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Bewitched - The Complete Sixth Season


TITLE: BEWITCHED - THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: May 6, 2008 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
Color/ 1969-70
MSRP: $39.95
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 30
Running Time: approx. 760 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: N/A
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English, Spanish, French and Portuguese languages; Spanish & Portuguese subtitles; Closed-Captioned.
Special Features: Sony TV DVD Previews; Minisodes


Introduction:

After a long 10-month wait, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment brings us another season of Bewitched on DVD, this time The Complete Sixth Season! Dick Sargent takes over the role of Darrin Stephens joining Elizabeth Montgomery, Agnes Moorehead, Erin Murphy, and David White all return for more spellbinding and magic at Morning Glory Circle! Also joining the series in a recurring role is Alice Ghostley playing the shy Esmeralda. This is also the season where Samantha gives birth to her second child, Adam. Join the Stephens family as we see Tabitha running away to be in “Jack and the Beanstalk” because she is jealous of her baby brother, Darrin being frozen into a mirror when Sam’s dad Maurice finds out the baby isn’t named after him, Endora being upset at Samantha celebrating Halloween, so she turns Darrin into a warlock. Paul Lynde returns as Uncle Arthur botching his magic hat trick at Tabtha’s birthday party and a Playboy bunny comes out! So join Elizabeth Montgomery in ... Bewitched! (Now the theme music is stuck in your head, isn’t it?)


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

This season is the first season with Dick Sargent as Darrin, as we mentioned...and I think I liked Bewitched the best these last few seasons with Sargent as Darrin. As I mentioned before, Dick Sargent joins the cast in “Samantha and the Beanstalk,” in which Tabitha is jealous of the new baby and runs away to this classic...literally. In “Samantha’s Yoo-Hoo Maid,” Alice Ghostley joins the cast as Esmeralda the bumbling shy witch. Samantha gives birth to her second child and Maurice (Sam’s dad) makes sure that everyone who passes by falls in love with the baby in “...And Something Makes Four.” The very next episode has Maurice raging mad because the new baby is not named after him in “Naming Samantha’s New Baby.” Samantha is working on Halloween costumes for a UNICEF benefit and Endora is dismayed at Samantha for celebrating Halloween in “To Trick or Treat or Not to Trick or Treat.” In the two-part episode, “Daddy Comes For a Visit/Darrin the Warlock,” Maurice gives Darrin a magic watch, giving him magical powers, much to the dismay of Samantha. Esmerelda brings up the real Santa Claus and cannot get him back to the North Pole in “Santa Comes to Visit and Stays and Stays.” Phyllis (Darrin’s mom) catches Samantha using her magic powers and does not really know what to think...what will happen? Find out in “Samantha's Secret is Discovered.” Tabitha wants to go to the park, but Samantha tells her that she has many chores to do around the house...so Tabitha creates “another” Samantha in “Tabitha's Very Own Samantha.” In “Generation Zap,” with a touch of magic, Endora turns a client's sensible daughter Dusty Harrison into a raving sex machine with the hots for Darrin. Mr. Dinsdale, a handsome lady-killer client falls for Samantha because she looks like Serena in “Chance of Love.”

Some famous guests this season include Johnny Whitaker, Deacon Jones, Jack Cassidy, Bernie Kopell, Carol Wayne, John Fielder, Lloyd Bochner, Charles Lane, Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Henry Gibson, and Danny Bonaduce. Recurring actors include Alice Ghostley, Bernard Fox, Paul Lynde, Sandra Gould, Robert F. Simon, Mabel Albertson, 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 few, so we have two slim cases, each holding two discs each. However, before we get to the full slim case details, let’s go back to the box. The cover of the box is a nice light purple color scheme. It has the attractive Bewitched logo (saying Elizabeth Montgomery in) 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 left and Endora to the right in a nice city type of background with a huge moon, reminiscent of the opening credits. The back of the box has synopsis of the show and the set, with three nice snapshots on the left side, and continuing the night city setting.

On the front of each slim case, there are pictures of various cast members. Case 1 has Samantha featured, with an image each of Darrin and Tabitha to the left. Case 2 has another shot of Samantha, with Serena 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. All of this is similar to previous sets, so no surprises.

