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