What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?

What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?

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Director: Lee H. Katzin

Cast: Geraldine Page, Ruth Gordon, Rosemary Forsyth

     
 

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Lee H. Katzin's thriller Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice? comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions available on this release. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer.See more details below

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Lee H. Katzin's thriller Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice? comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions available on this release. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This is a solid disc that offers a good picture and acceptable sound. The lack of extras may put some people off, but the film has certainly never looked this good on VHS.

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This Robert Aldrich production is a second-tier version of the thrills he pioneered in his self-directed film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? The problem is simple: Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice? has the stars right, but the material is underdeveloped. The script has an engaging premise that would be a perfect vehicle for all sorts of creepy thrills, but the story never capitalizes on the possibilities of its memorable lead character duo. Instead, it wastes time on a soap opera-esque romantic subplot and limps to an anti-climactic ending that doesn't deliver the expected battle royale. Still, Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice? delivers some fun moments despite its mediocre storyline, thanks to powerhouse performances from Geraldine Page and Ruth Gordon. Page is deliciously evil as the ultimate example of social-climbing greed gone bad, and Gordon provides an equal match as the tough, temperamental old biddy determined to bring her to justice. The film around them feels like a TV-movie version of its Aldrich-helmed predecessors, but Page and Gordon's performances ensure that Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice? will inspire a few smiles in fans of the "murderous matriarchs" genre.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/11/2000
UPC:
0013131119190
Original Release:
1969
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:41:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation [1.85:1] enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Geraldine Page Mrs. Claire Marrable
Ruth Gordon Alice Dimmock
Rosemary Forsyth Harriet Vaughan
Robert Fuller Mike Darrah
Mildred Dunnock Miss Tinsley
Joan Huntington Julia Lawson
Peter Brandon George Lawson
Michael Barbera Jim Vaughn
Peter Bonerz Mr. Bentley
Richard Angarola Sheriff Armijo
Claire Kelly Elva
Valerie Allen Dottie
Jack Bannon Olin
Seth Riggs Warren
Lou Kane Telephone man
Martin Garralaga Juan
Howard Wright Mourner

Technical Credits
Lee H. Katzin Director
Robert Aldrich Producer
Theodore Apstein Screenwriter
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Dick Church Sound/Sound Designer
Gerald Fried Score Composer
William Glasgow Art Director
John Brown Set Decoration/Design
Peter Nelson Executive Producer
Renie Costumes/Costume Designer
William Turner Makeup
Frank J. Urioste Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Assets And Liabilities [6:45]
2. Opening Credits [3:51]
3. Mrs. Tinsley [5:52]
4. Yet Another Pine [3:48]
5. New Girl In Town [2:17]
6. The Job Interview [4:55]
7. Interest In The Good Book [1:25]
8. Lunching At The Club [5:21]
9. Unwelcome Neighbors [4:56]
10. Good News, Bad News [3:47]
11. Animal Cruelty [2:47]
12. Mind Games [7:18]
13. Coming Into Focus [7:48]
14. A Flair For Money [3:46]
15. Toothpaste And Stockings [4:33]
16. Suspicions Confirmed [6:48]
17. Talk With a Dead Woman [9:27]
18. Mistaken Indetity [5:41]
19. An Evil Invitation [2:48]
20. Fire [1:27]
21. The Secret Unearthed [4:54]
22. End Credits [:40]

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