All About Eve [Blu-ray Book]
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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.
But there's more than meets the eye. The screenplay really shows how the characters revolving around Eve get affected by her actions. All of them play important parts in her raise and ultimate fall.
And more... The ending is one of the best endings ever written on movie history. This is a film that trully shows you the circle of life and how the evil that you do returns to you in the end.
Bette Davis, Celeste Holm, Anne Baxter, Thelma Ritter (and even Marilyn Monroe)... This is also a film dominated by women. It is their antagonism between them that moves the film. What they want and what they do. Every scene in this film is capital.
An american gem: a solid script, a strong cast, a beautiful music score, great production values, a great cinematography and on top of it all, a great director in peak form.
This DVD edition is ok. I think this film deserved a better edition with some commentary or a brief documentary, production notes or something like that. Here, all you get is the trailer. Anyway, with or without extras, this film is a must!
My two favourite lines: Bette Davis' "fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night!" and "I wish someone would tell me about me." ohh, but there are many... George Sanders' introduction is beautiful as is his "killer to killer" final talk with Eve.
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Love, love, Love this movie! One of the best movies with Bette Davis. The writing is soooooooooo good! The acting is wonderful. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by C I DavisWilliams
The best movie seen it 100 times. Bette Davis is one of my favorite actresses of her time !Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
My Bible study group was most upset by this movie. We thought this was going to be about Eve from the Bible. It's not. We felt very cheated. Read morePublished 3 days ago by book lover
Wow, Betty Davis and Ann Baxter are terrific actresses. Great old movie about glamorous yet unhappy life of a once "at the top" actress, who is fading into the background... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Charles Shields
Such a classic movie. Glad I bot. Have been watching for decades and needed a new disc.Published 8 days ago by julie in tulsa
This movie is absolutely brilliant! The screenplay is beautifully written, the dialogue is witty and acting is terrific. It's a masterpiece from top to bottom!!Published 11 days ago by Luke Ulbrich
It's a rare and wonderful thing when everything works in a movie, but in this movie everything does. The script by Joseph L. Read morePublished 18 days ago by johnf
Classics never die. The movie is in black & white but picture quality and sound is great.Published 21 days ago by lizzie