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The Worst Witch [DVD]

Diana Rigg , Tim Curry , Robert Young    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Diana Rigg, Tim Curry, Fairuza Balk, Charlotte Rea, Su Elliot
  • Directors: Robert Young
  • Writers: Mary Pleshette Willis, Jill Murphy
  • Producers: Colin Shindler
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Feb 2007
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LC3RWA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,013 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on Jill Murphy's book, The Worst Witch is set in a boarding school for witches--complete with orange and black school uniforms, broom-flying exercises and potion assignments. The incompetent student of the title, Mildred, is played by a fetching young Fairuza Balk. Diana Rigg is the nasty head teacher, Tim Curry the (oddly) idolised Grand Wizard, and Charlotte Rae does double duty as the school's kindly dean and her evil witch twin, who's bent on taking over the school.

Directed by Robert Young, this charming film features less than state-of-the-art effects and several songs that stop the action--most bizarrely an outdoor assembly performance by Curry that turns into a weird music video. Still, pre-teen girls will identify with the beleaguered heroine who overcomes her wickedly snooty rival, a teacher who doesn't believe in her and a band of dastardly witches, and, of course, saves the day. Ages six and up. --Kimberly Heinrichs, Amazon.com

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Diana Rigg Worst Witch


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Growing up, isn't easy...... 13 Jun 2001
By A Customer
especially, when you are Mildred Hubble at Cackles Academy for witches! This film is simply the best and the acting is superb!! I remember seeing this many moons ago in 1986 and finally got it from Amazon after years of searching for it! As I work in a junior school, I decided to take it into the class that I am with, bearing in mind that none of the children were even born when this come out, and, needless to say, everyone of them enjoyed it! Amazing!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EVERY GIRL OF THE 80'S DREAM! 15 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Wow! I can't believe this video is still around! It is the epitome of my childhood. I recently had a discussion with several friends regarding it and discovered that EVERYONE was as obsessed with it as me! Several copies went astray because it's loved so much! Thank goodness for Amazon!
Well, to the video... A wonderful film which captures everyone's hearts and is sure to inspire numerous plays, spells, potions and other witchy behaviour! Great acting all round, but (contrary to another reviewer's opinion) skip Tim Curry's 80's pop-video in the middle. Special effects very dated but adds to the fun of it... Watch out for Fairuza Balk who later acts (another witchy role) in "The craft" and how could we forget the wonderful theme music! A classic, which along with "The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe" and "Anne on Green Gables" is timeless.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has anybody seeen my tambouriiiiine! 6 May 2003
I became addicted to these books in primary school and when I finally got to see this film it did not disappoint.
I love this film.
Sure the effects are the cheapest and most unconvincing ever, and noone understands why they all drool over the Grand Wizard but this just adds to the film's charm.
Fairuza Balk is superb as Mildred Hubble who struggles with her clumsiness and complete inability to get things right no matter how hard she tries, all the time having to put up with the smilingly malevolent, two-faced bully Ethel Hallow. Tim Curry is his wonderful velvet-voiced, lip-curling,camp self as the Grand Wizard.
But the true star of the show is Diana Rigg. She has a voice like a tigress with violent mood swings and clearly relishes every last drop of the melodrama of her fabulous portrayal of Miss Hardbroom.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An institution for the 80's child 11 Dec 2002
By A Customer
Thank you Amazon. This has been my best friend in the whole wide world's favourite film and since he lost his old copy way back in the 80's we haven't been able to find one since, until now!
Anyway. Any girl,(or boy), will remember wanting to attend this school and perhaps be Mildred herself, especially with Tim Curry doing that funky and somewhat colourful assembly on the field. Although the once great effects are now slightly laughable, the stereotypical 80's songs give you a great sense of warmth, taking you back to the good old days. The broomstick class is no Harry Potter sequence to say the least, but its worth a giggle whilst you wear your leg warmers and get out those dusty Jason Donovan vinyls.
God Bless Amazon for stocking this rare piece of nostalgia!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Everybody born in the 80's as a child will remember the Diana Rigg movie the Worst Witch! Me and my sisters absolutely loved this movie and next to Labyrinth, called it our childhood movie! Now in our 20's we still love it and are thrilled its on video after playing to bits our worn out recorded copy from TV.
I don't think you were cool if you didn't like this movie! It's something everybody who remembers and loved this movie should own and i swear JK Rowling must have got some ideas from this as it was long existing before Harry Potter!
It just goes to show that due to the high popularity of the Worst Witch and Harry Potter, magic is surely something that captivates everyone!
Go buy this movie now and relive that Old Skool brilliance of the Worst Witch!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 15 Feb 2006
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This 80s made for TV movie is one of the lucky few that fall into the "so bad its actually good" category. Having read the books as a child, and being a fan of Tim Curry I eagerly watched this film when given the opportunity recently. Strangely, I was not disappointed. This film is the funniest thing I've seen in a very long time. Sure, the plot makes little sense, over-acting is rife throughout and the seriously low budget special effects are unintentionally hilarious, while Tim Curry's confusingly lecherous portrayal of the Grand Wizard is surely not suitable for a childrens film. But none of this matters. Tim Curry's infamous "Anything Can Happen on Halloween (including, apparently, a seemingly endless bombardment of shockingly bad and completely irrelevant special effects)" music video alone is surely reason enough to purchase this film. If you need anymore persuading then perhaps this film isn't for you, but I do strongly recommend that you first read X-Entertainment.com's truely excellent review of this product (I discovered it after seeing "the Worst Witch" and found it, if possible, even funnier than the film itself.) BUY IT, YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!!!!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Keith_Joseph HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is the first TV film adaptation of Jill Murphy's book 'The worst witch', made around 1986. The original book was published ten years earlier (1975), and there are now another four books in the series. All the books are an easy read for preteens (8+ or less if being read to). These Worst Witch stories are based around Mildred Hubble, a young witch starting at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches (a secondary boarding school for witches). Despite good intentions Mildred is always getting into trouble and it seems that she can't do anything right. Plus there are plenty of snooty enemies in her class who are more than happy to make her look bad. This film follows the preparation of the school for The Halloween Festival and the unwelcome appearance of Headmistress Agatha Cackle's evil twin sister. There are also a few decent musical numbers as well (e.g. `Growing up isn't easy' and `Halloween is my favourite time of the year'). The Worst Witch is often cited as an inspiration for Harry Potter, but it lacks those book's home life and complete world view, and is generally as humorous but far less dark. Plus Mildred's charm, like eternal preteen schoolboy 'Just' William, is that she never grows up. In fact HP and Worst Witch follow on from the British boarding school literary tradition of classic books like Stalky & Co, Malory Towers, Jennings, St. Clare's, Billy Bunter, How to be topp, and St. Trinians (hi-jinks away from parental control).

