The Absent-Minded Professor
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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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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.
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.
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!
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!!!!
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Aug. 25 2010 by B. Chandler
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
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 morePublished on June 22 2004 by Liz
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 morePublished on May 8 2004 by William Sommerwerck
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
Somehow, the people in amazon mixed reviews from the B&W version and the colorized version of this film... Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2003 by arturo_gtz
Someone at Disney must be paying attention! The earlier release of a colorized, full-screen version of this film was a big mistake. Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2003 by Karl Spence
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 morePublished on Sept. 3 2003 by arturo_gtz
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