Blu-ray Review: BEDAZZLED (1967)

BEDAZZLED was produced and directed by Stanley Donen from a screenplay by Peter Cook and Dudley Moore who star alongside Eleanor Bron, Raquel Welch, Alba, Barry Humphries and Robert Russell. The score is by Dudley Moore.

The great Stanley Donen directs Peter Cook and Dudley Moore in Bedazzled (1967), a Faustian tale about a Wimpy bar burger-flipper (Dudley Moore) so hopelessly in love with a waitress (Eleanor Bron) that he sells his soul to the devil (Cook) in exchange for seven wishes. All, of course, goes hilariously wrong, up to and including the brief appearance of a beauteous Raquel Welch as the very incarnation of Lust.

This 1967 devlish romantic fantasy follows Stanley Moon (Dudley Moore), a shy short-order cook who falls in love with Margaret (Eleanor Bron), a beautiful waitress he works with. Stanley is really down on his luck and gets so depressed about life that he starts thinking about committing suicide. This is where George Spiggott, aka the devil, (Peter Cook) comes into the picture and offers to grant Stanley seven wishes in exchange for his soul. Stanley agrees to this deal and his only wish is to win the heart of Margaret.

The sad thing is, he finds out that even these wishes can’t find a love connection for the cook and his crush. Stanley and his new best friend George go on numerous adventures together as he tries to woo the beautiful woman but he always gets the same negative results, as if it wasn’t meant to be. What Stanley does find out in the end is the his new friend George is more of a mischievous menace than anything else. He is the devil after all. The thing is, Geroge lets Stanley off the hook with his soul and when he goes back to his normal life he finally gets the nerve to ask out Margaret and even though she doesn’t really say yes – there is hope for Stanley.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image, a few quotes, and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inside is a booklet from Twilight Time that includes more images from the movie, some nice words about Bedazzled by Julie Kirgo and more original artwork on the front and back. You can see the front cover of the booklet down below. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any serious issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Bedazzled ended up being another first time watch for me even though had had seen the 2000 remake years ago which was also a lot fun. That’s what first got my attention making me want to watch the original. This 1967 comedy classic shows what a man desperate for love will put himself through and in this case he’s willing to sell his soul to the devil for a chance with the girl of his dreams. There’s a lot of chemistry between Peter Cook and Dudley Moore who come across more like a comedy duo here and they’re a riot to watch as their two different styles of comedy clash on screen. Cook makes a great mischievous devil and Moore does a great job as the victim who learns valuable lessons as he gets played by his new frenemy. Unlike the 2000 remake, this one doesn’t feature any kind of special effects so it relies more on the performances as well as some eye candy thanks to Raquel Welch. All in all, I had a blast watching this old comedy classic that stars these two legendary comedy talents from England. Bedazzled is now available on Blu-ray and has a limited edition run of 3,000 units.

Distirbutor: Twilight Time

Run Time: 104 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated ( Suggested for Mature Audiences)

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1) Region Free

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 and 1.0 /

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include an isolated music and effects track, a vintage talk show segment featuring interviews with the cast, an interview with Harold Ramis who talks about the movie and two theatrical trailers.

  • Isolated Music & Effects Track
  • Peter Cook & Dudley Moore on The Paul Ryan Show (05:25)
  • A Bedazzled Conversation with Harold Ramis (06:18)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer #1 (02:49)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer #2 (02:49)
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