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Witching and Bitching (2013/MPI/IFC Midnight DVD)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: C Film: C+

Witching and Bitching (2013) is a Spanish dark comedy that is probably the best Witch based movie to come out since Hocus Pocus in the '90s. Extremely over the top, incredibly well photographed with creative effects and frenetic, tongue-in-cheek jokes make for a visually inventive comedy with plenty of scares and surprises along the way. So grab your iron dentures, broom sticks, pointy hats, and sharpened utensils in preparation for this feast of zaniness!

Two unemployed men Jose and Tony (Mario Casas and Hugo Silva) commit a Jewel robbery (dressed as a Green Army Man and Jesus no less) and are forced to run from the police with some hostages in an insane chase sequence that feels right out of a Michael Bay film as they descend into the mountains of Spain.

While on the run, they venture into an impenetrable forest inhabited by a group of cannibalistic witches that are preparing for an ancient ritual. The film has some good laughs and a few surprise twist that make it an interesting watch. Director Alex de la Iglesia (As Luck Would Have It, The Last Circus) is definitely a very stylized director and full of talent.

Sound and Picture on the disc are top notch for the DVD format - presented in an anamorphically enhanced standard definition with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Sound on the disc is in lossy Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 track with subtitles in English, English SDH, and Spanish SDH, which is quite a tradedown from the Dolby Atmos 11.1 mix in it sbest theatrical screenings, but it is a mixdown that works. Total running time for the film is 114 minutes.

Extras on the disc include Featurettes on the making of the film and Trailers.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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