The Bad and the Beautiful

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Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner star in Vincente Minelli's passionate The Bad and the Beautiful. Warner has done a very nice job of cleaning up this black-and-white 1.33:1 full-frame transfer. Only a small amount of dirt and grain shows up in the image, while the black-and-white levels all appear even and very solid. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono in English and French and is exceptionally clear and smooth. This is a very apt soundtrack for the film that it supports. Also included on this disc are ...
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Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner star in Vincente Minelli's passionate The Bad and the Beautiful. Warner has done a very nice job of cleaning up this black-and-white 1.33:1 full-frame transfer. Only a small amount of dirt and grain shows up in the image, while the black-and-white levels all appear even and very solid. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono in English and French and is exceptionally clear and smooth. This is a very apt soundtrack for the film that it supports. Also included on this disc are subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai. While the extra features aren't in large numbrs on this disc, what supplements are included are very substantial starting with an 86-minute documentary "Lana Turner: A Daughter's Memoir." This is a fantastic piece of history that takes a look at Turner's loves (seven marriages), passions, and film work. This documentary is a must for any fan of Lana Turner or The Bad and the Beautiful. "Scoring Session Cues" is a 28-minute look at the music from the film and the actual recording sessions. Finally there are some cast and crew listings, two theatrical trailers, and a listing of the awards and nominations this film received.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature-length Turner Classic Movies documentary: "Lana Turner: A Daughter's Memoir"; Scoring session music cues; Theatrical trailers of this and its sequel, "Two Weeks in Another Town"; Interactive menus; Production notes; Scene access; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français, Español, Português, Chinese, Thai & Korean
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Vincente Minelli's self-reflexive, highly stylized profile of a charmingly manipulative producer (Kirk Douglas) seeking a comeback is one of the most cynical and enjoyably trashy films that Hollywood has ever made about itself. Appearing during the height of noir, when the movie business was taking a more jaundiced view of itself in films like Sunset Boulevard (1950) and The Big Knife (1955), the film employs many of the stylistic and narrative techniques of Citizen Kane (1941) in portraying a similarly ruthless figure, yet turns Welles' theme inside out, presenting its back-stabbing protagonist as a charming rogue. Originally based on George Shaw's story, Tribute to a Bad Man, a thinly veiled take on Broadway producer Jed Harris, a tyrant whose evil nature was so familiar to theater folk that Laurence Olivier based his characterization of Richard III on him, it eventually mutated into a film a clef on well-known Hollywood players, with David O. Selznick the likely model for Douglas' Jonathan Shields. Its three acts are structured as a triptych of flashbacks in which Douglas attempts to seduce each of the three talents he discovered -- director Barry Sullivan, actress Lana Turner, and writer Dick Powell-- into returning to help him jump-start his moribund career, despite the way he's damaged their lives. As their stories unfold they reveal the energy, charm, panache, and high spirits of their former boss along with his shameless conniving, outright theft, and part-time pimping. But the perspective of the film, which he dominates completely, is that of an ex-Nazi who says, "Sure the Fuhrer was a bastard, but damn, he made things happen." Douglas has rarely been better, seizing every moment onscreen as if it were his last, and Gloria Grahame is excellent as the highly distracted writer's wife. Composer David Raksin's lush, harmonically inventive score is also among his most evocative, but the star of the film is Vincente Minelli.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2002
  • UPC: 012569524026
  • Original Release: 1952
  • Rating:

