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The Absent-Minded Professor

Fred MacMurray , Nancy Olson , Carroll Clark , Edward Colman    G (General Audience)   DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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Hailed as one of Walt Disney's most hilarious comedies, THE ABSENT-MINDED PROFESSOR contains two essential elements for laughter -- Fred MacMurray and Flubber, his gravity-defying formula for flying rubber! You'll visit Medfield College and delight in the fun when Professor Brainard (Fred MacMurray) uses Flubber to put more bounce in the basketball team, fly a Model "T" Jalopy over Washington, D.C., and save Medfield College from financial ruin! Join a brilliant cast full of your favorite Disney stars: Ed Wynn as Medfield's bumbling Fire Chief, Keenan Wynn as the evil-minded Alonzo Hawk, and Nancy Olson as the college secretary who the Professor has absent-mindedly left at the altar ... three times! It's high-flying fun for the entire family!


Even computer enhanced with unnecessary color, the original, 1961 version of this film is bound to be a hundred times funnier than the bland remake, Flubber. Fred MacMurray is charming as the eccentric college professor who discovers a gooey substance with sustainable energy. Everything about this movie clicks in a way Flubber didn't, particularly the effort by director Robert Stevenson (a Disney favorite who made Mary Poppins, That Darn Cat, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and many other hits for the studio) to create comic tension between MacMurray's gentlemanly performance and the slapstick set pieces. The famous basketball scene (in which some of the players don't realize they have flubber on the soles of their shoes) is perfectly choreographed and exceptionally funny for kids. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars no widescreen, no extras Jan. 28 2003
So much for the wonders that the DVD format (at the dvd price) can do for your viewing pleasure. Disney has taken a wonderful gem of a movie and colorized it, which is bad enough. But they also cut off the edges and made it into standard vhs fare, no widescreen. Also no extras and Disney has a ton of great goodies in the vault for this movie. What a shame they rushed this into the market to make a quick buck. So may people bought this and did not know until too late it was not widescreen, so be warned.
The movie itself is a gem and I seperately reviewed the vhs version. I will keep my old vhs copy for now, and boycott buying any films that disney treats like this. They can do good when they try, see some great disney widescreen films for sale here at ... such as "Old Yeller", "Swiss Family Robinson" Pollyanna", "The Parent Trap", and some animated gems as well. Also the Disney Treasures are a nice collection as well.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It could have been done so much better....... June 8 2003
I agree whole heartedly with the other reviewers. This movie is a minor classic for the Disney Studios and they treat it like this? Why would you bother to colourize this movie...it is a B&W movie...keep it is such. Please scrap this release and re-do it. A suggestion is a double DVD package with both this movie and its sequel, Son of Flubber. Each DVD should have some archive extras as well as a newly produced retrospective look back at these movies. How about including Donald Duck's "Modern Inventions" short? Disney did brilliant work with, Old Yeller, Pollyanna, The Parent Trap and Swiss Family Robinson DVD releases...but treats this movie in such a second rate manor?
The live Disney pictures are adored by millions around the world. The DVD releases of these movies should be given the greatest respect when it comes to packaging...and pleeeeease...no more colourization.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What are the Movie Studios thinking! Jan. 13 2003
This DVD is a full framed, colorized version of a black and white film.
Someday when widescreen is the mainstream broadcast available (DTV mandated by FCC by 2007 timeframe) and most of us viewers have switched to new 16:9 televisions; movie watchers will have to be buy another copy of these movies in widescreen format all over again. Boy those movie studios sure know how to keep getting that money out of our pockets. It is sad that the movie studios are slowly destroying the DVD format.
And colorizing the film is silly. Seeing the smooth tones of a black and white film is part of the enjoyment of old films.

