Product Description

Director: John Cromwell. 1934

PLEASE NOTE: This is a NTSC (USA/JAPAN format) Region free release

Bette Davis rose from the ranks of Warner Bros. contact players to become ascreen superstar when she was loaned out to RKO to appear in John Cromwell’sadaptation of W. Somerset Maughan’s OF HUMAN BONDAGE.Leslie Howard (Gone With the Wind) stars as Philip, a British medical student whobecomes infatuated with a most unlikely woman: a vulgar waitress named Mildred(Davis). Undeterred by Mildred’s obvious contempt of him (and her disgust for hisdisabled foot), Philip lavishes his affection upon the tawdry woman, and allows hispersonal and professional life to disintegrate as a consequence of her sadistic whims.
Though considered an unlikely choice to play a cockney working girl, Davis fearlessly embracedMildred’s dark side, and delivered an erotic yet malevolent performance that launched herto the forefront of Hollywood’s leading ladies.

Special features:
Mastered in HD from archival 35mm elementspreserved by the Library of Congress

Revealing Mr. Maugham (2012, 83 min), a feature-lengthdocumentary about W. Somerset Maugham’s life and career,including interviews with writers and fans Armistead Maupin,Pico Iyer, and Alexander McCall Smith. Directed by Michael House.
Film Details

US 1934 B&W 83 min 1.33:1
1920 x 1080p
Directed by John Cromwell

Screenplay by Lester Cohen
From the novel by W. Somerset Maugham

Produced by Pandro S. Berman
Music by Max Steiner

Director of Photography: Henry W. Gerrard
With Bette Davis, Leslie Howard, Reginald Denny, Alan Hale, Frances Dee