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  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JA8F
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,799 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss L Beams on 10 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I'd been looking for this movie for years, I remembered watching it as a kid and wanted to see it again, so great to see it available to buy finally!
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By Embury on 18 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
an excellent family film saw it on the bbc a few years has not been on again as far as i know which is a shame.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Embury on 9 Jan. 2009
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Marvelous surprise 19 Sept. 2004
By Bob Poulson - Published on
I saw this listed in the late-night TV program as From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and with the synopsis of "two kids run away from home and hide in the metropolitan museum of art" so I taped it and watched it a few nights later. What a marvelous surprise! This is a wonderful movie, billed as a children's movie, but so well done that adults will thoroughly enjoy it. The two children are terrific, especially the girl, Sally Prager, who unfortunately it seems did not continue her acting career, and Ingrid Bergman is absolutely wonderful (and there's a delightful appearance by the great comedienne Madeline Kahn). For most of the movie, it's fun to follow their "adventures" in the museum, which are not, don't worry, cartoonish and childlike (in fact, if you have never been there, it will certainly make you want to visit the Met) but then the ending gets a bit more serious as we are given some "life lessons" which are in fact good lessons, worth learning/remembering, and the movie closes in a bittersweet tone, with perfect acting and direction right to the end. Here's one reason why this movie is so good: the early scenes are of the children living a normal life at home with their parents. Then they run away, hide in the museum, and...we never see their parents again! You keep expecting, okay, now it will cut to the frantic parents, but it never does. We get the childrens' story, through their eyes, and that is the whole of it. Wonderfully good judgment on the part of the director. The book is probably like that, but I'm sure the temptation to show the parents again was great, and he wisely resisted it. Watch this movie, with your children if you have any, and you will be glad you did. (I notice that there is a companion video for use as a teaching aid, which doesn't surprise me - I was planning to mention it to our junior high school principal. It's a 30-year old film and I'm sure most teachers these days don't know of it, but they should.)
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Good movie, but very poor DVD. 1 April 2009
By Gadget Guru - Published on
Format: DVD
Edit to original review:

I see Warner is now offering this as an on demand DVD-R version. I would assume the quality is better, though I wish they offered a real stamped DVD version. i haven't seen the new version, so I can't comment on the quality.

I just wanted to make the distinction that the original DVD offered by Platinum Disc Corporation was very poor that I cited in my review below.

Original Review:

I found this movie by chance at my local Circuit City a few years back in the bargain bin. I had actually been searching for it for some time. I paid all of about $5 for it then. However, it appears to be out of print, now, so used may be the only way to get it.

While I've always really liked this version of the movie better than the remake, I should warn potential buyers that this DVD edition by Platinum Disc Corporation is truly bad. Apparently, this was mastered, not from the film, but from a video tape copy meant for TV.

Unfortunately, the tape is in poor condition. Not only do many defects pop up throughout the movie, but nearly every shot change has a color shift.

Overall the tape master didn't hold up well at all.

I posted some screen grabs of it above. Those show the worst of it. The whole thing isn't that bad, but the colors are often off (and shifting from shot to shot) and the overall image is fuzzy and dirty looking with lots of video noise.

It's a shame, since it really is a fun movie to watch. I'm happy I own it, but disappointed with the quality. Hence, only two stars. Even the cover is hacked together using publicity stills of much younger versions of the adult actors. For that matter, the two children on the cover aren't even the actors that appear in the film.

Of course, this is a common thing with this particular distributor. "The Gate", also from PDC, is a poor transfer, as well.

So, be warned. If you like the movie, it's worth the poor presentation. Just be sure you're aware of what you're getting. Since this may be all we'll ever get (I doubt another, better release is on any future horizon), it requires eating the bad picture to get it. So, buy it only if you really want the movie.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler 26 Sept. 2000
By David Filbert - Published on
This is one of the most wonderful children's books I've ever read and this marvelous adaptation is warm and touching. The film offers so many things: the problems of growing up, responsibility, the imagination of a child, beauty and art not to mention a look at family and generational relationships. It's a detective story and an adventure in New York City all wrapped into one. The film also provides a great way to introduce children to Metropolitan Museum of Art. I first saw the film when I was in the Second Grade and I still love it!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
you need this nostalgic movie! 15 Dec. 2012
By Jodi Wilson - Published on
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this was a movie i watched as a child before realizing that it was based on the book from the mixed up files of mrs. basil e. frankweiler. so i then read the book . when i grew up to become a teacher, i read the book to my fifth, sixth, and now third graders. this year i purchased this great movie starring the incomparable ingrid bergman to share with my third graders. i worried that it was above their levels, but was proved wrong. so i just had to share the movie with them. although made in 1972, and therefore dated, they LOVED it just like i did at their ages. it was nostalgic for me to watch it again after so many years, and it was also gratifying to see my students enjoying it so much! before you judge me too much for my ee cummingsish review please know that i am in a hurry and using my new ipad! in short, get the movie and watch with the eyes of a child and more importantly ...... read the book!!!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
an artists treat 30 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
I've seen this film with my daughters 12&15,we loved it.If you love Art,New york City,and family films you'll love this one.
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