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Bedknobs and Broomsticks

1 rating: 5.0
Animation and Kids & Family movie directed by 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 … see full wiki

Director: Robert Stevenson
Genre: Animation, Family
1 review about Bedknobs and Broomsticks

"Bedknobs" has never looked or sounded better

  • Aug 21, 2002
Rating:
+5
BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS is one of Disney's most beloved live-action musical masterpieces. It has received a full restoration for its 30th Anniversary edition, which marks the film's long-awaited DVD debut.

Eglantine Price (Angela Lansbury) unwittingly takes in three young orphans when the bombs of Hitler begin to fall on the city of London. Being an apprentice witch, privacy is important to Ms Price, but soon their help becomes useful when she has to journey to London in search of one Professor Browne (David Tomlinson - MARY POPPINS). Joining forces, they decide to track down a mysterious magical spell which they hope will bring an end to the war.

The Sherman brothers' sparkling tunes include the Oscar-nominated "Age of Not Believing", "Portobello Road", "Beautiful Briny" and "Flourish and a Flair".

In a situation which is not unlike the fates of THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE and THE SLIPPER AND THE ROSE (both also written by the Sherman brothers), BEDKNOBS was trimmed from its 134-minute running time to the lesser length of 117 minutes; which meant the deletion of several songs and some important scenes, crucial to the plot. They have been thankfully restored into this new release, which has a dynamic 5.1 sound mix and a crystal-clear picture.

The DVD also includes animated shorts, deleted song - "A Step in the Right Direction", picture/poster/still gallery and an interview with the Sherman brothers.

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