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Olivia De Havilland: List of Movies, Films and TV Shows
The Snake Pit (Limited Edition) | Blu Ray | (22/04/2019)
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Shocking and highly controversial at the time of release, The Snake Pit broke new ground in Hollywood cinema for its depiction of mental illness and its treatment. Olivia de Havilland (Gone with the Wind; The Heiress), delivers an astounding performance as a young bride who suffers a breakdown and finds herself committed to an asylum. Director Anatole Litvak (Sorry, Wrong Number; Anastasia) had to fight to persuade producer Darryl Zanuck to back the film, but the result remains one of the most potent and powerful films to tackle the subject and was an influence on later works such as Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor (1963), Robert Rossen's Lilith (1964) and MiloÅ¡ Forman's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). Extras: 4K remaster from original negative Original mono audio Audio commentary with author and film historian Aubrey Solomons The Battles of Olivia de Havilland (2019): critic and film historian Pamela Hutchinson discusses the revered actor's illustrious career Neil Sinyard on ˜The Snake Pit' (2019): a new appreciation by the author and film historian Theatrical trailer Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Lindsay Hallam, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits World premiere on Blu-ray All extras subject to change
The Adventures Of Robin Hood | DVD | (17/04/2019)
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Dashing Errol Flynn is the definitive Robin in 1938's The Adventures of Robin Hood, the most gloriously swashbuckling version of the legendary story. Warner Brothers reunited Michael Curtiz, their top-action director, with the winning team of Flynn and Olivia de Havilland (Maid Marian) and perennial villain Basil Rathbone as the aristocratic Sir Guy of Gisbourne, and pulled out all stops for the production. It became their costliest film to date, a grandly handsome, glowing technicolour adventure set to a stirring, Oscar-winning score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold--music that became a template for countless later movies, notably John Williams' Star Wars and Indiana Jones scores. The decadent Prince John (a smoothly conniving Claude Rains) takes advantage of King Richard's absence to tax the country into poverty but meets his match in the medieval guerrilla rebel Robin Hood and his Merry Men of Sherwood Forest, who rise up and, to quote a cliché coined by the film, "steal from the rich and give to the poor". Stocky Alan Hale Sr plays Robin's loyal friend Little John (a part he played in Douglas Fairbanks' silent version), Eugene Palette plays the portly Friar Tuck and Melville Cooper is the bumbling Sheriff of Nottingham. Flynn's confidence and cocky charm makes for a perfect Robin and his easygoing manner is a marvellous counterpoint to Rathbone's regal bearing and courtly diction. The film climaxes in their rousing battle-to-the-finish sword fight, a magnificently choreographed scene highlighted by Curtiz's inventive use of shadows cast upon the castle walls. --Sean Axmaker
Gone With The Wind - 75th Anniversary Edition | Blu Ray | (06/10/2014)
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Epic romantic drama based on Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning novel set during the American Civil War. Southern belle Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) often uses men to get what she wants, but is unable to get the one man she truly desires, Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard). She soon meets her match in the roguish Captain Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) and in the war itself which destroys the genteel way of life she has always known. With determination she rebuilds her life from the shattered remai.
