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Blu-ray Review: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Anniversary Edition

2 November 2012 11:49 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

One classic movie that somehow escaped my eyes in the 40 years I've walked this Earth is What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? I know that in many people's eyes, any credibility I have as a movie reviewer just went down the tubes and I'm sorry. Thanks to Warner Bros. and their obsession with releasing every film on Blu-ray I've now had the opportunity to see it in high-definition.

There's no denying the power in the performances of both Joan Crawford and Bette Davis as they spar off each other throughout this brilliant thriller. My only complaint is that the 133-minute running time could have been cut down by trimming some of the fat off the edges.

Two sisters live together in a large house in the heart of Hollywood. Ex-child star "Baby" Jane Hudson is forced by circumstance and guilt to take care of her crippled ex-movie star sister, Blanche. »

- (Eric Shirey)

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Blu-ray Review: Fascinating Camp of ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’

24 October 2012 12:36 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Robert Aldrich’s “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” is a fascinating slice of Hollywood camp, a journey behind the front door of faded tinseltown on multiple levels, both in the film itself and through the notoriously feud between its two stars, Bette Davis & Joan Crawford. The film was recently released in a nice digibook Blu-ray release “Anniversary Edition” (50th) from Warner Bros. and it’s one of the more unusual movies you could be for the classic film fan in your family this holiday season. Or any other.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

The stories behind the scenes of “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” have undeniably influenced the notable cult reputation of this camp classic. Davis really kicking Crawford in the head. Crawford loading her pockets with weights so that when Davis had to carry her, she sprained her back. It’s the kind of thing that makes a production so much more fascinating. »

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