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Bedknobs And Broomsticks [VHS]

Angela Lansbury , David Tomlinson , Robert Stevenson    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall, Sam Jaffe, John Ericson
  • Directors: Robert Stevenson
  • Writers: Bill Walsh, Don DaGradi, Mary Norton, Ralph Wright, Ted Berman
  • Producers: Bill Walsh
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English, German
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Disney
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CI7Z
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,526 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Angela Lansbury plays a good witch who uses her powers against the Nazis in World War II and is aided by three children in the effort. This 1971 movie directed by Disney stalwart Robert Stevenson (Mary Poppins) was never up to the studio's best efforts--the music isn't all that good and the idea just doesn't quite catch on. But Lansbury, David Tomlinson and the late Roddy McDowall are good and there are some clever sequences blending animation and live action, most memorably a soccer game between the kids and some cartoon animals. --Tom Keogh

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BRAND NEW FACTORY SEALED!!!! Great VHS Video, please see alternative image from pleasuredome for alternative cover details, 134 minutes running time approx, fast dispatch, UK SELLER

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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rip off! 12 Oct 2009
As wonderful as this movie is, your better off getting the original dvd to get your money's worth. This is the original 1971 version, many scenes were cut and one wonderful musical scene from David Tomlinson "With a flare". When it says its a special edition, the real extra is "the wizards of waverly place" special effects clip, which personally is not worth the time as it seems as if disney really could not be asked to make a proper documentery.

It really breaks my heart that disney would recut a wonderful film just to put some tacky extras on just to make extra money.
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware which version you buy 6 Oct 2010
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I've given 5 stars for the original film which I first saw in the cinema in 1971 as a child and have seen many times on TV since. I (and my brothers) loved everything about the film, especially the lovely catchy songs, the magical story and the intermixing of animation and live action which was unusual then (the only other film of this type I'd seen was Mary Poppins). Now my 7 year old enjoys it just as much as I did way back then!
***However, please be aware that this version of the DVD (with a light blue background) has added scenes not shown in the original film release, which adds nothing to the story in my opinion, and which spoils it for me. So much so that I've sold on this 'extended' version and will be buying the other (original) so called 'special edition' version (with a dark blue background).
The deleted scenes which have been added to this version are dreadfully dubbed using different actors' voices (apart from Angela Lansbury who did her own voice over), presumably, because they had lost the original soundtrack.
It completely ruins the continuity of the film as the postmistress (Tessie O'Shea) has a Welsh accent at the beginning, a Scottish accent (yes, they even dubbed her using the wrong accent) in the middle and a Welsh accent again at the end. And Charlie, the eldest, sounds like a frightened 4 year old in the added scenes. Professor Brown's voice is also noticeably different but not as bad as the others.
Shame on Disney, it ruins it for me. I respect the fact that many people will disagree and will buy it just to see the additions, which add about half an hour to the film, so I just wanted to make it clear which version was uncut - as it seems that the same Amazon reviews appear on both versions - and as a result I bought the wrong one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Film 17 Dec 2008
When writing this review it's only eight days until Christmas, and at this time of year I always pick out some of my childhood favioutes to watch - its became sort of a Christmas tradition. Along with "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "The Wizard Of Oz", this film (Bedknobs and Broomsticks) will always be one of them.

Based during the Second World War, Miss Eglantine Price (Angela Lansbury) is an (somewhat poor) amateur witch, hoping to play some part in defending England from the Germans. She is some what forced to take responsibility of three evacuated children from London (Carrie, Charlie, and Paul). To begin with, the children are unhappy staying with Miss Price, and try to leave and make their way back to London. In the midst of doing so they discover that she is a witch, and they want something in exchange for keeping her secret. Miss Price therefore bewitches a bed that can take them anywhere. Where her mail order course is canceled they all set out to try and find Professor Amelius Brown, only to discover that he is a fraud who could never get any of the spells to work himself.

What follows is an adventure for them all and includes several musical numbers, a trip to the Island of Naboombo with a host of talking animals, some people being transfigured into rabbits, and a confrontation with a Nazi raiding party. Throw in some great humor, brilliant effects, and exciting acting, and you've got Bedknobs And Broomstricks, a classic masterpiece.

Don't worry if the plot sounds a little strange, or even disjointed, Bedknobs and Broomstricks is a very entertaining and enjoyable film. The sets really are impressive and must have seemed immense at the time.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just For Kids 20 Jan 2005
It's surprising that a film such as this can appeal as much to adults as children.
Perhaps it's the clever blend of a serious subject like a war being intergrated effortlessly with the magical songs, but this is one film that any age will find difficult not to enjoy.
Standout moments are, for me, the 'Portobello Road' dance sequence and the 'Substitutiary Locomotion' scene for it's comic genius.
Angela Lansbury shines as ever and every other member of the cast shines individually. In my (probably biased) opinion, one of the best Disney films ever made.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Movie! 17 Oct 2004
I first saw this wonderful film when i was just a kid and i absolutely loved it, and now that i watch it when i am a bit older, i still love it equally as much, if not more.
Miss Price is a prim and proper typical English lady, who lives in a sleepy southern coastal village during World War II. What the other villages don't know however, is that she is in fact a mail order apprentice witch and so have no hesitation in lumbering her with three London evacuees, who later find out about her secret and try to blackmail her.
They agree that she will give them somthing, if they keep their mouths shut, and so puts a spell on one of their beds that allows them to travel anywhere on it just by turning one of the bedknobs. On finding out that the witch school that she is a student at, is closing her and the children use to the bed to travel to London to meet Proffessor Amelius Brown, the man in charge.
He reveals that he got all of the spells from an old book, of which the last half of the book is missing and so he cannot finish the course. Determined to find the final spell, the children, Miss Price, and Mr Brown embark on an adventure involving loads of talking animals, and a Nazi raiding party.
The acting is brilliant from all the people involved in the film. Angela Lansbury who plays Miss Price the 'good' witch who is trying to help her country using witch craft. Julie Andrews, Leslie Caron, Lynn Redgrave, and Judy Carne were considered for the role of Miss Price before Angela Lansbury was cast. David Tomlinson who plays Dr Amelius Brown the head of the school of witchcraft. Ron Moody was considered for the role of Mr. Brown before Tomlinson was cast.
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