Bewitched: The Complete First Season (Bilingual) [Import]
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In every way, Samantha and Darrin Stephens are a perfectly normal, all-American couple, except for one small detail...Samantha's a witch! And although she promised her husband on their wedding night never to use her powers, Samantha can't seem to resist performing a quick trick or two to get out of a jam. Further complicating matters is Samantha's mother, Endora, who is appalled that her daughter married a mere "mortal" and does her spell-assisted best to break them apart!
Elizabeth Montgomery stars as Samantha Stephens, a pretty, typical American housewife who just happens to be a witch in this beloved comedy classic. Included in this magical DVD collection is the Emmy (r) Award-winning series entire first season- 36 episodes that introduce one of the funniest ensemble casts in TV history. Dick York as Samanthas mortal husband Darrin, Agnes Moorehead as his witch-of- a-mother-in-law Endora. Alice Pearce as nosey neighbor Gladys Kravitz, George Tobias as her oblivious husband Abner and Marion Lorne as dotty Aunt Clara. Join them and a whos who of 60s pop icon guest stars- Adam West, Raquel Welch, Peggy Lipton and Arte Johnson- in this enchanting, charming, and hysterically funny look at the suburban lifestyles of the witch and famous.
My stars! The first, and perhaps most magical, season of Bewitched still casts an enchanting spell. For escapist fantasy, this series, no doubt inspired by the play Bell, Book and Candle, broke significant television ground. The Stephens were sitcoms' first mixed marriage. Advertising executive Darrin Stephens (Dick York) was mortal, and wife Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) was a witch. According to a retrospective segment included on this four-disc set, the Stephenses were also the first couple to sleep in one bed! And Samantha's mother, Endora (the venerable Agnes Morehead), and father, Maurice (Maurice Evans, most popularly known as Dr. Zaius in the original Planet of the Apes, were TV's first separated couple. Surely, Darrin did for advertising what Dick Van Dyke's Rob Petrie did for comedy writing. And nose-twitching Samantha certainly gave Mary Tyler Moore's Laura Petrie a run for the money in the sexy suburbanite sweepstakes. This high-concept series' saving grace was that Darrin insisted that Samantha not engage in any "hocus-pocus." But in this first season, she would be compelled to use her extraordinary powers to right social wrongs (such as derogatory-witch stereotypes in the Halloween episode "The Witches Are Out"), champion the underdog (a lonely boy whose overprotective mother won't let him play baseball in "Little Pitchers Have Big Fears"), or to restore a troubled boy's Christmas spirit ("A Vision of Sugar Plums"). Or, she might just want to turn the tables on an insulting former girlfriend of Darrin's (the pilot, "Darrin, Take This Witch, Samantha").
York and Montgomery had palpable chemistry. They also received able support by a stellar ensemble of character actors. Alice Pearce and Marion Lorne would earn Emmys for their signature roles as busybody neighbor Mrs. Kravitz and dotty Aunt Clara, respectively. George Tobias portrayed oblivious. long-suffering Abner Kravitz, with David White as Darrin's boss, Larry Tate. In today's more PC climate, Bewitched may offend the "ban Harry Potter" crowd. But for baby boomers especially, this inaugural set will happily conjure up vintage television memories. --Donald Liebenson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This was one of my favourite series when I was growing up. It is very humourous, witty, and very good family entertainment. Although there have been many take offs on this original series, the original remains the best - no comparison! I think one of the differences is that the magic in the original series is a support for the storyline, whereas in some of the imitation series the magic seems to be overdone and takes over the main storyline. This is not the case in the original series though. Elizabeth Montgomery was really outstanding in her role as Samantha and I just love the part when she wrinkles her nose.
I'm still trying to figure out which version to purchase. I usually like colourized versions, but as I haven't read positive comments about it, I'm not sure if I want to get that this time. My fear is that there will be some disgruntled customers when they find out they would prefer the other version to the one they bought. I mean really, most of us can't afford to buy both versions!
The movie version (Will Ferrell & Nicole Kidman) wasn't able to recreate this magic. Hope to keep adding to my collection (got Season 1 & 2) for nostalgia....couch-potato style! :)
Bewitched: Season 2
DVD Episodes Include :
I Darrin, Take This Witch, Samantha
Be It Ever So Mortgaged
It Shouldn't Happen To a Dog
Mother Meet What's His Name
Help, Help, Don't Save Me
Little Pitchers Have Big Fears
The Witches Are Out
Witch or Wife
The Girl Reporter
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
A Is For Aardvark
The Cat's Meow
A Nice Little Dinner Party
Your Witch Is Showing
Eye of the Beholder
Red Light, Green Light
Which Witch Is Which?
Driving Is the Only Way to Fly
There's No Witch like An Old Witch
Open the Door, Witchcraft
George the Warlock
That Was My Wife
A Change of Face
Remember the Main
Eat At Mario's
Elizabeth Montgomery ... Samantha Stephens
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this is another true example of easy going tv comedy show that let me think on good times ...no suspense, no headaches, no mystery no destruction...of any kind... Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2013 by sergio
An excellent price for a full season of "Bewitched". Good quality DVDs that bring back a lot of fun memories.Published on July 11 2013 by email@example.com
It is Awesome. The shows are so good I just love them all. Even the Books. Would recommend to everyonePublished on April 16 2013 by Donna Viel
This truly brought back wonderful childhood memories, and the magic was before its time. How could you not fall in love with Aunt Clara!Published on Dec 28 2012 by janet A.
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