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Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Animation and Kids & Family movie directed by Robert Stevenson

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"Bedknobs" has never looked or sounded better

  • Aug 21, 2002
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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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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 ...
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Director: Robert Stevenson
Genre: Animation, Family
DVD Release Date: March 20, 2001
Runtime: 139 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Video
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