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Bewitched: Season 1 [DVD]  
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The complete first season of the popular family comedy series which centres around a young, very much in love couple, the female half of which happens to be a witch. Elizabeth Montgomery plays the beautiful young Samantha Stephens, very much in love with her home and family, but constantly harried by her witchy mother, Endora (Agnes Moorehead), to return to her witcherly ways. Endora is a witch of the old school who doesn't go for any ecumenicalism between mortals and her world. She can't for the life of her understand what her lovely daughter Samantha sees in that ridiculous human Darrin Stephens (Dick York). Darrin is constantly infuriated by Endora. He's in love with his very own witch and he wants her to give up witchcraft completely. Of course, if Samantha were to do that for a whole year, she could become a mortal herself. Episodes comprise: 'I, Darrin, Take This Witch, Samantha', 'Be It Ever So Mortgaged', 'Mother Meet's What's His Name', 'It Shouldn't Happen To A Dog', 'Help, Help, Don't Save Me', 'Little Pitchers Have Big Fears', 'The Witches Are Out', 'The Girl Reporter', 'Witch Or Wife?', 'Just One Happy Family', 'It Takes One To Know One', 'And Something Makes Three', 'Love Is Blind', 'Samantha Meets The Folks', 'A Vision Of Sugar Plums', 'It's Magic', 'A Is For Aardvark', 'The Cat's Meow', 'A Nice Little Dinner Party', 'Your Witch Is Showing', 'Ling Ling', 'Eye Of The Beholder', 'Red Light, Green Light', 'Which Witch Is Which?', 'Pleasure O'Reilly', 'Driving Is The Only Way To Fly', 'There's No Witch Like An Old Witch', 'Open The Door Witchcraft', 'Abner Kadabra', 'George The Warlock', 'That Was My Wife', 'Illegal Separation', 'A Change Of Face', 'Remember The Main', 'Eat At Mario's' and 'Cousin Edgar'.
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Much has been said about the availabilty of the Black & White set in the US aswell as the Colour version but only the the Colour set being available in the UK. I was initally disappointed with this but have bought the colourised version anyway being wary that the Black & White NTSC version which could be purchased direct from the US would not play aswell on my DVD player.
It must be said that the colouring of the episodes by the studio is exceptional - you really wouldn't know this process has been used and I've compared these episodes with later ones I have on video and you really can't tell the difference.
That said I wish the studio had given the choice between the formats on the same discs but no doubt that would have used up too much space.
This is a very fine well overdue set of a great 1960's US sitcom which undoubtedly I'm sure J K Rowling has used as a little bit of inspiration for her Harry Potter Books - particulary the marvellous episodes featuring Aunt Clara!
This was the premise for the beloved iconic 1960's television series, Bewitched. It starred Elizabeth Montgomery as the beautiful witch who fell in love with an marred a mortal, Dick York (in the first 5 seasons) as the young mortal Darrin Stevens, an advertising executive, who became her husband, the marvellous Agnes Moorehead (dig her hair and eye shadow!) as Sam's upset mother, and their best friends (and Darrin's boss and his wife) Larry and Louse Tate (played by David white and Irene Vernon). Sam wishes to fit into the human world and help Darrin live his ordinary life the same as any other man, but she simply finds it difficult to not twitch her nose and unbreak casserole dishes, or get a little help hanging pictures, and "unimportant" things such as that. Unimportant except for the fact every neighbourhood has at least ONE nosy housewife, and hers lives across the street.....Gladys Kravitz (played by Alice Pearce). Gladys is always trying to get the law, various politicians, neighbours, and her long suffering husband, Abner (George Tobias) to believe the bizarre things she sees.
This television series was groundbreaking. It not only was Samantha the first TV character to have divorced parents, but it was also the show that brought the occult into the mainstream with witches as likeable characters. Later TV shows through the decades owe a lot to this series, and indeed, Charmed even paid homage to it and its '60's sensibilities in an episode.
This box set is for series 1.Read more ›
But aside from that minor gripe, I had never seen this series before. It has a style and endearing quality which I find impossible to dislike, and even the not-so-successful episodes pass me by with barely a ripple of annoyance. It's also a great slice of mid-60s middle class Americana (except for all the witchcraft).
There have been times over the years (since watching this as a kid in the holidays) when I wondered about the back-story to Bewitched, I mean how did Darren, a mortal with hair you could cook chips in, manage to land an über-babe wife like Samantha? How did they ever meet, where did she come from, what was she doing in the mortal world, why is he so hung up on her magical abilities, and what's the big problem with the mother-in-law of all mother-in-laws? And what does Samantha do all day?
Sadly these aren't really addressed. I would have liked to have seen a few episodes of tricky dating, and then meeting the respective families... and Darren gradually suspecting and then finding she's a witch, of course.Read more ›
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Brought as a Christmas Present, so can not comment on this book.Published 20 months ago by Mr. W. Kozlowski
Brilliant DVD. I always loved the Bewitched series when it was televised many years ago and we are getting a lot of pleasure from watching episodes again :)Published 21 months ago by Carol
Excellent package for children. From the '60 s series but still very witty and fun. Something the whole family can watchPublished on 23 Feb. 2014 by gilbert