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Return from Witch Mountain (Special Edition) (1978)

Bette Davis , Christopher Lee , Jack Hannah , John Hough  |  G |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bette Davis, Christopher Lee, Kim Richards, Ike Eisenmann, Jack Soo
  • Directors: Jack Hannah, John Hough
  • Writers: Alexander Key, Bill Berg, Malcolm Marmorstein, Ralph Wright
  • Producers: Jerome Courtland, Kevin Corcoran
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.75:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009YXAU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,141 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Return from Witch Mountain (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Making The Return Trip "Disney Kids With Power"
  • Lost Treasure: "Christoper Lee, The Lost Interview"
  • 1978 Disney Studio Album
  • Classic Disney Cartoon - The Eyes Have It
  • "The Gangs Back In Town"

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From the Back Cover

In this thrilling sequel to Disney's "Escape to Witch Mountain," automobiles mysteriously fly and humans float in thin air as sinister masterminds Christopher Lee and Bette Davis unleash a diabolical plan. The entire city of Los Angeles teeters on the brink of nuclear disaster when the greedy criminals manipulate a young boy's supernatural powers for their own devious gain. But the youth's sister and a streetwise band of truants join forces in a desperate attempt to save the city from destruction.

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In this thrilling sequel to Disney's ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN, automobiles mysteriously fly and humans float in thin air as sinister masterminds Christopher Lee and Bette Davis unleash a diabolical plan. The entire city of Los Angeles teeters on the brink of nuclear disaster when the greedy criminals manipulate a young boy's supernatural powers for their own devious gain. But the youth's sister and a streetwise band of truants join forces in a desperate attempt to save the city from destruction.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Disney! October 2, 2003
Format:DVD
As someone who works to historically preserve music, I think Disney has succeeded in not only preserving this film on DVD, but they deserve to be applauded for putting in all the extras, even if it's not conisdered the best of Disney films. The print, audio and package is great.
I loved this film as a kid, and it was fun to re-watch as an adult. Ok, it's not going to win the award for the best film ever. It's definitely light Disney live action comparable to many of it's other 70s films. True, the original Escape To Witch Mountain was better, but this has some great moments of it's own. Also, it's got a fabulous cast, Bette Davis and Christopher Lee, and those incredible kids!!! Can you tell I like this film despite it's silliness?
What makes it all more special, are the extras. They are laid out kind of strangely, and if you don't look around, you could miss them. The highlight of these is the documentary, "Making the 'return' trip." If you wondered what ever happened to Kim and Iake, as well as the members of the gang (can you believe they actually grew up?), the crew, and director, they're all here. Thank you everyone at Disney for putting the extra effort into this release. Keep up the good work!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Disney Film on DVD July 7, 2003
Format:DVD
Disney's "Return From Witch Mountain" is a classic film that highlights the story of super powered alien brother and sister Tony and Tia. "Return" is actually the sequel to it's previous film "Escape From Witch Mountian". The two children discover thier alien origins in the first film and now, having spent time with thier own people, in the sequel return to the outside world and start a new adventure. Hollywood Grand Dame Bette Davis plays a ruthless industrialist who plans to use the sibling's mental powers to further her own gain, along with fellow henchman actor Christopher Lee. This movie brings a lot of great memories to mind. The DVD also promises to include lots of great bonus features such as a commentary with the film stars Ike Eisenmann and Kim Richards along with Director John Hough. There also proves to be a behind the scenes look at the film called "Making the Return Trip" that should make fans of the film happy. In addition Disney is expanding their 'Lost Treasures' releases by including an original interview with actor Christopher Lee. A 1978 Disney Studio Album will also be included along with the film's theatrical trailer. Widescreen and Dolby sound doesn't hurt either. Tack on the animated short "The Eyes Have It" and you've got yourself one DVD fans of the genre will be more than happy to own.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The classic Walt Disney sci-fi film "RETURN FROM WITCH MOUNTAIN" (1978) is released on DVD to help celebrate the theatrical release of "RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN" (the third `WITCH MOUNTAIN' film which can be considered a new storyline or a re-imagining of the first film).

