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Queen Bee [DVD] [1955]

Release Date:12/18/2001
Part film noir, part hysterical melodrama with a deep Southern Gothic edge, this 1955 Joan Crawford film contains enough sordid twists and turns to make you want to slap your mama. Columbia-TriStar Home Entertainment's disc is presented in a very nice digitally remastered transfer, letterboxed at 1.85:1, which has also been enhanced for widescreen TVs. The black-and-white picture is excellent and doesn't show its age at all. The print is clean throughout and perfectly balanced. Blacks are velvety and have depth, while the whites are smooth and appropriately luminescent without any glare. The picture is simply gorgeous. The film is available in its original English mono soundtrack, which sounds fine, and has been given multiple subtitle options. In terms of extras, the disc contains the original theatrical trailer, some nice vintage advertising stills, production notes, cast and crew bios, and bonus trailers for other similar classic Columbia-TriStar DVD releases. A brief "publicity article" from the original press book has also been included inside the keep-case. Overall, a very nice disc for your classic film collection.
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    Special Features

    • Digitally remastered audio & anamorphic video
    • Production notes
    • Interactive menus
    • Audio: English [mono]
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai
    • Vintage advertising
    • Talent files
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Bonus trailers
    • Scene selections


    Queen Bee
    Queen Bee offers a stinging portrait of a mad, manipulative woman and chronicles her downfall and that of those around her in this dark drama. On first meeting, Eva Phillips (portrayed with delicious viciousness by Joan Crawford) is the epitome of Southern graciousness and charm. She and her husband, a textile magnate live together in a splendiferous Georgian plantation. Unfortunately, while others are easily beguiled by Mrs. Phillips, her husband knows what a ruthless she-devil she really is and loathes her. To cope with the pain of living with her, he has taken to drinking heavily. Trouble follows when the horrible Eva learns that her husband's sister is engaged to marry the manager of the estate, a man she once loved. Like the proverbial dog in the manger, Eva does all she can to destroy the relationship so she can have the manager back for herself. Unfortunately, she goes too far. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Joan Crawford
      Joan Crawford - Eva Phillips
    • Barry Sullivan
      Barry Sullivan - John Avery Phillips
    • Betsy Palmer
      Betsy Palmer - Carol Lee Phillips
    • John Ireland
      John Ireland - Judson Prentiss
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