|Bedknobs and Broomsticks (30th Anniversary Edition)
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An apprentice witch 3 kids and a cynical conman search for the missing component to a magic spell useful to the defence of britain. Studio: Buena Vista Home Video Release Date: 03/02/2004 Starring: Angela Lansbury John Ericson Run time: 139 minutes Rating: G Director: Robert Stevenson
When a mail-order apprentice witch (Angela Lansbury) is saddled with three sibling refugees from London during World War II, the outlook is grim. But the kids soon discover her secret and sign on for adventure in the name of England. With the aid of a magical bed, they track down her fraudulent headmaster (David Tomlinson) to find the spell that will aid the Allies. Fascinated that she has actually achieved results with his lessons, he joins forces. The quintet does battle with corrupt booksellers, animated-lion royalty, and, eventually, invading Germans. Songs include Lansbury's Oscar-nominated "The Age of Not Believing." This film is often compared to director Robert Stevenson's earlier effort, Mary Poppins, and for good reason. In addition to Tomlinson, the movies share a fondness for magic at the hands of a good woman, light romance with an understanding male, and wide-eyed children. Stevenson also graces both films with interaction between humans and animated animals. Disney is wise to play up that aspect on its box this time around as both the underwater ball and the subsequent island soccer match are the most visually interesting and appealing parts of the film. Adults may find the 1971-vintage mixing of actors and animation a bit creaky, but kids used to a variety of animation quality will find the action a hoot. Ages 4 and up. The movie has been recut several times but was restored to the original length of 139 minutes for its 30th anniversary in 2001. --Kimberly Heinrichs
- great movie for the children
This is rather an older movie but my grandchildren ages 2,4 and 6 really like this movie and ask to watch it over and over again!...more info
- Bedknoba and Broomsticks
This one is a classic, if you love children's movies this is a favorite. I love the classic disney movies. I would recommen this and the other classics to any disney lover. ...more info
- bedknobs and broomsticks
a great family movie. one u could watch over and over again it has great music for the film. it had nice extras on the dvd to watch.a timeless classic movie for the whole family....more info
- Disney Classic
I vaguely remember seeing this in the theatre when I was a kid. Like a door opening in my mind, the flood of memories come back to me. It reminds me of a time when there was no Harry Potter and we used our imagination to look past the mock up of special effects and what have you. All in all the story is good and entertaining....more info
- Steve in Wv
This is a great movie in my opinion. I always saw it as a child on television every once and a while and was truly thrilled when i discovered it had been released on dvd. It is a very unique movie putting both live action and animation together in an entertaining way. I am 32 years old and feel i'm still a child at heart and this movie always brings out the child in me. ...more info
- Great underrated movie
This came out right after I was born, now my 4 year old daughter loves it. ...more info
What I love most about these classics from my childhood is that having spent numerous years not watching them, you have children of your own and you out them on and its still fresh. You understand the time/place contexts better after some education, you appreciate the actors more, whatever. And yet you didn't need all of that the first time, just like your kids don't while you've got them sitting in front of the tv on a cold and stormy night instead of running through the house screaming and driving you insane when all you are trying to do is get some housework done. I think you get my point on this... Kids like it, and if you don't know the movie already, you'll probably find yourself enjoying it as well!...more info
- One of my favorite Disney DVDs.
In 1971, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, a film many call a Mary Poppins rip-off, premiered at Radio City Music Hall, but in a version in which nearly half an hour of footage, including full songs, was removed. For its 25th Anniversary in 1996, Disney re-inserted all of the deleted footage except for one musical number in which the picture was lost. The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences screened this in 1996, but it didn't get a theatrical release, and for years, the only way Americans could get it was either by the 1997 laserdisc release, an import of a European video, or by catching it on occasion on the Disney Channel.
Finally, in 2001, for the film's 30th Anniversary, Disney released a DVD with this extended version of the film. Restored and remastered, the film now has a clearer plot, extended musical numbers, and songs previously deleted. The brilliant "Portobello Road" number is now restored to its original running time, as well as Miss Price's response verses, titled "Don't Let Me Down" during Mr. Browne's song "Eglantine," and the previously entirely deleted songs "With A Flair" and "Nobody's Problems" are restored to the film.
The DVD is a mixed bag. The transfer is quite nice, but Lowry Digital, who did the recent Mary Poppins, Bambi, and Cinderella DVD restorations, could punch it up a little, as on occasion, I saw a bit of grain, and the occasional film artifact, especially during the closing credits and Walt Disney Pictures logo. However, this film has still never looked better on home video, so it's fine with me.
