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Practical Magic [DVD] [1998] [Dual Disc Format]*

Sandra Bullock , Nicole Kidman , Griffin Dunne    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Stockard Channing, Dianne Wiest, Goran Visnjic
  • Directors: Griffin Dunne
  • Writers: Adam Brooks, Akiva Goldsman, Alice Hoffman, Robin Swicord
  • Producers: Bruce Berman, Denise Di Novi, Mary McLaglen
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 19 July 1999
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CYXU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,208 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sisters Sally and Gillian Owens (Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman) are both afflicted by the same curse - their lovers always die before their time. Two new suitors are on the scene (Aidan Quinn and Goran Visnjic), but it may take a few spells from the sisters' supernaturally gifted aunts (Dianne Wiest and Stockard Channing) to keep their loves alive.

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Actor Griffin Dunne improves a bit on his first film as a director, Addicted to Love, with this drama-comedy about a family of witches. Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock play spell-casting sisters of different temperaments: the former is a high-living, free-spirited sort, while Bullock's character is a homebody who can't get around a family curse that kills the men in their lives. A widowed single mom, Bullock gets into a jam with an abusive Bulgarian (Goran Visnjic) and is helped out by her sibling, but the result brings a good-looking, warm, inquisitive cop (Aidan Quinn) into their lives. The film has a variety of tonal changes--cute, scary, glum--that Dunne can't always effectively juggle. But the female-centric, celebratory nature of the film (the fantasies, the sharing, the witchy bonds) is infectious, and supporting roles by Dianne Wiest and Stockard Channing as Kidman and Bullock's magical aunts are a lot of fun. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You put the lime in the coconut..... 27 May 2006
By CC
Format:DVD
....And drink it all up. And that's exactly what i did with this movie.

Me, my mum, my sister and my best friend all love this film.

I haven't read the book and didn't even know that there was one, but i plan on buying and reading it. It wont matter if it's different from the film because i love this film ayway.

Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman shine on screen and make for good acting partners, which i found surprising.

Goran Visjnic (i think that's how you spell it), was excellent as the creepy boyfriend and Stockard Channing and Dianne Weist were perfect as the slightly eccentric aunts.

The story revolves mainly around two sisters who live in a small town with their aunts.

There is a curse upon the female's in the family that if any man falls in love with them he will die. And unfortunately that's what happens to Sally's husband early on in the film.

After moving back in with her aunts Sally's sister, Gillian, gets herself into trouble with her scary Bulgarian boyfriend and calls on her beloved sister for help.

The ensuing mishaps and blunders make for good viewing and are just a little scary but a lot of fun.

The girls find themselves trying to cover their tracks with little or no success and in the end the witch's have to put their faith and trust in the women of the town who, for many years have feared and wondered about them, in order to save Gillian's life.

Magic, mayhem and just a little murder are all thrown into the cauldron to make this an enjoyable warm fuzzy movie.

Well worth the money. Highly recommend it.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Practical Magic was slated on its initial release a few years ago. It's hard to see why as it's a small movie with big stars and doesn't pretend to be anything special. It tells the tale of two sisters who due to spell cannot fall in love for 'real' like the rest of us. Chaos ensues and the film takes you on a magical, sweet and only slightly dark journey in pursuit of the sisters' happiness.
Bullock and Kidman - (underrated as ever) give fully rounded performances and they are supported ably by Stockard Channing and Diane Wiest as the eccentric aunts complete with witch outfits and hair-dos from hell.
Also look out for Dr Kovac from ER!
Practical Magic is sometimes a confused genre film. Because of it's certificate it could not be too gory and you suspect that the original material was a great deal darker. But with top quality performances, a fast moving plot and special effects which do not steal any thunder from Kidman and Bullock- you are left with a cute old fashioned comedy that is less Hocus Pocus and more Eastwick with a '12' cert.
A magical under-rated comedy that is worth a look.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars magical! 23 Jun 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I don't know about anyone else but whenever i watch this movie i get a warm happy feeling in the pit of my stomach. The only way to describe this movie is 'perfect'. The film basically revolves around two sisters who are the most recent of a long line of witches who just want to live normal lives. This is made difficult for them by the townsfolk who believe them to be evil. Watch it!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A modern magical story 1 May 2009
By GratuitousViolets TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Practical Magic follows the story of a family of witches who have been cursed by the broken heart of an ancestor. No Owens woman should ever fall in love, for if she does, it will be ripped from her in a cruel way.

Sally and Gillian Owens are sisters, very different, both talented witches and both bound together by blood and magic.

Sally is reserved, and practical and happily married with two beautiful daughters - refraining from using her magical talents. Gillian on the other hand, is a wild child who constantly fleets in and out of mens lives without ever falling in love until she meets a dangerous and dark Bulgarian wannabe cowboy.

Soon things become all too real for both sisters as their romantic lives begin to fall apart, Sally's husband is victim to the Owens' curse, and Gillian finds herself victim to the possessive, moody and slightly deranged Jimmy Angeloff.

What starts out as an escape plan soon quickly turns into a nightmare that the sisters become convinced only magic can fix - but dabbling in the darker arts is something they are very inexperienced in, and brings in more than they bargained for.

A mix of light hearted and warm romantic comedy with a slight taint of horror and mystery, a wonderful story and a great fun adventure. The soundtrack on this one is especially uplifting and heartwarming, and really brings the magic of the movie to life.

A must for all fans of magic, fantasy, romance, and comedy. :)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good watch!! 28 Sep 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
i love this film!!its light humour, romance, and slightly scary all bumped into one!!when i say scary i mean jumpy!i really recommend watching this, Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman are great in it!and the aunts are funny, very eccentric and great to watch. overall great acting, good storyline and of course, as usual in American films, a happy ending!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truely a must see. 30 Sep 2002
By Aoife
Format:VHS Tape
So, I saw a trailer and thought 'Nah... not my kind of thing at all'. Then I noticed Goran Visnjic was in it (as Jimmy Angelor), and being a bit of a Goran fan decided it was worth it, just for him.
I loved it.
Practical Magic was funny, touching, and creepy.
Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock were amazing. (as, of course, was Goran Visnjic).
I really recomend it to anyone, as it has a little bit of everything in it.
Absolutly superb!
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