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Thursday, June 26

DVD Review - Witches Of East End: The Complete First Season


Witches Of East End: The Complete First Season
Starring: Julia Ormond, Mädchen Amick, Rachel Boston, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Daniel Di Tomasso, Eric Winter
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Retail: $29.98
ASIN: B00JF5GAZA
Running Time: 431 minutes
Rating: TV-14

Review:

Arriving on DVD yesterday is the supernatural Lifetime series, Witches Of East End: The First Complete Season, based on the popular book franchise by Melissa de la Cruz. Special Features include Falling Under Their Spell, deleted scenes, gag reel and cat bloopers.

The series centers around Joanna Beauchamp (played by Julia Ormond), a single mother raising her two twenty-something daughters, Freya Beauchamp (played by Jenna Dewan Tatum) and Ingrid Beauchamp (played by Rachel Boston). Ingrid works at a library, while Freya works as a bartender at The Bent Elbow and is engaged to the handsome and wealthy Dash Gardiner (played by Eric Winter). After the surprise arrival of Joannas long-estranged sister, Wendy Beauchamp (played by Mädchen Amick), Freya and Ingrid learn a startling family secret - they are actually witches!

Joanna and Wendy were both banished by their father from the magical world of Asgard. A curse was put on Joanna, where she must watch her daughters die at a young age. After their deaths, she becomes magically pregnant again with Ingrid and later with Freya. She watches them grow up with their witchcraft heritage, which eventually leads to their deaths, over and over again. Finally, Joanna came to the decision not to tell her daughters about their witchcraft abilities, but there is an evil entity that is out for blood and she has no choice but to let the girls embrace their family's magical legacy.

The ten episodes on the 3-disc set are:

  • Pilot
  • Marilyn Fenwick, R.I.P.
  • Today I Am A Witch
  • A Few Good Tailsman
  • Electric Avenue
  • Potentia Noctis
  • Unburied
  • Snake Eyes
  • A Parching Imbued
  • Oh, What a World!
After seeing countless advertisements for the series, plus the fact that I like anything with a supernatural plot, I was one of the 1.67 million (average for the season) viewers that turned in week after week to watch the soap opera-stylized supernatural drama last October. Yes, the series is campy with silly dialogue at times, but in a fun Charmed-like way. After watching two-episodes, I started reading the books by Melissa de la Cruz. While I did like the books, I like the series slightly better, mostly for the character, Wendy Beauchamp, whom was created just for the television series. The special features on the DVD aren't that interesting, except for the a few bloopers and deleted scenes. Overall, the Witches of East End: The Complete First Season is an entertaining series and I recommend it as must-watch before the Second Season's premiere on Sunday, July 6th!


*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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6 comments:

  1. I don't have a favorite character as I haven't had a chance to watch this yet. I've been wanting to, though! I was just talking about it earlier today.

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  2. I don't have a favorite since I haven't watched it yet. I see the commercials but haven't seen any of the episodes.

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  3. I like the character of Ingrid Beauchamp

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  4. My favorite character is Joanna. Thanks for the giveaway. BWallace1980(at)Hotmail(d0t)com

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