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Name: TWILIGHT TIME
Number: TWILIGHT243-BR

HUSH... HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE (1964) (SPECIAL PROMOTION) (BLU-RAY)
Starring:  Bette Davis, Mary Astor, Joseph Cotten, Olivia de Havilland, Cecil Kellaway, Victor Buono, Agnes Moorehead
Directed By:  Robert Aldrich
Composed By:  Frank DeVol

“Aldrich and Davis retreading the territory charted in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Over the top, of course…but it's efficiently directed, beautifully shot (Joseph Biroc), and contains enough scary sequences amid the brooding, tense atmosphere.”
– Time Out London

“A rutty little bayou potboiler in tradition-of-quality drag…Director Aldrich’s work on Baby Jane was already a study in hysteria, and his style for Charlotte is, if anything, even more ornate."
– Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine

Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) finds director Robert Aldrich and star Bette Davis in fine Gothic form, following up on their smash-hit What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962). Here Davis plays a mad if wealthy old bat who, rumor has it, brutally murdered her married lover some decades earlier. When her decaying plantation house is threatened with demolition, she calls on a poor cousin (Olivia de Havilland) for help, a decision she soon begins to regret. Also starring Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, and Mary Astor.

LANGUAGE: English
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1
AUDIO: English 2.0 Stereo DTS-HD MA / English 2.0 DTS-HD MA / English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1964 / B&W
133 MINUTES
NOT RATED

Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Audio Commentary with Film Historians David Del Valle and Steven Peros / Audio Commentary with Film Historian Glenn Erickson / Hush…Hush, Sweet Joan: The Making of Charlotte / Bruce Dern Remembers / Wizard Work / TV Spots / Original Theatrical Trailers

Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

  
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Posted by Mark Turner on August 28, 2017 3:13 AM
This past year a limited series ran called FEUD, this time around focusing on the behind the scenes feud between actresses Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, a long standing personal battle that resulted in flaring tempers as the two tried to resuscitate their careers with the film WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE. In the case of Crawford the result found her in some terrible movies while Davis went on to star in roles on TV and films. At the end of the series it discussed their reteaming under the same director, Robert Aldrich, for the film HUSH HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE. Their battle of wills resulted in Crawford being dismissed from the film and replaced by Olivia de Havilland and the film being completed. Why mention this? Because it provides an interesting backdrop when looking at the film now on blu-ray from Twilight Time.

The movie opens in 1927 in the antebellum south with a party being held by Charlotte Hollis father (Victor Buono). Charlotte has made plans to elope with her lover John (Bruce Dern) but before this takes place her father confronts John with the fact that he knows he is already married. Realizing he can’t leave with Charlotte he breaks off with her. That same night someone takes a meat cleaver to John and Charlotte is thought to be behind the killing.

The story moves forward to 1964. The grand old house is in ruins and Charlotte lives their almost alone, an aging spinster with only Velma (Agnes Moorehead) there to keep her company. Times are worse than Charlotte realizes with the house set for demolition since a new highway is to be built here. Charlotte confronts the construction crew armed and after the sheriff intervenes is given days to move out.

Seeking help Charlotte has convinced her cousin Miriam (de Havilland) to return and help her. Arriving from New York Miriam does her best, renewing her romance with local doctor Drew Bayliss (Joseph Cotton) and trying to help. But as the days pass it seems that Charlotte may have gone mad over the ensuing years since Miriam left. She sees images of John at night and fears that her father, the man she thought murdered John all those years ago, is back as well.

Something isn’t quite right here and we as viewers know it. Velma does her best to keep Charlotte calm and suspects that something is amiss. But just who is behind it we’re not sure. Was John really murdered all those years ago? Did Charlotte actually do it and now is racked with guilt over her actions? Or is there some other mystery long buried over the years that is only now playing out?

The film offers a solid gothic style mystery, one where a number of potential solutions are presented. Davis performance would seem a bit on the hammy side if it weren’t for the fact that the method she employs here adds credulity to the character of Charlotte and her eccentric ways. Aldrich, who moved on to bigger and better films like THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX, THE DIRTY DOZEN and THE LONGEST YARD does a great job of bringing his cast together to offer performances that are among their best.

If you read my reviews you may tire of hearing me saying this but yes, Twilight Time has brought a great looking offering here with a fantastic looking print. They’ve done a great job with extras this time around as well which include an isolated score track, audio commentary track with film historians David Del Vale and Steven Peros, audio commentary track with film historian Glenn Erickson, HUSH…HUSH, SWEET JOAN: THE MAKING OF CHARLOTTE, BRUCE DERN REMEMBERS, Wizard Work, TV spots and the original theatrical trailers. As always it’s limited to just 3,000 copies so if you want one order today.

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