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The Absent-Minded Professor


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Product Details

  • Actors: Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Ed Wynn, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Kirk
  • Directors: Carroll Clark, Edward Colman, Robert Stevenson
  • Writers: Bill Walsh
  • Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Sept. 2 2003
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009Y3RC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,233 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

Product Description

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!

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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.

Customer Reviews

2.7 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By microjoe on Jan. 28 2003
Format: DVD
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 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 8 2003
Format: DVD
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 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Sanctuary on Jan. 13 2003
Format: DVD
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 By Sammy Dees on Feb. 10 2003
Format: DVD
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 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 2 2003
Format: DVD
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 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29 2003
Format: DVD
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 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "real416288" on Jan. 22 2003
Format: DVD
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 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Gaston on Jan. 9 2003
Format: DVD
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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