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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane: 50th Anniversary [Blu-ray]
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Disc 1 - What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? - 1962, 134 mins, B&W, widescreen 1.85:1, audio: English & French Dolby Digital Mono, subtitles: English, French & Spanish, scene selection. Extras: commentary by Charles Busch & John Epperson, theatrical trailer (2:23)
Disc 2 - Featurettes & documentaries - Bette And Joan: Blind Ambition (29:45), Behind The Scenes With Baby Jane (6:37), excerpt from 1962 Andy Williams TV show (2:04), All About Bette (48:08), Film Profile: Joan Crawford (28:34)
Bette Davis was excellent as Baby Jane because she was so ugly, unpredictable and desperate. She never missed a beat... unless she was having a particularly insane day. You know what it's like when you're stuck in the past and you can't get over the fact that you're not five years old anymore... you don't know what that's like? Oh, good.
There are a couple of slip ups in the movie, deeming it a little unrealistic, but if you didn't let them pass, you'd have the movie end prematurely I guess.
It is kind of haunting and sad to see the photos and memoirs of both women when they were young, loved and famous. It really shows what damage you can do to yourself when you're not willing to age gracefully. (Take note, Melanie Griffith)
This was quite a demented flick, and I was left with a slightly off after-taste once it ended. It makes you wonder if Shirley Temple was ever that crazy, or maybe whether Macauley Culkin is going to end up in an asylum. Worth a look, but not if you're looking for a reason to smile!
WELL, this utterly dark little Gem of Joy still pack many a wallop!
No quite dated, but such an acidic picture of Tinseltown - as a matter of fact you can still see these old [er] Dolls and Guys on Hollywood Boulevard - or Rodeo Drive [botox-powered] for that matter.
IT hasn't really aged that badly - Crawford is superb as the wheelchair bound glam queen Blance ~ utterly dependent on her increasingly insane sister Jane ~ Davis probably on a par with her turn in THE STAR. Davis sacrifices all for this role, including figure and looks, shuffling around the house in flip-flops, dragging on a cigarette and swigging booze has NEVER been this fun!
Bring along a creepy VICTOR BUONO [debut role] as a grifter with an accent and his dear old Ma ... nasty little jewels they are - check out the scene with Davis and Buono and the sandwich plate ... then the booze scene later! Priceless [It's almost Norman Desmond and Joe - the later years].
Superior lensing and direction etc. etc. etc.
Davis daughter BD HYMAN plays the teen next door.
Roaring fun for late at night viewing - double billed with Sunset Boulevard.
[Now wasn't there a musical version of this one ....?]
But what horrors you have to endure to see the truth and consequences! With twists, turns, torture & anti-climactic scenes all played to the hilt by the Miss Hudsons (Bette Davis and Joan Crawford), respectively, you will never be able to look at your pet parakeet the same way again.
Miss Baby Jane Hudson, played with great, grotesque gusto by Davis who was once the belle of the ball. Kind of a Shirley Temple of her era. Baby Jane was daddy's girl and Jane, therefore, has quite an Electra complex that is and has been exhibited her entire life.
Her sister, Miss Blanche Hudson, played "aptly and sapply" by Crawford, has a long and lasting career as an adult movie star but is now wheelchair bound because of a little "accident" betwixt the sisters many years back. Jane is the caretaker of Blanche since the "accident" and they both live off of the residuals of Blanche's long and prosperous film career before she became crippled.
After a local California TV station decides to run summer afternoon, back to back Blanche Hudson films, Baby Jane gets that ol' jealous feeling brewing again and wants desparately to revitalize her childhood career. Baby Jane hires pianist from the classifieds, Mr. Edward Flagg, played in a great understated role by Victor Buono, who has his own Oedipal yearnings and problems. They make a great and perfect pair of drunks and crazies, let me tell ya.
Jane is certainly unstable and is likened to a gin and vodka guzzling 60 year old broad with a six year old spoiled brat mentality. SCARY combo, right there!Read more ›
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Two Hollywood Queens, in an amazing movie!
I would have loved to be on set and watch two of Hollywood's biggest make a movie together
I can not imagine anyone else playing the role but Bette Davis. I can remember watching this movie at twelve with my mom. When it got to scary I ran and hid. Read morePublished 14 months ago by janette
Very happy with my purchase, exactly what I expected and quick shipping.Published 15 months ago by Elsie Palmer
Betty Davis and Joan Crawford amazing in this movie especially Betty Davis. Movie is before its timePublished on July 8 2014 by Nellie Evans
Dear Sirs/ Dear Madams:
I originally saw this picture in the 70's on late night TV and was blown away by it's insight into sibling rivalry and history. Read more
A menacing Betty Davis along with an elegant famous sister make a stunning modern horror story. A definite MUST SEE for teenagers and adults-no youngsters or easily frightened... Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2013 by Allison Burko