Witches of Eastwick

Witches of Eastwick

4.2 5
Director: George Miller

Cast: George Miller, Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon

     
 

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Although the film (from a novel by John Updike) is slightly twitchy in places, especially with more detailed shots, the Dolby Digital Surround 5.1 Audio rolls capably forth, doing the soundtrack full justice. The DVD is reversible, standard on one side and widescreen on the other, and the soundtrack can be played by itself. Special features include "Cast and Crew"… See more details below

Overview

Although the film (from a novel by John Updike) is slightly twitchy in places, especially with more detailed shots, the Dolby Digital Surround 5.1 Audio rolls capably forth, doing the soundtrack full justice. The DVD is reversible, standard on one side and widescreen on the other, and the soundtrack can be played by itself. Special features include "Cast and Crew" (biographies and filmographies, all text); a featurette titled "Conjuring Eastwick" (the elaborate sets for which were shot in Cohasset, MA); "A Bewitching Look Back" at the history of witchcraft; an "Awards" section; and the theatrical trailer. Also included are recommendations for other films. English, French, and Spanish subtitles and soundtracks may be utilized.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Whatever one thinks of the possibly sexist overtones in the film, there is little doubt that The Witches of Eastwick is a tour de force for Jack Nicholson as horny little devil Daryl Van Horne. Sure he has big showy scenes, like the closing monologue in the church, but watch his interplay with each of the three lead actresses to see a talented actor at the top of his game. With Cher's Alex he is direct, with Sarandon's Jane he is passionate, and with Pfeiffer's Sukie he is gentle. That he can make each of these seductions different, but believable, shows the range and skill of a performer often underestimated by a public who thinks of "Jack" as a celebrity first and an actor second. The actresses who play these scenes with him are, for the most part, up to the challenge. Sarandon, shedding the pinched, matronly look of the beginning of the film for a passionate wild-woman, seems to be having the most fun. Pfeiffer is delicate and vulnerable without coming across as mousy or helpless. She makes it easy to believe that Daryl actually does soften when he is near her. Cher invests Alex with a feistiness the audience normally associates with the actress, but she suffers because Daryl seduces her by being even more feisty. Once she succumbs, she has been beaten at her own game and recedes slightly as a character because of it. There is not much to recommend in the film apart from the performances. The screenplay reveals its schematic structure early on and never figures out how to get out of the route it has established. The special effects-laden finale seems terribly out of place considering the strength of the film is in the performances. However, the dénouement, with Daryl's face on a large television monitor, talking to his three infant sons, does a good job of reminding the audience what was best about this interesting hybrid of supernatural romance and horror.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/20/1997
UPC:
0085391174127
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:58:00

Special Features

Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Interactive menus; Production notes; Scene access; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English and Français; Subtitles: English, Français, Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Nicholson Daryl Van Horne
Cher Alexandra Medford
Susan Sarandon Jane Spofford
Michelle Pfeiffer Sukie Ridgemont
Veronica Cartwright Felicia Alden
Richard Jenkins Clyde Alden
Keith Jochim Walter Neff
Carel Struycken Fidel
John Blood Deli Counterman
Eugene Boles Minister
James T. Boyle Doctor
Helen Lloyd Breed Mrs. Biddle
Ron Campbell Ice-Cream Counterman
Corey Carrier Lenoi School Band (cymbals)
Lansdale Chatfield Doctor
Heather Coleman Ridgemont Child
Margot Dionne Nurse
Keith Joakum Actor
Jane A. Johnston Woman at Market
Becca Lish Mrs. Neff
Ruth Maynard Mrs. Biddle's Friend
Harriet Medin Woman at Market
Caroline Struzik Carol Medford
Carole Ita White Cashier

Technical Credits
George Miller Director
John Armstrong Animator
Christine Baur Stunts
Rob Bottin Makeup Special Effects
Neil Canton Producer
Rob Cohen Executive Producer
Michael Cristofer Screenwriter
Hubert de la Bouillerie Editor
Don Devlin Executive Producer
Leonard Engelman Makeup
Donna Evans Stunts
Richard Francis-Bruce Editor
Alan R. Gibbs Stunts
Michael S. Glick Production Manager
Chris Green Animator
Peter Guber Producer
Michael Lantieri Special Effects
Ellen Lichtwardt Animator
Mark Mansbridge Art Director
Joe Mitchell Set Decoration/Design
Wallis Nicita Casting
Ben Nye Makeup
Michael Owens Special Effects Supervisor
Jon Peters Producer
Polly Platt Production Designer
Art Rochester Sound/Sound Designer
Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Sessa Set Decoration/Design
Spike Silver Stunts
Chris Soldo Asst. Director
Dave Howard Stein Art Director
Stan Tropp Set Decoration/Design
John Updike Source Author
John Williams [composer] Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1-- Standard
0. Jump to a Scene
1. Eastwick Ladies. [3:55]
2. Stormy Graduation. [4:17]
3. The Martini Trio. [2:31]
4. Man of Desires. [3:44]
5. Nameless Stranger. [4:26]
6. Vocal Enthusiasm. [2:08]
7. Name's Van Horne. [1:59]
8. Fish, Frank Talk. [4:53]
9. Horny Little Devil. [5:19]
10. Inside Felicia. [3:54]
11. Hocus-Pocus. [4:28]
12. Blazing Strings. [4:22]
13. Everyone's Invited. [2:54]
14. Unusual Tennis Game. [3:41]
15. Getting Natural. [3:00]
16. Frolic for Four. [2:46]
17. When Eyes Open. [1:24]
18. A Serpent Loose. [3:11]
19. Let the Music Flow. [2:21]
20. Front-Page Scandal. [3:18]
21. Another Cherry. [5:53]
22. Eruption of Rage. [1:50]
23. Women Trouble. [5:36]
24. Fears Made Real. [5:31]
25. What Man Wants?!? [6:10]
26. Prodigals Return. [1:35]
27. Casting a Spell. [4:35]
28. Mistake/On Purpose? [3:45]
29. Reckless Driving. [2:49]
30. Final Confrontation. [4:45]
31. 18 Months Later. [2:58]
32. End Credits. [3:44]
Side #2 -- Widescreen
0. Jump to a Scene
1. Eastwick Ladies. [3:55]
2. Stormy Graduation. [4:17]
3. The Martini Trio. [2:31]
4. Man of Desires. [3:44]
5. Nameless Stranger. [4:26]
6. Vocal Enthusiasm. [2:08]
7. Name's Van Horne. [1:59]
8. Fish, Frank Talk. [4:53]
9. Horny Little Devil. [5:19]
10. Inside Felicia. [3:54]
11. Hocus-Pocus. [4:28]
12. Blazing Strings. [4:22]
13. Everyone's Invited. [2:54]
14. Unusual Tennis Game. [3:41]
15. Getting Natural. [3:00]
16. Frolic for Four. [2:46]
17. When Eyes Open. [1:24]
18. A Serpent Loose. [3:11]
19. Let the Music Flow. [2:21]
20. Front-Page Scandal. [3:18]
21. Another Cherry. [5:53]
22. Eruption of Rage. [1:50]
23. Women Trouble. [5:36]
24. Fears Made Real. [5:31]
25. What Man Wants?!? [6:10]
26. Prodigals Return. [1:35]
27. Casting a Spell. [4:35]
28. Mistake/On Purpose? [3:45]
29. Reckless Driving. [2:49]
30. Final Confrontation. [4:45]
31. 18 Months Later. [2:58]
32. End Credits. [3:44]

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