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WITCHES OF EASTWICK: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Three single women in a small New Egland town in the US Alexandra, Jane and Sukie (Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer) are whisked into their secret fantasy as their wishes are kinda fulfilled by the flamboyant stranger, Daryl Van Horne (Jack Nicholson) who arrives in town and takes up residence in a huge old mansion on top of the hill. But there is always a price

"The Witches of Eastwick DVD may be low on special features, but this certainly doesn't lessen the impact of this fabulous movie experience. John Williams' inventive, lively score whisks us into a world where the ordinary is pitted against the extraordinary and with exotic, magical results. There's info on the cast and crew, and you can check out the trailer or view with English, Arabic, Polish, Greek, Czech, Turkish, Hungarian, Icelandic or Croatian subtitles. The navigation could be a bit more user friendly; you may want to spend your time finding those special scenes that deserve replaying. My favourite is the one where Cher's character storms into the mansion, to find Jack Nicholson hunched over an ironing board, battling to iron a shirt. ("There aren't enough Orientals in town," he muses). What is it that has made this 'horny little devil' so pissed off? He just wants a little bit of attention. That's all. After all, isn't that what any man wants? A little bit of affection, a little trust, a little respect. Women were they an accident, or were they created on purpose? Perhaps Michael Cristofer's screenplay (based on the book by John Updike) has touched on points which are of relevance and consequence to many males be they devilish or not. There are sentiments here that could well be the script of choice for at least one person I know. This 1987 movie is totally undated the strength of its stellar superstar cast has acquired more credence over the past decade. This is truly one of the classic DVDs that are simply must-buy for your collection."
Louise Keller

"I can't imagine who Louise is talking about ("you talkin' ta me?") when she says this would be a script of choice for someone she knows. . . but being a male, I do respond to Jack's dilemma there, be he the Devil or not. And let's face it, this was written by men. As for the DVD itself, I agree with Louise that it's a timeless and entertaining film that is worth owning on DVD. George Miller's assured direction, combining humour and drama, is helped by some terrific performances from all the cast, the stars in particular. While the basic supernatural premise is never made fun of, Miller and co have terrific fun with it, manitaining the credibility of their scenario without insulting our intelligence. Clever balance. The DVD offers text extras of star biographies and background info on the making of the film - bearing in mind how long ago it was made, it's not surprising. But I would love George to record a commentary on the film one day. . . for a special Director's Edition."
Andrew L. Urban

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WITCHES OF EASTWICK (M15+)
(US)

CAST: Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer

DIRECTOR: George Miller

RUNNING TIME: 113 minutes

DVD RELEASE: December 1999

DISTRIBUTOR: Warner Home Video

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