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Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Angela Lansbury , David Tomlinson , Robert Stevenson    VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Bedknobs and Animated Broomsticks Sept. 5 2011
By Stella Carrier TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"Bedknobs and Broomsticks" is a very enchanting film set in Great Britain during the WWII. Angela Lansbury gives an excellent performance as Miss Price. Miss Price's character is interested in the world of magic, and is asked to take on orphaned children. She is reluctant at first, but then she becomes attached to them. In addition, she ends up taking the children on a cartoonlike adventure in pursuit of a special spell. One of the funny parts of the movie is that she confronts the Emelius Browne (played by David Tomlinson) about the whereabouts of the spell. Miss Price wants to find out because she intends to help as a protector in the war situation. Emelius Browne is actually shocked that Miss Price has had some success in the magic arena. This is due to the fact that he wasn't expecting any of his book spells to hold any power. "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" is a great movie to watch as a mood booster because it has moments of laughter and happy themes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bedknobs and BRomsticks May 9 2013
By SueB
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful classic movie April 15 2013
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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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great movie but... March 15 2003
By CDC
Format:DVD
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
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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 great June 3 2014
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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
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it! Jan. 7 2014
By Lois
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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?" I replied, "haven't you heard of 'BedKnobs & Broomsticks'? Lol. Low and behold... she hadn't. So I bought it.
Cheers.
Lois Howarth
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best. Sept. 11 2013
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One of the best movies of my generation! I bought it for my little nephews so they can get schooled.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for my toddler
My little girl is mad about Mary Poppins so I thought this would be a good break from listening to "Step in Time" 45 times a day. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Miss Laura A Newton
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre film gets the top Disney treatment
Bedknobs and Broomsticks released in the U.S.in time for the Christams season of 1971 was an attempt by Disney to recapture the mega success of Mary Poppins seven years before. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2010 by Robert Badgley
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Disney Adventure
While the special effects on this movie are rather outdated (they were really quite good for the era) the story line still delivers an enjoyable experience, and is hightened by the... Read more
Published on July 10 2004 by Liz
4.0 out of 5 stars Poppins-lite
Made during the Disney wilderness years following Walt's death, Bedknobs is a re-tread of the hugely successful Mary Poppins. Read more
Published on July 10 2004 by Mark Clegg
1.0 out of 5 stars SLOW
I bought this for my 3-year old since she just loves Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang and it just doesn't have any comparison. Amazon made the suggestion and I fell for it. Bad move! Read more
Published on May 12 2004 by Bridgitte Engler
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic
This is a very good movie for every one. The story is very nice and the characters are fun for every body. I really can't think of any complaints. A rated acting and scenery.
Published on May 12 2004 by Ametisti
5.0 out of 5 stars Angela Lansbury and the flying brass bed.
I enjoy Walt Disney films and shows on television and had grown to like the tv show The Wonderful World of Disney. Read more
Published on April 29 2004 by James McDonald
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