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Bedknobs & Broomsticks [Blu-ray] (1971)

Angela Lansbury , Roddy McDowall , Robert Stevenson  |  G |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (369 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall, John Ericson, Bruce Forsyth, Sam Jaffe
  • Directors: Robert Stevenson
  • Writers: Screenplay By Bill Walsh And Don DaGradi, Based On The Book By Mary Norton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Color, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2014
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (369 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00K5ZXKFM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,926 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

Music & Magic: The Sherman Brothers: Behind-The-Scenes Featurette -- The Sherman Brothers Songwriting Team, Angela Lansbury And Scott MacQueen Share Stories On The Making Of The Film

Editorial Reviews

Let the enchantment begin! Disney's Academy Award(R)-winning classic, BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS (Best Visual Effects, 1971), soars onto Blu-ray and Digital HD with an all-new digital master. Experience a dazzling blend of live action and wondrous animation from the producer, director and writer of MARY POPPINS, sure to delight the entire family. Disney legends Angela Lansbury (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST) and David Tomlinson (MARY POPPINS) star in this beloved film about an apprentice witch who reluctantly takes in three orphan children. Though her first spells create more laughs than magic, Miss Price and the children soon find themselves swept away aboard a fantastic flying bed -- their ticket to fun-filled excitement and adventure. Take the ride of your life with BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS.

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119 of 123 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Disney DVDs. October 16, 2005
Format:DVD
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.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastically Magical Film! Bravo Angela! October 27, 2002
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BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSICKS was made in the early 70's and is one of those Disney films that speaks to the little kid in us all. Directed by veteran Disney director Robert Stevenson (Mary Pippins, The Love Bug, The Darn Cat ) and starring the incomparable Angela Landsbury (Murder She Wrote, Mame - on Broadway, The Last Unicorn 2004) as Miss Elglentine Price the apprentice witch of the Professor Emiliace Brown School Of Witchcraft - played none other by veteran Disney character performer/actor David Tomlinson (Tom Jones, The Love Bug, Made In Heaven). There is even a great performance in a small role as a priest by Roddy McDowell (Planet Of The Apes, Cleopatra, Fright Night)
The story is set in the early days of the German attack on the European border. Towns were broken down, families were separated and displaced and many people had to go to war and leave their children behind. One set of these children were orphaned with Miss Price. Accidentally discovering her secret they convince her to go on her quest to find the one last spell that will save England from attack.
There is magic, music and lot of special effects that make this movie colorful and enticing to watch. Back in the days when most special effects were real and done "in cameras" - meaning on the set - this film has a lot to be proud of.
The songs are fantastic and this FULLY RESTORED DVD is the best it has to offer. Included the full versions of songs like Portabello Road and reinserted songs like No One To Come Home To has made this version a treasure to own. Other fantastic numbers like Substitutiary Locomotion and Under The Briny Sea are fantastic and hitting home for kids is the Academy Award Nominated song Your At The Age Of Not Believing.
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73 of 87 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars great movie, TERRIBLE EDITION September 11, 2007
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I watched this movie countless times as a child, and loved it. I was excited to get it on DVD, but now that I have watched it I must say that I am very disappointed in this anniversary edition.

A very few of the extended scenes were useful or interesting, but for the most part redundant and disappointing. They slowed the pacing and diluted the storyline and character development. The editing itself seemed poorly done as well, changing the order of some scenes. All very unneccesary.

Most distressing of all, the sound on most of the added scenes was very poor, lips out of sync, and some of the dialogue appeared to have been dubbed in (badly) by some other, unknown actors! Perhaps this was a result of unusable original recordings, but it was extremely jarring and irksome. Even worse, some of the lines from the original release (often ones that flowed into a "new" scene) were also altered. This is COMPLETELY unacceptable. (Nearly as bad as another old classic, Darby O'Gill and the Little People; the DVD version of that one that I saw appeared to have had ALL of the leprechaun king's lines dubbed over, poorly!)

I wouldn't object to having this version as long as the REAL original was also included on the disc! Why can't they let the classics BE?!? I would MUCH rather have a worn old VHS (though I must admit that *visually* this edition was nicely restored) than be constantly distracted by terrible sound quality and bad editing.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Wonderful Movie! 5+ Stars! October 5, 2002
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Format:DVD
Bedknobs and Broomsticks is my favorite Disney movie ever created. However, it is also one of the most overlooked ones as well. I've watched this movie since I was a little child, and you never get bored of it. One childhood memory I have, is watching this movie with my family. Now, I watch this 30th Anniversary DVD with my baby brother. Now I'll tell you all what this classic is about.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks is about a middle aged apprentice witch named Eglantine Price who lives in 1940 England. She is ordered to watch after 3 children who have been evacuated from London. The kids find out Miss Price's secret, and they also find out that Miss Price learns witchcraft from a mailorder course. To make a pact that states that if they keep her secret, she'll make it worth her while. So, she enchants a brass bedknob that will make them go wherever they want. However, the school closes, without the most important final spell, the Subsitutiary Locomotion spell.
So, using the bedknob, they go to London and seek out the headmaster of the school, Emelius Brown. Mr Brown can't find the spell either because the book he got out the spell of is torn, and the spell is only found on a necklace of a sorcerer named Astoroth.
Anyway, they go to Portobello Road, like a mini mall, and learn that towards the end of Astoroth's life, he captured animals and kept them in cages to make them more human like. The animals rebelled and killed Astoroth and stole the necklace. The animals escaped and took refuge on a mythical Isle named Niboombu.
The animation starts know as the tiny group explore the sea and then the island using hte traveling bedknob, and get the necklace that has the spell on it after a fun soccer game with a lion, which almost ends our story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Watch..
Another Classic!!
Published 1 day ago by jerrian
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See
Such a cute movie with some animation which keeps children engaged the entire time.
Published 2 days ago by Erin Callen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
one of Disneys best, always enjoyed with the family
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this as a kid!
Published 6 days ago by Mary Seidler
3.0 out of 5 stars Disney at its 1970s Mediocre Best
Kind if interesting but not the best Disney flick. This was a weak attempt to follow Mary Poppins, but the music and the acting wasn't nearly as good.
Published 6 days ago by David White
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love Angela Lansberry's role in this film.
Published 7 days ago by Kris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic...
Not much to say other then great classic movie. My wife asked for this for Christmas and It has been hard to find until Amazon. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Zach
5.0 out of 5 stars Wanted reminisce..and im 23
Watched this when I was young because my mother made me.

Ended up liking the movie and enjoying it. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Wolfqueen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
got movie right away and in great condition
Published 10 days ago by dianne thorell
5.0 out of 5 stars This was always a favorite movie when I was a child
This was always a favorite movie when I was a child. Watching with an adult's eye, it's still good, and has extra depth now understanding more about the war and what the actual... Read more
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