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Hocus Pocus [DVD] [1993]

Bette Midler , Sarah Jessica Parker , Kenny Ortega    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz, Thora Birch
  • Directors: Kenny Ortega
  • Writers: David Kirschner, Mick Garris, Neil Cuthbert
  • Producers: Bonnie Bruckheimer, David Kirschner, Jay Heit, Mick Garris
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Feb 2001
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CYVZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,124 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This big, fat theatrical bomb has a lot going for it. There's the three leads, Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker, playing three resurrected witches who wreak havoc on Salem, Massachusetts, 300 hundred years after they were hung. There's music, special effects, and magic. There's a surprisingly horror-filled plot. Whoops, hold up on that last one. It's probably the extremes that this film goes to (displaying a Disney label), such as the witches sucking the life out of a little girl in the first five minutes, that put the brakes on any success for Hocus Pocus. Older children, however, in the 8 and up range should get a kick out of all the weird goings-on. It's a good measure of Halloween thrills and chills. --Keith Simanton

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nella migliore tradizione dei classici della commedia disney, tre streghe vissute nel xvii secolo tornano ai giorni nostri per far fuoco e fiamme - in quel di salem nel massachusetts - nel momento in cui i loro inquieti spiriti vengono accidentalmente evocati nella notte di halloween. accusate di stregoneria e bandite trecento anni prima, le tre diaboliche fattucchiere avevano sempre sperato di poter tornare. quel giorno e' giunto ed il satanico trio si mette all'opera, gettando scompiglio con effetti comici devastanti. ansiose di riprendere da dove avevano lasciato, devono pero' superare un ultimo ostacolo per garantirsi l'immortalita', un "triplice" ostacolo che per loro rappresenta anche una meta: il giovane max dennison, la sorellina dani e la bella allison. dipende infatti dai tre giovani se l'incantesimo delle streghe si attuera' o si spezzera' definitivamente. intanto, con occhi di salamandra, zampe di rana e lingue di cane - ed un gatto parlante di nome binx - le redivive maliarde preparano la pozione magica per momenti di grande divertimento, intenzionate - come sono - ad assoggettare l'intera citta' al loro tenebroso incanto.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cut version - not the same as the VHS release 8 Oct 2007
Format:DVD
The film itself deserves five stars, fantastic story, fantastic acting, great special effects and starring the imitable Bette Midler. What lets the DVD down is that it is cut by about 5 minutes from the VHS version. These cuts are by Disney themselves and NOT the BBFC. These scenes were not shocking or violent but added comic genius to the plot. One of the scenes cut shows you how the witches decide what to use as broomsticks, such as a vaccum cleaner, to fly on when it becomes obvious to them their broomsticks, al but Winnie's, have dissapeared.

It would be interesting to discover why Disney choose to edit these scenes out rather than just release the VHS version, with the same certification.

However this said Hocus Pocus is a fantastic family film and you could do worse than buy this DVD. Enjoy it for all it has to offer. Good clean fun!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bette! You Witch! 29 July 2006
Format:DVD
Youve gotta love Hocus Pocus! Its a classic Disney film, Great to watch at anytime of the year...not just halloween (Thats a note for you, the TV Companies that only show it at Halloween Time) With great characters, great actors, humourous storyline, brilliant songs and just a plain old disney classic for any age! Must watch! Buy it now if you dont own it!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come little chilren, I'll take thee away! 2 April 2006
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I absoloutly love Hocus Pocus, even now in my 20th year of life its still a favourite to watch on Hallowe'en night.

Winifred (Bette Midler), Mary (Kathy Najimy) and Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker)Sanderson are the three wicked Witches stalking Salem, Massetchuses and sucking the lives out of the little children in a bid to make them young again. However, they are eventually caught and hanged by the Salem townfolk after sucking the life out of Emily Binx and turning her brother Zackery (or Thackery) into a talking, immortal cat.

Fast foward 300 years and a young sceptic and new kid on the block Max Dennerson along with his eight year old sister Danni and school friend Alison, goes to the old Sanderson house in order to impress Alison, whom he really fancies. However, despite Alison's warning, Max manages to resurrect the witches by lighting the black flame candle that brings them back to life when lit by a virgin on Hallowe'en night...

