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5.0 out of 5 stars New 2003 DVD transfer: Restored video and audio, plus extras, January 12, 2003
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This review is from: All About Eve (DVD)
I managed to find this a few days before its official release date and am happy to report that it finally gives this classic film the treatment it deserves. The video and audio have been restored from orignal source material with noticeable improvements over the previous DVD transfer. The picture has none of the scratches and dust that were present on the earlier version, and there is a Dolby stereo option as well as the original mono. The stereo soundtrack offers greater clarity and depth and there's no low-level hum or hiss.
Besides offering a major improvement in the quality of the image and sound, the new DVD also includes a good selection of extras. There's a 25 minute "Backstory" from AMC that is very informative and entertaining. There are two separate commentary tracks, one with Celeste Holm, Christopher Mankiewicz (Joseph's son), and Kenneth Geist, the other with Sam Staggs, author of "All About 'All About Eve'". There are
promotional interviews with Davis and Baxter, four newsreels, a trailer, and a restoration comparison.
The restoration comparison is one of the strangest that I've seen. Instead of an audio track explaining the problems and processes involved in the transfer, there's a series of screens with text printed on them. There then follows a series of comparisons from various versions of the film. There's nothing really wrong with any of this, but considering the huge amount of time and effort that goes into a restoration of this magnitude, I expected something a bit more dynamic.

For any "All About Eve" fan, old or new, this is the DVD we have been waiting for, and at five dollars less than the original DVD, a real bargain.
Highly recommended!
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Initial post: Feb 27, 2010 4:21:57 PM PST
I for one am very glad hear that there is another version out there. I bought one 2 years ago at Target that claimed it was the updated version. Only had one disc and no extras but I was happy just to have the movie...Well the movie skipped and in the middle of what I believe is everyone's favorite scene - Bettie Davis at the dinner party at to say "fasten your seat belt..." the movie just STOPPED!!! I couldn't get the disc to go forward or backwards. The only thing I could do was take it out of the machine.
Of course once you've opened the package, Target won't refund your money. That was $12 down the toilet.

Connie M Carroll
Lexington,KY

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2010 2:51:52 PM PDT
musicman37 says:
Connie, honey, if you take the chance and buy the newer DVD, you will NOT be disappointed. And even though it's out of print (?????!!!!!), it can still be gotten cheaply from a third party vendor on Amazon, or even still can be found at your local Suncoast video. But take note on this page of how the DVD packaging looks - do not buy anything which doesn't look like this one.

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2011 4:55:32 PM PDT
LadyOwl says:
Connie, I agree with Jonathan's reply to your comment above.
As for myself, I would NOT have taken the loss lying down. I would have, (and you still can, there's no expiration date for hounding and harrassing a corporate python like Target) made Target regret I ever walked into that store. I would have started with the store mgr., got the name, went to Regional, (or whomever the store mgr.'s mgr. is), got that name, and kept on going and going, all the way to the top, or as close as I could, and not taken a single letter as a closing arguement, policy shmolicy:
"Gimme back my 12 bucks, or I'm going to REALLY get angry. And you wouldn't like me when I get THAT angry." *Now stick out your hand, and say, "I'll take that in one dollar bills please."

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2011 11:16:11 AM PDT
musicman37 says:
Lady Owl, you sound like me: Utterly unable to take being raped for my money lying down, and willing to say to them: "Look - you started this, now I'm going to FINISH it and YOU!!!"

Oh what joy, what bliss, to not suffer fools gladly, and the fun it is putting them in their places!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2011 12:08:44 AM PDT
LadyOwl says:
LOL...indeed, my friend, infriggin'deed. (Adds the newly created word to the dictionary, along with any other that has a red line under it, LOL...)

Like a certain...phone company that gives you the 'bait and switch' routine. Uh huh...not ME, ya don't.

So when time came to pay my 200 dollar bill that was supposed to be only $35, AGAIN, this time I told them, "Sorry, I'm moving to Puerto Rico in about another week or so now."
***LIES!!!***

Phone rep guy: *stammers*...uh...well....OK....um...well, could you...could you give us a call when you get to Puerto Rico?"
{Can you f'king buhLEEVE that???}

"Uh...yeah...I'll do that. Bye!"

One born every minute...
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