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Bell, Book and Candle [Blu-ray] (1958)

Jack Lemmon , Kim Novak , Richard Quine  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jack Lemmon, Kim Novak, James Stewart, Ernie Kovacks, Hermione Gingold
  • Directors: Richard Quine
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, Limited Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Twilight Time
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007T9XRF0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,421 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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LANGUAGE: English. VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1. AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA MONO. SUBTITLES: English SDH. 1958 / Color. 103 MINUTES. NOT RATED. REGION FREE. Limited Edition of 3,000 Units. Exclusive distribution for Twilight Time provided by Screen Archives Entertainment.

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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming, colorful, quirky.....bewitching. October 28, 2001
Adapted from the stage comedy of the same name, Bell Book and Candle stars Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, fresh from their successful teaming in Hitchcock's Vertigo. Novak plays Gillian Holroyd, a genuine, bonafide witch who runs a south seas antiquities shop. Falling in love with her neighbor, publisher Sheperd Henderson (Stewart), Gillian casts a spell on him. With help from her aunt (Elsa Lanchester), she obliges him to dump his fiancee, and ex college rival, and rush to her side. All of this goes against the grain of Gillian's Endora-like mentor Mrs. DePass (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 Sidney Redlitch (Ernie Kovacs). Legend has it that a witch can neither cry or fall in love. If she falls in love, she will lose her powers....can you guess what happens?
Rumor has it that this is the inspiration for the televisions series Bewitched. There are several striking, undeniable similarities. This film was released in 1958, and I find it just as enjoyable today as I'm sure it was then. Memorable performances by Novak as the icy-cool Gillian and Stewart in his last "romantic leading man" role drive the film. Jack Lemmon and Elsa Lanchester add a lot of quirky flavor as Gillian's spell casting family. Fast pacing, clever writing, great costumes and fabulous eye-popping technicolor make this a film worth watching over and over. It's sure to cast a spell on you too.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky Romantic Film January 4, 2000
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If watching unpredictable films are your cup of tea, Bell, Book and Candle is the one to watch. The teaming of James Stewart and Kim Novak is excellent. The supporting roles from Elsie Manchester and Jack Lemmon bring a touch of comedy to the movie. And the sloppiness of Ernie Kovacs as the snooping author brings dimension to the story.
A scene at the Zodiac Club where Lemmon bangs on the bongos with his combo brought the atmosphere of the counterculture of the late 1950s in Greenwich Village. It was hilarious when the band blared their tune of "Stormy Weather" and speeded it up in front of James Stewart's character's fiance. You could feel the tension between Kim Novak and the woman since Novak's character was a witch, and was falling for Shep(Stewart) she got Nickie(Lemmon) to get the band to annoy Novak's rival. I thought this scene stood out.
Though some make think the movie is outdated, it is not at all. I loved the wintery street scenes of New York during Christmas time and the swurling colors of purple, pink,and green throughtout the film. The soundtrack was good too.
An excellent romance film, but also a film of relationships of characters from different worlds.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bewitching May 8, 2005
Shepherd "Shep" Henderson (Jimmy Stewart) is a nice, normal, everyday kind of guy. He is a publisher with everyday problems and works in an everyday kind of office. His fiancé, on the other hand, is much less than everyday, being the beautiful, and slightly obnoxious, Merle Kittridge (Janice Rule). When Shep's neighbor Gilliam "Gil" Holroyd (the always stunning Kim Novak) becomes irked with Merle, she decides to cast a spell on Shep to make him fall in love with her. Be careful what you ask for, sometimes you get it.

At the beginning of this movie Merle acts in a way that makes the audience generally dislike her. While we have yet to like Gil, we know that Merle is a manipulator. Thus, we find it easy to accept what Gil does to Shep and indirectly to Merle. Unfortunately for Gil, the more she is around Shep, the more she grows to like, and then love him. Of course, there is the inevitable heart breaking scene when Shep discovers, and believes, that she is a witch. There are moments near the end of the movie where you want the two to get together, but you wonder whether it can possibly happen. Kim Novak's Gil is perfectly played in the closing moments, where all of us want to smack Shep and tell him to wake up to the fact that Gil truly loves him and that love has changed her forever.

This movie features an excellent cast of supporting characters. Jack Lemmon is Gil's brother Nicky Holroyd. Nicky is the kind of warlock who enjoys doing little things, such as turning lights off and on, and tricking people. However, Nicky is humorously harmless. Hermione Gingold is Bianca de Passe, a rival witch to Gil, who has a more traditional approach to witch craft that appears relatively old-fashioned compared to Gil's modern sophistication.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic, fun and quirky July 25, 2000
By Kali
This is a delightful film with Jimmy Steward and Kim Novak that tells story of a family of witches in modern day (1950s) America. Kim Novak is the aloof young witch who makes it her task to take Stewart away from his snooty girlfriend who just happens to be an ex-college friend of Novak's. Casting a spell over Stewart is initially easy but Novak soon falls foul of her own powers when her act of revenge becomes an act of real love for her hapless victim. Unfortunately witches who fall in love, loose their powers, and Novak soon finds she can no longer control her cat familiar Pyewacket who is the source of her powers. This causes her real heartaches as she strives to gain Stewart's love by mortal means and there are many rib ticklingly funny moments as the young witch learns that human love can be painful as it is wonderful. Jack Lemmon in one of his earlier roles plays her nutty but likable Warlock brother who spends most of his time in a nightclub banging out funky rhythms on his bongo drums and Ernie Kovics is great as an eccentric author drawn into the plot by his interest in the supernatural. This is a gentle fun film that sparkles even forty years on, with its wry wit, superb photography and cracklingly good music score that has your feet tapping long after the film has ended. Well worth watching if you like a romantic, supernatural comedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars He has wonderful facial expressions and that makes the movie so...
This is a slow paced movie but what else would you expect out of Jimmy Stewart. He has wonderful facial expressions and that makes the movie so wonderful and funny.
Published 12 hours ago by Sherri Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars and at that time I I thought it wasn't a very good one, I stil do
It was december of 1958 that I saw this movie , the first time, and at that time I I thought it wasn't a very good one,
I stil do. NeverthelessI enjoyed it. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Adolfo Gomez
4.0 out of 5 stars The stars in this movie are excellent and make the story work
The stars in this movie are excellent and make the story work. I miss this type of entertainment with true talent.
Published 7 days ago by Everett Van Hawes
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of nostalgia
"Bell, Book and Candle" began life as a Broadway play. It was brought to the screen with James Stewart in the lead, the same set of characters, and notably a screen... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Charlie Aukerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
Classic Hollywood. Enjoyable movie with the beautiful Kim Novak and the always charming Jimmy Stewart. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Margaret
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent item
Published 16 days ago by James T. Bain
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great classic.
Published 18 days ago by T. Landis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 19 days ago by Tammy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
How can you ask for a better movie. Just love everything about this movie. The acting is fantastic. The old movies are really the best movies.
Published 19 days ago by Dream_Catcher_male
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thank you
Published 21 days ago by Merrie
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