Actors: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth, Butterfly McQueen
Director: Michael Curtiz
Region: Region Free (BD Region A)
of Discs: 2
Release Date: 1945
Time: 111 Min.
- Trailer - original trailer for Mildred Pierce. In English, not subtitled. (3 min, 1080p).
- Molly Haskell and Robert Polito - in this filmed
conversation, critics Molly Haskell and Robert Polito discuss the
original novel by James M. Cain that inspired Mildred Pierce, the
noir/other qualities of the film and versatility of the character
played by Joan Crawford, Michael Curtiz's direction, etc. The
conversation was recorded exclusively for Criterion in 2016. In English,
not subtitled. (24 min, 1080p).
- Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star - this
archival documentary produced by Peter Fitzgerald examines the life and
career of Joan Crawford. It is narrated by Anjelica Huston, and includes
interviews with the star's biographer Bob Thomas, actors Diane Baker,
Betsy Palmer, Cliff Robertson and Anna Lee, columnist Liz Smith, and
playwright/Crawford historian Charles Busch, amongst others. The
documentary was produced in 2002. In English, not subtitled. (88 min,
- David Frost and Joan Crawford - presented here is an archival excerpt from The David Frost Show in which Joan Crawford discusses her contribution to Mildred Pierce
and work with director Michael Curtiz. The episode was broadcast on
January 8, 1970. In English, not subtitled. (16 min, 1080i).
- Ann Blyth - presented here is an archival Q&A session with actress Ann Blyth (Veda Pierce) which was filmed after a screening of Mildred Pierce
at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco in 2006. The session is
presented and moderated by film noir expert Eddie Muller. In English,
not subtitled. (24 min, 1080i).
- James M. Cain - presented here is an archival interview with author James. M. Cain conducted by Hugh Downs for the Today
show. The two gentlemen discuss the role of violence in American
literature and culture, the relationship between TV and violence, and
the Cain's decision to leave Hollywood and return to Maryland. The
interview was conducted on November 26, 1969. In English, not subtitled.
(11 min, 1080p).
- Leaflet - an illustrated leaflet featuring critic Imogen Sara Smith's essay "A Woman's Work" and technical credits.
From James M. Cain's classic novel, where a woman's ambitions for her
daughter change her life. What Veda wants, her mother Mildred Pierce
provides. Even if Mildred must end her middle-class marriage, climb atop
the male-dominated business world and marry a wealthy man she doesn't
love. "I'll do anything," Mildred says in explaining her love for her
selfish daughter. But will "anything" include her total ruin?