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Bedazzled [DVD]

Peter Cook , Dudley Moore , Stanley Donen    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Eleanor Bron, Raquel Welch, Alba
  • Directors: Stanley Donen
  • Writers: Peter Cook, Dudley Moore
  • Producers: Stanley Donen
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Second Sight
  • DVD Release Date: 25 July 2005
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009KKW9U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,976 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Classic 1960s comedy updating of the Faust story, as short-order cook Dudley Moore becomes obsessed with waitress Eleanor Bron and will do anything to win her love. When the Devil (Peter Cook) turns up, Moore agrees to sell his soul in return for seven wishes. Also starring Raquel Welch and Michael Bates.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, SYNOPSIS: Stanley is a short order cook, infatuated with Margaret, the statuesque waitress who works at Whimpy Burger with him. Despondent, he prepares to end it all when he meets George Spiggott AKA the devil. Selling his soul for 7 wishes, Stanley tries to make Margaret his own first as an intellectual, then as a rock star, then as a wealthy industrialist. As each fails, he becomes more aware of how empty his life had been and how much more he has to live for. He also meets the seven deadly sins who try and advise him. ...Bedazzled

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Julie Andrews!!! 23 Jun 2005
Possibly Peter Cook's greatest and yet most underated piece of work. Not only is the screenplay utterly delicious, but Cook's portrayal of the Devil incarnate (a.k.a George Spiggott) has to be one of the best cinematic 'Satans' of all time. There are clear undertones of their fiery off-screen relationship, but if don't look too deeply, you will enjoy this film for what it is - a wonderful snapshot of a great comedy partnership at their peak.
This film has not been available to buy for over ten years, elevating it's cult status somewhat. But this is no more than it deserves. Up there with 'Holy Grail' as a true comedy masterpiece.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faustian Bargain!!! 29 May 2008
By Rob C.
One of my favourite films of all time.I hate when people say it's dated, what do you expect, it was made over forty years ago. It,s a classic sixties movie. The soundtrack is also awesome, took me years to find it on CD and the album stands alone as a great piece of jazz. Pete and Dud, the bizness!!!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Bedazzled 5 Oct 2005
By A Customer
At the risk of stating the obvious - this film is outstandingly funny. The Faustian relationship between Peter and Dudley - echoing their real relationship? Best bit? Peter's pop song! Theologically the best bit would be George/Peter's explanation of why he was cast out of heaven. A very funny film that reminds you why Peter Cook is the comedian's comedian. And Dudley had the twinkliest eyes in the world.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This Mephistophelean comedy is easily the best of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's big screen pairings, and far more successful than the Brendan Fraser remake (although the absence of Elizabeth Hurley guarantees that on its own), but it is somewhat inconsistent in tone. It's the set-up and linking scenes that are the funniest and cleverest by far, as Peter Cook's George Spiggott (aka the Devil) explains the various theological conundrums of the whole Good-and-Evil-and-Free-Choice thing to Dudley Moore's short-order hamburger chef Stanley Moon while going about his daily business of mundane petty sins and mischief - fixing parking meters, scratching records, cutting buttons off shirts, drilling holes in oil tankers, persuading pigeons to crap on passers by - with little help from his useless assistants ("What terrible sins I've got working for me. Must be the wages."). Most of the mysteries of the ages are explained: the Garden of Eden is revealed as a boggy swamp just south of Croydon, Heaven turns out to be the garden center at Syon Park in Brentford, God is naturally an Englishman. And the key to success with women turns out to be - "In the words of Marcel Proust - and this applies to any woman in the world - if you can stay up and listen with a fair degree of attention to whatever garbage, no matter how stupid it is that they're coming out with, til ten minutes past four in the morning... you're in. Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Humour can be a subjective thing but anyone (actually my mother-in-law is one, but then she's mad) who can watch this film without laughing should see a doctor and have their funny bones checked. It's not just that the dialogue is hilarious; the film as a whole is surreal, compelling and thought-provoking - even educational if you're not that familiar with religious doctrine. The acting is superb, including the incredible versatility of Eleanor Bron in her 7 different manifestations as Margaret Spencer, the object of Stanley Moon's (Dudley's) desperate yearnings.

