|Now, Voyager/Splendor in the Grass (DVD, 2008, 2-Disc Set, 2 Pack) (DVD, 2008)|
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Since I have already reviewed the major title film of 1942, "Now, Voyager" still considered to be among the top 5 in which Bette Davis was the "Leading Actress," I will focus upon the special features on the 2005 DVD version, followed by my 1st review of another classic, "Splendor in the Grass."
The special features included with "Now, Voyager," (cast including Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains & Gladys Cooper--all delivering top performances), are "The [Oscar-winning] Scoring Session Music Cues" by Warner Brothers' master musical score man from the 30's & 40's, Max Steiner; "Cast Career Highlights," and the original 1942 "Theatrical Trailers."
Since "Now, Voyager" has risen in stature to being considered one of the best romantic melodramas of the 20th century, all of the special features are priceless, historical, informative, and well worth owning. Especially interesting is the "Scoring Session Music Cues" feature because it provides insight into how an Oscar winning score is cued with the film so that the background music works to help punctuate the moods of the acting & script.
Switching to "Splendor in the Grass." This is a classic film as well. Natalie Wood delivers one of her best romantic performances. Warren Beatty makes his remarkable film debut as her young lover. Unlike the high romance reached by "Now, Voyager's" Bette Davis and Paul Henreid as a love match, "Splendor's" romantic focus is overshadowed by the small (minded) town moral conflicts of the couple's environment. In the Shakespearean dramatic sense, "Splendor" is more of a romantic tragedy. What the film succeeds so well in depicting is how pseudo-morality (akin to that in "Dirty Dancing") stunts the growth of love.
Both films are watchable countless times, and thus, well worth owning.