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Genre: Children's DVDs - Disney / Theatrical Release: 1971 / Director: Robert Stevenson / Actors: Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson ... / DVD released 22 July, 2002 at Walt Disney Home Video / Features of the DVD: Animated, PAL

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      17.03.2010 12:02
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      Overall great for kids and adults alike

      I remember watching this movie years ago now when I was a child and have recently purchased it for under £10 on DVD as I think my children will love it as I did back then and nowadays. It's another Walt Disney classic released in the early seventies that is timeless and will always be popular I would imagine with children and adults alike. I found the movie quite similar to Mary Poppins in some ways and it's quite an adventure.

      Angela Lansbury stars as Egglantine Price who is an eccentric spinster who is forced into taking care of three orphans through shame more than anything else. She is not overly happy about the children staying with her but makes do. Equally they are not too thrilled with being there either. That is until they discover her secret that she is into witchcraft. She happens to be a good witch who can perform magic. What more can you want?

      She has one particular speciality and that seems to be turning people into white rabbits Not too many of her other spells actually work however. But she does teach the children a spell that enables then to fly wherever they want to go on a large four-poster bed. So the fun and adventures begin. The first stop on board the flying bed is the home of a professor played by Harry Tomlinson. Intrigued by it all but a little clueless he is dragged along for the ride. They venture down Portabello Road and eventually end up on the mythical Island of Nabumbu.

      On this Island all the inhabitants and residents are animated creatures that are ruled by a tyrant. Miss Price's mission is to the the king's medallion so she can use it to put the locomotion spell into action. This spell may hold the key to England winning World War II.

      I thought the movie was filled with excitemtent, adventure and also comedy and that's not forgetting the fantastic creatures they find on the Island which are very amusing, especially in the mayhem of the staged soccer game. The songs in the movie too really bring it all to life in a great way. I would highly recommend this to anyone and it is a real child pleaser too and should keep them quiet for hours.

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      04.12.2009 13:52
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      Four stars from me - For a fantasy adventure you have to watch Bedknobs and Broomsticks!

      Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a Disney musical film starring Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson it was released in 1971. The review is for the film only.

      The plot is as follows...

      The film is set during World War II with three war evacuees arriving in the country to live with Eglantine Price (Angela Lansbury) she is not overjoyed at this prospect as there is important work to be done.

      The three children soon discover what she is doing - learning witchcraft, to keep the children quiet she casts a spell on a bedknob that one of the boys had early pulled off. Once placed back on the bed, the bed will be transported anywhere you want. As Eglantine needs a specific spell they go to London.

      The bed takes them to Professor Emelius Browne (David Tomlinson) this is when the adventure really begins.

      The running time for the film is 117 minutes and has a classification of U.

      I absolutely love this film and remember watching it when I was little, it is lots of fun and full of comical moments. Angela Lansbury especially plays a really good part as a trainee witch trying to help Britain in the war. All the actors in this film share good chemistry especially Angela Lansbury and the children. At first she doesn't want them staying in her house but soon becomes attached to them.

      One other fact to mention is that Bruce Forsyth also makes an appearance in this film. The combination of live action scenes and also animation works really well, the animation scenes are funny and provide a lot of laughs.

      The special effects in the live action sequences aren't amazing but this is to be expected as it all comes down to the age of the film. I don't think it is one of Disney's most popular film but I really enjoy it as it has all the ingredients that go into making a good Disney film.

      Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a classic for me and I would say well worth a watch, especially if you have young children.

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        14.11.2009 19:32
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        Feeling a bit bored this afternoon, and with the grotty weather making the prospect of going out anywhere unappealing, I decided to have a look at the movies on demand thingy that virgin do, and see if I could pick out a film my daughter and I could watch together . Ignoring her pleas to please please pretty please pick the Hannah Montana movie, I opted instead for a film I used to love as a child and haven't seen for many years - Bedknobs and Broomsticks .

        It's war time, and three cockney evacuees, Charlie, Carrie and Paul are billeted with Miss Eglentine Price, who is not particularly happy with the idea of taking on these three little terrors. You see, she is accustomed to
        living alone with a cat, a situation which allows her to easily study for her correspondance course in Witchcraft .

        She's just taken delivery of a new broom, and when the kids are asleep, she takes the broom out for a spin. Unbeknownst to her, the kids are creeping out of the house in an attempt to go back to London, and are just in time to see Miss Price lose control of her broom and crash into a bush .

        Well, her secrets out now - at least at home. But the children are certain she wouldn't want the secret getting any further, and decide to make the best of the situation - they won't peach on her if she gives them something valuable in return .

