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TOP 500 REVIEWERon April 20, 2014
This edition is a 2 disc set with plenty of extras. There is a 2 page booklet in the case.

Disc 1 - All About Eve - 1950, B&W, 138 mins, full screen 1.33:1, languages: English stereo, English, French & Spanish mono, subtitles: English & Spanish, close captioned in Spanish & French, scene selection. Extras: 2 commentary tracks & an isolated score track

Disc 2 - Featurettes: Directed By Joseph L. Mankiewicz (25:58), Joseph L. Mankiewicz: A Personal Journey (25:56), The Real Eve (18:10), The Secret Of Sarah Siddons (7:07), AMC Backstory: All About Eve (24:24), vintage Bette Davis promotion (1:15), vintage Anne Baxter promotion (1:21), Fox Movietonews (4 segments), restoration comparison, theatrical trailer (3:07), interactive pressbook gallery, poster gallery & stll gallery
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on May 18, 2017
Just love Bette Davis. She is her usual great self in this movie. Can watch often.

In this movie Marilyn Monroe has a small, and slutty, role. This persona of her really depicts how she has been viewed by most people in real life.

Great movie.
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on April 7, 2017
Great classic. A nice change to watch an oldie!
Delivered on time.
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on April 5, 2017
Excellent movie
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on March 30, 2005
The gloriously written script by the master of the screen, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, made this the best of all of Bette Davis's movies. Her talent develops a personality that is both ruthless yet sensitive, as she plays Margo Channing, a well established stage actress who accepts, then regrets, a young fan, played by Anne Baxter. Through Thelma Ritter's wise cracks, to Margo's personal evaluation in the back seat of a broken down car, you never fall asleep, wonder what else could go wrong. Margo's tantrums, while spoiled as they are, are ear candy, putting her whole strength into every word. George Sanders, playing the arrogant yet tactful Addison DeWit, received the Academy Award for his splendid role. The contempt, spite, betrayal, and pure 100% sacrasim weaves a tapestry of a humorous satire on the lives of people of the theater, which will never be duplicated to a higher level.
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on January 30, 2005
It sounds cliche to say, "Not enough stars," but that's exactly the way I feel about this film. I've actually seen every Bette Davis movie ever made, but this is by far the best. With a mind-blowing plot and a brilliant cast, you can't go wrong with ALL ABOUT EVE. Anne Baxter is at her best here (she was did less well in movies after this) and the rest of the gang is perfectly matched. With a "What goes around comes around" theme, ALL ABOUT EVE may just be the most perfectly made movie ever.
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on December 23, 2003
When I was a kid I would go to the second-run movie theater virtually every Saturday and watch three features, a cartoon and a newsreel indiscriminately. It was all wonderful to me (although I would hide bashfully behind the seat during the love scenes). I would come out of the theater several hours later (sometimes watching one of the features twice) amazed at what I'd seen and changed forever.
The first adult movie that ever really held my interest though was All About Eve. Such is the power of the all too human story and how directly and clearly it is told from a celebrated script and some sublime direction by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Bette Davis who was then, by Hollywood standards for actresses, an ancient 41-years-old but not yet halfway through a 58-year movie career, stars as Margo Channing, a New York stage actress feeling very heavily the loss of her splendid youth. Eve Harrington is played with a veiled duplicity by Anne Baxter in a breakout role. I sat with fascination, understanding perfectly how and why she had insinuated herself into Margo's life, and on the edge of my seat to find out what would become of her. Yes, a child may well know of such matters, and it is to the credit of Mankiewicz and everyone involved in the production that a movie could be made that would inform and fire the imagination of a ten-year-old boy while at the same time intrigue and entertain adults. Ah, if only they made "chick flicks" like this today!
Of course, All About Eve is more than a chick flick even though the men, Bill Sampson (Gary Merrill) as Margo's beau, and Lloyd Richards (Hugh Marlowe) as a writer (and husband of Margo's best friend, Karen, played by Celest Holm) headed for Hollywood, take a back seat to the main action which is the playing out of the eternal power struggle between (take your pick: they all fit psychologically): youth and age, the daughter and the mother, the bride and the mother-in-law, the upstart and the established talent, the new and the old.
Bette Davis is excellent of course, and the role fits her like a glove. But what transfixed me as a child was the contrast between the wholesome good looks of Anne Baxter and her sneaky treachery. Could someone so pretty be so bad? I may have wondered who I would have preferred for a mother, Davis or Baxter, and perhaps have come away not knowing. For Bette Davis the luster had gone from those famous eyes, and so it was only natural that her character Margo feared the loss of love from men. Even that I understood as a child. And in Baxter, youth would be served and perhaps she could be forgiven the lies because time does not stand still for anyone, especially it does not stand still for a starlet.
