Bedknobs and Broomsticks Special Deal
May 13, 2010
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Bedknobs and Broomsticks
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Right now at Amazon, the “Enchanted Musical Edition” DVD of Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks is available for $7 (list price $30). I know it’s a bargain-basement remake of Mary Poppins, from the voyaging to animated lands to the wacky associates, but I still like it.

Angela Lansbury does a great job as an apprentice witch who wants to learn spells to help the war effort, and I like the weirdness of the wartime setting. Because the kids are Blitz evacuees, sent to the country for their safety, they’re allowed to be a little grumpy. The final sequences, where suits of armor fight the Nazis, are suitably kid-movie fun and yet entertainingly odd for watching adults.

The DVD promises a remastered edition, with restored footage (sometimes with reconstructed voices), including a recovered song, “A Step in the Right Direction”, as well as short featurettes on the movie’s music (by the Sherman Brothers) and the special effects.

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Smilodon writes:  

You know I’ve never seen this but I had one of those records that came with a picture book of it back when I was very small.

Disney Documentaries Available Early Through Special Offer » DVDs Worth Watching writes:  

[…] have seen all I need to know about the Sherman Brothers through watching the special features on Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Mary Poppins. I find it sad that the brothers worked together for so many years and yet […]

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story » DVDs Worth Watching writes:  

[…] Chitty Bang Bang” (the theme song of which got them another Oscar nomination) and Bedknobs and Broomsticks (ditto, for “The Age of Not Believing”); “I Wanna Be Like You” from The […]


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