Season of the Witch (1972) (Blu-ray Review)

Season of the Witch (1972) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: George A. Romero
Starring: Jan White, Raymond Laine, Ann Muffly, Joedda McClain
Rated: R/Region A/1:37/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Arrow Video

Unseen for over 30 years. After forever changing horror history with NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, George A. Romero next directed a pair of rarely seen movies that have been considered ‘lost’ by critics and fans worldwide. Filmed as JACK’S WIFE and briefly released under the title HUNGRY WIVES, Romero’s third feature is the disturbing story of a suburban housewife’s descent into extramarital sex and the occult.

I just want to remind everyone up front here that I love George A. Romero. I mean, it should be obvious by the site’s name, but I feel I need to remind everyone of that before I go into my review here for Season of the Witch. Why? Because I really think Season of the Witch is a bit of a stinker. Now don’t get me wrong it came out during a time where George had done great stuff and was about to do even more great stuff, but even he seemed to not care much for this one himself. Word has it most the film ended up on the cutting room floor and he still wasn’t happy with it. I can see why. Season of the Witch is a bit of a trippy movie. It is filled with the odd visions of a woman who is drawn into witchery mainly due to her relationship it seems. Along the way, as she goes down deeper into that she has lots of dreams and such that some could call creepy, others could call confusing, and I simply call an attempt to make more substance to what was actually here. Romero didn’t have much to work with and he used what he had, but this one was really missing something that a lot of his movies at the time had it seems. Perhaps that was simply a good plot?

I don’t usually go into rants about acting, but I really wasn’t digging our leading lady here in this one. She never seems at all likable or compelling to me. Not when she’s having issues with her husband, cheating on said husband, or doing something moody, which she does a whole lot here. I guess after seeing the film here the best thing I can say about it is that it looks really good here on Blu-ray for the source and that Arrow as always delivered a good release, even if the movie doesn’t live up to the hype. This one I’d only suggest to Romero completest, or Arrow completest because if you are just a random buyer, I don’t think you’ll dig what you get here with Season of the Witch too much.

Extras

– Audio Commentary with Travis Crawford
– Extended Version
– When Romero met del Toro
– The Secret Life of Jack’s Wife
– Alternate Opening Titles
– Image Galleries
– Trailers

Quality of Transfer: 90%