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The Witches Of Eastwick [1987] [DVD]

Jack Nicholson , Cher , George Miller    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CWNL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,695 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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

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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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Superb film - shame about the DVD quality. 28 April 2008
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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD ALL ROUND COMEDY 1 Dec 2013
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Calix 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 Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER
The Amazon reviewer accuses Nicholson's Devil of chauvinism, but really he spends much of the film talking up the wonder of women and the awfulness of men: a late '80s example of the kind of things guys hear about all the time nowadays. It's only at the end that he becomes virulently misogynistic, and with some justification given what his coven are doing to him at that point.

The trio of Pfeiffer, Cher and Sarandon are perfectly cast, but Nicholson as Darrell Van Horn carries all before him. It's hard to think of another actor who could have stood up to three such assertive and beautiful actresses. In case you've missed it up till now - why else read this? - three bored single women find that together they have the power to will certain things to happen, so they wish for an entertaining, intelligent, nice man. They get Van Horn instead, who is determined to make them happy at all costs, so long as he is happy too.

Hugely funny black comedy about the emptiness of a life devoted to pleasure. I remember stumbling upon the scene where the demon takes his revenge on Pfeiffer as a kid and being scared witless. It is a grim moment, but ever so brief and really this movie is about having fun, so if you saw it back then and let it slide, now's the time to rediscover a charming movie timecapsule.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Goes for laughs, misses the depths 7 Nov 2009
George Miller's version of John Updike's 1984 novel "The Witches of Eastwick" plays fast and loose with the original, and it's maybe worth saying what's in the novel that isn't in the movie, so you can see more clearly why this is a distinct "miss" as a concept, despite the great performances. In Updike's novel, Darryl the Devil (for some reason Darryl loses an "r" in the transfer to film), having seduced the three women, unexpectedly marries a much younger friend of theirs, Jenny. In revenge, the three women give Jenny cancer. When she dies of it, they have a crisis of conscience about the use of their powers. This intensifies when Daryl goes off with Chris, Jenny's younger brother, as his lover. This reduces the coven to a squabbling mess, so as a final act of witchcraft, each summons her ideal man, and leaves town with him.

Updike had long been criticised for being a misogynist, and this was intended as his answer to the feminists. It's a reflection on female power, what it consists of, what it can be used for, what are its limitations. The witchcraft is only a metaphor. It's also notable as one of the few Updike novels with well-rounded credible female characters. Being Updike, it still takes a man to get the ball rolling, the women break up over a man, and then find escape with a man at the end. The leopard only changed a few of his spots.

The movie for the first half follows Updike pretty closely, but then it veers off completely. Cancer? Homosexuality? Not in Hollywood, not in 1987. And DEFINITELY not in comedy. Instead of daring to go into this dark corner, it settles for a simple battle of magic between Nicholson and the Witches, with lots of special effects which now look pretty unconvincing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good entertainment
Very entertaining, enjoyed it very much, a film I can watch many times without getting bored of it, well worth buying
Published 1 month ago by S. Stretton
5.0 out of 5 stars The witches of Eastwick
Although this is a relatively old film, it has not really dated and still has quite a relevant story for today. It stars Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Russell
3.0 out of 5 stars It was good fun
We wanted to see it again after many years.......enjoyed watching it but hadn't realised how dated it was going to be!
Published 3 months ago by j.j. gourd
1.0 out of 5 stars Sub titles
love the film, BUT !!!!!! the DVD has sub titles that you can't get rid of it is very annoying!!! Also the sub titles don't match the speaking on the film!!!
Published 4 months ago by mrs c
2.0 out of 5 stars un watchable
The film is great....wish i could watch it...since the disc refuses to go beyond the first 2 minutes! NUFF SAID!
Published 4 months ago by Craig Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
This film came in 2 days and is brand new like they said and is a great film, so all good and would order from them again, cheers
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Published 5 months ago by S. J. Haley
5.0 out of 5 stars YES YES YES
Quite possibly the greatest film in the world, I love this and I just couldn't seem to find it elsewhere and I found it on Amazon although it is 2nd hand the quality of the dvd is... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kanika
5.0 out of 5 stars the witches of eastwick
very happy with this dvd got it with in a couple of days with no problems.very good film to watch.
Published 7 months ago by jennifer jowett
4.0 out of 5 stars witches of eastwick
very good film my children want to see it as their aunt was telling them about it , very good film
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