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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

(DVD - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?


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In a decaying Hollywood mansion, Jane Hudson, a former child star, and her sister Blanche, a movie queen forced into retirement after a crippling accident, live in virtual isolation.
Title: What ever happened to baby Jane?
[videorecording]
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, Warner Home Video,, 2006
Edition: Two-disc special ed
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 133 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in
Notes: Special features: Commentary by author and film historian, Charles Busch and film historian John Epperson; 3 fabulous documentary profiles of the movie and its 2 immortal stars: Bette and Joan ; "Blind ambition": a new making-of documentary; all about Bette, biographical profile, hosted by Jodie Foster; film profile: Joan Crawford; vintage featurette "Behind the scenes with 'Baby Jane'"; The Andy Williams Show excerpt featuring Bette Davis
Originally released as a motion picture in 1962
Based on a novel by Henry Farrell
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Summary: In a decaying Hollywood mansion, Jane Hudson, a former child star, and her sister Blanche, a movie queen forced into retirement after a crippling accident, live in virtual isolation.
Audience: Not rated
Additional Contributors: Farrell, Henry - 1920-2006�,
Addy, Wesley.
Buono, Victor - 1938-1982�,
Crawford, Joan - 1908-1977�,
Davis, Bette - 1908-1989�,
Aldrich, Robert - 1918-1983�,
Warner Home Video (Firm)
ISBN: 9781419804984
1419804987
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Report This Nov 25, 2013
  • dollfacecrafter rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I liked it, it was kind of cheesy, but from a different time period.

Kind of like Hitchcock-- Very good. From a different era than ours, with different tastes and styles, Davis is a little bit campy, over the top, and veers into melodrama. Would this be what they call chewing the scenery? Crawford is a bit more modulated -- there's a character arch; Davis is full on gargole from the get go--trying too hard, as if she is acting for the oscar. If she had just dialed it back a notch, less of a vampire, it would be less of a cartoon. Still, great entertainment.

Report This Feb 20, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Wonderfully bent and twisted flick from Robert Aldrich with the one and only pairing of these two icons who weren't particularly warm and fuzzy about each other. Davis was exquisitely creepy as Baby Jane. She blamed Crawford for plotting against her to lose out on the Oscar, but I've seen Anne Bancroft's performance in "The Miracle Worker", to whom Davis lost, and Bancroft deserved it. Hands down. I would've given this five stars, but I didn't like the ending. It kind of fell flat. And What Ever Happened To Blanche, for crying out loud?

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Report This Feb 20, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Blanche: "You wouldn't be able to do these awful things to me if I weren't still in this chair!" Jane: "But you ARE, Blanche! You ARE in that chair!"

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