Tuesday, 1 July 2014

DVD Review - Bewitched: Seasons 3 & 4

Bewitched: Seasons 3 & 4
Starring: Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Agnes Moorehead
Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Retail: $14.98
Running Time: 27 hours 52 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Buy Link: Amazon


Arriving on DVD last week is the Bewitched: Seasons 3 & 4 Combo Pack from Mill Creek Entertainment, featuring 66 hilarious episodes on 6 discs. That's nearly 28 hours our magical entertainment for less than $15!

I believe almost every adult has heard or has seen Bewitched, the longest-running supernatural sitcom, airing from 1964-1972 on ABC and later entering into syndication heaven (currently airing on Antenna TV). The basic plot was simple, Darrin Stephens (played by Dick York) bumps into Samantha (played by Elizabeth Montgomery), they fall in love and quickly tie-the-knot. It is on the wedding night that he learns that she is in fact a witch!

Season 3 starts with a bang (plus, the fact that it is the first episode of the series to be aired in color), as Samantha learns that her daughter, Tabitha, (despite being half-human) has magic abilities; something she would like to keep from Darrin, who later finds out by the second episode of the season. With frequent visits from her mother, Endora (played by Sandra Gould), Aunt Clara and Uncle Arthur, Samantha has more to worry about than just Tabitha's magic activities.

The series added a twist during the 4th season when Samantha takes over the duties of the Queen of the Witches. Meanwhile, Endora tries to babysit, but Tabitha's magic runs amok.

The 66 episodes on the six-disc set are:

Season 3
Nobody's Perfect
The Moment of Truth
Witches & Warlocks Are My Favorite Things
Accidental Twins
A Most Unusual Wood Nymph
Endora Moves In For A Spell
Twitch Or Treat
Dangerous Diaper Dan
The Short Happy Circuit of Aunt Clara
I'd Rather Twitch Than Fight
Oedipus Hex
Sam's Spooky Chair
My Friend Ben
Samantha For The Defence
A Gazebo Never Forgets
Soapbox Derby
Sam In the Moon
HoHo The Clown
Super Car
The Corn Is As High As A Guernsey's Eye
Trial And Error Of Aunt Clara
Three Wishes
I Remember You - Sometimes
Art For Sam's Sake
Charlie Harper, Winner
Aunt Clara's Victoria Victory
The Crone of Cawdor
No More Mr. Nice Guy
It's Witchcraft
How To Fail In Business With All Kinds Of Help
Bewitched, Bothered and Infuriated
Nobody But A Frog Knows How To Live
There's Gold In Them Thar Pills
Season 4
Long Live the Queen
 Toys In Babeland
Business, Italian Style
Double, Double... Toil And Trouble
Cheap, Cheap
No Zip In My Zap
Birdies, Bogies and Baxter
 Safe and Sane Halloween
Out Of Sync, Out Of Mind
That Was No Chick, That Was My Wife
Allergic To Ancient Macedonian Dodo Birds
Samantha's Thanksgiving To Remember
Solid Gold Mother-In-Law
My What Big Ears You Have
I Get Your Nannie...You Get My Goat
Humbug Not To Be Spoken Here
Samantha's Da Vinci Dilemma
Once In a Vial
Snob In The Grass
If They Never Met
Hippie Hippie Hooray
A Prince Of A Guy
Mc Tavish
How Green Was My Grass
To Twitch Or Not To Twitch
Tabatha's Cranky Spell
I Confess
A Majority Of Two
Samantha's Secret Saucer
The No-Harm Charm
Man Of The Year

Yes, Seasons 3 & 4 were released several years ago to DVD from Sony Home Entertainment, but Mill Creek Entertainment required the rights to Sony's large film and television library and are now re-releasing Bewitched on DVD, but at a more affordable price. The two season combo pack is priced under $15!

Though some of the plots are a little silly, Bewitched is meant to be a fun family sitcom. The humor in each episode is still funny, even though the series being fifty-years-old. Despite the fact that there are eleven episodes jammed onto each disc, the episodes have a pretty decent quality to them. There are no extras on the discs. When I reviewed seasons 1 & 2, a few people asked me if the famous Screen Gems logo was featured after each episode and, sadly the logo is still missing from the Season 3 & 4 episodes. Overall, Bewitched: Seasons 3 & 4 is a treat to watch.

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

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Billy for reviewing another Mill Creek reissue of an earlier Sony DVD release. I'm certain the comments about no extras and Screen Gems logo would be appreciated by purist collectors of retro TV on DVD.


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