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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Special Edition
Genre: Family

Reviewed In Issue 80 (Jan 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Heather Ripley & Adrian Hall

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Upon opening your new DVD, you will find a tri-fold DVD jacket in a sleeve, with a lovely, colorful inserted roadshow booklet reproduction. A sing-along function is included as an option with the movie on Disc One of this two disc set, as well as a trailer for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Musical. The supplement-rich Disc Two invites you to sit back and relax with Dick van Dyke in the 26-minute Remembering Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Learn more about the Fantasmagorical Motorcar (10 minutes) with Pierre Picton, the proud owner of the movie star, er, car: GEN 11. The infectious songs, in rare demo form, are offered by the Sherman Brothers. There are also three vintage featurettes: The Ditchling Tinkerer (10 minutes), a nine- minute Dick van Dyke press interview, and a three-minute highlight on The Potts Children. The theatrical trailer, the french trailer, and five TV spots can be found in the Vintage Advertising Gallery. Other supplements include a photo gallery, a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang read-along with Jeremy Potts, and two interactive games: One Person

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1005540
(MPAA Rating): G
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-18 & DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 145
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1968
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/25/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Ken Hughes
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Never has an onomatopoeia evoked so many children

DVD Picture:
Wow! Who would have thought "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" could look like this (especially after the previous pan-and-scan atrocity...MGM, what were you thinking?). The anamorphically enhanced 2.20:1 DVD picture -- sourced from a 65mm transfer -- is very clean with an incredibly remastered color scheme that is naturally balanced with accurate fleshtones, rich hues, and deep blacks. With the exception of some scenes that appear slightly soft and the expectedly dated effects shots, the picture is incredibly sharp and detailed with excellent contrast and shadow detail. Edge enhancement is all but absent, with only occasional thin lines of halos surrounding objects. Finer details, like those on the windmill or Chitty, are occasionally noticed shimmering, but nothing to complain much about. This movie is too much fun, and the picture looks great! (Suzanne Hodges) The flip side of Disc One includes a modified 1.33:1 (4:3) version of the film (not reviewed).

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