored thriller. In fi erce, no-holds-barred performances, Bette Davis portrays aging ex-child star Baby Jane Hudson while Joan Crawford plays Blanche, the crippled sister Jane torments psychologically. As the sisters descend into madness, the tension builds to a shocking ending in this unforgettable Academy Award®-winning** classic. French Synopsis Icônes de l'âge d'or hollywoodien et lauréates des OscarMD*, Bette Davis et Joan Crawford transportent leur célèbre querelle à l'écran dans le suspense nouvellement restauré de Robert Aldrich. Les deux actrices livrent des interprétations impétueuses et effrénées, Bette Davis dans le rôle de l'ancienne enfant-vedette vieillissante Baby Jane Hudson et Joan Crawford dans celui de Blanche, la soeur invalide à qui Jane infl ige des tortures psychologiques. La tension monte alors que les soeurs sombrent progressivement dans la folie, menant au dénouement stupéfi ant de ce classique inoubliable, gagnant des Academy AwardMD**.


For the 50th-anniversary Blu-ray edition of Robert Aldrich's 1962 hit, the extras from the two-disc special-edition DVD are imported intact: documentary featurettes that sketch Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, commentary by drag specialists Charles Busch and John Epperson, Davis's wacky-campy appearance on The Andy Williams Show. Added to the package is a collection of alternate language tracks (including a beefed-up English-language soundtrack, but also Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese) and more subtitles--and, of course, the whole thing fits onto a single disc rather than two. A new booklet provides some handsomely designed background. The most important issue is the Blu-ray presentation of the picture and sound, and this is superb: the image is sharper and slightly darker (rightly so) than the standard DVD, and the visible grain makes it look like you're watching a movie, not a scrubbed-clean digital object. The funhouse craziness of Davis and Crawford deserves no less. --Robert Horton

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  • Actors: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono
  • Directors: Robert Aldrich
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2012
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (619 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,937 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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121 of 135 people found the following review helpful By R. Pepper on March 30, 2006
Format: DVD
I decided to include this description in case Amazon doesn't put it up right away. Here is what is included on the new 'Baby Jane' Special Edition DVD due out May 30th, 2006!

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) - The legendary dispute between rival divas Bette Davis and Joan Crawford fuelled the fire both on- and off-screen in Director Robert Aldrich's Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Its Grand Guignol story of an aging ex-vaudeville child star (Davis) waging a psychotic reign of terror over her crippled ex-movie star sister (Crawford) became a smash hit and nabbed Davis her 10th Academy Award nomination for her acid portrayal of the title role. Nominated for an impressive five Academy Awards (winning for Best Costume Design), Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? is a mirthful masterpiece of the macabre.

DVD Special Features:

New 16x9 digital transfer from the original camera negative and restored audio elements (Enhanced for widescreen televisions)

Commentary by author and film historian , Charles Busch and film historian John Epperson (a/k/a "Lypsinka")

3 fabulous documentary profiles of the movie and its 2 immortal stars:

Bette and Joan: Blind Ambition (A new making-of documentary)

All About Bette, Biographical profile, hosted by Jodie Foster

Film Profile: Joan Crawford

Vintage featurette "Behind the Scenes with Baby Jane"

The Andy Williams Show

Theatrical Trailer

Languages: English & Français

Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)
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125 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on April 8, 2005
Format: DVD
Oh yeah! I've been waiting quite awhile to partake in this slab of metaphysical weirdness! Needless to say, "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" is everything you've heard and more. People went back and forth, frothing at the mouth in anticipation of a Freddy Krueger versus Jason Voorhees duel in "Freddy vs. Jason," but if you want the real deal all you need do is check out Joan Crawford versus Bette Davis. By all accounts sworn enemies in real life, "Baby Jane" finally brought the two powerhouses together for a knock down, drag out fight of epic proportions in a movie that is so utterly insane it really does defy description. Every thing I will write about the film below won't do it justice. I imagine this movie is a lot like the Taj Mahal or the Grand Canyon--you can look at pictures and say "Wow! That looks incredible," but a two dimensional photographic image won't give you the full effect. You've got to go there to appreciate such natural wonders, and you'll have to rent or buy this DVD to appreciate the wonder of Bette Davis on autocamp as a former child star grown up into, well, read on and see.

Jane Hudson (Bette Davis) had it all when she was a child. A hit song insured that big audiences turned out to see her perform on the stage. Unfortunately, little Jane suffered from an ego the approximate size of Wyoming, an ego that resulted in temper tantrums with her parents and her sister Blanche (Joan Crawford). Eventually her raging sense of self torpedoed her career even as her sister's began to soar when the film industry blossomed. Jane Hudson sank into obscurity, liquor, cigarettes, and a monstrous case of mental illness that greatly accelerated when a tragic accident put Blanche in a wheelchair for life.
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57 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Astrid Slomova on July 24, 2000
Format: DVD
This is one great movie! "What Ever Happened to BabyJane?" is, as stated in Amazon's description, the story of twoaging sisters, each in her own way connected with show business.
Now the good stuff. The sisters are played by Bette Davis and Joan Crawford (the only time the two ever acted together) to absolute perfection. Crawford is wonderful in the role of crippled sister Blanche, but Miss Davis absolutely walks away with the show as the former "Baby" Jane Hudson. The role is meatly and she revels in it! It is obvious that Miss Davis held the philosophy that, if you are going to go over-the-top, don't apologize. And she doesn't. She goes WAY over-the-top with a gleeful abandon that is infectious.
The way she taunts her wheelchair-bound sister (the title quotes one of Jane's best lines), serves her meals of dead rodents and ex-pets, kicks her in the gut, mocks her ever-so-proper speech, etc. It's all so delicious. And check out the ballet that she does to one of the songs from her childhood vaudeville act. Bette Davis was obviously having the time of her life, and so do the viewers of this classic.
For the DVD edition, there are disappointingly few extras, but Davis is credited with developing the absolutely hideous hair and makeup combinations she sports while slouching about the house in her scuffs and house coat (Director Robert Aldrich said that, while he loved the look, he never would have had the nerve to suggest such a thing to Bette Davis).
Joan Crawford was in fine form, as well. But for Jane to be able to be credible doing the things she did, Blanche had to be the "straight man". Crawford or Aldrich knew this and Blanche behaves accordingly. Consequently, it is Bette Davis' Jane who has the best lines and the showier part in general.
If you have never seen this movie, get it. If you have, go back and visit the Hudson sisters again. Then you might want to write a letter to YOUR daddy.
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