We want our DVD movies in there original format!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is the "COLORIZED" version of this Disney film that they butchered by in the 1980's for the Disney TV channel. Disney must think that all their customers are adolescents and kids who don't know the difference, WRONG!
I picked this up to buy in the store, saw that it was colorized, and immediately put it down. I will NOT support butchering of films. If Disney wants to release the COLORIZED version, fine, do it, but release the BLACK AND WHITE one as well for us purists who want them as originally intended.
BAD, BAD, BAD, HOUSE OF MOUSE choice here. Hope they get rid of their head of DVD development. He/she must have been born in the 1980's!!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars How To Ruin A Classic Movie--The Disney Method Feb. 2 2003
By A Customer
I was so excited to buy this DVD. I was expecting widescreen and original black and white. This would have preserved the presentation the film was meant to be seen in. I already own the video release from several years ago (pan and scan but thankfully black and white) and I never expected the new DVD to actually be WORSE than the video. I can only hope that Disney learns something from all of the unhappy customers out there and re-release this DVD in its proper form. Warner Brothers finally did the right thing with WILLIE WONKA, so I think that there is hope. Why own a DVD player or an HDTV if DVDs are released pan and scan?
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a mess of a DVD release.. April 29 2003
By A Customer
I saw this movie upon its theatrical premier. It ran for about three months (!) at my local cinema. It was a comedy masterpiece in its era. So _why_ did Disney mess it up by not presenting it in its original widescreen format, and not in its original (Academy Award-winning) black-&-white photography?
This release is truly a disgrace. The present Disney Company is, in my opinion, likewise a disgrace to Walt Disney and his high standards.
I cannot recommend this film in its present version. I suggest that Disney fans and general buyers wait for a release that is true to the film.
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1.0 out of 5 stars 1 Star for this version 5 Star for the memories Jan. 22 2003
Why do they still do it? Colourize movies that is. I remembered this movie from my childhood days and loved it ever since. Occasionally seeing it on TV still gives me pleasure. I bought the DVD and only after getting it home I found out it has been colourized. It went back to the store for a refund immediately mainly for that reason. Another minor reason, it is not widescreen. Poor judgement on Disney's part. I refuse to buy anything colourized. What would you do if they colourized "It's a Wonderful Life or High Noon or Psycho" Would you watch it? No one in their right mind would.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sad day for DVD. Jan. 9 2003
Not only is this and many of the other live action DVDs released by Disney in January of 2003 being butchered to full frame instead of shown in their original widescreen ratio, but this movie is also being released in a colorized version.
I thought we learned in the 80's just how evil colorization is, but I guess Disney hasn't learned. Avoid this horrible version at all costs and pray Disney learns how to properly release DVDs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Many recognizable actors of the time add to the ambiance
Prof. Ned Brainard (Fred MacMurray) has a nasty habit of missing his wedding date. However, you know what they say, "Third time is the charm." However, I would not bet on it. Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2010 by bernie
3.0 out of 5 stars much better than the Robin Williams remake Flubber
i won't say this a great movie,but i will say it sure beats the
dreadful 1997 remake called Flubber starring Robin Williams.that movie
was tedious,to say the least. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2008 by falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Disney Fun
This movie lacks the special effects of current movies, and it may be hard for today's youth to relate to it, but it's a lovely bit of nostalgia that has stood the test of time. Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars The "flying-rubber-professor" film in its original form.
If ever there were a film that took a silly idea and milked every possible gag out of it, this is it. Four stars as a film, but five stars for being a classic. Read more
Published on May 8 2004 by William Sommerwerck
5.0 out of 5 stars credit where credit is due : IT IS WIDESCREEN !!!!!
Credit where credit is due : IT IS WIDESCREEN !!!!!
Its worth mentioning that disney has honored this film by releasing it in its true format, it is both black and white and... Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Flubber professor in its B&W glory
Somehow, the people in amazon mixed reviews from the B&W version and the colorized version of this film... Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2003 by arturo_gtz
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it has a Spanish language track
Someone at Disney must be paying attention! The earlier release of a colorized, full-screen version of this film was a big mistake. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2003 by Karl Spence
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, lacks of information
It's great that Disney released this movie in its original aspect ratio and color, but, somebody knows if this release has Spanish subtitles? Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2003 by arturo_gtz
4.0 out of 5 stars BEST COLORIZED MOVIE I'VE EVER SEEN !!!!
This is by far the best colorized movie I have ever seen.....aside from MIRACLE ON 34th STREET. The only complaint I have is that why did Disney make Flubber purple? Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent version of a classic
The original Absent-Minded Professor is the best, Fred MacMurray is perfect as the inventor of "Flubber". Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2003 by Lee Cooper
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