Bewitched - The Complete Third Season

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Is that YOU, Gladys???

May 2, 2008
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Pros:all epsiodes present, in order and unedited

Cons:takes some getting used to the new Gladys Kravitz, no extras

The Bottom Line: More great supernatural hilarity for the whole family


Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

Once upon a time, there was an all American Girl, who bumped into an all American Boy. And bumped into him......and bumped into him......until....

They went out, fell in love, and got married.

He was a rising advertising executive. She was a witch. And Mama was NOT happy.

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Season three of Bewitched brought many changes to life at 1164 Morning Glory Circle. For starters, the Stephen's baby, Tabitha, goes from the chubby little black haired infant darling to cute curly, blonde haired and blue eyed tot who begins to display her witchly powers with the development of childish wishcraft. The second change is long time nosy neighbour Gladys Kravitz. Sadly, award winning Alice Pearce died at the end of season two from terminal cancer, so after limping along without her for several episodes, the decision tor recast the role was made and Sandra Gould took the role. This takes some getting used too, as she simply was different in so many ways to her predecessor. While good, she simply did not have quite the same character in her features to play homely, neurotic Gladys and relies far too much on shrillness. This Gladys is also always immaculately dressed and coifed, which is distinctly at odds with our previous experiences of Gladys Kravitz, who always dressed comfortably and sensibly, and was a health nut where it came to food.She is enjoyable however and perfectly good in the role, as long as one does not draw strict comparisons, as the two are quite simply apples and oranges!

Other changes to the show would come in the form of additional new characters. In addition to the usual recurring cast of guest characters, such as the endearing but bumbling Aunt Clara and the irascible Endora, we also get the practical joke playing warlock Uncle Arthur (Paul Lynde) and the fabulously wacky witch doctor, Dr Bombay (Bernard Fox).They are all welcome additions to the cast, who despite the odd mediocre script scattered here and there, managed to put in stellar performances that garnered them several award nominations. Indeed, the quality of the scripts overall this season is excellent, with the few clunkers being far outweighed by the number of truly good scripts, many of which remained memorable decades later and that I was pleased to see again. The introduction of more family members helped add dimension to the lies of Sam and Darrin, and breathed fresh lie into what could have become a very stale franchise.

The transfer from film to DVD was well done, with the episodes restored so that the original broadcast is what we get to watch. There is no fear of colour mismatching from computerised colourisation, either, as this was the first of the series to be actually filmed in colour. So we get all the real tones and shades, without any glaring mistakes here and there. Sound quality is also quite good, though as it is in mono, you may find you need to compensate by turning the volume up slightly in order to hear clearly. Where the ball was dropped here though was in the lack of extras. Whereas season one and two gave us the delightful Bewitched, Bewildered, and be Bloopered feature covering mistakes and mishaps for each of those individual seasons, there are absolutely no extras, with the studio declaring on the Amazon description, " with the sight of the ravishing Montgomery in a castle-maid costume, who needs extras in this otherwise charmed four-disc set?" Well, the answer is, I do. I like the extras, especially as they give little tidbits of trivia out. It's a small niggle admittedly, and one I can live with, especially seeing as at the very least the studio did not try to cut costs by doing those horrible double sided discs!

All in all, at the price it is and with all 32 of the original episodes present and in correct broadcast order, this is of sound value, and very entertaining. It's fun, feel good TV that you can sit and watch by yourself, or with family, and nothing untoward will crop up to sully your child or shock your granny into moral outrage. While full of nostalgia, it hasn't dated badly unlike a lot of other shows of past decades which have, and is very watchable, again, and again, and again.


Recommend this product? Yes


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Better than Watching TV
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children up Ages 8


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