Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Bewitching Witchery For October
Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks is an apt subject for Halloween, what with the witchcraft and all. But October is Bedknobs month, as the superspectacular musical fantasy (with those marvelous Sherman Brothers songs) premiered on October 7, 1971. In honor of that date, here's the View-Master reel set of the film. This is one of the best live-action sets View-Master released. If you ever have a chance to check it out—and read the excellent booklet, also shown below—be sure and gaze in wonder in some Disney magic in "stereo pictures." Want more Bedknobs? this Academy Award-winning film was recently released on Blu-ray as the Bedknobs & Broomsticks [Blu-ray]. (Unfortunately, the new Blu-ray release includes the original theatrical release with the restored sequences from Disney's extensive 1996 restoration effort—including complete songs and extended musical numbers—included only as bonus features.) And be sure and take a look at the article I wrote for D23.com featuring 13 fascinating facts about this musical, magical motion picture. It's all part of the Countdown to Halloween, bobbing along here at Tulgey Wood right through October 31, 2014.