The extras could have been better. An actual making-of on the film would have been nice, including footage used in the Music Magic featurette. While that featurette does give some nice insight on the restoration, there's nothing behind-the-scenes about it except for the creation of the music score. Nothing about the effects, actors, nothing. But it's worth a look for info on the film's 1996 restoration. A larger gallery would have been nice. I do like the inclusion of the two cartoons. And of course, I'm happy to see that they have included theatrical trailers.
The best supplement, however, is the deleted song A Step In The Right Direction. That song was the catalyst that jump started this restoration project to begin with, so there's a bit of irony here in the fact that they couldn't find the footage of the song. So the supplement on the DVD, which is ported over from the 1997 laserdisc and was shown after the movie when the Disney Channel aired the restored version, is reconstructed using still photos of the scene and the original soundtrack. Hopefully one day, the footage will be found and they will be able to reinstate the number into the film, or at least they'll decide to include the photo reconstruction a la the restored version of A Star Is Born with Judy Garland.
Some have complained that there isn't an option to watch the original, shorter version due to its length and/or the poor dubbing of the voices in deleted scenes. (For much of the non-musical deleted footage, original dialogue soundtracks could not be found, so many of the deleted scenes had to be re-dubbed.) While I prefer the restored version despite the dubbing flaws, I think it would be wise of Disney to release both versions on DVD. Next year is the 35th Anniversary - maybe Disney will make a 2-disc DVD featuring both editions, with bonuses spread out on each disc, to appease all fans. Or better yet, a 3-Disc Collector's Edition, with discs 1 and 2 containing both cuts of the film and disc 3 with all the supplements. While neither edition is likely, the 2-Disc is a more likely option.
In conclusion, I can heartily recommend this DVD. The film has been lovingly restored and remastered, featuring almost all of the footage left on the cutting room floor in 1971, and features a nice handful of bonuses....more info
- Magical story
I loved this movie as a child and my 2 year old loves it too.
The animation in the middle of the movie makes it a great surprise for kids.
- Old memories
I remember when I was a little kid moving from Germany to the States. I loved this movie very much. I grew up watching this movie all the time. I just recently started searching for all the old movies that I grew up on and this is the first one I looked up. I want my kids to be able to see all the movies that I got to watch when I grew up. Even at 30 years old and having been in the army for 10 and a half years I still am kid at heart. Thank you amazon.com for having all these great movies....more info
- Wonderful fun for all ages
I loved this movie when I first saw it at a young age. So I sought it out when I was older and I still enjoy it just as much. It is a great adventure for all ages and the live action animation with the cartoons and people interaction is something rarely seen in many flicks now a days; it is a great effect....more info
- My Favorite
This is one of my all time favorite movies. Some of my favorite parts include the one in the cartooned section of the kids under the sea. I also like the battle at the end with all the knights.
If you have young children this movie is sure to delight them and fascinate them. My children, ages 9, 7, and 5 enjoy this movie. ...more info
I love this movie, ever since I was a kid. And it's just as good now as it was then. A must have for every home....more info
- bedknobs and broomsticks
this was a gift for my husband, he just loved it and laughed away the afternoon, excellent film for young and old....more info
- Childhood favorite
I remember watching this movie everytime it came on TV (no DVD's/videos back then)! It's nice to share old school Disney with my kids. You even get a little history with the make believe. I STILL love this movie....more info
I was thrilled when I found this movie for the price it was listed at. I received this movie quite promptly after ordering. Thank you so much!...more info
- feeling nolstalgic...sigh
I have'nt seen this movie in 15 years or so and I wanted to get it to share with my 3 year old little boy. The price was fantastic, the movie came in excelent condition and shipping was very quick. I would buy from this vendor again. This movie is for the young and old!...more info
- Some Pure entertainment
Great product for children. Good old fashioned animation and wholesome storyline. My child is two years old and prefers this to the newfangled cartoons of today. ...more info
- Angela: good witch bobbing along to the rescue
Forming a plan to fight the invading German troops during the war, Mrs. Price decides to embark on using her witch talents to succumb the army. Unfortunitely for her, she gets interrupted by becoming caretaker and provider for 3 children assigned to her home. As children so often do, they quickly discover her hidden talents, and intentions. And as children so often do, they decide to join her magical efforts. But she requires additional words to complete a working spell, and that leads all four of them to London on a magical riding bed, to seek the professor of her correspondence of witchcraft.