The Heiress (1949) | Blu Ray | (17/06/2019)
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Directed with a keen sense of ambiguity by William Wyler (The Best Years of Our Lives), this film based on a hit stage adaptation of Henry James's Washington Square pivots on a question of motive. When shy, fragile Catherine Sloper (Olivia De Havilland, in a heart-breaking, Oscar-winning turn), the daughter of a wealthy New York doctor, begins to receive calls from the handsome spendthrift Morris Townsend (Montgomery Clift), she becomes possessed by the promise of romance. Are his smouldering professions of love sincere, as she believes they are? Or is Catherine's calculating father (Ralph Richardson) correct in judging Morris a venal fortune seeker? A graceful drawing room drama boasting Academy Awardwinning costume design by Edith Head (Roman Holiday), The Heiress is also a piercing character study riven by emotional uncertainty and lacerating cruelty, in a triumph of classic Hollywood filmmaking at its most psychologically nuanced. Features: New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack New conversation between screenwriter Jay Cocks and film critic Farran Smith Nehme New programme about the film's costumes featuring costume collector and historian Larry McQueen The Costume Designer, a restored 1950 short film featuring costume designer Edith Head Appearance by actor Olivia de Havilland on a 1979 episode of The Paul Ryan Show Excerpts from a 1973 tribute to director William Wyler on The Merv Griffin Show, featuring Wyler, de Havilland, and actors Bette Davis and Walter Pidgeon Wyler's acceptance speech from the American Film Institute's 1976 Salute to William Wyler Interview with actor Ralph Richardson filmed in 1981 for the documentary Directed by William Wyler Trailer PLUS: An essay by critic Pamela Hutchinson
Bette Davis - Anniversary Collection | DVD | (16/06/2008)
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To commemorate Bette's 100th birthday here are six films from her heyday: In This Our Life (Dir. John Huston) (1942): A young woman Stanley (Bette Davis) dumps her fiance Craig (George Brent) and runs off with her sister's husband Peter (Dennis Morgan). They marry settle in Baltimore and Stanley ultimately drives Peter to drink and suicide. Stanley returns home to Richmond only to learn that her sister and old flame have fallen in love and plan to marry. The jealous and selfish Stanley attempts to win back Craig's affections but her true character is revealed when she attempts to pin a hit and run accident on the young black clerk who works in Craig's law office. The Old Maid (Dir. Edmund Goulding) (1939): This is the sad story of Charlotte (Bette Davis) a woman whose circumstances force her to give up her illegitimate child and pose as the childs old maid aunt thereby facing a lifetime of maternal sacrifice. Miriam Hopkins provides effective counterbalance with her portrayal of Charlottes effusive cousin who raises the little girl. All This And Heaven Too (Dir. Anatole Litvak) (1940): A first-rate drama about a 19th century nobleman who falls in love with his childrens' governess and murders his wife The Great Lie (Dir. Edmund Goulding) (1941): After a newlywed's husband apparently dies in a plane crash she discovers that her rival for his affections is now pregnant with his child. Watch On The Rhine (Dir. Herman Shumlin and Hal Mohr) (1943): Set during WW2. An anti-Nazi leader escapes with his wife to America only to find himself being pursued and blackmailed by Nazi agents. Deception (Dir. Irving Rapper) (1946): Based on Louis Verneuils 1928 play Jealousy the film tells the story of pianist Christine Radcliffe separated from her great love cellist Karel Novak by World War II. Unexpectedly reunited with him Christine desperately strives to hide her wartime dalliance as the mistress of a wealthy sadistic composer (Rains) with devastating results. All films come with the extra content 'Warner Night At The Movies' - a special selection of extras that recreate the movie going experience of the time with newsreel footage featurettes and contemporary cartoons and trailers
Bette Davis - All About Eve / Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte / Virgin Queen | DVD | (10/04/2006)
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This stunning box set features 3 of the finest movies to feature the 'First Lady of Film' Bette Davis. All About Eve (1950): It's all about women.... and their men! From the moment she glimpses her idol at the stage door Eve Horrington (Anne Baxter) moves relentlessly towards her goal: taking the reins of power from the great actress Margo Channing (Bette Davies). The cunning Eve manoeuvres her way into Margo's Broadway role becomes a sensation and even causes turmoil in
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (Masters of Cinema) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition | Blu Ray | (21/01/2019)
