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Bewitched - The Complete First Season (Black and White) (1964)

Elizabeth Montgomery , Dick York , Alan Rafkin , David Orrick McDearmon  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent, Agnes Moorehead, Lisa Seagram
  • Directors: Alan Rafkin, David Orrick McDearmon, E.W. Swackhamer, Ida Lupino, Joseph Pevney
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 21, 2005
  • Run Time: 917 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (318 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009B16TE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,837 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bewitched - The Complete First Season (Black and White)" on IMDb

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  • Featurette: The Magic Unveiled
  • Magic and mishaps

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My stars! The first, and perhaps most magical, season of Bewitched still casts an enchanting spell. For escapist fantasy, this series, no doubt inspired by the play Bell, Book and Candle, broke significant television ground. The Stephens were sitcoms' first mixed marriage. Advertising executive Darrin Stephens (Dick York) was mortal, and wife Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) was a witch. According to a retrospective segment included on this four-disc set, the Stephenses were also the first couple to sleep in one bed! And Samantha's mother, Endora (the venerable Agnes Morehead), and father, Maurice (Maurice Evans, most popularly known as Dr. Zaius in the original Planet of the Apes, were TV's first separated couple. Surely, Darrin did for advertising what Dick Van Dyke's Rob Petrie did for comedy writing. And nose-twitching Samantha certainly gave Mary Tyler Moore's Laura Petrie a run for the money in the sexy suburbanite sweepstakes. This high-concept series' saving grace was that Darrin insisted that Samantha not engage in any "hocus-pocus." But in this first season, she would be compelled to use her extraordinary powers to right social wrongs (such as derogatory-witch stereotypes in the Halloween episode "The Witches Are Out"), champion the underdog (a lonely boy whose overprotective mother won't let him play baseball in "Little Pitchers Have Big Fears"), or to restore a troubled boy's Christmas spirit ("A Vision of Sugar Plums"). Or, she might just want to turn the tables on an insulting former girlfriend of Darrin's (the pilot, "Darrin, Take This Witch, Samantha").

York and Montgomery had palpable chemistry. They also received able support by a stellar ensemble of character actors. Alice Pearce and Marion Lorne would earn Emmys for their signature roles as busybody neighbor Mrs. Kravitz and dotty Aunt Clara, respectively. George Tobias portrayed oblivious. long-suffering Abner Kravitz, with David White as Darrin's boss, Larry Tate. In today's more PC climate, Bewitched may offend the "ban Harry Potter" crowd. But for baby boomers especially, this inaugural set will happily conjure up vintage television memories. --Donald Liebenson

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Elizabeth Montgomery stars as Samantha Stephens, a pretty, typical American housewife who just happens to be a witch in this beloved comedy classic. Included in this magical DVD collection is the Emmy (r) Award-winning series’ entire first season- 36 episodes that introduce one of the funniest ensemble casts in TV history. Dick York as Samantha’s mortal husband Darrin, Agnes Moorehead as his witch-of- a-mother-in-law Endora. Alice Pearce as nosey neighbor Gladys Kravitz, George Tobias as her oblivious husband Abner and Marion Lorne as dotty Aunt Clara. Join them and a who’s who of ‘60s pop icon guest stars- Adam West, Raquel Welch, Peggy Lipton and Arte Johnson- in this enchanting, charming, and hysterically funny look at the suburban lifestyles of the witch and famous.

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211 of 229 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
At a time when interracial marriage was still making many Americans anxious, this sitcom helped to diffuse that real-life tension through a suburban fantasy. This show thus focuses less on the supernatural and more on issues of family, community, and idenity.

Thirty six episodes make up this 1964-1965 season. A 1963-filmed pilot episode is included in this season for good measure.

Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) is a witch who fell in love with and then married the mortal Darrin Stephens (who, for the first couple of seasons, is played by Dick York). Darrin accepts her `heritage' only on the condition that she now refrain from using witchcraft and `settle down' to be a normal American middle-class housewife.

To the horror of her mother Endora (Agnes Moorehead), Samantha has agreed to the request. But, Endora ultimately worried over nothing. Samantha herself soon discovers that giving up witchcraft was an impossible promise. Conflict between her promise and an often-more complicated reality drive this series' storylines.

Tensions immediately flare in the first season when an old flame of Darrin's (Nancy Kovak) invites them to a dinner party. Because Shelia Sommers is so obnoxious, Samantha breaks her promise in order to avoid being shown up in front of her husband. Beginning with this episode, Darrin recognizes that he cannot control when Samantha does/does not use her magic, and can only make suggestions. Whether this advice is taken then rests entirely with Samantha.

