"Magic stirred with a light touch comes to life in Practical Magic, a tale of
modern day witches who stir up a brew of trouble. I enjoyed the film far more on DVD than
I did originally on the big screen. The relationship between the sisters works
beautifully: Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman are total opposites in every way and are
delightful to watch. Just as they play superbly against each other, so too do Dianne Wiest
and Stockard Channing, who provide many delectable moments.
In two short featurettes, we meet the filmmakers & cast and get a feel for the
ambience onset. Even though they had never previously met, Bullock and Kidman quickly
establish great chemistry as onscreen sisters. Kidman explains how she has worked mainly
with men in her career, and had always wanted to work with Bullock. The project sounded
fun, she says. "They act exactly like sisters" director Griffin Dunne observes:
they fight, they laugh and understand each other intuitively. They have great body
language even when there is no dialogue. Kidman was working with Stanley Kubrick on Eyes
Wide Shut when she was first approached for the role; the shoot began the day after EWS
was finished. "She has a funny side, as well as having extraordinary depth" says
Dunne of Kidman, while producer Di Novi adds, "She inhabits the role in a way that's
fascinating to watch; she works from the inside out."
The best insight comes in the commentary with Dunne, Di Novi, Bullock and composer Alan
Silvestri, who each contribute to different facets of the filmmaking process. The scene is
set by Silvestri, who explains the rationale for the tone of the music throughout.
It's light, frivolous entertainment, and with thankfully straightforward navigation,
superb picture quality and sound, it's easy to unwind and be whisked away into a world of
spells, magic and romance."