        She offers them a travelling spell, which she binds to the bedknob from the boys bed , but just as she is about to show them how to use the spell, a knock comes at the door . It's a letter telling her the college has been closed, and she will not recieve her final lesson - but thats the lesson on the spell Miss Price needs to make a difference in the war, and she MUST have it .

        Cue adventures, mischeif and mayhem, as Miss Price, with kids in two, sets off to obtain that vital missing spell .

        The film has a good cast with some well known names, including 'Murder She Wrote' star Angela Lansbury in the role of Miss Price . I like the way she played her character, kindhearted but a little bit clumsy and scatty, and occasionally inclined towards being a bit stern .

        The actors playing the children were not people I'd ever heard of or seen in other roles, but they did well, with some quite fun cockney cheekiness, especially giggleworthy when Paul utters the brilliant line 'Whats this got to do with me knob?'. It may just be my dirty mind, but I found it highly amusing to hear this blonde haired blue eyed angelic looking little lad saying it .

        Emilius was played by David Tomlinson who many will recognise as having been the dad in Mary Poppins . He does his role of conman who cares perfectly, and had some great lines .

        This film is brilliant, despite being only a few years shy of 40 . The mixture of live action and cartoon work is brilliantly done, and lighthearted song and dance routines keep the film lively and entertaining. In particular, I quite enjoyed the psychadelic bed travelling scenes, which although perhaps a little dated were nontheless enjoyable .

        In an age where so many films are CGI, it was nice to step back and watch something older, from a time when the technology was not as advanced , and my daughter really enjoyed this film too .
        I would definitely recommend re-watching this film if you enjoyed it as a child, or getting hold of a copy if you've never seen it . It's magical, it's enjoyable, and if nothing else, the word Knob is mentioned several times .

        4 stars

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          08.07.2009 23:24
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          Classic Disney Film for all ages.

          Bedknobs and broomsticks is for me, a classic Disney film, although its not one of the most popular with the public, it definitely is for me! I don't actually own the DVD, but I've seen it so many times on the TV, I know it really well by now and definitely well enough to do a review on it.
          The plot is original, unlike many Disney films taking their plots from old fairytales (Cinderella, etc.) it is also unique because it is a mixture of animation and live action, such as when the flying bed is under the sea or when they meet some cartoon animals. This was very good for the time as it was released over thirty five years ago, in 1971.

          You can tell the film is British as it starts off with some history, and you get a real feeling of the war and what was happening at the war. In a little village somewhere in Dorset, there is a witch called Eglantine Price (played by Angela Lansbury) who somehow believes that her learning to be a witch will help the war effort. The peace in the sleepy village is disturbed when a train full of evacuees turn up, much to her annoyance Eglantine ends up with three cockney siblings under her roof. However, as to be expected, Carrie Charlie and Paul discover her secret, and then use her witchcraft against her. In return for their silence, she enchants a bedknob and then they can go anywhere in the world that they want on the bed. I won't spoil the plot from here, but they go to many different places that you wouldn't expect, meet lots of interesting people and encounter some very amusing situations along the way.

          The two main adults characters are played by Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson. Angela Lansbury is a very well known actress for older films, she has been in things such as National Velvet and Beauty and the Beast. She performed very well in the role, and seemed totally natural. David Tomlinson has been in other Disney films such as Mary Poppins and Herbie, he was also a good choice for the role and had very good chemistry with Angela Lansbury. The three children are played by; Cindy O'Callaghan as Carrie, Roy Snart as Paul and Ian Weighill as Charlie. I hadn't heard of any of these before I researched the cast for the review, but they were very believable in the film.

          There are some good original songs from the Sherman brothers in the film such as 'the age of not believing,' and they fit in well with the mood of the film.

          Another thing that I really like about the film is the mix of animation and live action because it makes for funny situations and scenes, and also because it makes the film unique to the others.

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            17.12.2008 23:15
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            Definitely One To Watch.

            When writing this review it's only eight days until Christmas, and at this time of year I always pick out some of my childhood favioutes to watch - its became sort of a Christmas tradition. Along with "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "The Wizard Of Oz", this film (Bedknobs and Broomsticks) will always be one of them.

            Based during the Second World War, Miss Eglantine Price (Angela Lansbury) is an (somewhat poor) amateur witch, hoping to play some part in defending England from the Germans. She is some what forced to take responsibility of three evacuated children from London (Carrie, Charlie, and Paul). To begin with, the children are unhappy staying with Miss Price, and try to leave and make their way back to London. In the midst of doing so they discover that she is a witch, and they want something in exchange for keeping her secret. Miss Price therefore bewitches a bed that can take them anywhere. Where her mail order course is canceled they all set out to try and find Professor Amelius Brown, only to discover that he is a fraud who could never get any of the spells to work himself.

