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Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
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This commentary is only available on the May 2006 2-Disc Special Edition.
Commentaries on this disc:
Author Charles Busch and film historian John Epperson
Rating:9.7/10 (3 votes) [
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Reviewed by ontheroof on June 10th, 2008
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This is an excellent commentary. Charles Busch and John Epperson love the material and they have a great time with it. They know their Davis and Crawford trivia -- there is a lot of information here. Can't recommend this highly enough.
Reviewed by budc25 on March 4th, 2011
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I agree with the first reviewer of this fine commentary that it merits a strong recommendation. And these two drag queens impressed not only with the juicy back story I expected, but by showing how the performances of the two veteran actresses were from real "movie stars". Or something like that,since I now regard Davis and Crawford as much more than washed-up studio hacks.
Reviewed by Blucky on January 26th, 2012
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The commentary by these two drag queens was terrible. Who picked these guys to comment on two famous actresses and put it on a DVD of the movie? They talked incessantly and rarely made any pertinent comments to what was going on in the movie. They would bring things up and not have any facts or details to support what they were saying. It didn't even seem like they had seen the movie in years or made any research or notes to talk about it. They would make comments like, "I don't know and maybe...." and got facts wrong that were clear from watching the movie or the other special features. Such as, there was a crane or platform used in some shots, such as the car seen from above at the beginning. And also they said that Blanche didn't have any conversation with anyone else to play against other than Jane, when she did have a conversation in the same room with the maid, and over the phone with the Dr. and a briefly with Mr. Flagg when she asks for his help. They didn't really talk about plot, motivation and character. I would have preferred a commentary by serious dramatic actors or directors. Although the movie has become a cult classic, it wasn't meant to be Camp and deserved a serious review by people prepared and qualified to give it.
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