I suppose if anyone is going to have problems with the film it will be younger viewers (although my kids love it) and Americans. In other words, people who are not familiar with Pete and Dud, who perhaps don't recognise some of the cultural aspects of 60s Britain, or who are offended by the very notion of having a laugh about religion.

It's funny how both my favourite ever films ever both feature Raquel Welch, tho other one being the Shawshank Redemption, although in the latter she appears only in poster form of course.

There are so many memorable lines in Bedazzled but I'll just leave you with a couple. The Devil (Peter Cook): "You do realise suicide is a criminal offence Mr Moon? In less enlightened times they'd have hung you for it" Stanley Moon when quizzing the Devil about various theological matters: "I always feel sorry for Jesus having his birthday on Christmas day - you know, only one lot of presents".

As for Liz Hurley doing a remake? Now that really is sacrilegious.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BeDazzling! 1 Aug 2005
Quite possibly one of the funniest films ever made. And Dudley Moore's soundtrack is one of the most-played cds in my collection. A work of genius. No self-respecting dvd collection should be without this
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of its time but of its time 22 Mar 2010
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The year of the Vengeance of Fu Man Chu, The Plank, You Only Live Twice, Carry On Doctor, Far From the Madding Crowd, Charlie Bubbles, How I Won the War, Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon, Frankestein Created Woman, to name but a few, and The Saint and The Avengers on British TV, this film was both of its time (which it gently, and not so gently mocks) and ahead of its time.

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore were colossal talents, with of course Dudley writing the excellent music for the film as well as co-staring in it. While a delightful comedy film, the Faustus allegory is still treated fully and is thought-provoking enough in its own right, not merely in the way Stanely Moon can never quite get his wishes right, as in life, there is always a twist and a sting in the tail.

This film is however much more than a nostalgic piece. It is easy to bandy about words like masterpiece, but this genuinely is. A portrait of an era in the Wilson government, with the creation of the Open University and when there seemed to be a lot of humanistic hope for Britain, before it all took a rather depressing and tawdry right turn.

A wonderful film.

I agree with other reviewers about the Drimble Wedge 'Bedazzled' song starring Peter Cook at his coolest and most laid back. "You fill me with inertia", "I'm self-contained", "It's too much effort" etc. Utterly brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent quality product
Delivered promptly, quality product, fun item lived up to its expectation thank you - i can say no more than that i think :D
Published 2 months ago by Agatha K
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage fun
Very funny - much better than the later remake. Nostalgic view of 60's Britain. Get's a little lost in a few places, hence only four stars.
Published on 17 April 2012 by K. W. E. Page
4.0 out of 5 stars A blast from the past.
There are several famous scenes in this reworking of the "Faust" story. It is a little dated, but it was made over 40 years ago! Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2011 by Tough Chops
3.0 out of 5 stars Golden oldie
This is a fantastic film. Forget the awful Liz Hurley remake, Cook and Moore hit all the right spots in this one.

'So why the three star review, then, if it's so good? Read more
Published on 11 July 2011 by amazoomer
4.0 out of 5 stars Bedazzled
I loved this movie when it was first released many years ago. This is a great copy and the movie is much much better than Liz Hurley's more recent production. Read more
Published on 10 May 2011 by susieblue
5.0 out of 5 stars Great British Comedy
With the benefit of hindsight, this lighthearted and thoughtful comedy is actually a great piece of work. And `Great' is not a term I employ rashly. Read more
Published on 26 Feb 2011 by Seatinthestalls
5.0 out of 5 stars Pete & Dud at their best on teh big screen
I bought the DVD because I had seen this film years ago and had enjoyed it immensely.
I always remembered Peter Cook as the really dry Devil. Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2011 by Mr. M. R. Putt
5.0 out of 5 stars My All-Time favourite Film of All Time
This is a brilliant film: great screenplay, great performances, great soundtrack and a great snapshot of 60s Britain too. Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2011 by notjustdad
4.0 out of 5 stars Faustian Fun
Little Dud plays Stanley Moon, a shy, short-order cook at Wimpy's. He's too timid to ask out the drippy waitress, Margaret, (Bron) so when the devil, in the guise of George... Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2011 by Tyke
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality comedy
From the acerbic pen of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore this is , to my mind, one of the classic comedies. Full of wit, satire, pratfall and the ever sexy Raqhel Welch. Read more
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