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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
Languages: English & Français
Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)
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.Read more ›
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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A favorite of mine. The film is a classic B horror movie which showcases the talents of both actresses. But I think this is one of Betty Davis' best roles.Published 16 hours ago by Summamum
This movie is a classic and it came in perfect condition and was as expected.Published 1 day ago by How you doin?
Unfortunately this movie hits very close to home (my own sister could be a clone of Baby Jane Hudson) but that could be why it's among my favorites. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
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this is the only film they ever made together Joan Crawford was signed to do Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte but chickened out calling in sick frequentlty
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