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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