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The Witches Of Eastwick [1987] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer, Veronica Cartwright
  • Directors: George Miller
  • Writers: John Updike, Michael Cristofer
  • Producers: Don Devlin, Jon Peters, Neil Canton, Peter Guber, Rob Cohen
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Turkish, Hungarian, Polish, Icelandic, Arabic, Croatian, Czech, Greek
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 11 May 1998
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CWNL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,949 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Comedy and horror unite in this tale from director George Miller based on the John Updike novel. Three bored and sex-starved women (Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer) get together once a week for drinks and to fantasise about their ideal man. The morning after one of these sessions, a mysterious man arrives in town in the form of filthy rich Daryl Van Horne (Jack Nicholson), who buys a nearby mansion, and then seduces the friends one-by-one. They do not at first know that Van Horne is in fact Satan in disguise but when his cover is revealed the women plot their escape.

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Jack Nicholson was born to play the devil and in George Miller's adaptation of John Updike's novel he plays it for all he's worth. As a wolfish womaniser summoned by three bored women in a picturesque New England town, he's sating all of his appetites with a rakish grin. Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer play the women who discover their untapped magical powers by accident. The smart and sexy singles, out of place in the conservatism of their village, find happiness, however briefly, in the arms and bed of the libidinous devil but he's got his own ulterior motives. Miller revels in the sensual display of sex, food and magic, whipping up a storm of effects that finally get out of hand in an overblown ending. It's a handsome film with strong performances all around but the mix of anarchic comedy and supernatural horror doesn't always gel and Miller seems to lose the plot in his zeal for cinematic excitement. The performances ultimately keep the film aloft: the hedonistic joy that Nicholson celebrates with every leering gaze and boorish vulgarity is almost enough to make bad form and chauvinism cool. --Sean Axmaker

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Filmophile on 28 April 2008
Format: DVD
There are plenty of customer reviews of this superb film already - wonderful acting by all the cast; great directing and a deft adaptation, though it takes liberties with Updike's novel. An absolute classic which is great fun to watch again and again.

My gripe, here, is with the print of the Warner Home Video DVD. Poor picture quality, particularly in the first half hour, is a huge disappointment. And the sound is not that good, either. The age of the film is no excuse. I watched, the day before, an immaculate and sparkling print of the Bette Davis classic NOW VOYAGER, so if a 1940s movie can look that good, Warners should have done better with this 1987 film.

This happens time and again with a good many DVDs. Often the original film frame turns out to be cropped, to fit old fashioned television screens. Frequently, the picture quality resembles something shot on a VHS video and crudely transferred. And the annoying part of all this is that there is little on the labeling to warn one of what is on the disc.

It's time DVD manufacturers paid more attention to quality. We are bombarded with messages about how wicked it is to pirate videos, and quite right, too. But from the customer's point of view, passing off an inferior recording as a quality product is also a form of piracy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Aug. 2000
Format: DVD
This film cleverly exploits the strengths of the main male actor Jack Nicholson. His sharpness and wit are anavoidably present in a most entertaining drama/ comedy. Were not talking major action or special effects here, but the effect is quite magical. When Jack Nicholson comes to town, the lives of 3 ladies are turned upside down. His anarchic and controlled manner is very reminiscent of Shinning and and a Few Good Men, but it manifests itself with a humourous side. The film plot takes a turn towards the end, and without giving too much away, has a surprising ending. The rendering of this old film onto DVD has been excellent, with the result looking much better on big screen than standard VHS format.
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By rob crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD
I have seen this a few times over the years and always wanted a copy for my collection. That being said, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed seeing it again, indeed it is one of the funniest, wittiest, and most trenchant comedies I have ever seen. FOr starters, you have not just 3 first rate actresses, but there is a chemistry between them that is a perfect balance: Sarandon, passionate yet repressed; Cher, tough yet needy; and Pfeiffer, a protean doll. They start out as friends in a dull community - not unlike one I lived in nearby - who meet to talk and always wind up talking about men.

Underneath their frivolity, there is a mysterious power in which they share, something that only dawns on them slowly when they conjure up a man, Jack Nicholson in his beefy and best prime; his character is a great creation of many layers of mystery, of fun and cruelty. He seduces each one in turn, drawing them into a life of pleasure and wonderful abandon after a long dry spell in all of their lives. There is an unforgettable scene where they play tennis as foreplay, controlling the motion of the ball with their powers, which seem to grow in the man's presence but are not dependent on him. As a scifi afficionado, I must say that the development and elaboration of their powers is handled with great finesse and subtlety, even though they are magical. That being said, they simply take their power in stride, after a bit of surprise as if it were natural - I believed it completely when I saw it.

At this point, the town itself becomes a principal character in a deliciously satirical twist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on 1 Dec. 2013
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The perfect gift for all movie enthusiasts is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beakerJack Nicholson with co stars Cher. Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer have a great time in this outrageous comedy a must see.
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By Dharma Bum on 1 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
Jack Nicholson was born to play the devil and in George Miller's adaptation of John Updike's novel he plays it for all he's worth. As a wolfish womaniser summoned by three bored women in a picturesque New England town, he's sating all of his appetites with a rakish grin. Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer play the women who discover their untapped magical powers by accident.

This special edition comes on Blu-ray disc in a special collector's edition metal case and supports English, French, Spanish, Indonesian, Japanese Thai and Chinese subtitles.
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Got this having read the book and interested to see how Hollywood dealt with some parts of the book. As usual the diificult bits they missed out altogether and replaced them with scenes that were OTT and nowhere near as funny. I rate the film 4 stars mainly because where it stuck to the original story line it was good and the casting was superb - usually when I read the book before seeing the film the actors fail to match up to the mental picture I have built up of them but the main characters here were well up to the roles.
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