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Bewitched - The Complete Fourth Season


TITLE: BEWITCHED - THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: October 24, 2006 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
Color/ 1967-8
MSRP: $39.95
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 33
Running Time: approx. 837 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: N/A
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English, Spanish and Portuguese languages; Spanish, Portuguese subtitles; closed-captioned.
Special Features: Sony TV DVD Previews


Introduction:

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment brings us another season of Bewitched on DVD, this time The Complete Fourth Season! Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Agnes Moorehead, all return for more spellbinding and magic! Join a harried Darrin while he watches helplessly as Samantha, Endora, and their extended family of witches and warlocks conjure up love, potions, space visitors, Leonardo da Vinci, and even Prince Charming himself. Paul Lynde and Emmy award winner Marion Lorne are back as well in this great four-disc DVD collection featuring all 33 episodes from the series’ fourth season. So join Elizabeth Montgomery in … Bewitched!


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Season four has a lot of classic episodes such as the season premiere “Long Live the Queen,” where Sam turns queen; “Double, Double…Toil and Trouble,” in which Endora convinces Serena to play Sam to trick Darrin; “Out of Sync, Out of Mind,” is the one where Sam loses her voice thanks to Aunt Clara; “Samantha’s Thanksgiving to Remember” has Aunt Clara zapping the Stephens and Gladys to Plymouth; “My, What Big Ears You Have,” is the one where Endora gives Darrin those big ears; “Humbug to be Spoken Here,” is the one where Sam reforms a skinflint on Christmas Eve; “Once in a Vial” is the one where Endora drinks a love potion intended for Sam; and “Splitsville” is the one where Gladys leaves her husband and moves in with the Stephens family.

Some famous guests this season include Bernard Fox as Dr. Bombay; Dick Wilson; Charles Lane as Mr. Mortimer; and TV workhorses Parley Baer & Burt Mustin. Recurring actors include Paul Lynde, Sandra Gould, Marion Lorne, Kasey Rogers, and George Tobias.


Packaging:

Like the previous sets, we get nice slim cases! This set is a four-disc set, so this we have two slim cases, each holding two discs each. But before we get to the full slim case details, let’s go back to the box. The cover of the box is a nice green color scheme. It has the attractive Bewitched logo in script with a photo of an animated Samantha on top of that. There is a nice photo of Samantha in the middle, with Darrin with big ears to the left and Endora to the right in a nice city type of background. The back of the box has synopsis of the show and the set, with three nice snapshots on the left side.

On the front of each slim case, there are pictures of various cast members. Case 1 has a hippie Samantha, Darrin and Endora. Case 2 has Samantha, Endora & Tabitha and Darrin. On the back of each case, there is a listing of all of the episodes on the discs contained inside as well as a brief description of those episodes.

The art contained on the discs is simple, green color with the city skyline in the background and pictures of different characters on each disc. Disc 1 has a picture of Samantha, Disc 2 has a picture of Darrin, Disc 3 has a picture of Endora, and Disc 4 has a picture of Gladys. Disc 1 contain episodes 1-9, Disc 2 contains episodes 10-17, Disc 3 contains episodes 18-25, and Disc 4 contains episodes 26-33 (and the bonus previews crap). Again, an old Sony catalog comes with the packaging. It needs to be updated, it is not even funny.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menus are pretty simple like the previous sets. Each menu screen on each of the four discs is different. It starts off with an animated showcase of Sam (each disc is different) twitching you to the menu screen. Disc one menu is pink, the disc two menu is green, disc three menu is tan, and disc four menu is blue. They have one thing common; they have an animated Darrin & Sam. The theme song plays in the background (and it does loop if you stay awhile). The options are: Play All Episodes, Episode Selections, and Languages. The Episode Selections option takes you to a simple menu where you can choose the episode you want to see (pictures from the episodes are shown in what appears to be picture frames on a wall). Languages allow you to select what Audio and Subtitles you want. Bonus Previews option is on disc four.


Video and Audio Quality:

Overall the episodes look very good and I was pleased with the video quality. There were no major compression issues even with many episodes per disc. All episodes appear to be unedited with run times all over 25 minutes. The audio track is pretty good, in Dolby Digital mono. There are no major problems, and the volume is at a good level. Chapter stops are available at the right places. We have about 5 stops. The new Sony Pictures logo is at the end of each episode running like 5-7 seconds. The FBI warning is 37 seconds and is available at the start of the first episode on each disc…but you can chapter skip it. The following are the runtimes for each episode:

Disc one
1. “Long Live the Queen” 25:19
2. “Toys in Babeland” 25:06
3. “Business, Italian Style” 25:19
4. “Double, Double…Toil and Trouble” 25:20
5. “Cheap, Cheap” 25:21
6. “No Zip in My Zap” 25:16
7. “Birdies, Bogies and Baxter” 25:21
8. “A Safe and Sane Halloween” 25:18
9. “Out of Sync, Out of Mind” 25:24

Disc two
10. “That Was No Chick, That Was My Wife” 25:27
11. “Allergic to Ancient Macedonian Dodo Birds” 25:22
12. “Samantha’s Thanksgiving to Remember” 25:21
13. “Solid Gold Mother-In-Law” 25:25
14. “My, What Big Ears You Have” 25:22
15. “I Get Your Nannie…You Get My Goat” 25:21
16. “Humbug to Be Spoken Here” 25:26
17. “Samantha’s Da Vinci Dilemma” 25:19

Disc three
18. “Once in a Vial” 25:25
19. “Snob in the Grass” 25:21
20. “If They Ever Met” 25:24
21. “Hippie Hippie Hooray” 25:23
22. “A Prince of a Guy” 25:25
23. “McTavish” 25:23
24. “How Green Was My Grass” 25:20
25. “To Twitch or Not to Twitch” 25:22

Disc four
26. “Playmates” 25:23
27. “Tabitha’s Cranky Spell” 25:21
28. “I Confess” 25:13
29. “A Majority of Two” 25:20
30. “Samantha’s Secret Saucer” 25:21
31. “The No-Harm Charm” 25:22
32. “Man of the Year” 25:18
33. “Splitsville” 25:20


Special Features:

The first two sets had great extras, this set and the previous set has nothing but previews for Da Vinci Code, Bewitched Movie, Pink Panther Movie, Ladies Night TV, Dynamic Duos TV, and ‘80s Hits Movies. All the TV trailers are so old. Again, it is not even funny anymore Sony!


Final Comments:

Yet another release for Bewitched, Sony has been good to Bewitched. Sony usually has no release pattern and it is anybody’s guess when a subsequent season will follow. I wish we had some extras again, because this is turning into the typical Sony set (just episodes), but thankfully there are NO edited episodes on these DVDs, Sony usually throws in a few for some sets, but none for Bewitched that I know of. I would not expect any more extras, but I hope I'm wrong. It is more important to just get every season on DVD—unedited. We are now halfway through the series! Let’s bring on seasons 5-8 and hopefully we finish in two years or less and not four years if Sony slows down. But for now zap yourself to buy this set!


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 10/10/06

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