In "Be it ever so mortgaged" we meet Gladys and Abner Kravitz (Alice Pearce and George Tobias) who are the Steven's next door neighbors. Ever the busybody, Mrs. Kravitz begins a series-long tirade about `something weird going on over there'.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STILL "BEWITCHED" BY THIS MAGICAL TV SITCOM July 17, 2006
Format:DVD
"Bewitched: Season 1" is absolutely amazing to see in the new colorized version from Sony. I'll admit I was skeptical at first about purchasing the colorized version, however, Target ran a great sale on all three of the "Bewitched" seasons 1, 2 & 3, so I got them all. They did not have the Black & White versions available, so I got the color versions, and what a surprise to see these beloved episodes in glorious color! It's as though they were originally filmed in color and with no harsh glares or sloppy blurs, that usually accompanies colorized movies. One "reviewer" claims that the "Bewitched Season 1 -colorized version" has been edited for syndication and is missing omitted footage. And that the "Bewitched Season 1 -B&W version" is not edited and features the full-length episodes as they were originally aired. If anyone here has viewed both the "Colorized" and the "B&W" versions of "Bewitched: Season 1" and have found this to be true, please let us all know here in a "review." Here is a listing of "Bewitched: Season 1" episodes:

BEWITCHED: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (36 episodes)

I, DARRIN, TAKE THIS WITCH, SAMANTHA: Darrin and Samantha as newlyweds, with Samantha struggling to find the words to tell her new husband that she's a witch. Darrin gets zapped back to the hotel lobby in repeatedly funny sequences as he starts to enter the bedroom again and again.

BE IT EVER SO MORTGAGED: Darrin and Samantha find their perfect home on Morning Glory Circle, with nosy neighbor, Gladys Kravitz getting her first taste of magical mishaps, as Samantha and Endora zap the front yard of the new house with grass, trees, and flowers!

IT SHOULDN'T HAPPEN TO A DOG: Darrin's new client Mr.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make 'em like they used to October 19, 2005
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Maybe I'm stuck in the past, but I don't think that (most) modern TV programs can compare to the great writing and acting from the older shows. Bewitched is one of those shows from my childhood that still shines brighter than anything new on the air today. Unless you subscribe to one of those specialty TV stations that replay the oldies, this DVD set is a must!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! Bewitched on DVD! April 22, 2005
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This classic is long overdue on DVD. Here's the episode Guide for Season One:

1. I, Darrin, Take This Witch, - This magical 1960s series begins when Darrin and Samantha first bump into each other. They realize that they have real feelings for each other and they decide to get married. What Darrin doesn't know is that Samantha is a witch.

2. Be it Ever So Mortgaged - Darrin is buying a new house and wants Samantha to check it out. Samantha and Endora go to 1164 Morning Glory Circle and have a lot of fun rearranging the place with magic.

3. Mother Meets What's His Name - Gladys is unable to convince Abner that strange things seem to be happening at the Stephens' home.

4. It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog - Samantha gives a dinner party to impress Rex Barker, one of Darrin's clients. Rex brings along his date, Babs Livingston, but advances on Samantha in the garden when he gets drunk. To teach him a lesson in treating people with respect, Samantha changes him into a dog.

5. Help, Help, Don't Save Me - Darrin is thrown in for a loop trying to find a perfect slogan for the Caldwell Soup account. Samantha gives him spectacular ideas, and Darrin accuses her of using witchcraft and submits his own ideas.

6. Little Pitchers Have Big Fears - Samantha meets Marshall Burns, a boy whose overprotective mother outlaws everything fun for kids. To get his spirits up, Samantha takes Marshall to a baseball game so he can practice for the team.

7. The Witches Are Out - Samantha does not like Halloween because of the image that people have of witches: Ugly, mean, and Wicked. Samantha tries to get Darrin to see her way when he is working on a candy account.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, clean fun
Always adored Endora, Sam and Darrin as a kid and now as an adult. This season is a definite must have. Good, clean fun. Highly recommend.
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***** I'll never buy downloadable products from Amazon.com again. At least for me, it was complicated and I ended up not watching it. Read more
Published 25 days ago by William Castronuovo
5.0 out of 5 stars First and Best Season now in color
The best of the first two seasons. I love that they colorized the early episodes. Kids don't want to watch Black & White.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking 1960s Sit-Com Classic!
Bewitched was a groundbreaking, clever, unique, situation comedy that gently addressed our radically changing social and cultural values during the turbulent 1960s. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kipp Leyser
5.0 out of 5 stars ... I would never buy a "colorized" version for I like the original...
I vowed I would never buy a "colorized" version for I like the original black and white. However I will make a huge exception here. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Tuma
5.0 out of 5 stars ... hooked as a Kid and at 27 I still Love it!
My mom Got me hooked as a Kid and at 27 I still Love it!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bewiched Season 1 Rocks!!!
Season 1 which starred Dick York was the best season of them all...
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