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Eureka Entertainment to release HUSH HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE; Robert Aldrich's brooding and tense tale of murder, mayhem and deceit starring Bette Davis, as part of The Masters of Cinema Series for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK in a special Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 21 January 2019. Originally conceived as an informal follow-up to What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Robert Aldrich's Hush Hush, Sweet Charlotte was yet another hit for the legendary director, receiving seven Academy Award nominations. Charlotte Hollis (Bette Davis) has been closeted in her mansion since the grisly murder of her married lover many years earlier. When the county wants to tear down the house to build a highway, the spinster's relatives and friends appear to rally behind her, but each slowly preys on her mind until the gruesome rumours of the last 40 years appear to be coming true. On hand are cousin Miriam (Olivia de Havilland), Dr. Drew Bayliss (Joseph Cotten), Jewel Mayhew (Mary Astor), and the scariest inhabitant of all, loyal servant Velma (OscarÂ® nominee Agnes Moorehead). A dark and twisted psychological thriller from one of Hollywood's most idiosyncratic filmmakers, The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Robert Aldrich's Hush Hush, Sweet Charlotte for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK in a special dual-format edition. DUAL FORMAT SPECIAL FEATURES: 1080p presentation on Blu-ray, with a progressive encode on the DVD LPCM 2.0 Audio (on Blu-ray) Optional English SDH subtitles New and exclusive feature length audio commentary by critic Kat Ellinger Audio commentary by film historian Glenn Erickson Hush Hush, Sweet Joan: The Making of Charlotte [22 mins] Bruce Dern Remembers [13 mins] Wizard Work [5 mins] an archival behind-the-scenes look at the film, narrated by Joseph Cotton Trailer & TV spots PLUS: A collector's booklet featuring a new essay by Lee Gambin, illustrated with archival imagery
The Heiress | DVD | (20/02/2006)
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Olivia de Havilland won her second Academy Award for The Heiress giving one of her finest screen performances in this version of the Ruth and Augustus Goetz play based on Henry James's 'Washington Square'. In 1840's New York Catherine lives with her father Dr. Sloper a physician. Her mother died some years before and Dr. Sloper still idolizes her. He never misses an opportunity to compare his daughter to her - a comparison the daughter cannot win. When Morris Towns
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte | DVD | (09/04/2012)
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Poor Charlotte Hollis. She's been shunned by the community for decades, ever since the fateful night in 1927 when her lover was hacked apart with an axe. Her antebellum southern mansion is slated for the bulldozer, as it stands in the way of highway construction. Charlotte's only hope lies in her cousin Miriam (Olivia de Havilland), coming down from up north to help settle things. Miriam, however, has other designs. Together with her boyfriend Drew (Joseph Cotten), she embarks on a scheme to systematically drive Charlotte out of her mind (not a great leap) and get her mitts on the family fortune. From there, things only get more complicated. Charlotte puts the "gothic" in southern gothic, as a great showcase for completely bizarre, overwrought, and out-of-control performances from all involved. Agnes Moorehead plays Charlotte's loyal, dishevelled housekeeper to the hilt, with an odd inflection that calls to mind Amos and Andy more than southern gentility. As the drunken, conniving Dr. Drew, Cotten's accent is indeterminate at times, and seems to come and go. As great as the supporting players are, though, the crown goes to Bette Davis as the shrieking Charlotte, a portrait of isolation and decay stuck in a world of tragic delusions inside her crumbling mansion. De Havilland is a close second as the scheming Miriam; the scene where she slaps the holy snot out of a hysterical Charlotte is itself worth the price of admission. Mary Astor (in her last role) and Cecil Kellaway (as a kindly Lloyd's of London adjuster) put in the only performances with any restraint, acting as counterweights for the rest of the cast. Besides, you'll never get another chance to see Joseph Cotten playing the harpsichord and singing, or caked in mud and lily pads! With Robert Aldrich's claustrophobic direction, Charlotte is as Southern as a field of kudzu, and as subdued as a train wreck. --Jerry Renshaw
Not As A Stranger | DVD | (23/02/2015)
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Stanley Kramer directs this film noir classic starring Robert Mitchum and Frank Sinatra. Medical student Lucas Marsh (Mitchum) is determined to succeed, but his relentless idealism and pursuit of high standards cause him to continually alienate those around him. After leaving medical school, he sets up practice in a small town, but his perfectionism continues to be a problem, preventing him from sharing any kind of empathy with his patients.
