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Edmund Goulding's Dark Victory comes to DVD with a standard full-frame 1.33:1 image (as any film made before 1955 should). A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Special features include a theatrical trailer. Bette Davis fans will most certainly want to own this disc as it contains one of her very best performances, but even the average fan of old-time Hollywood entertainment will appreciate...
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Edmund Goulding's Dark Victory comes to DVD with a standard full-frame 1.33:1 image (as any film made before 1955 should). A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Special features include a theatrical trailer. Bette Davis fans will most certainly want to own this disc as it contains one of her very best performances, but even the average fan of old-time Hollywood entertainment will appreciate this release.
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Special Features

Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Subtitles: English, Français, Español
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Amy Robinson
This lavish four-hankie melodrama provided Bette Davis with one of her more successful and reliable star vehicles, netting her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in the process. The story concerns a glamorous socialite/heiress who develops a potentially fatal brain tumor, a tragic event that nonetheless brings love and redemption to her previously frivolous life. Davis is a powerhouse as always -- her charisma and strength of personality dominating the picture -- and her supporting cast includes the stalwart Geraldine Fitzgerald, a wobbly Ronald Reagan, and budding star Humphrey Bogart. As one would expect, director Edmund Goulding wraps Davis up as prettily as possible, outfitting her in a variety of stylish togs and staging her numerous crises in a string of attractive settings. Laden with clichés and not ashamed to embrace the most reliable devices of emotional manipulation, Dark Victory is an unabashed bit of soap opera that revels in every one of its tear-inducing moments.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Adapted by Casey Robinson from a short-lived Broadway play starring Tallulah Bankhead, Dark Victory (1939) is one of Bette Davis's most affecting melodramas. Davis's superb performance taps a range of emotions, as her Judith Traherne transforms from a flippant playgirl into a spiritually redeemed terminal cancer patient, complete with a multiple hankie death scene rendered all the more poignant and moving by Davis's dramatic restraint. Fresh from her Oscar for Jezebel (1938), Davis is surrounded by a sleek production worthy of wealthy Judith, including beautiful gowns and furs by Warner designer Orry-Kelly and sparkling Ernest Haller cinematography (not to mention Humphrey Bogart and Ronald Reagan as spurned admirers). Receiving rave reviews, particularly for Davis, Dark Victory became one of four 1939 Bette Davis hits, and earned Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress. Davis, however, lost to Vivien Leigh for Gone With the Wind.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2000
  • UPC: 012569502925
  • Original Release: 1939
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Pan & Scan / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Davis Judith Traherne
George Brent Dr. Frederick Steele
Humphrey Bogart Michael O'Leary
Geraldine Fitzgerald Ann King
Ronald Reagan Alec Hamin
Henry Travers Dr. Parsons
Cora Witherspoon Carrie Spottswood
Dorothy Peterson Miss Wainwright
Virginia Brissac Martha
Charles Richman Colonel Mantle
Herbert Rawlinson Dr. Carter
Leonard Mudie Dr. Driscoll
Fay Helm Miss Dodd
Lotta Williams Lucy
Marian Alden
Wilda Bennett
Diane Bernard Agatha
Richard Bond
Sidney Bracey Bartender
Nat Carr
Mary Currier
Frank Darien Anxious Little Man
Edgar Edwards Trainer
Paulette Evans
Jack Goodrich Doctor
Eddie Graham
John Harron First man
Leyland Hodgson
Stuart Holmes Doctor
Alexander Leftwich Specialist
Frank Mayo Judith's Friend
Will Morgan
Jack Mower Veterinarian
David Newell
Wedgewood Nowell
Ila Rhodes Secretary
John Ridgely Second Man
Jeffrey Sayre
Rosella Towne Girl in Box
William Worthington First Specialist
Maris Wrixon
Technical Credits
Edmund Goulding Director, Songwriter
Bertram Bloch Screenwriter
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert M. Haas Art Director
Ernest Haller Cinematographer
William Holmes Editor
Elsie Janis Songwriter
Robert B. Lee Sound/Sound Designer
David Lewis Associate Producer
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Casey Robinson Screenwriter
Max Steiner Score Composer
Hal B. Wallis Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Title [:53]
2. Early Morning Call [5:01]
3. Judy Is Thrown [3:57]
4. Doc Talk [4:42]
5. Judy Meets Dr. Steele [1:16]
6. The Exam [3:07]
7. "I'm absolutely well" [4:34]
8. Dice, Pencil, Silk [2:29]
9. "We've got to operate" [2:42]
10. Fairview Hospital [2:01]
11. Questions About Surgery [2:09]
12. "A girl like that" [2:45]
13. Judy on the Catbird Seat [4:55]
14. Telling Ann; Cuff Links [5:08]
15. "You're in love" [3:15]
16. "I do care....so much" [3:14]
17. Judy Suspects an Affair [3:10]
18. Finding Out [3:38]
19. "Playing games" [3:32]
20. Give Me Time for Tenderness [2:54]
21. Judy Rides Again [4:32]
22. III Mare; Judy and Mike [5:39]
23. Late-night Girl Talk [1:41]
24. "Will you marry me?" [4:33]
25. Nothing and Everything [3:53]
26. Ann Arrives [1:19]
27. "There's a storm coming" [4:57]
28. Blind Devotion [3:10]
29. Dark Victory [2:28]
30. Hyacinths [2:44]
31. Perchance to Dream [2:58]
32. End Credits [:31]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Captions & Subtitles
      English Captions For the Hearing Impaired
         On
         Off
      Subtitles
         English
         French
         Spanish
         None
   Theatrical Trailer
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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    Essential!

    Whether you're a Bette Davis fan or just a vintage movie fan in general, this film is a MUST HAVE. Made in that magic year of 1939 - - along with films like "The Wizard of Oz", "Gone With the Wind", "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and so many others - - this film has a place among the truly classic movies. Davis plays Judith, a spoiled, young heiress who parties too much and generally takes her life for granted. As the film progresses, Judith begins to mature emotionally and begins to discern what is, and is not, important about her life. Davis was Oscar nominated for her performance but lost to Vivien Leigh, who won that year for "Gone With the Wind." I've found that this is one of those films that I keep in my collection so that I can pull it out every year or two and watch it all over again.

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