Bell, Book And Candle [DVD] [2002]

Great DVD, 98 minutes running time approx, fast dispatch, UK SELLERBell, Book and Candle (1958) is a sparkling, exotic and intelligent comedy based on John Van Druten’s original play about the unlikely subject of witchcraft in Manhattan. In his last romantic lead role, James Stewart is publisher Shep Henderson, sucked into the underworld of Greenwich

Great DVD, 98 minutes running time approx, fast dispatch, UK SELLERBell, Book and Candle (1958) is a sparkling, exotic and intelligent comedy based on John Van Druten’s original play about the unlikely subject of witchcraft in Manhattan. In his last romantic lead role, James Stewart is publisher Shep Henderson, sucked into the underworld of Greenwich Village by the extraordinarily beautiful Gillian Holroyd (Kim Novak). Their liaison kicks off when Gillian employs her skills to indulge in a bit of fun. By the time Shep gets wise and rejects the artificial premise for a relationship, she has sacrificed her powers to emotional awakening and all is set for a happy ending.

Largely thanks to an eccentric supporting cast, which includes Jack Lemmon as Gillian’s warlock brother, Hermione Gingold as a fruity nightclub owner and Elsa Lanchester as Gillian’s dotty aunt, the film has a delightfully off-centre quality. It’s also a bittersweet allegory about being different. “We forfeit everything and then we end up in a little world of separateness from everyone”, sighs Gillian. Novak is at the height of her beauty and here, as in her other 1958 triumph Vertigo (also with Stewart), her other-worldly quality fits the character so perfectly that her thespian limitations are well disguised. It’s entrancing in every sense.

On the DVD: , Book and Candle’s vibrant Technicolor explodes from the screen in this DVD release, which is enhanced for 16:9 widescreen televisions. Everything looks fresh and new–particularly the exotic nightclub scenes–and the mono soundtrack has lasted well. Extras include selected filmographies and original trailers, and detailed background in the booklet notes. –Piers Ford

Product Features

  • Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk has English audio and subtitles.

Comments

penedawn says:

You cannot not watch any James Steward film! No matter what the storyline you can’t go wrong with these films. The actors and actresses always brought something new to the table. You can hear what they are saying, there is always a joke element as they were their characters were well known from newspapers or the little news we sometimes had. Anyone involved from the call boy to the scriptwriter worked together and we will never see the likes of this sort of thing again. We rarely saw or knew about the background arguments and problems and…

Tinksjane says:

Review for upgrade to Blu ray from DVD only…and its top marks! I love this movie so much! You never see it on TV or the movie channels. Anyway, I have the DVD already but its very grainy and not great sound on the one I have, so I thought I would try this, for english speaking you just go to the sound menu and select english and you select off for the subtitles and away you go. The quality of picture against my DVD is amazingly better and for an older movie I would say this is really good! Very clear intact and the sound is great. I am really happy…

Carla Tate says:

Now that’s a witch! What a great movie! The story of a witch and her upstairs neighbour, it’s not like you’d expect. It’s certainly not as sweet and domestic as the TV show ‘Bewitched’. There’s a dark, slighty nasty edge to it that I found refreshing. When this witch casts a spell — she doesn’t wiggle her nose. She falls into a trance and hums a rather unearthly tuneless incantation while staring into the eyes of her cat. It’s all very agreeably sinister for a romantic comedy made in the 50s. Definitely worth a…

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