Sitcom `Bewitched' suddenly reappears

New on DVD

June 30, 2005|By Susan King | Susan King,LOS ANGELES TIMES

With the feature film version of the long-running sitcom Bewitched starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell now in theaters, Sony Home Entertainment is releasing the first season of the series on DVD ($40), as well as the ill-fated 1977 spin-off Tabitha ($30).

The Complete First Season of the 1960s ABC series is being offered in the original black-and-white and a colorized version. Elizabeth Montgomery became a star on Bewitched. She was perfectly cast as Samantha, a vibrant, intelligent and beautiful young woman who just happens to be a witch.

The series featured Oscar-nominated actress Agnes Moorehead as her colorful mother, Endora; legendary British actor Maurice Evans as her warlock father; Alice Pearce and George Tobias as Samantha and Darrin's neighbors, the nosy Gladys Kravitz and her husband, Abner; and delightful Marion Lorne as Aunt Clara.

Though the show is still funny, it is amazing how chauvinistic Darrin could be. Samantha spends her days cooking and cleaning and, in one episode, Darrin asks her to "get my dinner" without even a thank you.

The four-disc set includes a retrospective featurette "The Magic Unveiled," as well as the tongue-in-cheek "Magic and Mishaps," which looks at the various goofs in the episodes.

Five years after Bewitched flew off ABC for rerun heaven, ABC premiered the unfunny Tabitha, starring Lisa Hartman as Samantha and Darrin's grown-up daughter now working at a local TV news program. The series lasted 12 episodes.

Also new

Coach Carter (Paramount, $30): Samuel L. Jackson stars in this true story of Ken Carter, a high school basketball coach who takes a ragtag squad of players at a Richmond, Calif., school and turns them into champions.

The digital edition won't win any championships (where's the audio commentary with director Thomas Carter?). There's a decent profile of the real Ken Carter and a standard mini-documentary on the movie's basketball sequences, a music video and some deleted scenes.

Miss Congeniality 2 -- Armed and Fabulous (Warner Home Video, $28): Neither critics nor audiences embraced this sequel to the hit 2000 Sandra Bullock comedy about an FBI operative who goes undercover at a beauty pageant. A deleted scene is the puny extra.

Hostage (Miramax, $30): Bruce Willis goes the action-thriller route once more in this underrated release that finds the actor giving one of his better performances. As a former Los Angeles hostage negotiator, now working as a small-town police chief, he finds himself involved in two hostage crises -- one involving his estranged wife and teenage daughter (real-life offspring Rumer).

Coming Tuesday

Hide and Seek, Bride and Prejudice and In My Country.

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