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Bell, Book And Candle [DVD] [2002]

4.5 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews

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  • Actors: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Hermione Gingold
  • Directors: Richard Quine
  • Writers: Daniel Taradash, John Van Druten
  • Producers: Julian Blaustein
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Aug. 2002
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006AFIH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,611 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Meet Gillan Holroyd (Kim Novak), Greenwich Village's most seductive sorceress. Powerful, glamorous,and a wee bit bored, Gillian knows that witches can't fall in love. But they can have fun... especially if their lover belongs to another woman! So when Gillian discovers handsome new neighbor Shep Henderson (James Stewart) is the fiance of an old college nemesis (Janice Rule), she promptly puts the befuddled publisher under her spell. But while her sex hex may have heated up Shep's heart, it hasalso unthawed her own, leading to a romantic complication that not even Pyewacket, Gillian's mind-reading cat, could have foreseen. Presented in eye popping Technicolor transfer that beautifully captures James Wong Howe's stunning cinematography, BELL, BOOK and CANDLE co-starring Jack Lemmon, ErnieKovacs, Hermione Gingold and Elsa Lanchester is "a delightful spoof on witchcraft with the cast members at their very best." THE MOTION PICTURE GUIDE!

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Bell, Book and Candle (1958) is a sparkling, exotic and intelligent comedy based on John Van Druten's original play about the unlikely subject of witchcraft in Manhattan. In his last romantic lead role, James Stewart is publisher Shep Henderson, sucked into the underworld of Greenwich Village by the extraordinarily beautiful Gillian Holroyd (Kim Novak). Their liaison kicks off when Gillian employs her skills to indulge in a bit of fun. By the time Shep gets wise and rejects the artificial premise for a relationship, she has sacrificed her powers to emotional awakening and all is set for a happy ending.

Largely thanks to an eccentric supporting cast, which includes Jack Lemmon as Gillian's warlock brother, Hermione Gingold as a fruity nightclub owner and Elsa Lanchester as Gillian's dotty aunt, the film has a delightfully off-centre quality. It's also a bittersweet allegory about being different. "We forfeit everything and then we end up in a little world of separateness from everyone", sighs Gillian. Novak is at the height of her beauty and here, as in her other 1958 triumph Vertigo (also with Stewart), her other-worldly quality fits the character so perfectly that her thespian limitations are well disguised. It's entrancing in every sense.

On the DVD: Bell, Book and Candle's vibrant Technicolor explodes from the screen in this DVD release, which is enhanced for 16:9 widescreen televisions. Everything looks fresh and new--particularly the exotic nightclub scenes--and the mono soundtrack has lasted well. Extras include selected filmographies and original trailers, and detailed background in the booklet notes. --Piers Ford

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No matter what the storyline you can't go wrong with these films. The actors and actresses always brought something new to the table. You can hear what they are saying, there is always a joke element as they were their characters were well known from newspapers or the little news we sometimes had. Anyone involved from the call boy to the scriptwriter worked together and we will never see the likes of this sort of thing again. We rarely saw or knew about the background arguments and problems and the film industry was so tightly controlled you just enjoy your weekly if not nightly flea pit experience, some people went every night and new all the words to a T. Bell, Book and candle was yet another you must watch.
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As anyone who's ever watched this film, it's a great movie.
Unfortunately, quality control was forgotten on this version of the film.

At the 30 minute and 20 second mark of the film the movie breaks up for a second or two. There's no excuse for it.
I thought it was a glitch at first so I ran it through a few more times and there was no change.

Save your money and buy another version. I've bought several movies from Spain and this is the first one
that's not "A Okay."

Now, it's back to the drawing board.
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BEWARE !! - THIS 'BLU-RAY' is a copy on a recordable domestic blank Blu-Ray disc, it is NOT a GENUINE glass master and has a printed disc label, poor outer cover and untraceable barcode.

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Great product at great price.
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Caught this on Film 4 one day and I couldn't wait to watch it again. One of those movies that just makes you completely switch off, relax and let the world pass you by... My first time watching Kim Novak, too, and I think she's excellent.
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Nice Condition.Quick Delivery.
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Ok, maybe I am a sap, but no matter how many times I see this film, I still get a tear in my eye at the end. Cute and a bit quirky.
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Bell Book and Candle (there's no comma in the on-screen title) doesn't conjure up a genuine big screen classic romantic comedy out of John Van Druten's hit Broadway play, but it does make for an enjoyably glossy confection set in a snowy New York where most witches are broke despite supposedly having the power to conjure up their heart's desire because they aren't very good at it. Kim Novak's tribal art shop owner is good at it, and despite her policy of never stealing another woman's man makes an exception when old school bully Janice Rule is going to marry the publisher in the apartment upstairs, James Stewart, who turns out to be her heart's desire because she thinks "It might be pleasant to be humdrum once in a while." Naturally he falls under her spell just as surely as he did in Vertigo, albeit with lighter comic results in a film that's almost the romantic comedy version of Rosemary's Daddy - no paternity issues here, but chanting through the walls from Elsa Lanchester's dotty neighbour and Stewart all but selling his soul not for a motorbike commercial like John Cassavettes but the publishing rights to ill-informed supernatural expert Ernie Kovacs' next book on witchcraft in Manhattan.

Despite assembling a decent supporting cast, the focus is firmly on Stewart and, particularly, Novak at the height of her fame - the later perhaps not too surprising considering she and the film's director, Richard Quine, were an item at the time (Quine throws in a nice sight gag at his own expense in the title sequence).
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