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The Bette Davis Collection in June

Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of The Bette Davis Collection for 14th June 2005. This 5 DVD set features Davis in multiple Emmy-nominated performances as a captivating adulteress, a manipulative beauty, and a former Oscar-winning actress recovering from the end of her career. The films include new to DVD releases of Mr. Skeffington and The Star alongside newly repackaged DVD editions of Dark Victory, The Letter (1940) and Now Voyager.

The Bette Davis Collection will retail at $49.92 SRP. Individual titles will be priced at $19.97 SRP.

The Films


Mr. Skeffington - Whose face ravaged, grotesque is in the mirror? Surely it?s not that of Fanny Skeffington, the prettiest woman in New York. Fanny always used her beauty to manipulate her way through life. She’s encouraged dozens of suitors, even after her marriage. But now diphtheria has robbed her of her only attribute. And without her looks, she’s lost. Bette Davis earned her eighth Best Actress Oscar nomination portraying Fanny.

Features include:
  • 1.37:1 Full Frame
  • English Mono
  • English, French and Spanish subtitles
  • New Featurette: Mr. Skeffington: The Big Picture
  • Theatrical Trailer


The Star - As Margaret, Bette Davis got yet another good picture and earned her ninth Academy Award nomination. Davis’s confident, perceptive performance lends absolute authenticity, as did a prop she provided. An Oscar statuette set noticeably on the car dashboard during Margaret’s drunken spin through Beverly Hills was one of two Davis owned. Sterling Hayden and Natalie Wood co-star in this gripping story that has many moments of truth (Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide).

Features include:
  • 1.37:1 Full Frame
  • English Mono
  • English, French and Spanish subtitles
  • New Featurette How Real is The Star? (7:45)
  • Theatrical Trailer


Dark Victory - Bette Davis’s bravura, moving-but-never-morbid performance as Judith Traherne, a dying heiress determined to find happiness in her few remaining months, remains a three-hankie classic. But that success would never have happened if Davis hadn’t pestered studio brass to buy Dark Victory’s story rights. Jack Warner finally did so sceptically. Who wants to see a dame go blind? he asked. Almost everyone: Dark Victory was Davis’ biggest box-office hit yet and garnered Academy Award nominations for 1939’s Best Picture, Actress and Original Score (Max Steiner).

Features include:
  • 1.37:1 Full Frame
  • English Mono
  • English, French and Spanish subtitles


The Letter (1940) - Six years after exploding to stardom in Of Human Bondage, Bette Davis equalled that excitement with another W. Somerset Maugham role as an adulteress using her sexual wiles to escape a murder conviction in The Letter. Nominated for seven Oscars including Best Picture, Actress, Director and Supporting Actor (James Stephenson, superb as the anguished defence attorney), The Letter remains one of Hollywood's most special deliveries, a peerless example of melodrama as movie art.

Features include:
  • 1.37:1 Full Frame
  • English Mono
  • English, French and Spanish subtitles
  • Alternate Ending Sequence (10:10)
  • Documentaries
  • 4/21/1941 Lux Radio Theatre Broadcast (w/Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall RT: 56:34; audio only)
  • 3/06/1944 Lux Radio Theatre Broadcast (w/Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall RT: 56:02; audio only)
  • 1940 Version Theatrical Trailer
  • Auto Trailer: Aviator


Now, Voyager - A tender love story, a taut psychological drama, an inspiring tale of physical and spiritual transformation. Now, Voyager is all three, as well as a Bette Davis career milestone, resulting in her sixth Best Actress Oscar nomination. She magically plays Charlotte Vale, a spinster who defies her domineering mother (fellow Oscar nominee Gladys Cooper) to discover love, heartbreak and eventual contentment. More magic is generated by a top-notch ensemble, Max Steiner’s Academy Award-winning score and an improvised moment by Paul Henreid that became an instant classic: he lights two cigarettes at once and hands one to Davis. For the ultimate in romantic melodrama, it’s Now Voyager now, then and forever.







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