"RETURN FROM WITCH MOUNTAIN" is the long awaited sequel to "ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN" (1975) and continue to be a family sci-fi film to utilize the latest special effects at that time and bring back popular British director John Hough and popular teen talents Ike Iesenmann and Kim Richards to reprise their role as the alien human brother and sister team who have supernatural abilities.

"RETURN FROM WITCH MOUNTAIN" focuses on the return of Tony and Tia to the planet Earth. The two haven't been back in several years, so they get the opportunity to have some rest and relaxation.

Meanwhile, a mad scientist named Victor (Christopher Lee) and Letha (Bette Davis) talk about how they should be making money. Letha was once a very rich woman but funded Victor's laboratory in order manipulate people and control them. Victor decides to put Letha's nephew Sickle (Anthony James) to a test by using a remote control device in which Victor talks on it and the person will follow his instructions. His first instruction is to have Sickle climb up a tall building and walk on the rooftop ledge and seeing how the remote control device is actually working on him.

Meanwhile, as Tony and Tia are being driven in their cab, the cab loses fuel prompting the taxi cab driver to get gas. While left alone, Tia's premonitions start kicking in to full gear as she senses a man who will fall to his death from falling from a building.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Escape to Witch Mountain is much better ! September 6, 2003
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Format:DVD
"Return from witch mountain" is a typical Walt Disney film- which is quite disappointing due to the fact that the movie this is a sequel to is "Escape to witch mountain" which was a magical movie filled with a powerful unique story,good acting,special effects & a brother & sister with special powers who may be from another planet & need to get away from money-hungry adults who kidnap them. This sequel movie on dvd has a commentary track that both actors Kim Richards & Ike Eisenmann say a few times on it that neither of them really understood why the story was as it was or remember the filming of that film compared to "Escape to Witch Mountain" which was very special- in other words they were saying the same thing that is written here- this movie is subpar- it just doesn't have the storyline to carry it and is more of a silly comedy than a science fiction mystery like the original. 70 year old Bette Davis and Christopher Lee as money-hungry villians who kidnap the brother with the sister not having much telepathic communication made no sense to the idea that the two kids were in Los Angeles,California for a day's visit yet never are together unless they are battling powers at the end. If one is going to make a sequel= one should first come up with an original idea and then play it out with good writing.They waited three years to put out a sequel to Alexander Key's "Escape to Witch Mountain" so we will have to wonder why they didn't bother to write a good story. Kim Richards is famous for her long blonde hair yet it is pulled back throughout this movie and she is "Tia" yet her starcase is long gone.Ike Eisenmann's harmonica is long gone as well & his wonderful smile is absent due to them having him as a robot-like character. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Kids Loved It, But Stated They Liked 'Escape to Witch Mountain' Better
Not as good as the first one, but my 5 year old and 9 year old both enjoyed it very much. Their thoughts was this one had more of a creepy aspect to it (in a good, scary sense),... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Blaine DeLancey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent product. Excellent service.
Published 24 days ago by Pyramid
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Disney is our families favorite but this film is farther down on the list.
Published 26 days ago by Greg
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Enough Spice
I love Bette Davis and was delighted she starred in this classic and seeing Christopher Lee could only mean a bonus. That's where it ended. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Myas
3.0 out of 5 stars Citroen Car fans - this is your film!
They say, Bette Davis took this role because she knew it was innocent enough for her grandchildren to watch. And that is high praise for a film these days. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jonathan C. Naumann
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but not great
This movie is ho hum compared to the first movie. At least it has the same actors as the first one.
Published 5 months ago by Michelle Lajiness
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun family classic.
All of the kids from toddler to teen enjoyed this one. They laughed that mom was only 3 years old when it was made.
Published 5 months ago by russnrach
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a Very Good Sequal...But!
Bette Davis! She was too much. She became almost a cartoon character. Over acting every line and those eyes! Bette Davis Eyes
Published 5 months ago by Jay
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as "Escape to Witch Mountain" but OK to look at.
Some of the closing dialog between Jason O'Day and Uncle Bene in "Escape" covered the fact that there were other castaway children out there and Jason would look for them-... Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. Burchfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like I remembered from childhood
Can't beat the old Disney movies. It brings back memories of going to the old walk in theater in my home town.
Published 6 months ago by TnT
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