A thrilling chase around the town ensues as Max, Alison and Danni must stay one step ahead of the witches in order to save the Salem children from having the lives sucked out of them. If the witches can steal the lives of children they will live forever, but if not, then when the sun rises they are dust. But how can Max, Danni and Alison make the sun rise and rid Salem of the Sanderson Sisters once and for all...?

This great spooky Disney Hallowe'en film but I'd recommend it for slightly older children as Billy, the long dead lover of Whinnie Sanderson being summoned from his grave is actually quite scary, and this spooked me out even aged 10 when I saw it for the first time (OK I admit I'm a whimp!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It'll put a spell on yoooooooooooohooooooooooooo 21 Jun 2006
By Mooch
Format:DVD
I recently re-discovered this film and have to say that I enjoy it just as much now, aged 16, as I did when Bette Midler's showstopping rendition of "I'll Put a Spell on You" was first imprinted on my brain at the tender age of six. Sure, it does drag in places (the child actors are not exactly brimming over with charisma...) and the marked, albeit supremely camp, wickedness of the witches may be too much for some younger children to handle, but for sheer entertainment value this film is hard to beat.

It has a surprisingly interesting plot and all three Macbeth-style witches (the mythical "Saunderson sisters") light up the screen whenever the camera falls on them. In particular, the incomparable Bette Midler is outstanding as the eldest witch (she steals the show with the aforementioned rendition of "I'll Put a Spell on You"), although Sara Jessica Parker (of Sex and the City fame) is also fabulous as the child-tempting youngest sister- I really didn't have to suspend much belief when her creepy "Come Little Children" siren song lured the entire youngest generation of Salem from its beds!

I babysit for a great many children and have yet to come across one whom this film is unable to charm.

So, if you're looking for a fun Halloween (or indeed, any time of year) movie that the whole family will enjoy, you can't go far wrong with this one

And it stars BETTE MIDLER... as a WITCH!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I watched this film alot when I was younger, now I'm 20 and I watched it again on TV yesterday. Suprisingly enough I still enjoyed it. Full of decent effects, music and some hillarious dialogue between the three witches. Plot revolves around Max, a new kid in town whose moved with his family. On Halloween night, he, his sister and his new friend Alison obliviously ressurect the Sanderson sisters, witches of the 17th Century who were hung.

It is obvious that the witches have such good chemistry together off film because it shows on screen. If you watch this film for one reason, watch it for them, particularly Bette Midler's performance is Winefred Sanderson, which is her on top form in my opinion, including her rendition of 'I put a spell on you'.

I never found this film scary even as a child, and if I can still enjoy it at 20, it makes good viewing for everyone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic
Bought for my young daughter after she watched some of it on TV. ..she loves it...A classic film which we enjoy together!
Published 4 days ago by Mary-Anne Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff!
I played this to death after taping it off SKY movies years ago - needed another one. Has entertained my child, her mates, my nieces, nephews, their mates, etc... Read more
Published 11 days ago by wood pigeon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great wee film...
Love this video... Bought it for my grandson who is 8 and he loves it too... A film you can watch over and over again...
Published 17 days ago by p4myp
5.0 out of 5 stars A blast from the past
Purchased this for my daughter as she had lost hers, great childhood memories
Published 19 days ago by Rusco
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 20 days ago by K. Caley
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Movie Ever!
Childhood revisited, a must for every Halloween, cannot recommend this movie enough, it is a classic! Would not be Halloween without it!
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie fun with bette midler...
I bought this film for my daughter. . Who had watched it on tv only days before she loves it very much! It has its funny moments. It is fun.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dell
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fond Childhood Memory
I remember the first time I saw Hocus Pocus. It was just released on VHS and I will have been 7 at the time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Caleb Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but a goodie
Wanted to watch this as a Halloween treat. Very funny - great quality. Cheap - but worth it. Looking forward to purchasing more.
Published 2 months ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect transaction
All went as well as it could go with this order. No delay, dvd arrived in condition as described and I have no reason for complaint.
Published 2 months ago by Alma Abbs
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