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte | DVD | (16/01/2006)
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Charlotte Hollis (Bette Davis) has been closeted in her mansion a deteriorating Southern plantation since the grisly murder of her married lover many years earlier. When the country wants to tear down the house to build a highway the spinster's relatives and friends appear to rally behind her but each slowly preys on her mind until the gruesome rumorus of the last forty years appear to be coming true... On hand are cousin Miriam (Olivia de Havilland) Dr. Drew Bayliss (Joseph Cott
The Dark Mirror | Blu Ray | (11/06/2018)
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A man is stabbed to death, and all the signs are that his lover Terry Collins (Olivia de Havilland, Gone with the Wind) is the culprit. But it's impossible for Lieutenant Stevenson (Thomas Mitchell, Stagecoach) to prove this, as Terry has an identical twin sister, Ruth, and there's no way of demonstrating which one has the cast-iron alibi. From this gimmicky premise, director Robert Siodmak (The Spiral Staircase, The Killers) and producer/screenwriter Nunnally Johnson (The Woman in the Window) fashion a fascinatingly complex psychological film noir, as a psychologist (Lew Ayres, All Quiet on the Western Front) with a specialist interest in twins is brought in to help solve the crime. Delving deep into the personae of each sister, he finds himself falling in love with Ruth, which simultaneously helps him garner a better understanding of the twins' relationship while also putting himself in considerable peril. With the aid of impressively seamless special effects devised by the legendary Eugen SchÃ¼fftan (Metropolis), Olivia de Havilland gives a virtuoso performance as both sisters, only revealing their very different personalities when they're alone together: one warm and loving, the other an ice-cold murderess. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation transferred from original film elements Uncompressed mono 1.0 PCM audio soundtrack Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Commentary by film historian Adrian Martin Noah Isenberg on The Dark Mirror, the author and scholar provides a detailed analysis of the film The Dark Mirror (1950), a condensed radio play adaptation starring Olivia de Havilland International poster gallery Trailer for Siodmak's other 1946 film noir, The Killers Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Scott Saslow
Hold Back The Dawn | Blu Ray | (15/07/2019)
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From one of the most underrated directors of Hollywood s golden era, Mitchell Leisen (Remember the Night), comes the heart-rending romantic drama Hold Back the Dawn... Charles Boyer (Gaslight) gives an enthralling performance as Georges Iscovescu, a Romanian-born gigolo who arrives at a Mexican border town seeking entry to the US. Faced with a waiting period of eight years, George is encouraged by his former dancing partner Anita (Pauline Goddard, Modern Times) to marry an American girl and desert her once safely across the border. He successfully targets visiting school teacher Emmy Brown (Olivia de Havilland, Gone with the Wind), but his plan is compromised by a pursuing immigration officer, and blossoming feelings of genuine love for Emmy. A moving and thoughtful film with a wonderful script (co-written by Billy Wilder), Hold back the Dawn benefits from evocative performances by Boyer and de Havilland, and an over-arching sense of romantic melancholy. An enduring classic of its era, Leisen s film was nominated for no-less than six Academy Awards and is presented here in High Definition for the first time.
The Proud Rebel | DVD | (19/05/2007)
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Set in the uncertain years after the Civil War John Chandler (Alan Ladd) journeys north to seek medical help for his young son who since witnessing a horrific incident during the war has been unable to speak. Chandler finds himself sentenced to 30 days in jail after wrongly being accused of starting a brawl with two brothers from a powerful local ranching family - the Burleighs. A local woman who witnessed the fight Linnett Moore comes to the father and son's rescue and pays the fine in exchange for 30 days work on her farm but it seems Chandler isn't the only one to have had a run-in with the Burleigh family. Linnett's farm borders the Burleigh property and they're going to take her land whatever the cost.
