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Bewitched - The Complete Fifth Season


TITLE: BEWITCHED - THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: July 10, 2007 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
Color/ 1968-69
MSRP: $39.95
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 30
Running Time: approx. 759 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 Fifth Season! Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Agnes Moorehead, all return for more spellbinding and magic at Morning Glory Circle! Join the Stephens family as Sam takes a trip back to 1868 New Orleans, Endora shrinks Darrin down to size, Serena tries her luck at computer dating, and Tabitha wreaks havoc in nursery school. The four-disc set contains all 30 episodes of season five from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, marking the final season with Dick York as Darrin. So join Elizabeth Montgomery in ... Bewitched!


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

This season is the last season with Dick York as Darrin, and he goes out with a bang with classic episodes! In the season premiere, “Samantha’s Wedding Present,” Endora tries to make peace with Darrin, but ends up shrinking him down to size ... gradually. Samantha is sent back in time to 1868 New Orleans by a jealous witch named Brunhilda, who happened to be Serena's boyfriend's wife in “Samantha’s Goes South for a Spell.” In “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall,” Endora turns Darrin into the most self-centered, conceited person on earth. Uncle Arthur switches Samantha and Darrin's voices, and they try to keep a depressed Louise and Larry from finding out in “Samantha Loses Her Voice.” The Witches Council takes away Samantha's powers when she refuses to break up with Darrin in “Samantha’s Power Failure.”

Some famous guests this season include Dick Wilson, Jack Cassidy, Isabel Sanford, Vic Tayback, Jonathan Harris, Henry Gibson, and Danny Bonaduce. Recurring actors include Bernard Fox, Paul Lynde, Sandra Gould, Robert F. Simon, Marion Lorne, Kasey Rogers, Maurice Evans, and George Tobias.


Packaging:

Like the previous sets, we get nice slim cases! This set is a four-disc set, like the last one, so 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 blue 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 Tabitha & Darrin to the right and Endora to the left in a nice city type of background with a huge moon. 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 Samantha, with Darrin and Tabitha to the left. Case 2 has another shot of Samantha, with Mrs. Kravitz and Endora on top. 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, blue in 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 Tabitha. Disc 1 contain episodes 1-7, Disc 2 contains episodes 8-15, Disc 3 contains episodes 16-23, and Disc 4 contains episodes 24-30 (and the bonus previews crap). When you take the discs out, you will see nice photos surrounding the slim case inside. Again, a Sony catalog comes with the packaging. It is actually updated, too...stating Married...with Children Season 7, The King of Queens Season 9, and I Dream of Jeannie Season 4 are coming soon, which is true, as all are in September.


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 purple, 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. Almost exactly the same as the previous set. I think it was 100% actually.


Video and Audio Quality:

Bewitched has been pretty good in video for previous sets. This set is not as good though in terms of video quality. There are some episodes that look outstanding. However, there are quite a few where you will notice a little too bright in color. This can be easily noticed during the blue opening and closing credits. “Cousin Serena Strikes Again, Part 1” (the last episode on disc two) is VERY bad in video quality. It is almost unwatchable. In addition, why is that episode the last one on the disc? That is a 2-part episode and the second part is the first one on disc three. 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 seconds. The FBI warning is available at the start of the first episode on each disc...but you can chapter skip it. Some other interesting facts: During the closing credits for the episode “Samantha’s Wedding Present,” instead of just the animated Sam during the credits, we get Darrin & Sam on a cloud! Also, even more better, on the closing credits for “One Touch of Midas,” that animated Darrin & Sam is there once again, but instead of a cloud, we get a Chevrolet logo! So cool that Sony left that in there, but it has appeared on TV it seems, as this YouTube video shows: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U__rPJkdRdY

The following are the runtimes for each episode:

Disc one
1. “Samantha’s Wedding Present” 25:04
2. “Samantha Goes South for a Spell” 25:06
3. “Samantha on the Keyboard” 25:06
4. “Darrin, Gone and Forgotten” 25:06
5. “It’s So Nice to Have a Spouse” 25:05
6. “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall” 25:22
7. “Samantha’s French Pastry” 25:21

Disc two
8. “Is It Magic or Imagination?” 25:16
9. “Samantha Fights City Hall” 25:20
10. “Samantha Loses Her Voice” 25:21
11. “I Don’t Want to Be a Toad, I Want To Be a Butterfly” 25:19
12. “Weep No More, My Willow” 25:05
13. “Instant Courtesy” 25:21
14. “Samantha’s Supermaid” 25:20
15. “Cousin Serena Strikes Again, Part 1” 25:09

Disc three
16. “Cousin Serena Strikes Again, Part 2” 25:20
17. “One Touch of Midas” 25:22
18. “Samantha, the Bard” 25:19
19. “Samantha, the Sculptress” 25:20
20. “Mrs. Stephens, Where Are You?” 25:18
21. “Marriage, Witches’ Style” 25:22
22. “Going Ape” 25:18
23. “Tabitha’s Weekend” 25:20

Disc four
24. “The Battle of Burning Oak” 25:20
25. “Samantha’s Power Failure” 25:22
26. “Samantha Twitches for UNICEF” 25:24
27. “Daddy Does His Thing” 25:20
28. “Samantha’s Good News” 25:22
29. “Samantha’s Shopping Spree” 25:19
30. “Samantha and Darrin in Mexico City” 25:19


Special Features:

The first two sets had great extras; the last three sets have had nothing but previews. Previews for this set are Norman Lear TV, Bewitched Movie, I Dream of Jeannie DVD, and Ladies Night TV. All the TV trailers are so old. Again, it is not even funny anymore Sony! The Lear one is new though, but still it has no upcoming previews.


Final Comments:

I think Sony tries to release at least two Bewitched sets in a year. We got season four in October, which was almost 9 months ago. I hope that we get season six, the first with Dick Sargent as Darrin, by Halloween. If this pattern continues, which I doubt since Sony is erratic, we could be finished with this series by Halloween 2008 (S6 in Halloween 2007, S7 in July 2008, and S8 by Halloween 2008). That is just my take. Faster would be better, but two a year is fine by me! Let’s just hope they don’t drag it longer than that. As for this set, it is decent, but the video quality is certainly a letdown. Other than that, the set is on par with the last three sets, and of course down from the first two where we got great special features. So pretend your Elizabeth Montgomery and get on your broom to the video store to buy this DVD, or better yet - ride your broom in your house and just buy it on Amazon.com by clicking below!


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

Video Quality: 3.5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 06/26/07

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