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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Two-Disc Edition: DVD/Blu-ray in DVD Packaging) (1968)

Dick Van Dyke  |  G |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Dick Van Dyke
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English (DTS-HD 2.0), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: 20th_Century_Fox
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,037 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VS0CXI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,932 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Disc 1:
  • Remastered Blu-ray Feature with newly upgraded 7.1 audio All-new “Toot Sweet Symphony” melody maker – the Toot Sweet Toots Musical Maestro **All-new “Chitty Chitty’s, Bang Bang, Driving Game”
  • Remembering Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with Dick Van Dyke 
  • “A Fantasmagorical Motorcar” featurette 
  • Sherman Brothers' Rare Demos of the film’s most popular songs
  • Vintage Featurettes including, “The Ditchling Tinkerer,” “Dick Van Dyke Press Interview,” and “The Potts Children's Featurette”
  • Photo Gallery 
  • Vintage Advertising Gallery including English and French versions of the theatrical trailer and several television spots 
  • Sing-a-long version of the film 
  • Music Machine

Disc 2: DVD Feature
  • Sing-a-long version of the film

Editorial Reviews

Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes. The enchanting musical fantasy about an eccentric inventor who takes a magical ride in a flying car with his two children and a beautiful young woman. Includes the DVD and a bonus blu-ray version. 2 Discs. 1968/color/145 min/G/widescreen.

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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Benchmark In Transfer Quality For BLU RAY November 13, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
Little prepares you for the print on this - it's simply extraordinary.

It's been frame-by-frame restored using the Lowry Digital Restoration Process which was used on all 20 of the Bond films, the three Godfather movies, the original Star Wars Trilogy, the Indiana Jones films and even the transfer of Avatar (all to much acclaim).

But this 2010 Blu Ray/DVD Combination pack reissue of 1968's "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" has to be a benchmark - even for them.

After the excellent 2DVD set issued a few years back, I didn't think that much more improvement could be wrenched out of the negative, but it has been. This transfer is practically faultless - BEAUTIFUL to look at for the whole duration of the movie. Directed with style and flair by Ken Hughes and filmed in 70mm Super Panavision Technicolor - it's a sumptuous feast of colours - you see their period clothes anew, the details in the inventions inside Caractacus Pott's hillside home, the uncluttered English countryside, the Scrumptious Sweet Factory, the seaside scenes, the two bumbling spies, the toy dance at the King's Birthday Party in the Palace where their love shines out and almost gets them caught - all of it - gorgeous to look at. There's old and 'New Extras' also...

Sally Ann Howes looks suitably wholesome and lovely, Dick Van Dyke is as likeable as ever (a much underrated leading man) and the songs are excellent if not a little twee in places.
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76 of 86 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a fun film but a disappointed in this DVD release December 11, 2002
Format:DVD
This is one of the last big budget fantasy musicals before these films became just too expensive to produce. But Dick Van Dyke was at his zenith here and Sally Ann Howes was marvelous as well. Note that Ian Fleming wrote the original story and as a tribute there were two Bond actors in the cast. Gert Frobe as the King and Desmond Llewyn as Mr. Coggin. But I was very dissappointed to see this DVD released in the Pan and Scan format. I really don't understand why MGM/UA remastered the film in the THX process and used a clean beautiful video transfer and doesn't present the film in its original widescreen format. At one-third of the film is missing and its really difficult to watch this now considering I had owned the widescreen laserdisc of this film.
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105 of 121 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Not So Special Edition November 25, 2003
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Well...after all the waiting, it's finally landed. I wish I could say that it's truly scrumptious, but in truth, from the ashes of disaster (the previous DVD release) grow the roses of mediocrity. Like so many DVD "special editions" of late (A Christmas Story, Willy Wonka, etc), this one is a bit short on the "special".
The film itself is presented in two formats on the first disc. Both widescreen and pan & scan. The widescreen transfer is just slightly wider than the laserdisc release and the colors seem to me to be about the same, though my laserdisc is rotting and the colors are a bit compromised. It might be worth getting for the widescreen alone if you don't already have at that aspect ratio. Also on disc one is the "sing along" feature and a preview of the musical which only succeeds in demonstrating how fat Michael Ball is.
Disc two (home of the real disappointments) has a conversation type "documentary" with Dick Van Dyke (and ONLY Dick Van Dyke) where he reminisces about some of the cast. Another new feature is with Pierre Picton, owner of the nicest of the on-screen cars and it's kind of a fun look at the eccentric who owns and cares for the car. There are 3 vintage featurettes, one with designer Rowland Emett which is interesting, another which is apparently a press conference with Dick Van Dyke (boring) and the last "featuring the children" (but not really). One excellent special feature (and kudos to the person responsible!), is the inclusion of more than a dozen of the Shermans original demos for the film.
There are about 7 trailers for the film, both theatrical and television, but not the one which followed the film on the laserdisc version which, to me, seems like the genuine trailer. It is presented on the DVD in French, but not in English.
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62 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Scrumptious Classic August 31, 2003
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Our family is on a retro trip, having bought this movie, as well as The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The King and I, Willy Wonka, and Pete's Dragon.
One of the reasons is that we want our 2 year old to experience the movies we grew up with, and the other is nostalgia.
Before watching this movie again recently, I could only remember that there was a flying car, a nice title song, and something about children being kidnapped. Watching it again for the first time, I discovered that I had forgotten most of the movie.
Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke) is an inventor way ahead of his time, whose inventions don't always work the way they are intended. If you think his name is weird, the female lead is Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes), the daughter of a rich sweet manufacturer. This unlikely pair, along with his two kids and the wonderful car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, are the star players in a story which starts out being about pirates, and ends up as a rescue mission. With comic support from Caractacus' father, and a toy maker (Benny Hill, in an uncharacteristic G rated performance), they defeat the schemes of spies (kind of like Laurel and Hardy combined with Boris and Natasha), an evil Baron and Baroness,and a wicked childcatcher, to bring the story within a story to a predictable but entertaining end.
The scenery is breathtaking, especially the Vulgarian castle and surroundings, and since this is a 1968 movie, we can forgive the lack of finesse in the special effects, where the characters stick out like sore thumbs from the backgrounds, and wires can be seen attached to Professor Potts during a dance sequence.
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