Notable in supporting roles are Thelma Ritter and George Sanders, the former as Margo's maid and alter-ego Birdie, the latter as the cynical and barbed theater critic, Addison DeWitt (named perhaps with the 17th/18th century Brit wit and essayist Joseph Addison in mind), who escorts about town none other than a not-so-dumb blonde named Marilyn Monroe in her screen debut. The script, resplendent with some very sharp one-liners, was adapted from the story, "The Wisdom of Eve" (a bit of irony-on-the-square in the title perhaps) by Mary Orr and of course became the Broadway musical Applause (not yet a movie). Mankiewicz won Oscars for both his script and his direction, and Sanders won for Best Supporting Actor while the movie itself won for Best Picture over such fine films as Sunset Boulevard and Born Yesterday. Both Davis and Baxter were nominated for Best Actress but lost out to Judy Holliday in Born Yesterday.
Bottom line: one of the great stories of the theater, a classic Hollywood film not to be missed.
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on March 7, 2003
All About Eve is one of those classic films that you will never forget. Like Citizen Kane or Gone With the Wind, you are left breathless at the talented cast, superb direction and magnificent screenplay. All About Eve is one of the ten best classic films, and this special edition dvd does it justice.
The film begins with Eve Harrington receiving an award for best actress. She is surrounded by all of her friends, but none of them seem enthusiastic for her, and the rest of the film tells you why. The story, written by director Mankiewicz, is lots of fun and the cast -- Bette Davis, Celeste Holm, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Gary Merrill, the acerbic Thelma Ritter and a young Marilyn Monroe getting one of her first speaking parts -- is just wonderful.
A restoration of the film was planned for the 50th anniversary of its winning the Best Picture Academy Award, and the accompanying dvd features are terrific. There are comparisons of a number of old and restored scenes; promos by Bette Davis and Anne Baxter; four Movietone newsreels -- the film's premiere, and its winning Oscars, a Holiday Magazine Award and a Look Magazine Award; a 24-minute AMC Backstory feature; and two commentary tracks. One commentary features Sam Staggs, author of a book about the film. The second commentary features Celeste Holm, director Mankiewicz's son (being painfully candid about his father), and Kenneth Geist, the director's biographer. The emphasis on the second track is how life imitated art: Bette eventually married Gary Merrill, her film husband; Anne Baxter unwittingly kept Bette from winning an Oscar for playing Margo Channing; the famous party scene reenacted similar scenes at the Mankiewicz home; etc. These commentaries, along with the AMC Backstory, are really great. If you love this film, you will thoroughly enjoy these informative and fun behind-the-scenes features. The film can be seen in English, French or Spanish, and subtitles are available in English or Spanish.
Highest recommendation.
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on May 4, 2000
"All About Eve" excels on so many levels it's hard to keep track of them all. It won eight Oscars and was nominated for 14 (a record that wasn't tied until "Titanic"). It has been called "The bitchiest film ever made." It's probably one of the most literate films ever made, too, with references to "paranoic outbursts," Fort Sumter and the dramatists Beaumont and Fletcher. (It's unlikely that its screenplay could be produced today.)
The story of how an innocent-seeming young ingenue slowly worms her way into an older actress's heart and takes her career away from her is now fifty years old but is as fresh as if it were filmed yesterday. The performances are outstanding across the board, and feature Bette Davis as star Margo Channing, Anne Baxter as usurper Eve Harrington, Celeste Holm as Eve's best friend, Thelma Ritter as Eve's live-in companion, and Marilyn Monroe in a small role as Miss Caswell, "a graduate of the Copacabana School of Dramatic Art." This is a film to treasure and to enjoy over and over.
There is also a brand-new book devoted to the movie: "All About 'All About Eve'" by Sam Staggs.
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on November 1, 2004
Of course, All About Eve is more than a chick flick even though the men, Bill Sampson (Gary Merrill) as Margo's beau, and Lloyd Richards (Hugh Marlowe) as a writer (and husband of Margo's best friend, Karen, played by Celest Holm) headed for Hollywood, take a back seat to the main action which is the playing out of the eternal power struggle between (take your pick: they all fit psychologically): youth and age, the daughter and the mother, the bride and the mother-in-law, the upstart and the established talent, the new and the old.
Bette Davis is excellent of course, and the role fits her like a glove. But what transfixed me as a child was the contrast between the wholesome good looks of Anne Baxter and her sneaky treachery. Could someone so pretty be so bad? I may have wondered who I would have preferred for a mother, Davis or Baxter, and perhaps have come away not knowing. For Bette Davis the luster had gone from those famous eyes, and so it was only natural that her character Margo feared the loss of love from men. Even that I understood as a child. And in Baxter, youth would be served and perhaps she could be forgiven the lies because time does not stand still for anyone, especially it does not stand still for a starlet.
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