            What follows is an adventure for them all and includes several musical numbers, a trip to the Island of Naboombo with a host of talking animals, some people being transfigured into rabbits, and a confrontation with a Nazi raiding party. Throw in some great humor, brilliant effects, and exciting acting, and you've got Bedknobs And Broomstricks, a classic masterpiece.

            Don't worry if the plot sounds a little strange, or even disjointed, Bedknobs and Broomstricks is a very entertaining and enjoyable film. The sets really are impressive and must have seemed immense at the time. The acting from all is great throughout, especially from the children who were excellent and very convincing in their roles. Even Miss Price's cat delivers and play's a wonderful part. The film is part real time and part cartoon (but with real people along side with the cartoon characters). It works very well considering, and even to this day is still impressive.

            This is the kind of film that you will simply have to watch from beginning to end, as you'll be hooked within a matter of minutes.

            My favorite scenes would have to be the Portobello Road dance routine, and the absolutely brilliant scene when the Germans are held back by an army of museum pieces.

            This was one of my favourite films as a kid, and has to be one of the most watched films of my life, one I still enjoy on each and every viewing. For a film of it's age, it really stands up well.

            Generally a good, fun family film that can be enjoyed by both young and old. It has to be one of the best Disney films ever made, and is really worth the watch.

            You can currently buy this film on DVD for the excellent price of £4.98 (Amazon.co.uk)

            (I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)

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              13.12.2008 23:44
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              A great film- a classic.

              This is a a great film that will entertain everyone. It may be old but it can still be enjoyed- it is a great classic.

              In the film, three kids are forced to leave their homes due to the war and live with a women. At first, they are unhappy but she teaches them special powers and they will go on some fun and entertaining adventures. Then, they deceide to help the war effort using the powers but will they suceed or will they fail?

              The cast does a great job and fit into their roles very well. The script it also entertaining and funny in places. The film includes lots of action and has a great director. The story is very easy to understand so everyone will be able to watch. The film can be watched over and over again before it gets boring.

              The message is very good and worth while, it doesn't get in the way of the film.

              The picture and sound quality of the DVD is very good. The extras are worth a watch. They include special features and behind the scenes footage.

              Overall, this a great DVD for everyone to watch. It can be watched over and over again.

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              07.10.2008 00:08
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              one of these films that is on every year

              **** Bedknobs and Broomsticks ****

              So only 2 months to go until christmas and there are all these films we have seen a million times but yet will watch again.The above film is something i have watched loads of times but never tire of.

              **Cast**
              Since this is such an old film i don't know that much about the cast,what other films they have appeared in etc.

              Angela Lansbury-Plays Mrs Price.Its hard to believe she is still working now when she started doing films in the 1940's.This character is played well.Its probably the earliest film i have seen with this actress in it and since then it has encouraged me to watch other things with her.

              David Tomlinson- Mr. Emelius Browne.He is a bit of a fraudster and can not be trusted.



              **Plot**
              It is world war 2 and Charlie, Carrie, and Paul Rawlins are sent to live with an apprentice witch called Eglantine Price.To make sure the children stay quiet she gives the youngets one Paul a magical bednob which he can use to make the bed travel anywhere.
              In search of a spell they first travel to London and then after being unsuccessful they end up on the Isle of Naboombu, which contains cartoon (animated)characters,all very strange indeed.After a very unfair football game they manage to get the Star of Astaroth through being sneaky and off they go home being chased by the king when he realises what they have done.

              The adventure doesn't end here as when they get home Germans take over Mrs Prices cottage and they have to get rid of them.Will they manage?

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                09.01.2007 10:53
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                not just for kiddiewinks ya know!

                Yes, yes, I like you have been watching all the movies that have been on over the festive season. This may be a strange choice of film to review out of all the ones that were shown over the Christmas period, but in my opinion it is probably one of the best films that was shown, oh and I also have a brilliant title (love it!) - you will have to watch the movie to find out what I am going on about!

                For a film that is nearly 40 years old, it is pure genius, and in my opinion could rival any of the "family" films that are out there today. For any of you that saw this many moons ago, I urge you to revisit the magic, and for any of you who have not seen it, give it a go!

                I had never actually seen this film until boxing day this year, it had never interested me as a child, I had seen bits of Mary Poppins and not enjoyed it, so I lumped this film into the same category, it was a Mary Poppins esque film....I was all about the Snow White, Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty or whatever else Disney chose to shovel down my throat....

                Anyway, enough of my babble, and on with the review.

                ~The Plotimification~

                It is war time (1940ish) and three cockney kids, Charlie, Carrie & Paul are sent to live with a lady named Ms. Price, who is not best pleased. On the first night in the house, the kids devise a plan that they are going to run away and go back to London, so they go to bed and wait until the middle of the night to climb out of the window. On the way out, as they are standing on the roof, they spot Ms. Price flying through the air.....and then crashing into a tree.

