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Conjure up a cauldron of laughs with HOCUS POCUS, a fiendishly fun movie now on Blu-ray for the first time, featuring an all-new digital restoration with enhanced picture and sound. Academy Award(R) nominee Bette Midler (Best Actress, 1991, FOR THE BOYS), Sarah Jessica Parker (SEX IN THE CITY) and Kathy Najimy (THE WEDDING PLANNER) star in a wild and wacky comedy for the entire family. When three 17th century Salem witches are accidentally summoned by modern-day pranksters, the 300-year-old trio sets out to cast a spell on the town and reclaim their youth, but first they must outwit three kids and a talking cat. Get ready for a night of zany fun in this bewitching comedy classic -- now even better on Blu-ray!|Producer David Kirschner came up with the idea for the movie one night while he and his young daughter were sitting outside and his neighbor's black cat strayed by. Kirschner began to unspool a narrative of how the cat was once a boy who was changed into a feline 300 years ago by three witches.|Actress Kathy Najimy described her character Mary as "Eddie Haskell as a witch," referring to the character on the classic TV series "Leave It To Beaver." "She sucks up to Winifred [Bette Midler's character] every chance she gets. She wants to be part of the power club and Winifred's got the power."|To create the costumes, designer Mary Vogt read many historical books about Salem, Massachusetts. "I even read diaries of women who were hanged as witches," she says.
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That said, even at 30, I still enjoy watching this movie around the Halloween season, amongst the Friday the 13th's, slasher flicks, monster movies, and all of the other great horror films. It's light-hearted and reminds me of my childhood, when things were a little simpler.
The plot ... clever storyline with some really hysterical witches! VERY 1993...this movie is a bit dated. The disgust at virginity by today's standards was really weird, ESPECIALLY in a Disney movie, but in the 90's (the days of Dylan McKay & Brenda Walsh) teenagers all thought they were 30-year olds, and virginity was as shameful as being seen with your parents. I liked that they ended it with no chance for a sequel... very un-Disney-like, but a sequel would have murdered this movie. They even worked in a zombie and some good Halloween grossness without making it too cuddly and loveable, and really found a good balance that everyone can enjoy. I'd definitely recommend it be at the top of your list this coming October!
The music was great! "Come little Children" is pretty, but a little creepy sounding! Wished there was an extended version of Bette Middler's "I Put a Spell on You!" Best version of that song, ever.
Back in the days 3 witches in Salem were killed. They can only come back if a virgin lights a candle inside their old house on a full moon on Halloween. Well guess what, that happens. The witches will be dead again by morning, per the curse, if they don't steal the life out of children. The only problem is the boy who lit the candle that brought them back stole their magic spell book. The movie is funny because the witches have to adapt to modern times while trying to get their book back. This movie involves talking cats, a nice zombie, and lots of magic. It's a great watch.