I have been buying all of the Archive Collection releases with Bette Davis and this was from the "Remastered Edition".
The quality of the image is really good, absolutely no complaints there. The sound is ok, I mean, it can't really be bettered unless they spend a fortune on reworking it, it's what it sounded like when it was filmed.
I believe it's my first Chatterton movie I have watched. I wasn't impressed by her. Not by her looks nor by her acting, which to be honest, leaves a lot to be desired. There are shades of silent acting at times, which is weird because she didn't do too many silent roles to pick up these habits and not lose them in three years of speakies. Quite frankly, I don't know what the "moderate" fuss about her is.
She plays a character that on paper you'd want to hate, but she is extremely likeable.
As usual, these early movies depict society in a weird way.
Chatterton and Davis are in love with the same man (George Brent, Davis' very frequent co-star), they are best friends (something I caught up with about halfway in the movie) and yet they don't fight about him, have resentment, nothing. Also Chatterton leaves Brent hanging for quite a while, a number of times. He'd love to marry her, but she's still in love with the husband she divorced because he fell in love with blonde snob. He also still loves Chatterton. Why did they get a divorce? Beats me.
Anyway, the sets look great, clothes do too, gowns shine.
What impressed me the most (or, should I say, the only thing that did) was Davis' performance. I have seen about half her movies (despite owning all of them) including several early 30s ones. Considering that this is from 1932 and we have later movies where she didn't fine-tune her mannerism and at times seems really off, I would have thought this movie was made much later, because she is absolutely divine, spot-on, likeable, upbeat, looking beautiful (!) and not overdone with make-up and her acting is really good. I simply loved seeing her on screen. She is on screen for just about 10 minutes in total maybe, but they are worth it. We also have at least one superb one-liner from her towards the end when she needs to talk to Chatterton alone and fences off a man "Beat it!". I will most certainly watch this movie again.