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Well, it's about time the original The Parent Trap found its way to Blu-ray. Hayley Mills and Hayley Mills, and Brian Keith and Maureen O'Hara. Mills gives an Oscar-worthy performance as twin sisters on the cusp of rediscovering their long lost 'happy home'. Effortlessly directed and written by David Swift - a sadly underrated name today - The Parent Trap is charming and still holds up - much better, in fact than its clumsy remake. This 1080p Blu-ray reveals extraordinary detail with superb color fidelity. Even the sodium vapor matte 'trick shots' that give us two Hayley's in the same frame, look flawless. A few shots scattered throughout suffer from an inexplicable softness, but it is not a deal breaker. You are going to love - LOVE - the way this looks. Buy today. Treasure forever.
One of my favorites as a kid and remains so 50 (!) years later. You know the story . . . twins meet up at summer camp having been separated by divorced parents each of whom kept the other child a secret from her sister. The girls, played by unbelievably adorable Hayley Mills, concoct a plan to reunite the parents; Outdoorsy Dad, Brian Keith, lives in California and proper Mom (Maureen O'Hara) in Boston. Hilarity ensues. But here's what's fun to notice all these years later--Dad's spectacular home in Monterey (check out the tile work in the bathroom). The modest and cute swim suits on all the girls at camp. No teeny bikinis here. Can't say I ever noticed before that Mr. Brian Keith was quite the fine figure of a man. No surprise but a reminder that Maureen O'Hara is beyond gorgeous. And check out the peau de soie shoes that match her green traveling outfit; people dressed up to fly back then. At camp Susan, the California twin, has photos of dreamy boys like Bobby Rydell and Ricky Nelson, as relevant today as Justin B. will be 50 years from now. Annette Funicello sings with the opening credits. Great fun, don't hesitate to see it.
Rest in peace Maureen. Since my earliest days, I have been a fan of O'haras, she is simply the best. I grew up watching this and many other Haley mills and Maureen O'hara's movies. I particularly love this line up of actors as it has good performances from both women. It's a really nice multigenerational crossover film for the era and today. I have many wonderful images burned into memory of this film. So many classic moments. This film was a first with the special effects it employed and presented a progressive family dynamic. I am so glad I own this film now. It's in my top 50 all time and my top 10 family movies, up there with Disney's Swiss family Robinson and meet me in st. Louis. Not to knock the newer version, but this film is timeless.
This is one of my favorite movies of all time. Not sure why. It's hilarious to me. If you like old classics this is definitely something you need to be able to say you've seen. The Lindsay Lohan version makes me want to have a colonoscopy. There's such a commercial value that's blatant. Plus I don't like her as an actress... although I wouldn't mind going to a club with her. It's a great movie and you'll be caught up in the whimsical nature, the exaggerated acting of the 60's and the music in itself will make a day dreamer out of you.
I think I first saw this movie 50 years and have seen it several time since. I like the story and acting and another interest in the movie is the set used as Brian Keith's home. I know it's not a real house, but it's my dream house. I especially appreciate sellers that will ship to APO addresses. Not all Amazon sellers will do that.
This one is a classic that all kids between six and fifteen should experience.
The story, although entirely improbable on so many levels, is still just as charming and delightful as I remember from my own viewing as a child in the seventies.
I was struck, however, at what a truly awful little actress Hayley Mills was at this stage. Just a little robot going through the paces. Especially with the really fine performances of the other Actors. And yet, I still love Hayley in this movie. Weird, right?
The later remake is also charming and one of the few really decent remakes of a Disney film. But this is the original and every kid should see it.
(I wonder why I never asked, as a child, why Hayley Mills had a British accent if she was born in California and grew up in Boston with a decidedly all-American family?)
This movie is great enough to own as is. However, the Vault Disney version adds a phenomenal amount of video on a 2nd DVD, Hayley Mills and the director narrating and reliving the making of the movie, trailers, etc. I couldn't watch it all in one sitting. It all brought back such wonderful memories of that time in my life. I'm sure it will do the same for you. I had considered paying less for just the DVD of the movie, but I am so glad I opted for Vault Disney!