The art contained on the discs is simple, purple 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 1-8, Disc 2 contains episodes 9-16, Disc 3 contains episodes 17-23, and Disc 4 contains episodes 24-30 (and the bonus previews crap and minisodes). 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 not really up to date on some things...it says Married with Children Season 8 coming soon, but that was released already. It does have some actual correct coming soon wordings, such as I Dream of Jeannie S5 and Just Shot Me! S3.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menus are simple like the previous sets. Each menu screen on each of the four discs is different. It starts 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...just as the previous set. They have one thing common; they have an animated Darrin (yes, Sargent version) & 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 clouds 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. Audio is English, French, Spanish or Portuguese. Subtitles are either Spanish or Portuguese. Minisodes and Bonus Previews options are on disc four. The menus are the same as the previous set...well except for the addition of the minisodes.


Video and Audio Quality:

Bewitched has been good in video for previous sets. Although the last set was not as good, though in terms of video quality...but this set is MUCH better! Sony says in the press release that this set is digitally mastered, but the packaging does not say that, but I think it is...because it looks GREAT! Samantha must have uses witchcraft at Sony to fix the problem from the last set! All episodes appear to be unedited with run times all over 25 minutes (mostly about 25:20). The audio track is 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 and we have five chapter stops per episode. 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. In all, this set is much better in audio and video than the previous set!

The following are the runtimes for each episode:

Disc one
1. Samantha and the Beanstalk 25:20
2. Samantha’s Yoo Hoo Maid 25:20
3. Samantha’s Caesar Salad 25:21
4. Samantha’s Curious Cravings 25:21
5. And Something Makes Four 25:21
6. Naming Samantha’s New Baby 25:21
7. To Trick or Treat or Not to Trick or Treat 25:19
8. A Bunny for Tabitha 25:20

Disc two
9. Samantha’s Secret Spell 25:19
10. Daddy Comes to Visit 25:23
11. Darrin the Warlock 25:20
12. Samantha’s Double Mother Trouble 25:19
13. You’re So Agreeable 25:20
14. Santa Comes to Visit and Stays and Stays 25:19
15. Samantha’s Better Halves 25:20
16. Samantha’s Lost Weekend 25:22

Disc three
17. The Phrase Is Familiar 25:20
18. Samantha’s Secret Is Discovered 25:22
19. Tabitha’s Very Own Samantha 25:21
20. Super Arthur 25:20
21. What Makes Darrin Run 25:19
22. Serena Stops the Show 25:21
23. Just a Kid Again 25:19

Disc four
24. Generation Zap 25:21
25. Okay, Who’s the Wise Witch 25:20
26. A Chance on Love 25:23
27. If the Shoe Pinches 25:21
28. Mona Sammy 25:22
29. Turn on the Old Charm 25:21
30. Make Love, Not Hate 25:24


Special Features:

The first two seasons had great extras, but ever since we have not gotten anything at all, just the Sony Previews. Previews for this set are Blonde Ambition (movie), My Mom’s New Boyfriend (movie), Saawanya (movie), The Water Horse (movie), Ladies Night (TV), and ‘80s Hits (TV...but it actually movies, Sony can’t label it right). Just one TV trailer and it is so old. Again, it is not even funny anymore Sony!

We also have two Sony Minisodes from Sony’s Minisode Network. We get a Minisode of The Partridge Family, “Eleven Year Itch” that runs 5:35. Maybe we get this Minisode because Danny Bonaduce guest starred on Bewitched? We also have a minisode of I Dream of Jeannie, “Where’d You Go-Go?” that runs 5:02. I bet we have that because the series is somewhat similar to Bewitched. These are really to promote this online network.


Final Comments:

Between seasons four and five, we had a 9-month wait, now between seasons five and six we get a 10-month wait. Therefore, I would guess we would get season 7 in another 9-10 months or so. I hope they go at a faster pace again so we get seasons 7 and 8 faster. There are eight seasons of this show, and we are 75% finished now...just two more sets! Come on Sony, let’s release them faster! As for this set, it is decent, video quality is much better than the previous set that it is so noticeable. Other than that, the set is on par with the last four sets, and of course down from the first two where we got great special features. Get on board Samantha’s witchcraft on season six of Bewitched where the word of the season is “change,” because there is a lot of it...and it is good to have change because it works here! Bewitched!


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

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

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 04/27/08

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