That being said, it is with great enthusiasm that I tell you about “The Bette Davis Collection Vol. 3, a 6-disc box set from Warner Home Video available on DVD starting April 1. There is much to recommend this collection, but the thing I love most about it is that you can feel the care that went into packaging it. This is a box set for movie lovers made by movie lovers.
There are six vintage Bette Davis movies in the box:
All of the movies have been fully restored. They look and sound better than they ever have. You can also see that they showcase their subject’s wide range of performances. Davis remains one of the seminal screen icons, and judging from the work on display here, it’s easy to see why.
All that would be enough to make “The Bette Davis Collection Vol. 3” worth buying, but what really puts this set over the top is the inclusion of an innovative (and ecstasy-producing) DVD experience known as “Warner Night at the Movies.” This feature aims to recreate the authentic film-going experience of the era when these movies were released.
Each disc is accompanied by vintage cartoons, newsreels, and trailers from the year the individual film was released. You can watch just the movie itself, or you can opt to watch all the add-ons before the feature presentation. I grew up in a time when such pre-show attractions were no longer in use, so being able to recreate that feeling is as educational as it is fun. Also, the quality of the bonus material is first rate. I especially like some of the classic Looney Tunes cartoons that are included.
The discs additionally contain new featurettes, archival radio dramatizations, and audio commentaries from film scholars. Anyone who loves classic cinema will relish each and every bonus to be found here.
“The Bette Davis Collection Vol. 3” is a first-class set all the way around. If you love great old movies, then this is something you’ll absolutely want to have in your collection.
Special Features list:
In This Our Life:
The Old Maid:
All This, and Heaven Too:
The Great Lie:
Watch on the Rhine:
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