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The Worst Witch (The Movie) (2004)

Diana Rigg , Charlotte Rae , Robert Young  |  G |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Diana Rigg, Charlotte Rae, Tim Curry, Fairuza Balk, Sabina Franklyn
  • Directors: Robert Young
  • Writers: Jill Murphy, Mary Pleshette Willis
  • Producers: Colin Shindler, Hilary Heath, Lewis Rudd
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Bfs Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002JP5EK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,325 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Worst Witch (The Movie)" on IMDb

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This DVD film stars Diana Rigg, Tim Curry, Charlotte Rae, and Fairuza Balk. When pupils disappear into thin air or turn into pigs by mistake, everyone points a finger at Mildred - the worst witch in the school. No matter how hard she tries to master pot

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76 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Spirit of Halloween Past for Children of the `80s! November 4, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
Imagine if "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was made in the mid-eighties, for television, with almost no budget. Also, imagine the hero is a misfit young witch rather than a wizard prodigy, attending an all-girl school for witchcraft. Replace Maggie Smith with Diana Rigg, Richard Harris with Mrs. Garrett from "Facts of Life," and Lord Voldemort with... Mrs. Garrett from "Facts of Life," and you have the 1986 classic television Halloween special, "The Worst Witch."

Fairuza Balk plays Mildred Hubble, the absolutely worst witch at Miss Cackle's International Academy for Witches. No matter how hard she tries, Mildred screws up everything, from her potions to her broomstick flying, and being tormented by school bully Ethel Hallow doesn't help her any either. As Halloween approaches, Mildred does her best to improve, especially at flying, knowing that this year's Halloween guest of honor will be the Grand Wizard himself! To her joy, Mildred manages to make her way onto the team of students who will fly in formation for the Grand Wizard's visit. Sadly, good ol' Ethel manages to make Mildred look bad again, and right in front of the Grand Wizard (Tim Curry). Her heart broken, Mildred gathers her belongings and her cat, Tabby, and sets out to run away the following morning, but encounters a group of evil witches plotting in the woods as she makes her getaway. Now, Mildred will have to face her fears and conquer her low self-esteem if she is going to save her friends and school from Miss Cackle's wicked sister, Agatha, and her plot to take over!

Despite the no-budget special effects, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer-like plot, campy...
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146 of 159 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why is this so addictive? October 21, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
There are several reasons to buy this video, but none of the reasons have to do with this being a high quality film. It isn't. This movie is of very poor quality. It has cheesy special effects, including blue screen flying scenes,poor sound, and stupid songs. Fairuza Balk is delightful as Mildred Hubble, the worst witch at Miss Cackle's International School for Witches. Halloween is approaching, and the school is preparing for the visit of the Grand Wizard, a powerful wizard as well as heart-throb to the witch community. Mildred's arch rival Ethel manages to sabatoge Mildred throughout the movie, and an embarassing encounter with the Grand Wizard is inevitable, especially since Mildred has made the broom squad.
Don't buy this if you want a good flick.
DO buy this if it reminds you of how much you loved it when you were a kid, if you are a kid who loves Halloween, if you are a die-hard Tim Curry or Fairuza Balk fan, or if you are desperate to have something that will tide you over until the publication of the next Harry Potter book.
I love this movie. I'm just not sure why.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the greatest Halloween movie ever!!! July 4, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Ever since I was a little kid, I've loved this movie. I would look forward to Halloween, because I knew that "The Worst Witch" would be on TV. Now that I'm 20 years old it's still my favorite Halloween movie, and it's not just me. My roommate also loves this movie, so she and I bought a copy and watch it all year round. Our favorite part is still when The Grand Wizard does his little song and dance. Also when Mildred turns Ethel Hallow into a pig! I would highly recomend this movie to anyone whether they're 6 or 96.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Growing Up Isn't Easy ... February 24, 2005
By Melissa
Especially for first year student Mildred Hubble. Not only is she having trouble with her studies and flying lesson's, but she has to deal with trouble maker Ethel Hallow and a very hard teacher Miss Hardbroom. As she tries to prove herself again and again she keeps getting herself into sticky situations and a boat load of trouble.

I loved this movie since I was very little and I remember it in the 80's which is my favorite decade. So this movie has very fond memories for me that I enjoy watching and loving today. The graphics are a bit cheesy as well as the music. But I'm sure that children and adults will love this fun classic film based on the popular books by Jill Murphy. It was also made into a popular and fun TV series.

I mainly adore and love the cast: Fairuza Balk (Return To Oz/The Craft) as Mildred Hubble, Diana Rigg as Miss Hardbroom, Charlette Rae (The Facts Of Life) as Miss Cackle and as her evil sister Agatha, Anna Kipling as Ethel Hallow, Danielle Batchelor as Maud Warlock (Mildred's best friend) and most of all my all time favorite Tim Curry as The Grand Wizard who does a fun singing performance of a Halloween number!

I was really excited to see this finally arrive on DVD. I have the Video which I found through Amazon and I also was very happy to get the DVD from Amazon as well. The DVD itself is very clear as well as the sound. Again the graphics are cheesy for that time, but I believe it was made for TV. I also remember first seeing this movie on HBO. It has jump to scene, cast biographies/trivia all in the extra's section plus a really fun menu to navigate through.

Besides I think we all feel a little like Mildred growing up ...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great classic
Published 10 days ago by Trevor Molloy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 16 days ago by Kafi Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Childhood Halloween Must!
Published 17 days ago by brienna
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not waste your money
Do not waste your money .. Trust me .. The reviews on this were decent and I'm wondering what kind of drugs are people on these days to give this movie even a 1 star ???
Published 18 days ago by Larry Nicioli
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is as cheesy as ever but it is so much fun to watch
Oh the nostalgia. This movie is as cheesy as ever but it is so much fun to watch. Tim Curry is gorgeous... anywho the movie was factory sealed and cheap considering it's age.
Published 19 days ago by Amanda Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Facts of Life meets Pre-Harry Potter Witches' School
This movie is one of those that is so bad it is a ton of fun to watch. Every year at Halloween my family and I love pulling it out to watch it. Read more
Published 21 days ago by AZgal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie
Published 1 month ago by Dolores E Khan
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
DVD that was received was scratched and did not play
Published 1 month ago by JOHN L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my all time favorites!
Published 1 month ago by Crystal Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my grandkids were so delighted to watch a movie that their parents saw many years ago.
Published 2 months ago by sharong
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