BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE
Starring: Jack Lemmon, Kim Novak, James Stewart, Ernie Kovacks, Hermione Gingold, Elsa Lanchester, Janice Rule
Directed By: Richard Quine
1958 / Color / 103 MINUTES / Blu-ray
Special Features: Isolated Score Track / “Bewitched, Bothered and Blonde” / “Reflections in the Middle of the Night” / Original Theatrical Trailer.
After teaming memorably in Alfred Hitchcock’s haunting Vertigo, James Stewart and Kim Novak are together again in the whimsical Bell Book and Candle (1958), a spellbinding romantic comedy directed by Richard Quine and based on John Van Druten’s Broadway hit. Stewart plays a New York publisher entranced by a mysteriously bewitching young woman (Novak); mesmerizing supporting performances by the likes of Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Hermione Gingold, Elsa Lanchester, and Janice Rule lend quirky comic charm to the proceedings. Cinematographer James Wong Howe gives us a glamorous vision of Manhattan, enhanced by George Duning’s sophisticated score (available here as an isolated track).
EXPERIMENT IN TERROR
Starring: Lee Remick, Ross Martin, Roy Poole, Glenn Ford, Stefanie Powers, Ned Glass
Directed By: Blake Edwards
1962 / B & W / 123 MINUTES / Blu-ray
Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Trailers and TV Spots.
Experiment in Terror (1962) is director/producer Blake Edwards’s chilling excursion into atmospheric neo-noir, focusing on a San Francisco working girl (Lee Remick) stalked by a wheezing psychopath (Ross Martin) intent on forcing her to rob the bank where she works…or else. Fearing for the safety of her younger sister (Stefanie Powers) even more than for her own, our heroine pluckily makes secret contact with an FBI agent (Glenn Ford), hoping to foil the psycho before he can carry out his sinister threats. Featuring lush black-and-white cinematography by Philip Lathrop and a smoky, jazz-inflected score from Henry Mancini, available here as an isolated track.