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Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Angela Lansbury , David Tomlinson , Robert Stevenson    VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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When a mail-order apprentice witch (Angela Lansbury) is saddled with three sibling refugees from London during World War II, the outlook is grim. But the kids soon discover her secret and sign on for adventure in the name of England. With the aid of a magical bed, they track down her fraudulent headmaster (David Tomlinson) to find the spell that will aid the Allies. Fascinated that she has actually achieved results with his lessons, he joins forces. The quintet does battle with corrupt booksellers, animated-lion royalty, and, eventually, invading Germans. Songs include Lansbury's Oscar-nominated "The Age of Not Believing." This film is often compared to director Robert Stevenson's earlier effort, Mary Poppins, and for good reason. In addition to Tomlinson, the movies share a fondness for magic at the hands of a good woman, light romance with an understanding male, and wide-eyed children. Stevenson also graces both films with interaction between humans and animated animals. Disney is wise to play up that aspect on its box this time around as both the underwater ball and the subsequent island soccer match are the most visually interesting and appealing parts of the film. Adults may find the 1971-vintage mixing of actors and animation a bit creaky, but kids used to a variety of animation quality will find the action a hoot. Ages 4 and up. The movie has been recut several times but was restored to the original length of 139 minutes for its 30th anniversary in 2001. --Kimberly Heinrichs

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Wonderful Movie! 5+ Stars! Oct. 5 2002
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Bedknobs and Broomsticks is my favorite Disney movie ever created. However, it is also one of the most overlooked ones as well. I've watched this movie since I was a little child, and you never get bored of it. One childhood memory I have, is watching this movie with my family. Now, I watch this 30th Anniversary DVD with my baby brother. Now I'll tell you all what this classic is about.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks is about a middle aged apprentice witch named Eglantine Price who lives in 1940 England. She is ordered to watch after 3 children who have been evacuated from London. The kids find out Miss Price's secret, and they also find out that Miss Price learns witchcraft from a mailorder course. To make a pact that states that if they keep her secret, she'll make it worth her while. So, she enchants a brass bedknob that will make them go wherever they want. However, the school closes, without the most important final spell, the Subsitutiary Locomotion spell.
So, using the bedknob, they go to London and seek out the headmaster of the school, Emelius Brown. Mr Brown can't find the spell either because the book he got out the spell of is torn, and the spell is only found on a necklace of a sorcerer named Astoroth.
Anyway, they go to Portobello Road, like a mini mall, and learn that towards the end of Astoroth's life, he captured animals and kept them in cages to make them more human like. The animals rebelled and killed Astoroth and stole the necklace. The animals escaped and took refuge on a mythical Isle named Niboombu.
The animation starts know as the tiny group explore the sea and then the island using hte traveling bedknob, and get the necklace that has the spell on it after a fun soccer game with a lion, which almost ends our story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Angela Lansbury and the flying brass bed. April 29 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I enjoy Walt Disney films and shows on television and had grown to like the tv show The Wonderful World of Disney. I had not been to Disneyland yet, but had seen pictures and images on television. Bedknobs and Broomsticks was probably the first Walt Disney motion picture I saw at a drive-in. I had never seen a magical film like this. To be honest, I wasn't too taken by Lansbury (I like her now!). I was probably thinking of a different actress on another bewitching show. But I enjoyed the special effects and the flying brass bed. The knights with invisible people inside stuck in my mind. They had an exhibit at the drive-in snack bar where the knights suit of armor was displayed. I was too young to figure it all out about the special effects, but what was nice is that the Walt Disney Company could make magical films and give me nice dreams. I have learned to respect all that is Disney. Now I am 41 and have an almost grown daughter. I just saw the restored version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks. I found the film to still be a delight. Like Angela Lansbury! Still like Walt Disney films. Still like the fantasy of it all. And have been to Disneyland many times. Wouldn't we all like to have a bedknob that could do that. That poor scruffy black cat. I did have a nice black cat for 13 years.
The 30th Anniversary edition is the restored version with nearly 23 minutes of footage found and added into the film. This time the film is more fun, enjoyable and easier to understand. At the end of the film is a featurette with Angela Lansbury and the Sherman Brothers.
Trvia Note: Did you know the Walt Disney Company and Angela Lansbury have the same birthdate? Shorter prints run 98 min. and 117 min. This newly restored version runs 2 hours, 19 minutes.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great movie but... March 15 2003
I absolutely loved this movie when I was young (and still do), so naturally when I saw it was released on DVD I purchase it. The video quality of this DVD is absolutely superb! They did a decent job of translating this movie to DVD. However, the reason I'm giving it two stars is because of the movie's horrible voice-overs. Apparently some of the audio has been lost over the years; consequently Disney needed to add in voice acting in places where the dialogue is missing. (it starts appearing about midway through) So what's wrong with voice-overs? Nothing if they are done right. However, Disney spent a whole five minutes on these. They are absolutely *horrid*! They do not sync up with the actors lips and in 90% of the shots they don't even sound like the original voice. The least they could have done was try to make the voices sync with the lip movements. So do I recommend this DVD? Personally, I would say no. Disney needs to stay away from redoing old movies. However, if you can stand horrible voice-overs through the second half of the movie then by all means buy it! It's still a great movie despite what they've done to it! Worth at least a rental to see if you like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This film has a wonderful animation sequence directed by one of the premiere animation team of Disney Ward Kimble. The film also has great songs and quality but....I've never been prompted to do this before but I must for the discerning individual the new lip sync, if I can call it that is bad, David Tomlinson's impersonator and the lack of sync is truly irritating, frankly I'm shocked that the likes of Disney would let this film out in such uncompleted shape. That's it to those of you out there for whom this stuff is important when it comes to buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I always loved this movie. It makes me laugh and like the actors.
Published 3 days ago by Glenn Kuzmich
5.0 out of 5 stars Still amazing!
Yes, I still love it as much as I did when I was a kid. And my kids loved it too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
Loved it as a kid, and I know my niece and nephew will love it as well. It is a gift that has not been given yet
Published 4 months ago by Vicki Rigsby
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
Takes me back to when I was a kid.
I bought a new bed that has bed knobs and my adopted Mom says to me, "Why did you get a bed with knobs on it? Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lois
5.0 out of 5 stars The best.
One of the best movies of my generation! I bought it for my little nephews so they can get schooled.
Published 13 months ago by Steacy Curry
4.0 out of 5 stars Bedknobs and BRomsticks
A fun and funny movie. A good fit for children and parents to share, there is something in there for everyone in the family, and for boys as well as girls. Quality is good too.
Published 17 months ago by SueB
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful classic movie
I've loved this movie since I was a child. It is lovely to have a beautiful copy on dvd. Angela Lansbury is charming in this.
Published 18 months ago by Bradley Gould
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