This film has an all star cast including Brits Diana Rigg (good as the strict Miss Hardbroom) and a flamboyant Tim Curry (The Grand Wizard), plus Americans Charlotte Rae (Miss Cackle and her evil twin) and Fairuza Balk (Mildred Hubble, the worst witch - Fairuza had starred as Dorothy in the film 'Return to Oz' a year earlier).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant childhood film!
Loved watching this classic with my two daughters aged 6 and 8. They don't make films like they used to!
Published 10 days ago by nancy jane bebb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic and now my granddaughter is enjoying all over again.
Published 15 days ago by Janet Dean
3.0 out of 5 stars Good film but shows it's age.
Having read the books to my daughter we wanted to watch the film. It's really dated and the picture quality looked terrible on our living room TV however it has looked fine in the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Vicky
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great for kids . Good Old fashioned viewing.
Published 1 month ago by Terry A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Growing up.. isn't easy..
I remember renting this on VHS from the library as a child. As soon as I received this I put it in and I have watched it several times since - absolutely love it! Read more
Published 2 months ago by viccistar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice item.
Published 2 months ago by Santana1
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it, great product...speedy delivery!
Published 2 months ago by Debby Amos
5.0 out of 5 stars Worst witch
just to add to the book diana rigg adds to the part of the story in this dvd which has been thoroughlly enjoyed by all the family
Published 3 months ago by house elf
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
If you grew up late 80's you'll remember this. I bought this for my 6 year old and loved sitting watching it with her singing along to all the songs.
Published 3 months ago by Rebecca Hepworth
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film
The kids sat down to watch this over the Christmas holidays with their friends . They all enjoyed and would recommended .
Published 3 months ago by cat
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