Mildred Pierce

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Overview

This smart melodrama/film noir from Michael Curtiz comes to DVD on a two-sided disc, and compliments go to Warner for a job well done. The 1.33:1 (this 1945 film was made before the change to widescreen) looks fabulous. The black-and-white photography is startling sharp and full of detail. Lines are flawlessly realized, as is the contrast level. It's truly a thrill to see such a fine transfer for an older title. The mono Dolby Digital soundtrack is equally well suited for the film. Dialogue is completely ...
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Overview

This smart melodrama/film noir from Michael Curtiz comes to DVD on a two-sided disc, and compliments go to Warner for a job well done. The 1.33:1 (this 1945 film was made before the change to widescreen) looks fabulous. The black-and-white photography is startling sharp and full of detail. Lines are flawlessly realized, as is the contrast level. It's truly a thrill to see such a fine transfer for an older title. The mono Dolby Digital soundtrack is equally well suited for the film. Dialogue is completely discernable and never distorted. Max Steiner's atmospheric score is also reproduced without the slightest hint of audio degradation. It's obvious that some care went into the production of this disc, not only for the audio and visual elements, but for the extras. While the movie is on one side, the supplements are on the other. This might seem unnecessary, as there are basically only two, but what is offered is rather significant. The first is a very full theatrical trailer gallery with a number of Joan Crawford films, including Mildred Pierce, Humoresque, Possessed, This Woman Is Dangerous, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, and a handful of others. Even more significant is an 85-minute documentary entitled "Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star" that is, to say the least, exceedingly comprehensive. Narrated by Anjelica Huston, this very balanced examination of her life includes numerous interviews with co-stars, directors, friends, and family, and reveals the successes, and failures, of an American icon.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; New digital transfer from restored picture and audio elements; Documentary profile Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star; Crawford trailer gallery; Subtitles: English, Français and Español
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Adapted from James M. Cain's novel, and allegedly noir-ed up after Double Indemnity's 1944 box office success, Mildred Pierce (1945) became a striking hybrid of film noir and maternal melodrama, rejuvenating Joan Crawford's then-faltering stardom. Under the direction of top Warner Bros. helmer Michael Curtiz, Crawford's glamorously fur-clad Mildred initially appears to be a femme fatale as she walks down a dark, rain-slicked pier after a murdered man dies uttering her name. Evenly lit flashbacks, however, reveal Mildred as an upwardly mobile working mother, bonding with wisecracking co-worker Ida and trying to make a good life for her daughters after her weak husband Bert cheats on her. Ace Warner cinematographer Ernest Haller's noir shadows and skewed angles begin to encroach on Mildred's story as her relationship with hellacious daughter Veda and effete second husband Monte approaches its fateful climax. Crawford's first film for Warners after the end of her MGM contract became her first hit in several years, as she garnered accolades, and eventually a Best Actress Oscar, for her forceful performance. The film was also nominated for Oscars for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Supporting Actress for Eve Arden's scene-stealing Ida and Ann Blyth's sublimely witchy Veda.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2005
  • UPC: 012569675384
  • Original Release: 1945
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Repackaged / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:51:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,346