  • Source: Turner Home Ent
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirk Douglas Jonathan Shields
Lana Turner Georgia Lorrison
Walter Pidgeon Harry Pebbel
Dick Powell James Lee Bartlow
Barry Sullivan Fred Amiel
Gloria Grahame Rosemary Bartlow
Gilbert Roland Victor "Gaucho" Ribera
Leo G. Carroll Henry Whitfield
Vanessa Brown Kay Amiel
Paul Stewart Syd Murphy
Ivan Triesault Von Ellstein
Elaine Stewart Lila
Sammy White Gus
Kathleen Freeman Miss March
Marietta Canty Ida
Robert Burton McDill
Ben A. Astar Joe
Dabbs Greer
Harold Miller
Frank Scannell
William Tannen
Sarah Spencer
Barbara Thatcher
Erin Selwyn
Jay Adler Mr. Z
Stanley Andrews Sheriff
Barbara Billingsley Lucien
Madge Blake Mrs. Rosser
Francis X. Bushman Eulogist
Louis Calhern Voice Only
Bob Carson Casting Director
Jonathan Cott Assistant Director
Sandy Descher Little Girl
Bess Flowers Joe's Friend at Party
Steve Forrest Leading Man
Ned Glass Wardrobe Man
William E. Green Hugo Shields
Peggy King Singer
Lucy Knoch Blonde
George Lewis Lionel Donovan, Actor in Screen Test
Chris Olson Amiel's Boy
Dorothy Patrick Arlene
William "Bill" Phillips Assistant Director
Perry Sheehan Secretary
Dee Turnell Linda Ronley
Kaaren Verne Rosa
Technical Credits
Vincente Minnelli Director
Edward C. Carfagno Art Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Keogh Gleason Set Decoration/Design
John Houseman Producer
Conrad A. Nervig Editor
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
David Raksin Score Composer
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Schnee Screenwriter
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Jerry Thorpe Asst. Director
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Bad and the Beautiful
1. Credits [1:24]
2. Unavailable [2:07]
3. Talented Trio [3:33]
4. The Name of Shields [4:54]
5. Genius Boy [5:09]
6. Out of the Dark [3:36]
7. Just Enough Credit [3:39]
8. Great Man's Daughter [3:06]
9. The Faraway Mountain [3:21]
10. Going After Guacho [4:11]
11. So Long, Fred [3:27]
12. Her One-Liner [3:43]
13. Cheap Performance [7:22]
14. Star Quality [4:17]
15. Differences of Opinion [4:20]
16. Sink or Swim [4:36]
17. Handling Her [5:27]
18. Only Men [4:15]
19. Top of the World [2:46]
20. Look on Her Face [4:21]
21. Wild Ride [2:05]
22. Peppered With Sex [3:57]
23. Coming to Hollywood [3:50]
24. Staying in Hollywood [4:08]
25. Naughty Mind [3:57]
26. Occupied Spouses [3:05]
27. Tragedy [2:48]
28. Their First Loves [2:32]
29. What a Director Needs [2:02]
30. Shelved [3:23]
31. Day for Mistakes [2:14]
32. Just This Once [2:58]
33. Cast List [:57]
Side #2 -- Special Features
1. The Dreamer [2:57]
2. "I'll Have to Ask My Mother" [4:20]
3. Bombshell Job [3:57]
4. My College Education [6:25]
5. I Liked the Boys [6:15]
6. Tighter This Time [4:27]
7. Lana's Little Girl [5:56]
8. Mommy Has to Work [4:35]
9. The One That Got Away [3:31]
10. This Is Forever [6:08]
11. Just Can't Afford Him [7:47]
12. King of the Jungle [9:05]
13. Gangster and Goddess [7:21]
14. Good Friday [5:57]
15. Everything I Never Wanted [6:43]
16. End Credits [:53]
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Side #1 -- The Bad and the Beautiful
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Português
      Subtitles: Chinese
      Subtitles: Thai
      Subtitles: Korean
      Subtitles: Off
Side #2 -- Special Features
   Cast & Crew
   Scoring Session Cues
      Play All
      Jonathan Calling
      Eighteen Years Ago
      Oh Yes He Is
      The Letdown
      The Betrayal
      Almost Time
      Lonely Girl
      Fall From Grace
      James Lee's Narrative
      The Spellbinder
   Lana Turner... A Daughter's Memoir
   Theatrical Trailer: "Two Weeks in Another Town"
   Theatrical Trailer
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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    The Bad and the Beautiful

    This is a very entertaining movie, lighter in tone than one might expect given the fairly dark material. It has a good deal in common with Citizen Kane in its format, but is lighter in tone. The performances and screenplay are outstanding. There is a good documentary feature about Lana Turner, who was quite an interesting person.

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