Four Film Noir Classics Limited Edition | Blu Ray | (20/11/2017)
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Four Films 1936-1938 brings together a quartet of 1930s features by Sacha Guitry, the celebrated French filmmaker, playwright and actor of the stage and screen, each based on his earlier works. Indiscretions (Le Nouveau testament) follows a holier-than-though physician who is scuppered by his own hypocrisy. My Father Was Right (Mon pÃ¨re avait raison) tells off a man who, after being left by his wife for another man, raises his son to be wary of women. Let's Dream (Faisons un rÃªve ) is another story of mistrust, between husband, wife and lovers. And the history of one of France's most famous streets is retold in Up the Champs-Ã‰lysÃ©es (Remontons les Champs-Ã‰lysÃ©es), featuring multiple performances from Guitry himself. Available for the first time on Blu-ray this set presents some of Guitry's earliest and most enjoyable works.
My Cousin Rachel | DVD | (24/09/2012)
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Based on the best-selling novel by Daphne du Maurier (author of the peerless Rebecca), My Cousin Rachel (1952) weaves an eerie tale of Gothic romance, set against the backdrop of the wild, rock-ribbed Cornish coast. Richard Burton, in his first American film role, stars as an anguished young Englishman, torn between dark suspicion of and an uncontrollable passion for his guardian's widow, the alluring and mysterious Rachel (Olivia de Havilland). With atmospheric direction by Henry Koster (The Robe) and a darkly romantic score by Franz Waxman (Sunset Boulevard), My Cousin Rachel is a seductive entry in the annals of cinematic ambiguity.
Gone With The Wind | DVD | (07/02/2005)
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First off, if you're a GwtW fanatic, you must buy this four-disc collection. But then again, you probably don't need to read this to make that decision. For the rest of us, know that the kitchen-sink approach has been established here with two full discs of extras. The film's restoration under Warner's brilliant Ultra-Resolution process is the major contribution to the set. However, the bare-bones version released years ago isn't bad and the film still doesn't pop off the screen as do films from the headier days of Technicolor (like the earlier Ultra-Resolution DVD release of Meet Me in St. Louis). That said, the set is worthy of the most popular movie ever made. Rudy Behlmer's feature-length commentary is dry but an exhaustive reference guide to the entire history of the film. Need more? There's the excellent full-length documentary The Making of a Legend (1989) narrated by Christopher Plummer, plus two hour-long older biographies on the two main stars. There are many new vignettes on the rest of the cast, all narrated by Plummer (a nice touch to tie everything together). The new 30-minute interview/reminisce with Oliva de Havilland will be interesting to older fans, but tiresome for the younger set. The usual sort of trailers and premiere footage is here along with a curious short ("The Old South", directed by Fred Zinnemann) that was produced to help introduce the world to the history of the South. --Doug Thomas
Anastasia Mysteries of Anna | DVD | (30/05/2007)
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Gone With The Wind | Blu Ray | (16/11/2009)
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David O. Selznick's production of Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer Prize winner Gone With The Wind features Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in their iconic roles as Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara! This sweeping Civil War-era romance won an impressive 10 Academy Awards (including Best Picture) and has thrilled audiences for more than a half century with its eternal love affair between handsome Rhett Butler (Gable) and his sassy headstrong heroine Scarlett O'Hara (Leigh).
The Swarm | DVD | (17/02/2003)
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Legendarily chintzy "event" producer Irwin Allen (The Towering Inferno) went out with a gargantuan buzz-on with this jaw-droppingly goofy disaster flick. No cliché is left unturned, as a hyperactive strain of hallucination-inducing killer bees get it into their microscopic brains to derail a commuter train, destroy a nuclear power plant and otherwise decimate a veritable cornucopia of washed-up actors (Fred MacMurray, Henry Fonda, Richard Widmark, Patty Duke, Slim Pickens and narcoleptic dreamboat Richard Chamberlain are just a few of the legendary has-beens to get fatally stung by what appears to be airborne coffee grounds). Be sure to stay tuned through the closing credits for a (lawsuit-preventing?) coda absolving the good ol' hardworking American honeybee of any and all sinister charges depicted herein. The Swarm is an irresistibly hilarious chunk of honey-roasted cheese--70s style. --Andrew Wright