I hadn't seen this movie since I was a little girl. I washed it back in the 90s when I was probably about 10 years old. I decided to rent it and watch it again with my two little boys and they are three and five and even they were entertained
5.0 out of 5 starsA great movie for young girls and generally a class act - plus some interesting extras
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 25, 2015
My daughter, now 21, was fond of the Lindsay Lohan remake of The Parent Trap , but for her this one was the better movie 'because it was just a bit more adult' (i.e. 13/14 year old girls back in the 1960s were expected to behave in a more ladylike manner, so the furtive plotting of the two girls behind the backs of the adults seems all the more rebellious). Anyway my daughter loved this film as an older preteen and still loves it now, so we decided to finally get it on DVD to replace our old TV recorded version. The picture quality of this DVD is far better than our old long-play recording and I was quite impressed with the films video and sound quality, it's pretty good for one shot in an era (1961) when you couldn't simply film a walk in the park, as the sound recording equipment would be too cumbersome at that time. We think Hayley is perfectly cast as the identical twin girls Susan & Sharon, and she had just won that Junior Academy Award a year earlier for her role as Pollyanna (and I'm sure her 'amateur' singing voice here is intentional, as they are supposed to be a couple of normal kids producing a cheesy but cute performance for their parents at home - if Disney wanted musical perfection there he would have got it). The only teenage boys allowed are suitably timid and awkward in the presence of the confident young ladies. My daughter also loves the film credits that try so hard to be hip and not square (and generally succeed).
The Amazon listing is correct in terms of soundtrack (English, Spanish, French Dolby Digital 5.1) and subtitles (English HoH, French, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish), although that's only for the main film not the documentary extras which appear to be in English audio only (but there's still subtitles in all the other languages). It's PAL UK Region 2 locked, main feature 123 minutes long, Widescreen 1.85:1. There's also some interesting extras: the audio commentary (English audio), 'Caught in the act' 19 minute documentary (The Making of Parent Trap), Disney Studio Album (Makings of the Studio Happenings), `Seeing double' 9 minute documentary (the special effects - how they got two), The Production Stills, Production art (costumes and storyboards), and the Advertising Merchandise. The cutting edge 'yellow screen' special effects technique to get Hayley Mills to appear as twins Susan & Sharon was largely developed in-house by Disney Studios according to the interesting 'Caught in the act' documentary - which features Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Bob Broughton (special effects) and Hayley's double Susan Henning as they are 'now' (filmed in 2002). Maureen O'Hara (mum) looks stunning, Brian Keith (dad) and Hayley Mills are likeable & convincing, all ably supported by many stalwarts of the 1960s silver screen (e.g. Charlie Ruggles, Una Merkel, Leo G. Carrol, Joanna Barnes, Nancy Kulp & Cathleen Nesbit). We always enjoy this feel-good kids movie, so 5*. My daughter's absolute fave films from her early teenage years (and now) are the musicals Calamity Jane  and Disney's The Happiest Millionaire , and this movie is almost up there with them.
Well respected in its day, 'The Parent Trap ' was nominated for two Oscars (Sound & Editing, losing to West Side Story), two Golden Globes (Best Comedy Picture & Best Comedy Actress: Hayley Mills, losing both to Rosalind Russell in A Majority of One) and a Grammy. It did win the American Cinema Editor's Eddie Award for its editing.' Rotten Tomatoes highly rate this movie at 88% (with the 1998 remake getting 86%). This 1961 Disney movie was adapted from Eric Kastner's German book The Double Lotties  about two girls who meet on a summer camp and suspect that they might be identical twins whose parents have split up. Kastner also wrote the classic kids story Emil And The Detectives .
5.0 out of 5 stars... have two versions of this movie and both are excellent. This is another movie where Brian Keith takes ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 3, 2015
I have two versions of this movie and both are excellent. This is another movie where Brian Keith takes a lead role. I like the way the movie depicts incompatibility between a male and a female and the consequences of same going their separate ways...in this movie...with twins...each taking one...one living in America and the other in the UK. Hayley Mills is a great actress and plays both of the twins. This movie is great when contrasted with the other version of the film that is also available. In my opinion, this one should be seen first and then you will also love the next version of same film available.
Great stories about two parents who had girl twins, when the relationship split the couple takes a child each! Only to have the two children meet up at summer camp and realise there sisters! Great movie, film for all the family!!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 2, 2015
One of the few films I would say the remake is better, and quite a bit better too. I found Hayley Mills to be a bit irritating with her voice. The Lindsay Lohan version is one of my favourite films. Nearly every scene that is different I prefer the newer version. Having said this, I did see the remake long before this version, so that might be part of the reason.
5.0 out of 5 starsAlthough I enjoyed the Mk2 version
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 25, 2015
Although I enjoyed the Mk2 version, I still prefer the original. Like all these lovely old Disney films, no nudity, no swearing, a happy ending. AND you can hear every word they say, because they enunciate and speak to camera.