This Halloween season, two prominent witches arrive on DVD shelves: Margaret Hamilton in her devilish role as the Wicked Witch of the West in a three-disc collector's edition of "The Wizard of Oz," and Nicole Kidman in "Bewitched," as sorceress Isabel Bigelow, who hangs up her real spells to portray a fake witch in a TV series. So, how do they compare?

CLASSIC WITCH

WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST

Magic powers: Setting fire to things, creating soporific poppy fields and making monkeys fly.

Residence: An imposing castle in the magical land of Oz.

Fatal weakness: Severe allergy to water.

History: The iconic villain of a 1939 film favorite.

Cost: $49.92.

Bottom line: With good taste in shoes, a dislike for yappy dogs and an army of airborne primates, this witch set a standard that has yet to be met.

WANNABE WITCH

ISABEL BIGELOW

Magic powers: Her twinkling nose must have drained all the humor out of Will Ferrell.

Residence: A cottage in the San Fernando Valley.

Fatal weakness: Has a thing for unlikable, narcissistic actors. (No, not Tom Cruise, silly.)

History: A tongue-in-cheek nod to Elizabeth Montgomery's domesticated witch of the 1960s.

Cost: $28.95

Bottom line: You'll need a bucket of something stronger than water to forget this mess.

Justin Rude