Mildred Pierce [DVD] [1945]

  • SKU: 14330084
  • Release Date: 06/14/2005
  • Rating: NR
  • 5.0 (7)
This smart melodrama/film noir from Michael Curtiz comes to DVD on a two-sided disc, and compliments go to Warner for a job well done. The 1.33:1 (this 1945 film was made before the change to widescreen) looks fabulous. The black-and-white photography is startling sharp and full of detail. Lines are flawlessly realized, as is the contrast level. It's truly a thrill to see such a fine transfer for an older title. The mono Dolby Digital soundtrack is equally well suited for the film. Dialogue is completely discernable and never distorted. Max Steiner's atmospheric score is also reproduced without the slightest hint of audio degradation. It's obvious that some care went into the production of this disc, not only for the audio and visual elements, but for the extras. While the movie is on one side, the supplements are on the other. This might seem unnecessary, as there are basically only two, but what is offered is rather significant. The first is a very full theatrical trailer gallery with a number of Joan Crawford films, including Mildred Pierce, Humoresque, Possessed, This Woman Is Dangerous, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, and a handful of others. Even more significant is an 85-minute documentary entitled "Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star" that is, to say the least, exceedingly comprehensive. Narrated by Anjelica Huston, this very balanced examination of her life includes numerous interviews with co-stars, directors, friends, and family, and reveals the successes, and failures, of an American icon.
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Special Features

  • New digital transfer from restored picture and audio elements
  • Documentary profile Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star
  • Crawford trailer gallery
  • Subtitles: English, Français and Español
  • Closed Captioned


Mildred Pierce
Joan Crawford won an Academy Award for her bravura portrayal of the titular heroine in Mildred Pierce. The original James M. Cain novel concerns a wife and mother who works her way to financial security to provide a rosy future for her beloved daughter, but encounters difficulties and tragedies along the way. Ranald McDougall's screenplay tones down the sexual content, enhancing its film noir value by adding a sordid murder. The film opens with oily lounge lizard Monte Beragon (Zachary Scott) being pumped full of bullets. Croaking out the name "Mildred", he collapses and dies. Both the police and the audience are led to believe that the murderer is chain-restaurant entrepreneur Mildred Pierce (Crawford), who takes the time to relate some of her sordid history. As the flashback begins, we see Mildred unhappily married to philandering Bert Pierce (Bruce Bennett). She divorces him, keeping custody of her two beloved daughters, Veda (Ann Blyth) and Kay (Jo Anne Marlowe). To keep oldest daughter Veda in comparative luxury, Mildred ends up taking a waitressing position at a local restaurant. With the help of slimy real estate agent Wally Fay (Jack Carson), she eventually buys her own establishment, which grows into a chain of restaurants throughout Southern California. Meanwhile, Mildred smothers Veda in affection and creature comforts. She goes so far as to enter into a loveless marriage with the wealthy Monty Beragon in order to improve her social standing; Beragon repays the favor by living the life of a layabout playboy, much to Mildred's dismay -- and possible financial ruin. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Joan Crawford
    Joan Crawford - Mildred Pierce
  • Jack Carson
    Jack Carson - Wally Fay
  • Zachary Scott
    Zachary Scott - Monte Beragon
  • Eve Arden
    Eve Arden - Ida
  • Ann Blyth
    Ann Blyth - Veda Pierce

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7 Reviews
100%of customers recommend this product.

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