Bell, Book and Candle [DVD] [1958]

Bell, Book and Candle gets a fair DVD reissue from Columbia TriStar Home Video that doesn't offer any additional features to fans of this "nonconformists as witches" movie. Thankfully, all the technical aspects of the DVD edition of this late-'50s romantic comedy are fine. The movie is returned to its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio in a clean anamorphic widescreen transfer, and the audio track is well balanced in a Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono mix. Besides Jack Lemmon's sly comic supporting performance, the movie's best asset is James Wong Howe's lush widescreen camera work, which is presented beautifully on this DVD. Perhaps a future DVD release of the movie could contain a documentary featurette that charts the continued cult interest in Bell, Book and Candle.
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Special Features

  • Digitally Remastered Audio & Anamorphic Video
  • Production Notes
  • Interactive Menus
  • Audio: English (Mono) Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Vintage Advertising
  • Talent Files
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Scene Selections

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Bell, Book and Candle
John Van Druten's stage comedy Bell Book and Candle starred Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer on Broadway. The 1958 filmed version stars James Stewart and Kim Novak, fresh from their successful teaming in Hitchcock's Vertigo. Novak plays Gillian Holroyd, a genuine, bonafide witch. Falling in love with publisher Sheperd Henderson (Stewart), Gillian casts a spell on him, obliging him to dump his fiancee and rush to her side. All of this goes against the grain of Gillian's mentor Mrs. De Pass (Hermione Gingold), who does her best to counterract the love spell. Meanwhile, Gillian's wacky warlock brother Nicky (Jack Lemmon) courts disaster by coauthoring a book on black magic with pompous, bibulous novelist Sidney Redlitch (Ernie Kovacs). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • James Stewart
    James Stewart - Shepard Henderson
  • Kim Novak
    Kim Novak - Gillian Holroyd
  • Jack Lemmon
    Jack Lemmon - Mickey Holrod
  • Ernie Kovacs
    Ernie Kovacs - Sidney Redlitch
  • Hermione Gingold
    Hermione Gingold - Mrs. De Pass

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