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Crawford Mildred Pierce
Jack Carson Wally Fay
Zachary Scott Monte Beragon
Eve Arden Ida
Ann Blyth Veda Pierce
Bruce Bennett Bert Pierce
Lee Patrick Maggie Binderhof
Moroni Olsen Inspector Peterson
Veda Ann Borg Miriam Ellis
Jo Ann Marlowe Kay Pierce
Barbara Brown Mrs. Forrester
Charles Trowbridge Mr. Williams
Butterfly McQueen Lottie
Chester Clute Mr. Jones
John Parker Compton Ted Forrester
Betty Alexander Party Guest
Ramsay Ames Party Guest
George Anderson Peterson's Assistant
Robert Arthur High School Boy
Lynne Baggett Waitress
Leah Baird Police Matron
Elyse Brown Waitress
Doria Caron Waitress
John Christian Singing Teacher
Wallis Clark Wally's Lawyer
Joyce Compton Waitress
Clancy Cooper Policeman
David Cota Pancho
Thomas P. Dillon
Tom Dillon Policeman
Robert Evans Sailor
James Flavin Detective
Don Grant Bartender
Angela Greene
Charles Jordan Policeman
Marjorie "Babe" Kane
Richard Kipling
Manart Kipper Dr. Gale
Marion Lessing Waitress
James Lono Houseboy
Robert Loraine Man
George Meader Man
Harold Miller Man
John O'Connor Detective
Garry Owen Policeman
Paul Panzer Waiter
Larry Rio Reporter
William H. Ruhl Personnel Man
Mary Servoss Nurse
John Sheridan Clerk
George Tobias Mr. Chris
Johnny Walsh Delivery Man
Wheaton Chambers Personnel Man
Joan Winfield Piano Teacher
Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Oliver S. Garretson Sound/Sound Designer
Anton Grot Art Director
Ernest Haller Cinematographer
George James Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
Ranald MacDougall Screenwriter
Max Steiner Score Composer
Richard Van Enger Special Effects
Willard Van Enger Special Effects
Jerry Wald Producer
Jack L. Warner Executive Producer
David Weisbart Editor
Perc Westmore Makeup
William Faulkner Source Author
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Mildred Pierce
1. Shoreline Credits [1:36]
2. Dying Word and Thoughts [2:22]
3. Uneasy Company [3:25]
4. Never Saw Deader [4:43]
5. Class Reunion [4:34]
6. Prime Suspect [3:51]
7. Kids First [4:31]
8. Cheap Material [3:16]
9. Hopeful Wally [3:43]
10. Anything You Want [1:58]
11. New Waitress [3:05]
12. Why Not a Restaurant? [5:45]
13. Community Property [3:38]
14. Declined and Accepted [3:15]
15. Sound of Our Hearts [3:26]
16. Tragedy [4:10]
17. Grand Opening [3:02]
18. Veda Meets Monte [3:08]
19. One Man's Poison [2:12]
20. Confession [2:01]
21. Bad Habits [3:11]
22. Monte's Payoff [4:53]
23. Veda's Payoff [5:35]
24. I Can Get Away! [2:57]
25. The Alligator Idea [3:23]
26. Working Girl [4:17]
27. Sold on Marriage [4:15]
28. Homecoming [3:44]
29. Acting Badly [3:36]
30. Unexpected [3:01]
31. Her Fault [3:12]
32. Into the Dawn [:43]
Side #2 -- Features
1. Many Faces [2:43]
2. Party Girl [3:07]
3. New Identity [3:46]
4. Troublemaker [3:48]
5. Stardom and Marriage [4:36]
6. Gable [4:01]
7. Banner Year: 1932 [4:01]
8. Creature of Extremes [3:59]
9. Tone and Tracy [4:07]
10. The Women [4:02]
11. Motherhood; Marriage #3 [4:25]
12. Mommie Dearest [1:52]
13. Mildred Pierce [2:57]
14. Wire Hangers [4:03]
15. Constant Needs [4:45]
16. Christmas Independent [3:40]
17. Johnny Guitar [2:33]
18. Warrior Aspect [4:24]
19. Pepsi's First Lady [4:43]
20. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? [4:20]
21. Leading Lady to the End [5:05]
22. Another Crawford [4:27]
23. End Credits [1:24]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Mildred Pierce
   Scenes
   Features
      Cast & Crew
         Joan Crawford - Mildred Pierce Baragon
      Awards
   Languages
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
   Play Movie
Side #2 -- Features
   Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star
      Scenes
      Start
   Trailer Gallery
      Mildred Pierce (1945)
      Humoresque (1946)
      Possessed (1947)
      Flamingo Road (1949)
      The Damned Don't Cry (1950)
      Goodbye, My Fancy (1951)
      This Woman Is Dangerous (1952)
      The Women (1939)
      What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
   Legal
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  • Posted December 10, 2010

    Great performance!

    I had never been a big Joan Crawford fan, until after I saw this film.
    It is simply a must see film. I like the scenes along HWY 1.

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    Posted September 20, 2002

    DVD Format

    Need this movie to be in DVD format

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