Full of songs, dance, grand special effects, animated underwater sequence, with bubbling score, and a knockout soccer match at animal island. Angela Lansbury is a grand witch matriarch, without being stiff or unbearable, she is really quite charming. Matched by her co-stars, and the children being unknown to me from many, if any Disney films, are able to be real children and not sugary sweet....more info
- My Daughter is Addicted to this movie.
Bedknobs gets 5 stars because it's one of my daughter's favorites. It gets played over and over again. It's a simple magical story with silly songs. I don't quite understand why this movie is so special to daughter. She is autistic and one thing I know about her tastes is that she gets bored very easily with contrived, canned entertainment. If it comes from the heart, she really takes it to her heart. Maybe the ensemble that put together this movie had a lot of fun doing it and she picks up on that. She prefers it over Mary Poppins and much prefers it over Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang...more info
- Bedknobs and Broomsticks (30th Anniversary Edition )
This is a great family movie, right up there with Mary Poppins, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. My oldest children were brought up with them. I was very glad when they came out in DVD so that my grandchildren could see them also. I also enjoy watching them again and again. They are the types of movies that when you want to feel good and lose yourself into the world of Magic and Beauty without alot of violence and sex, they hit the target right on....more info
- Bedknobs and Broomsticks
This movie is so much fun and reminds me of when I was little.....LOVE IT...more info
- A little disappointed
I remember loving this movie when I was a kid, but I just watched it with my four year old, and I was a little disappointed. It is not nearly to the caliber of Mary Poppins, to which it is often compared. The humor and setting are a lot darker, set as it is during World War II, and there is an under-current of anti-clericalism and of mass violence that is unsettling for a children's film.
Others may find the animated sequence to be a high note. I thought it was long and tedious.
What was better than remembered was the Portobello Road dance sequence, which I thought was truly ahead of its time. There is break-dancing, and even the beginnings of a moon walk dance move. It wouldn't surprise me if this is where Michael Jackson picked up the idea for his Billy Jean dance moves.
I would definitely not recommend this for 4 year old girls. I think it skews a little older and is probably more appealing for boys than girls.
- Bedknobs and Broomsticks
My husband and I had been looking for this movie for quite some time and couldn't believe that we actually found this on Amazon.com. We were so excited and couldn't wait to share this with our entire family. Our grandchildren thought this was just absolutely awesome....more info
- "A magnificently charming and creative film, wonderfully entertaining" ~JC Angelcraft
To begin with, you can think of Bedknobs and Broomsticks as Mary Poppins meets Harry Potter meets Nemo meets Narnia who via the Lion King who will remind you of Tigger because tiggers really are wonderful things. Although this movie seems to borrow from all the aforementioned, it was actually made in 1971 and has since become a Disney classic acceptable for all ages. It is Directed by Robert Stevenson and stars Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, and Roddy McDowall who plays a catholic priest. The interaction between Lansbury and Roddy is fascinating in that subtly explores the complex relationship between religious and humanistic philosophies.
This wonderful musical will keep your children engaged especially the creative special effects and scenes featuring the animals from the Island of Naboo. I really enjoyed how the ghost army, no doubt borrowed from Tolkien's lord of the rings, overcomes the Nazis without shedding one single drop of blood.
The movie begins innocently enough with a woman played by Lansbury who is secretly studying for her correspondence degree in magic. However, her plans are complicated when by royal edict she is forced to house three children who have been left homeless by the war. When her final magic lesson is suddenly canceled, Lansbury-with children in tow- sets out on a journey with the aid of a magical bed to solve the riddle plaguing her life and keeping her from accomplishing her self-assigned top secret mission.
The movie is responsible for bring notoriety to the phrase TREGUNA MEKOIDES TRECORUM SATIS DEE making it since one of the most famous spells in the world. Parents can rest assured that Disney was careful not to include real magical spells in the movie especially those kinds that raise the dead. The gibberish spells used in the film are harmless and Parents need not worry about the children using them to transform people into bunny rabbits or conjure grandpa up from the local cemetery. However, to take the mystery out this whole ordeal, I have prepared a translation.
