All About Eve (BLU-RAY)

All About Eve

On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Running Time: 
2 Hours, 18 Minutes

33 years later, life imitated art when Anne Baxter stepped into Bette Davis' shoes to replace her on the series "Hotel" (1983) after she fell ill. Ms. Davis never returned to the show.

A simple exchange of favors between Fox and its property All About Eve. Eve brought in a staggering 14 Academy Award Nominations which was only tied in 1997 with James Cameron’s Titanic and holds the record for most Female Acting Oscar Nominations.  With that being said Fox really goes out of its way to offer up the best possible picture, sound, and supplemental packaging you could possibly hope for one of the best realizations about the female structure in Hollywood. No one’s been able to tell it like this.

Aside from some irremovable hiccups from the original transfer, which there are few, the picture is absolutely beautiful. When the filming style doesn’t call for a softer touch, which paints the faces and ambient surroundings of the film with a flat bright texture, definition is acute down to hair, clothing, inanimate objects hovering around in the background. If you own this on DVD this BD release is a worthy replacement that looks to stand as the very best until the next form of home theater technology comes along, and even then, who knows. If your a Blu-Ray owner you know that BD transfers aren’t always what their promised to be. Fortunately Eve is everything promised and more.

Audio comes in with a 5.1 DTS-HD MA that captures the definitive icons of the films, the actresses voices. Bette Davis, its rumored, owes her raspy low tone voice to screaming matches with her then soon to be ex-husband William Grant Sherry. Fortunately Eve not only resurrected Davis’ flailing career but that same year she fell in love with co-star Gary Merill and the two later married. Anne Baxter, who is the greatest thing about Eve, has a husky voice which reminded me of Kathleen Turner. I cannot emphasize enough how important having the dialogue for this film being so refined adds to the enjoyment of watching. As you would suspect though its mostly front heavy which is a negative for the music written for the film by Alfred Newman which goes mostly noticeable but lacking a bit.

All bonus features come at you in standard definition much like Fox’s other release for An Affair To Remember. I believe that none of the bonus features are new aside from some commentary tracks but if you upgrading chances are your going to be rid of your previous copy which simply means you won’t lose anything.

~Audio Commentary by Actor Celeste Holm, Ken Geist (Joseph Mankiewicz biographer), and Christopher Mankiewicz.
~Audio Commentary by Sam Staggs
~Isolated Score Track
~Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz: A whopping 26 minute documentary starring stars that worked with the director as well as family members and others who knew him.
~The Real Eve: The origins of where the script came from. Some thought it was a film about actress Tallulah Bankhead but it was really adapted from a story written by Mary Orr titled The Wisdom Of Eve and combined with an already existing story that Joseph Mankeiwicz had been working on. Ironically enough Tallulah Bankhead had been considered for the part of Eve Harrington.
~The Secret Sarah Siddons: Eve Harrington (Bette Davis) receives the prestigious Sarah Siddons award in the film. The award was made up by director Joseph Mankiewicz. Later Nancy Davis would mold an awards ceremony after the Sarah Siddons Award’s in which Bette Davis would receive an honorary award. But wait, there’s more. Sarah Siddons was an actual person. Google it.
~AMC Backstory: All About Eve.
~Vintage Bette Davis Promotion.
~Vintage Anne Baxter Promotion.
~Fox Movie News:
1951: Academy Awards Honor Best Film Achievements
1951: Hollywood Attends Gala Premiere of All About Eve
Holiday Magazine Awards
Look Magazine Awards
~Theatrical Trailer
~24 Page Collectable Booklet
~Joseph Mankiewicz: APersonal Journey

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