home video digest


Bette bows

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is readying for the April 8 DVD release of "The Bette Davis Collection," a five-disc set that includes a new two-disc special edition of 1950's "All About Eve," winner of best picture and five other Oscars, and "The Virgin Queen," which is new to DVD. The latter has been restored and comes with a making-of documentary and a restoration comparison featurette. The set also includes "Phone Call From a Stranger," "The Nanny" and "Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte."

'Pegs' fits on DVD

The TV-DVD vault is far from empty. Sony recently unearthed the 1980 series "Square Pegs," starring a young Sarah Jessica Parker. The complete series of the short-lived high school comedy, which bowed in 1982 and lasted 19 episodes, will be released May 20 in a three-disc boxed set with such bonus features as newly filmed cast and crew interviews and two bonus "minisodes."

Sounds of silence

Art house supplier Kino International is releasing two DVDs of influential and in some cases unreleased works by silent film masters Edwin S. Porter and George Melies. "Before the Nickelodeon: The Early Cinema of Edwin S. Porter" and "The Magic of Melies" arrive in stores April 22. Porter, best known as the director of "The Great Train Robbery," is profiled in a 60-minute documentary co-written and directed by Charles Musser; the disc also includes three vintage shorts never before available on DVD, dating back to 1902's "Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show." The Melies disc features a short docu and 15 exclusive films directed by Melies, considered moviedom's first special effects man.