The first word TREGUNA is actually two words, TRE and GUNA. TRE is a prefix, which can combine with the letter S to create the number 3. The suffix GUNA translates (you) GO! The "you" is implied. The prefix "ME" in MEKOIDES--translated as an accusative as opposed to an ablative--can be understood in a context such as "the old black magic has ME in its spell." As an ablative "ME" would translate - "me / you'll do fine with ME, baby." The suffix KOIDES can translate "you will see" or "you will be seeing." The third word TRECORUM returns us back to the prefix "TRE" which as we spoke can combine with "S" to mean three, which for the purposes of our translation here would make sense since the numbers three and thirteen have a long magical history. We come now to the suffix in the word CORUM ,which when spelled correctly gives us
"QUORUM" :In the neutral-plural-genitive, the word QUORUM neatly translates into the phrase "the army, half OF WHICH there were not a few" meaning a significant force. SATIS translates "enough," " sufficient / sufficiently." DEE is somewhat problematic. In Latin DE is a preposition meaning "down from," "from," "concerning," "about." As a preposition, it connects a noun to another element in a sentence. However, DE may also be understood as an ablative-the Latin case of adverbial relation, which implies the notion "away from," the source or place of an action.
Now if we combine these meanings creatively we have a gibberish spell that makes sense for the movie. TREGUNA: "Three armies arise! You go!" MEKOIDES: "And be at rest for you will do fine with ME for that old black magic has ME it is spell. And once again you will see! Yes you will be seeing with mortal eyes once more." TRECORUM: "Oh Three great armies, half of which where no so few" SATIS: " yet sufficient enough, I summon you". DE: "concerning war."
The phrase is innocent enough and without the magic of adventure, our lives would be boring dull propositions and our imaginations null of the creative forces that gave us the legends we still embrace to this day. However, a warning to cat-lovers. This movie adds a huge exclamation point to the stereotypical black cat. I have never in my life seen a mangier domesticated cat than I did in this film. I asked my cat Fanny, what she thought, she said, "Cats are clean animals ...even magical black cats."
- Angela Lansbury Shines as a Witch
This movie is one of those family charmers that has something for everyone. There is an exciting animated portion for the children. There is a love story for the ladies. And there is a battle with World War II Germans for guys of all ages. Tying all these different aspects together is a wonderful concept; Angela Lansbury is a mail-order witch!
During World War II, parents sent their children from London to the country because London was being bombed continuously. Three children, Carrie, Paul and Charlie Rawlins (performed by Cindy O'Callaghan, Roy Snart and Ian Weighill, respectively), are placed with Eglantine Price (Lansbury). We quickly learn that Miss Price is completely uninterested in caring for any children as they may upset her mysterious plans. The children, and we, soon learn that Miss Price is a witch in training, training received by mail!
Because Miss Price is actually a very nice, if somewhat eccentric, lady, she works a compromise with the children, allowing them to live with her in her large home. We also quickly learn that the mail order school is closing, and Miss Price was looking for an important lesson. The children and Miss Price are off to find the headmaster of the school, Mr. Emelius Browne (played by David Tomlinson, who also performed in "Tom Jones," "Mary Poppins," and "The Love Bug"). Their mode of travel is a bed that Miss Price has modified using a spell.
Mr. Browne is astounded that his spells actually worked. However, Mr. Browne is also sorry but he is unable to provide the important spell that Miss Price is seeking; a spell that could save England from Hitler! Soon the children, Miss Price and a disbelieving Mr. Browne are off to Portobello Road to find the book containing the spell, instead running into the Bookman (played by Sam Jaffe, who was Gunga Din in the 1939 movie "Gunga Din," and was in other great movies such as "Ben-Hur" and "The Day the Earth Stood Still"). After escaping the Bookman, the children and adults head off to a mystical island and encounter a group of animated talking critters. Returning from the island, the three children and two adults are prepared to rest from searching for the important spell when they discover a German submarine has landed soldiers that are planning to create mischief in the English countryside. The ending of this movie is a charmer that will intrigue even the most jaded of movie fans, and provide laughs for everyone.
This movie is pure escapist fantasy that begins with a very real life event, much like other similar stories such as "Alice in Wonderland." I think Angela Lansbury makes this movie believable. She slips into her role very comfortably, making you believe that she is a somewhat bumbling witch who barely controls her own spells. She is admittedly a novice at being a witch, but a very believable novice. This movie centers on her and her acting ability. Once you accept Miss Price is an apprentice witch, a traveling bed, which is accompanied by dated special effects), animated talking animals, and armor moving by itself are easy to accept. Even easier to accept are the laughs that go along with the story.
This movie is from the era when Disney Studios had a fool-proof formula for delivering good family movies. This family movie is one of the best, and will be a treasure in every family's movie library.
- Bedknobs and Broomsticks
I loved this film when it first came out on the big screen, and I'm glad I now have my own copy. Great story, great acting and great fun....more info