Saturday, February 9, 2008
More Turner Classic Movies, More Disney
That indispensable paragon of cable channel excellence Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is at it again. Today at 3:00 pm (Pacific time) TCM presents Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971). The Oscar-winning (for Special Visual Effects) musical fantasy is being showcased just as it should be, even though TCM is not a Disney venue. I might only wish that TCM was presenting the restored version to which over 20 minutes of footage excised before the film’s premiere was skillfully reinstated, and which was unveiled on September 27, 1996, by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. (You can get that extended version on DVD here.) But who’s complaining, especially as TCM is also presenting The Absent-Minded Professor (1961) at 1:00 pm, not to mention Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) at 5:00 pm.