The Love Bug DVD
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For the first time ever, you can enjoy this timeless classic in a Special Edition DVD. Fully restored to look and sound as it was originally intended, it also features hours of exclusive bonus materials your entire family will enjoy again and again. He's the star who provides the most laughs per gallon. He's Herbie, the lovable car with a mind of his own. Dean Jones, Michele Lee, and Buddy Hackett join Herbie in this revved-up comedy classic. Jones plays down-on-his-luck race car driver Jim Douglas, who reluctantly teams up with the little machine. Douglas thinks his sudden winning streak is due to his skill, not Herbie's. He finally realizes the car's worth when a sneaky rival plots to steal Herbie for himself. But it's Herbie who'll steal your heart in this wildly fun roller-coaster ride of a movie you'll never forget!
The box office success of Disney's 1969 classic The Love Bug inspired a slew of Herbie sequels, and, ultimately, this 1997 remake. Though remakes occasionally best the original (consider Disney's The Parent Trap), this one does not. It is difficult to match the talents of the original cast--namely Dean Jones, Buddy Hackett, and David Tomlinson. At least the car hasn't diminished during its 30-year absence. Herbie is still the smart, quirky Volkswagen Beetle with the same affinity for fast driving and rescuing arrogant-but-charming, washed-up racecar drivers to give them a new life and a new love. In this case, Herbie's progeny is Hank Cooper (played by hunky Bruce Campbell of the Evil Dead trilogy), who acquires Herbie by lottery from the junkyard. Herbie comes to life and begins his usual shenanigans, from popping wheelies to slamming his trunk on the fingers of evildoers, primarily one Simon Moore III (John Hannah). This wealthy, wicked numbskull sold Herbie before realizing his powers and now seeks revenge by creating Herbie's evil twin--a menacing black Beetle. The rest of the story repeats history, yet does so with passionless drudgery. Thankfully, there are two notable highlights: one, a brief cameo appearance by Jones (Herbie's owner, Jim Douglas, from the original film) who lends his larger-than-life persona for an all-too-brief moment; the other, Kevin J. O'Connor, who plays Herbie's eccentric and faithful mechanic, and does so with earnest zeal. The film's slapstick humor and happy ending make for solid family entertainment, but the original reigns supreme. --Lynn Gibson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Well, this time, I am talking about Disney's 1969 classic, The Love Bug. It is a great movie, with Herbie, the self-racing Beetle. In this movie, two men who love racing buy the car and race it in many tracks. This is what makes the movie so exciting.
Here's something more exciting: that I think, after many years on last-century videotape, Disney should put this movie on a shiny disc. (or a DVD, whichever you prefer.)
Here are some reasons why: First of all, for those of you who have an older video collection or a rental store nearby, there is a version of The Love Bug on a 15 or 20 year old tape (with neon effects of Mickey at the beginning, probably from the early days of VCRs), and second, many Disney classics are already being put onto DVD (like The Parent Trap, Mary Poppins, Snow White, and Beauty and the Beast).
The DVD should have the movie itself (full and wide screen), digitally remastered, THX certified, the original trailer, maybe a documentary or two, foreign language audio and subtitles, and a Herbie Racing game (using the menu arrow buttons as the steering wheel and the enter button, or OK, or set, depends on what DVD player you're using.) And, they should issue the DVD in 2004, for when Disney can call it a "Walt Disney 35th Anniversary Collector's Edition" to make it a big seller.
Only one question: Will it change the way Love Bug fans watch this movie forever? You'll find out when the DVD comes out later!
In this film we have Herbie's creator recounting the tale of how Herbie was created, an evil black VW Beetle named Horace. A funeral for Herbie where owner Jim Douglas of the first film makes an appearance, an amazing cast: Bruce Campbell, John Hannah (owner of Horace), Kevin J. O'Conner (The Mummy, Van Helsing), and a cameo by Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees.
Anyone who likes The Love Bug should definitely see this movie. The story is great. It fills in the missing pieces of the story. It respects the original, it pays tribute to it, it reminds us of it. And come on, Bruce Campbell and John Hannah!!! Again this needs to be on DVD!!!
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Exactement le film que j ai commander. Par contre ne joue pas dans un dvd canadien puisqu il s agit d un film de france. Vous devez avoir un dvd qui lira la region 2. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2014 by Pascale
I liked the movie wear it was made and it made me happy the other littl kids liked to watch it a lotPublished on March 2 2013 by the mutt
This is a wonderful movie and I have enjoyed watching it with my nephews over and over again. I enjoyed it as a young child and can now enjoy it as an adult. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2012 by Tor
This review contains some vague spoilers.
Herbie (the car) is lovable from the start, we all want him to win and be loved by his owner. Read more
when the hell are they gonna put this one on dvd. out of all movies i thought for sure that this one would of been one of the first ones on dvd. Read morePublished on April 16 2003 by Nicholas F. Dandrea
this is my favorite disney film. if you liked smokey and the bandit you will like this one. what i like best about it is the cross country race at the end of the movie. Read morePublished on June 19 2002 by Nicholas F. Dandrea
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