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Bewitched
Bewitched - Special Edition (2005)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Nicole Kidman
Will Ferrell
Shirley MacLaine
Michael Caine
Jason Schwartzman
Heather Burns
Kristin Chenoweth
David Alan Grier
Steve Carell
Stephen Colbert
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Fantasy; Romance
Director Nora Ephron
Producer Nora Ephron; Penny Marshall
Writer Nora Ephron; Delia Ephron
Studio Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 102 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 5.0
Plot
As one of many in the ongoing trend of resurrecting old TV shows and turning them into contemporary Hollywood product, Bewitched tries awfully hard to distinguish itself. It succeeds in lots of surprising ways, not least of which is the star power brought by Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. Even if they don't create the kind of romantic chemistry that would have elevated the already high concept, they act as delightful foils to each other, but more often to themselves. The conceit of this Bewitched is that it's a self-reflexive look at the entertainment business, with Ferrell playing Jack Wyatt, an actor starring in an updated version of the classic TV show. Out of favor with the Hollywood elite and desperately in need of a hit, he insists on an unknown to play Samantha, as he wants the show to be about him, since if something doesn't come his way soon, he's going to be hearing a lot of no's, despite the yes-men surrounding him. While his agent (Jason Schwartzman in hilarious high Hollywood sleaze mode) gets him the "unknown Samantha" deal, it's Jack himself who discovers his own leading lady in the delightful figure of Isabel Bigalow (Kidman), who possesses just the right nose wiggle, not to mention other wiggles.

But wouldn't you know it, Isabel really is a witch, and exactly the kind of "good" witch trying to rely less on her magical powers that Samantha Stevens was back in her "real" world. Instead of a cranky mother like Endora, Isabel has a distinguished father, Nigel (Michael Caine) who lurks around her as a constant reminder that she can't be who she's not (a mere mortal), and she certainly can't be the star of some zany TV show. As the plot thickens and the movie's reflexivity grows more convoluted, Nigel falls for the non-witch actress who plays Endora (Shirley MacLaine), and Jack and Isabel fall for each other. Here's where the Ferrell/Kidman gel doesn't quite become aspic, but her perkiness (I mean, come on, it is Nicole Kidman, for crying out loud) and his goofiness (Ferrell is at his peak of intelligent bumbling) are more than enough to make the entirety of the proceedings a delectable trifle. Director Nora Ephron has fun skewering her own business in the script she co-wrote with her sister Delia, and her eye for quality craft makes everything sparkle as it should. Even if we have yet to see the definitive remake of an old TV show on the big screen, at least Bewitched is well more than run-of-the-mill as so many adaptations have been, and so many will be. --Ted Fry

Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 891
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 5/5/2007
Links Amazon US
IMDB
DVD Empire
Product Details
Edition Special Edition
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 043396102101
Release Date 10/25/2005
Subtitles English; French
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Deleted Scenes
Director's Commentary
Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
Witch Vision Trivia Track
and more!