                From this they make a brilliant observation, how they managed it, who knows.....Ms. Price must be a witch. Charlie, the eldest, and being a typical cockney lad, makes an executive decision and decides that they are all to stay and exploit the situation.

                With a bit of bargaining, and Charlie being turned into a rabbit the next day, the children and Ms. Price reach an agreement, as they are going to be keeping Ms. Price's secret, Ms. Price must give them something voluble in return, that way if the children break their promise, they must give back the object of value. Ms. Price gives Paul a travelling spell, which is contained in the knob the screws onto the end of the boys' bed, this spell enables the children to go anywhere in the world that their little hearts desire.

                Now for the clever bit, to get the story going....Ms. Price gets a letter saying that the College of Witchcraft in London is now defunct, but she needs only one last spell to finish her course, so she and the children get on the bed and go to London to find the Headmaster, Professor Emilus Browne.

                Professor Browne is not what anyone expected, it also turns out that Professor Browne had taken all the spells out of an old book that he had acquired on Portobello Road, but the last half was missing, as he had a bit of a "disagreement" with the book seller.....

                ....So off they all go to find the last spell in the book.

                ~The Cast~

                The first thing that I noticed whilst watching this is that Ms. Price is played by "Jessica Fletcher" (Angela Lansbury), and she looks exactly the same as she does in Murder She Wrote, except with a better figure, this leads me to believe that she is in fact a witch in real life, which is why she never seems to age.

                Enough of my babble, and more about how well she plays her part...Angela Lansbury plays the role well and makes Ms. Price a very likeable character, she actually seems a lot like Jessica Fletcher, very lady-like and gentle. At the beginning of the film, she is not at all pleased about having to look after three sprogs, and she seems quite stern and stiff-upper-lipped, but after she gets to know the kiddies she becomes very likeable and rather sweet.

                Overall, all the actors and actresses delivered performances that I would have expected of a movie of this era and have no complaints. The kids all play their roles well, but I don't think that their roles are really that demanding, unfortunately I don't think that this film shot them to international stardom, Carrie (the middle child and only girl) was played by Cindy O'Callaghan, whose next great brush with stardom was er....playing Andrea Price (Natalie's Mother) in Eastenders. It seems that the other two actors that played Charlie & Paul never acted again (well on the big screen anyhow).

                Oh, one character that does deserve a mention is Ms. Price's cat, every good witch needs a cat, his name is Cosmic Creepers, but this is only because Ms. Price does not believe in giving animals ridiculous names!

                ~My Thoughts~

                This film is brilliant! I think this was on at about 3 o'clock, perfect, the wine was already flowing and it was time to settle in front of the TV for the long haul. My attention was grabbed immediately by the humour of the film, the story keeps moving along and there is not too much singing at the beginning, it is all a bit touch and go with me and musicals.

                I was already intrigued by this film, but after the first 20 mins or so (when they first get on the bed), I was in, hook, line and sinker. The travelling scenes are the trippiest things I have seen in a long time, there are psychedelic colours and shapes, interesting effects, in fact, I think this may become a late night favourite, I could not imagine anything better than a long night out of fun and frivolities, then coming home to this feast for the eyes.

                On their quest to find the missing spell, Ms. Price, Prof. Browne & kiddies travel to the island of Naboombu, this is where it gets clever and the actors are all cleverly put into a cartoon world, when you watch this film, you have to remember that it is nearly 40 years old, the special effects are still extremely effective today - I think in this case, less is definitely more!

                The story overall is brilliant, there is a lot going on in the story line, it is extremely imaginative and entertaining. I would recommend this film to anyone, it makes a perfect family film to watch on a rainy January afternoon, I can also highly recommend this to anyone from late teens upwards to watch after a heavy night out or the afternoon of the night before - it is visually stimulating and there is a lot of "adult" humour involved. To those who just love watching good films, this is a piece of cinematic brilliance, as mentioned earlier, the effects are, although very simple, they have aged well and do not seem dated. Unfortunately I can't really recommend this to those in their early teen years, the psychedelic element and the absurdity of the story would not really appeal, and would probably go over their heads...give it a couple of years...then we'll see!

                *also on ciao*

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                Angela Lansbury plays a good witch who uses her powers against the Nazis in World War II and is aided by three children in the effort. This 1971 movie directed by Disney stalwart Robert Stevenson (Mary Poppins) was never up to the studio's best efforts--the music isn't all that good and the idea just doesn't quite catch on. But Lansbury, David Tomlinson and the late Roddy McDowall are good and there are some clever sequences blending animation and live action, most memorably a soccer game between the kids and some cartoon animals. --Tom Keogh