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The Improbable Premise Roundup: Bette Davis Box Set, The Cook and Harold & Kumar on DVD


• The third volume of The Bette Davis Collection is out this week. The collection includes 1942’s In This Our Life . Davis plays the baddie who steals her sister’s husband and manipulates her uncle through booze and feminine wiles. Wrote John Huston, the director of the film: “There is something elemental about Bette — a demon within her which threatens to break out and eat everybody, beginning with their ears.”

• Speaking of ear-eating, The Cook (2008) is a soft-core, cannibalistic romp (with lesbian fantasy sequences) about sorority sisters who spend all their time playing sex games and, possibly, eating each other unintentionally.

• Also released this week is the “extreme unrated remastered special edition” of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004). Just in time for the release of the sequel, in which — in a slight turn of events — Harold and Kumar escape from Guantanamo Bay.

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