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The Witches (Keep Case Packaging) (1999)

Anjelica Huston , Mai Zetterling , Nicolas Roeg  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (463 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher, Rowan Atkinson, Brenda Blethyn
  • Directors: Nicolas Roeg
  • Writers: Allan Scott
  • Producers: Mark Shivas, Jim Henson
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: French (Stereo)
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (463 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002GOAH10
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,504 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Witches (Keep Case Packaging)" on IMDb

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From the great Muppet creator Jim Henson comes this classic bursting with enchantment and adventure. Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston stars as the Grand High Witch in this fable of a nine-year-old boy who must foil the plans of a society of witches to turn the world's children into mice. It won't be easy: they've already transformed him into one.

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82 of 87 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite for Children, Not Quite for Adults October 4, 2000
"The Witches" is one of my favorite films. The film combines the substantial filmmaking talents of Nicholas Roeg with the wonderworking of Jim Henson and an unforgettable performance from Angelica Huston. Every time I watch this film, I find something new to like about it.
Since I have seen the film numerous times, I was a bit disappointed that the DVD did not contain any special features, such as a commentary from the filmmaker or one of the actors. Other than the most basic chapter selection, the DVD does not offer any of the bonuses that one would like to see. Fortunately, the film itself is so good that it is worthwhile to buy this disc in spite of the substandard packaging.
From the very beginning of the film, we are thrown into an imaginative world where witches reside in literally every small village and where no child is safe in any country. As the credits roll across the screen, Roeg treats us to a ride on a broomstick, to a witch's-eye view of the frozen Scandinavian countryside.
The film then introduces us to Luke and his grandmother, the protagonists of this tale. We learn that the grandmother has long been fighting the witches and even has lost part of her finger in the struggles. After tragedy strikes the young boy's parents, the pair travel to England, which is literally infested with witches. Fortunately, Luke has been well-warned how to recognize them and can play safely in his tree house when other children would be in grave peril.
The delicious irony compounds when the grandmother takes Luke to a seaside resort hotel for her convalescence. It is the precise time when all the witches of England are meeting under the cover of the Royal Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Witches July 18, 2007
Roald Dahl, best-known for his "Charlie and The Chocolate Factory", also penned this dark little tale, which is brought to vivid cinematic life by gifted director Nicolas Roeg ("Walkabout", "Don't Look Now"). The late Jim Henson's distinctive talents are on display in some of the rodent and witch representations, and the film also boasts broadly amusing turns by Anjelica Huston (as The Grand High Witch) and Brits Brenda Blethyn and Rowan Atkinson in supporting roles.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute mice and ugly witches. October 16, 1999
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Anjelica Huston is so hideous as a witch it isn't funny. Actually, it is a bit funny, with the accent and everything. Oh, and the mice are simply adorable. Everyone else told the plot, so I won't linger about it. Basically, the Grand High Witch turns a boy, Luke, into a mouse and he has to save all the children in England. While a mouse. That presents some problems, and a kinda scary scene with the Grand High Witch's cat. The witch convention would be the most impressive scene in the movie. Eva Ernst (The Witch) tells everyone to take off their shoes. Then she tells them to remove their "vigs" (wigs). They are bald with purple eyes and ugly teeth. Then Eva proceeds to remove her hair AND face at the same time, with a little help from her secretary. Eva's chin grows, her nose lengthens, and underneath her mask is the most hideous thing you have ever seen. Long ears, no hair, and that awful face. I suppose it's still Anjelica Huston under all that. She keeps the accent, and even while she is being scary she is funny when explaining the results of her Formula 86. I highly recommend this movie, because the acting is suberb and the effects are better.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Great Film, a terrible DVD April 5, 2001
Why did they produce such a cheap transfer? There is some artifacting, the blacks are not solid, there's lots of edge enhancement, but most of all, it's full frame!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic! September 6, 2003
"The Witches" is one of the best movies ever produced. If you have not seen it, see it! If you have seen it, see it again! Nicholas Roeg directed this movie (which is based on Roald Dahl's novel of the same name), and delivers a brilliant film on so many levels.
The visuals are amazing and the story is intriguing. The plot involves a young boy, Luke, and his grandmother going on a vacation to a seaside hotel in England, only to discover that many of its occupants are REAL WITCHES, one of whom is the Grand High Witch. Angelica Houston does a fabulous job as the Grand High Witch, and the make-up which forms her disguised face is both frightening and spectacular.
It is unfortunate that "The Witches" is largely unrecognized, as adults and children alike will adore this movie for its action, suspense and sheer brilliance. There is no doubt in my mind that this film is among the best ever made.
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44 of 58 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Here the greedy-guts go again. August 8, 2009
"Witches" is a marvellous film: cleverly written and wittily produced. Alas, this is a mutilated copy: the usual tactic of corporate greed. The original, filmed in a ratio of 1.85:1, this copy has been mutilated -- slashed and hacked to leave a visual aspect of 1.33:1.

If you want to buy this butchered version, go ahead. Just remember that you're missing about a third of the original. If steak is $5 s pound, would you pay $5 for 11 ounces? Just remember that the butcher still has his or her thumb on the scale, waiting to get your money again when she/he later offers correct weight for the price.

If you still want to buy this thing, let me know. I have some riverside property in New Orleans I'd like to sell you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This is a fantastic movie! A bit scary for the younger kids. I believe you should always read the book first and then watch the movie!
Published 5 days ago by J. A. T. Latina
5.0 out of 5 stars childhood class
I absolutely loved this movie as a child and even now. Jim Henson uses his inspiring creativity to establish another story about children and their beliefs of stories most adults... Read more
Published 5 days ago by MT
3.0 out of 5 stars a little scary for kids
I like the 2nd movie hocas pocus a lot better not as scary1 abit graphic for smaller ok movie for older children
Published 18 days ago by karen bowman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good kids movie!
I watched this as a kid and loved it, so i ordered it for my daughter. Watching it now, it did seem a bit silly, but it is just as i remember it. Its a fun movie for kids.
Published 19 days ago by Heidi suggs
3.0 out of 5 stars The Witches was OK
Special effects were cute as was the boy who was turned into a mouse. It was cliche' and predictable. Acting was fairly good though.
Published 22 days ago by Anna M Avrigian
5.0 out of 5 stars All ages!
This is one of those movies I watch over and over. I first watched it with my daughters, when they were very little. Now, I'm an old woman and I still enjoy it.
Published 22 days ago by nanclee54
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, good family movie great book
My son and I read the book then watched the movie. The movie was good. He loved it. It was fun to compare
Published 25 days ago by cdhye
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice people, these witches; some but not all!
Find the precious item from the sky; a bit of hide and seek - or find me if you can - or what do you really know about the girl you think you want to marry?
Published 27 days ago by Robert Riggs
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed.
This movie is extremely slow. I was hoping for so much more. I didn't even finish watching it. I watched about 1/2 to 3/4 of the movie and wanted my time back.
Published 28 days ago by Amanda Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Great movie when I was a kid and it is still enjoyable as an adult. I recommend this to anyone .
Published 1 month ago by G. Garcia
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