Blu-Ray Review: Fox Classic Releases ‘All About Eve,’ ‘An Affair to Remember’

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CHICAGO – Fox has released two of the most beloved films in their extensive back catalog of movies waiting for their HD debut and just in time for Valentine’s Day. Forget traditional flowers or chocolates and pick up the lovingly-packaged, beautifully-transferred, and bonus-packed releases of “All About Eve” and “An Affair to Remember.”

HollywoodChicago.com Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0
Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0

If I were to pick one of these two movies, it’s “All About Eve” in a walk. The winner of six Oscars, including Best Picture, “All About Eve” is a classic, featuring one of my favorite actress performances of all time in Bette Davis’ master class on how to steal not just a scene but an entire damn movie. “An Affair to Remember” features two wonderful actors at the peak of their charm — Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr — and its their talent and amazing chemistry from minute one that make the movie work as well as it does. It’s cheesier than you even remember but a good fit for Valentine’s Day.

All About Eve and An Affair to Remember were released on Blu-Ray on February 1st, 2011
All About Eve and An Affair to Remember were released on Blu-Ray on February 1st, 2011
Photo credit: Fox Home Video

Both releases include an amazing amount of special features and are enhanced by packaging that resembles something more like a hardcover book — something that WB has been doing with their catalog titles for some time now but is new for Fox. They look and feel great with 24-page collectible booklets that should make fans of the films smile before they’ve even popped in the disc.

“All About Eve”


Synopsis:
“From the moment she glimpses her idol on Broadway, Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) strives to upstage Margo Channing (Bette Davis). After cunningly stealing Margo’s role, Eve disrupts the lives of anyone close to the actress in this timeless cinematic masterpiece that earned a record 14 Oscar Nominations, winning six - including Best Picture!”

Special Features:
o Audio Commentary by Actor Celeste Holm, Ken Geist (Joseph Mankiewicz’s Biography) and Christopher Mankiewicz
o Audio Commentary by Author Sam Staggs
o Isolated Score Track
o Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
o Joseph L. Mankiewicz: A Personal Story
o The Real Eve
o The Secret of Sarah Siddons
o AMC Backstory: All About Eve Vintage Bette Davis Promotion
o Vintage Anne Baxter Promotion
o Fox Movietone News: 1951: Academy Awards Honor Best Film Achievements, 1951: Hollywood Attends Gala Premiere of All About Eve, Holiday Magazine Awards, Look Magazine Awards
o Theatrical Trailer
o 24-Page Collectible Book Packaging

“An Affair to Remember”


Synopsis:
“Although each is engaged to someone else, Nickie (Cary Grant) and Terry (Deborah Kerr) meet aboard an ocean liner and fall deeply in love. They agree to rendezvous six months later atop the Empire State Building, but tragedy strikes…and the lovers’ future takes an emptional and uncertain turn. ”

Special Features:
o Audio Commentary by Singer Marni Nixon and Film Historian Joseph McBride
o Affairs to Remember: Deborah Kerr
o Affairs to Remember: Cary Grant
o Directed by Leo McCarey Feature
o A Producer to Remember: Jerry Wald
o The Look of An Affair to Remember
o AMC Backstory: An Affair to Remember
o Fox Movietone News: An Affair to Remember Shipboard Premiere Attracts Celebrities
o Trailer
o 24-Page Collectible Book Packaging

“All About Eve” stars Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, and Marilyn Monroe. It was written by for the screen and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. It was released on Blu-ray on February 1st, 2011.

“An Affair to Remember” stars Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. It was written by Delmer Daves and Donald Ogden Stewart and Leo McCarey and directed by McCarey. It was released on Blu-ray on February 1st, 2011.

HollywoodChicago.com content director Brian Tallerico

By BRIAN TALLERICO
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