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Season Of The Witch Blu-ray Review


“Season of The Witch” never quite lives up to its potential.

“Season of the Witch” (AKA “Hungry Wives” or “Jack’s Wife”) tells the story of a seemingly normal suburban wife and mother named Joan. Joan feels trapped and unhappy about her life as her husband is frequently away on business trips and her daughter has grown up. After having her curiosity piqued by a neighbor who practices witchcraft, Joan decides to dabble in it herself. From here on out, Joan finds her world turned upside down.

Written and directed by George A. Romero, 1973’s “Season Of The Witch” is a psychological drama/horror film that never quite comes together. The set-up is strong and the potential is there, but everything feels underdeveloped. Had the film dug deeper into Joan’s transformation to the dark side (if you will) and focused more on the witchcraft element, it might have succeeded more. As is, ‘Witch’ feels like its juggling multiple stories that don’t quite gel properly. On top of that, Romero strangely fixates on talky scenes that go on for far too long. Joan’s first encounter with Gregg, for instance, causes the movie to slow to a crawl. The scene overstays its welcome and takes up far too much of the runtime.

It should be noted that there are moments of intrigue here. The concept of Joan’s suburban life becoming a suburban nightmare is a juicy subject as are her almost prophetic trippy dreams, but they alone can’t carry the story.

In terms of the cast, it’s a mixed bag. Jan White is Joan is all over the place with an uneven performance. Ray Laine is arguably the best actor in the film as the sleazy teacher Gregg, but his character ultimately feels underserved.


Presentation: 1.37:1 1080p. How does it look? It’s clear the movie has been cleaned up with the 4K restoration but it is still quite grainy.

Audio Track: Uncompressed PCM Mono. How does it sound? The audio fares better here with a solid Mono track.

Extras: * Memorabilia and filming location photo galleries *An alternate extended version of “Season of The Witch” which runs 14 minutes longer * Alternate opening titles * Trailers for “Season of the Witch” and “Hungry Wives” * “The Secret Life of Jack’s Wife”- An archival interview with star Jan White who chats about her life, career, “Season of the Witch,” and more. * “When Romero Met Del Toro”- A geektastic 55 minute chat between Guillermo Del Toro and George A. Romero. Expect deep conversations about Romero’s body of work. Pure joy. * A deep dive commentary by film journalist Travis Crawford. Worth a listen.

April 25, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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