Bewitched DVD Review
SoundBland. There, I said it. Not that this is a fault of the DVD, rather the movie and comedies in general. I've never been convinced that Dolby 5.1 soundtracks and comedies go hand-in-hand and this is another that doesn't disprove that viewpoint. While the dialogue is clear and the fronts get some reasonable usage, the whole soundstage is typically underwhelming, with LFE non-existent or certainly unnoticeable by me while viewing. Not that this actually needs a full blown auditory experience, but it is rather normal for a comedy and therefore, bland.
ExtrasFirst off, we have an audio commentary with Nora Ephron and as many of you know that I can't stand commentary tracks, excuse me while I don't listen to this (or indeed have to watch the movie yet again) as I don't think I could take it. So, moving on we then have Witch Vision Trivia Track, which is a subtitled trivia track as seen on a variety of other shows/movies before this. Again, not wishing to endure this again, I've skipped it, but if you're a fan of the show or the movie you'll probably enjoy this, although I'd recommend counselling. Deleted Scenes consists of 6 scenes that can be played individually or all together and run for about 7 minutes in total. Clearly cut for time (although it's still too long) and the last deleted scene would just make this too sickly by far, which is saying a lot. Casting a Spell:Making Bewitched (23:32) which is a by-the-numbers EPK where everyone is complementary, nice and thinks that this is a wonderful, remake, which isn't a safe, middle of the road movie. Yeah, Hollywood really taints your vision clearly, as this IS a safe, middle of the road movie. It's even worse that they are so glowing about the movie, thinking its such a wonderful piece of art, as I have to wonder if they actually saw the movie, but hey, each to their own, although I guess they are paid to be nice about it. Bewitched:Star Shots are little promos, for want of a better word, where all the stars wax lyrical about their co-stars. If you feel the need to throw up, but can't, just watch one of these and you will feel relieved. They run for about 2-3 minutes each, but if you can stomach more than two, you've done incredibly well. Why I Loved Bewitched is a 6:42 minute featurette where the stars and creators explain why they loved the original TV show. Just when I thought it couldn't get more nauseating........
The Bewitched Trivia Game is a simplistic quiz game revolving around the original TV show and as this was before my time, in fact I don't think I've watched a single episode, it's not something that I would be able to do (but I still scored ok). Dull as dishwater though, as there's nothing to it really. Finally we have previews for an assortment of movies, including a trailer for the new Pink Panther movie with Steve Martin that screams avoid. On the positive side, the first trailer that you see when you spin the disk up is for “Memoirs of a Geisha” which looks amazing.
VerdictWell, I have to say that while this isn't dreadful, it certainly won't hold up to a second or subsequent viewings. Kidman is ok, but slightly out of her element in a comedic role and the less I see of Ferrell the better. This is typical Ephron slush and as such probably has a pre-built market, which means non-male. There are worse things one could watch though, but there's also a lot better too.
PicturePresented in an anamorphic transfer and retaining its theatrically correct ratio of 1.85:1, this disk has a pretty good picture. It is a little soft, but it is free of grain and artefacts, with good use of colours, being particularly vivid when needed. Black levels are suitably dark, although I thought a little pale during the night-time date scene. I also didn't notice any haloing or edge enhancement, but then this isn't the most engrossing movie.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £17.95
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