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Bewitched - The Complete Second Season (Black and White) Bewitched - The Complete Second Season (Color)




DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
MSRP: $39.95
Number of Discs: 5
Number of Episodes: 38
Running Time: 967 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: 25 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: Both sets Closed-Captioned; Colorized set includes Spanish and Portuguese languages as well as Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Thai subtitles.
Special Features: "Bewitched, Bewildered and Be-Bloopered" (technical errors from the show) and Sony TV DVD Previews


After a very short four month wait, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment brings you The Complete Second Season of Bewitched in both color and in the original black & white! This season begins with some wonderful news. Samantha and Darrin are expecting a baby! More magical mishaps ensues this season as the couple prepares for and adjusts to the arrival of their first child, daughter Tabitha, who appears to have inherited Sam’s unusual talent! So join Elizabeth Montgomery in … Bewitched!

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

There are so many good episodes this season. All 38 could be considered memorable but I’ll try and break it down to the best of the best as best as I can. In the season premiere, “Alias Darrin Stephens” we hear of Sam’s wonderful news but Darrin is turned into a chimp by accident by Aunt Clara; “A Very Special Delivery” has Endora showing Darrin what it’s like to be expecting a baby—literally; “Trick or Treat” guest stars a very young and pre-Marcia Brady, Maureen McCormick as little Endora; Endora turns Darrin into an 8 year old in “Junior Executive;” “A Vision of Sugar Plums” is a rework of the first season episode and this episode is rarely seen in reruns; “And Then There Were Three” is exactly that as Sam’s baby finally arrives; another rare and reworked episode is where Sam meets Darrin’s parents for the first time in “Samantha Meets the Folks;” and there is also a two-part episode titled “Follow that Witch” in which a private detective blackmails Samantha.

Some famous guests this season include Maureen McCormick (“Trick or Treat”), Bill Mumy (“Junior Executive”), James Doohan (“A Strange Little Visitor”), Richard Dreyfuss (“Man’s Best Friend”), before he was Dr. Bombay on Bewitched, Bernard Fox played Osgood Rightmire (“Disappearing Samantha”), and before she was Esmerelda on Bewitched, Alice Ghostley guest starred as Naomi the maid (“Maid to Order”).


Like season one, we get nice slim cases! Like season one, one disc is contained on one side of the case and the other disc is on the other side--there is no overlapping at all. But this set is a five disc set, so this time we have three slim cases. The first two slim cases hold two episodes each and the third slim case holds just disc five (on the right side, if you are wondering). 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 purple background. 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 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 Samantha, Serena and Uncle Arthur. Case 2 has Samantha, Aunt Clara and Endora. Case 3 has Larry, Darrin and Samantha. 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, purple color with the city skyline in the background and pictures of different characters on each disc. Disc 1 has a picture of Uncle Arthur, Disc 2 has a picture of Serena, Disc 3 has a picture of Samantha, Disc 4 has a picture of Darrin and Disc 5 has a picture of Endora. Disc 1 contain episodes 1-9, Disc 2 contains episodes 10-18, Disc 3 contains episodes 19-27, Disc 4 contains episodes 28-36, and Disc 5 contains episodes 37, 38, and the special features.

Bewitched - The Complete Second Season DVD Menu Bewitched - The Complete Second Season DVD Menu

Menu Design and Navigation:

The menus are pretty simple like the first set. Each menu screen on each of the five discs is different. They have one thing common; they have an animated Darrin & Sam. The black & white set the options are: Play All Episodes and Episode Selection. On disc 5 there is also an option for Bewitched, Bewildered & Be-Bloopered along with Previews for other SPHE products. In the colorized set, the options that come up are Play All Episodes, Episode Selections, and Languages (only on the "In Color" set). 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 (which is available only on the "In Color" set) allows you to select what Audio and Subtitles you want. You can see a few menu shots above from the black & white set.

