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She created a new kind of screen heroine, a liberated woman in a world dominated by men, and rose to be recognized as "first lady of the American screen." More bold than beautiful, more brazen than beguiling, Bette Davis starred in classics like Jezebel and All About Eve. She won two Academy Awards, was nominated for 10 more, and earned the adulation of generations of movie fans. Equally independent off-screen, her battles with studio brass were legendary. Here is her story, from her childhood and her first triumphs in Hollywood, to her ascension, eclipse, and ultimate return to unprecedented acclaim. Share the magical memories of one of the most inspiring and electrifying women ever to light up the silver screen.
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But somehow, Bette Davis stood head and shoulders above her competition and still reigns supreme. Her combination of star power and great character acting, along with a total lack of ego as far as her appearance is concerned, made of her someone that will never be equalled.
The adoration of the stars and great directors who are present at Ms Davis AFI Life Achievement Award, is palpable. The evening is still magic after all these years, although only found on VHS. When will the AFI smarten up and offer a DVD version of this gem of a moment as Hollywood's finest bend a knee to pay loving tribute to the immortal Davis?
To those of you who adore Bette, If you are lucky enough to find this on VHS, snap it up.
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Simply: a relevant document on American History.
Rather than a lengthy mini-review of each title, let me just say that overall: The Star is possibly the weakest of the movies contained herein, and it is still a fantastically entertaining piece of film. It's funny, touching, and a fascinating look at a long-dead Hollywood system. Also, the rumours that the character and portrayal were based on Joan Crawford are completely proven here!! Dark Victory, in my opinion, is the strongest film - as an Actress, Ms. Davis' performance here is far better than merely Oscar-worthy - it's Oscar-defining. Never OTT or melodramatic, it's a strong testament to the power of this particular performance that it's every bit as emotionally relevant today as it was when it was made - some sixty-five years ago!!
The DVD quality, I have to say, blew me away. These remastered movies are sharp, smooth and absolutely gorgeous to look at. Dark black areas are truly black, contrast balance is never an issue, and the crystal-clear sharpness of the images remains intact, overall. Some parts of The Letter and Now, Voyager are maybe not as good as the other movies - but are still some of the best examples of digital resotration going. Sound is mono, but a decent sort of mono, and with decent TV speakers it's not such a big deal.
Each DVD has its own mini-extras, all come with some interesting comments from Historians, Biographers and Directors, and this makes for a great accompaniment of factoids to already-worthwhile movies.
A wonderful collection of some of Davis' best performances, remastered to within an inch of perfection, and for a relatively low price, this is a DVD Box Set that you can't and shouldn't miss. Highly recommended.