Bedazzled, originally released in 1967, came out on DVD for the frst time in May.  I'd never seen this film and was quite anxious to check it out.

From the glowing reviews on Amazon.com (essential video!), plus the promise of Raquel Welch and Eleanor Bron in various states of undress, I imagined that it would have no problem keeping my attention for 104 minutes.  Alas, it was not to be.

The Good

For 60s film fans and 60s culture addicts, the visuals of this movie are gorgeous.  The DVD transfer is immaculate and the palette of colors and exterior locations are, in fact, dazzling.  The movie does start out with a promising setup and good pacing, with Peter Cook being excellently cast and giving a great performance throughout the film.

The Bad

Unfortunately, the Faustian bargain variations rapidly wear thin, becoming predictable and repetitive.  I'm sure that, in 1967, a lot of Bedazzled's religiously irreverent and sexually risqué material was both shocking and provocative.  But forty years later, it's just too bland to recommed to casual modern viewers with short attention spans.  Ultimately, a comedy needs to make you laugh, but the humor and pacing in Bedazzled are tied too tightly to another era.

Bedazzled has similar pluses and minuses as another comedy released in 1967, Casino Royale, which I consider slightly more interesting.  Neither comes anyhere close to timeless 60s satire masterpieces such as Dr. Strangelove.  So I think I'd rather keep remembering Eleanor and Raquel via Help! and Fantastic Voyage.

The Bottom Line

Interesting mid-60s style and visuals, but not much substance to the film itself.  This is a perfect movie to get from an online rental service, so you can try it before buying it.  Perhaps the 2000 remake solves some of the 1967 flaws, but I can't comment about that because I haven't seen the remake.

Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2007
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Comments on this post

# re: Bedazzled (DVD)

The remake is a travesty. Don't waste your time unless you have time to waste.
Left by Girl In Blue on Aug 13, 2007 1:15 PM

# re: Bedazzled (DVD)

No me sorprende, no me sorprende. I eventually will do a post about sequels and remakes that are better than the originals. A very short list!
Left by Carlos on Aug 13, 2007 9:52 PM

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