Video and Audio Quality:

Since there are two different sets, the video and audio quality isn't precisely the same on both sets. Both sets are closed-captioned, and every episode runs approximately 25:30-25:45, give or take a few seconds. There are chapters inserted at all of the appropriate places. The following subsections get into the specifics of the audio and video on each set.

Video and Audio Quality (Original Black and White):

The first two seasons of Bewitched were filmed in black and white. The episodes were remastered in high definition for this set. Overall, they look very good and I was pleased with the video quality. There are 9 episodes on each disc (except for disc 5), so I feel they could have spread them out a bit more. There were no major compression issues even with that many episodes per disc. All episodes appear to be unedited with running times 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. The black and white version includes closed captioning, but no other language tracks like the colorized set.

Video and Audio Quality (In Color):

There are no major concerns here. In fact, I was very impressed by how clean the video on this set was, and the audio quality, while not the most impressive thing I've ever heard, was a lot better than just adequate. There is a little bit of grain on the picture (what would you expect for a show that is over 40 years old?), but other than that, I didn't see any problems with the video. One tidbit fans might notice, both sets have the 1966 opening credits, like in syndication. So we see the third season opening sequence, rather than the first season.

I was impressed by how these episodes looked. Everybody remembers the colorization of various television shows and movies from the past, where nothing looked natural and the colorization was bad enough to make the movie or program unwatchable. However, Sony has done a great job of the colorization on this set, and I would be tempted to say that the episodes look EXACTLY like the later seasons of Bewitched, which were originally in color anyway. There are a few problems with the colorization, but they are really only related to the issue of hair color, like we mentioned in the season one review.

The colorized set includes English, Spanish, and Portuguese audio, as well as Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Thai subtitles. Although there are no English subtitles, the set is still closed-captioned, just as the black and white set is. The audio quality on the Spanish and Portuguese audio tracks (for those that may be interested) is horrible to say the least. The audio sounds like it is coming through a pay telephone, the voices sound nothing like the actual actors, and most music and laugh tracks are missing from these audio tracks. Fortunately, for the majority of the people that purchase this set, the English audio quality is fairly decent, in Dolby Digital mono.

I Dream of Jeannine coming to DVD soon

Special Features:

Disc 5 contains "Bewitched, Bewildered & Be-Bloopered" (6:55), which is basically just a bunch of clips from the second season where a narrator shows where technical errors were made in the show, somewhat like those old Classic TV Rewinds that Nick at Nite used to air. There are also previews for the Bewitched movie, The Partridge Family S1 DVD, Classic Comedy, Classic Urban TV, and I Dream of Jeannie DVD. All are old trailers except for the Jeannie DVD trailer, which is very neat and nice to know that it is coming, despite it saying “own it on DVD today.” The special features are exactly the same on both sets. Since the special features include actual footage from the show, it is important to note that regardless of which set you purchase, both of them have color footage this time in the special features. Last time it was black & white clips.

Final Comments:

Sony released this set quite fast compared to most of their other sets. They released season one when the Bewitched movie came to theaters in June. They released this set when the movie came to DVD. So, what will they do for Bewitched S3 since they’ll have nothing else to do for the movie? I hope this doesn’t mean the show will now slow down on DVD or just disappear, like Barney Miller and Charlie’s Angels. Let’s hope they pair up Jeannie and Bewitched next time, for double the magic. This set wasn’t as good as season one in terms of special features, but the episodes are just as good, if not better. This is the last season of the option of having Bewitched in black & white, so expect every other season in color. Bewitched originally aired in black & white for its first two seasons then moved on to color for the rest of its run. I’d buy season two in black & white, since I like how things aired originally. But if you bought season one in color, buy season two in color, then if the rest of the series is released, you’d have everything in color. And if you are a diehard fan, buy both in color and b&w!

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

Video Quality (Original Black and White): 4/5
Video Quality (In Color): 4.5/5
Audio Quality (Original Black and White): 4/5
Audio Quality (In Color): 4/5
Special Features: 3/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal (b&w) / skees53 (color) on 10/06/05

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