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After a long wait, MGM has finally released a two-disc special edition of this favorite family film, and while it may not be perfect, it sure comes awfully close. Presented in both pan-and-scan and 2.20:1 anamorphic versions (the original release was only pan-and-scan, losing too much of the picture) the transfer is simply wonderful. Colors are bright, while detail is outstanding. Restoration work has created a print which highlights everything that makes this film so fun to watch. Brief moments of scratches ...
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After a long wait, MGM has finally released a two-disc special edition of this favorite family film, and while it may not be perfect, it sure comes awfully close. Presented in both pan-and-scan and 2.20:1 anamorphic versions (the original release was only pan-and-scan, losing too much of the picture) the transfer is simply wonderful. Colors are bright, while detail is outstanding. Restoration work has created a print which highlights everything that makes this film so fun to watch. Brief moments of scratches don't change the fact that the film looks so good. The 5.1 English soundtrack, the same used for the original release, is primarily based up front, but there are moments when the surrounds kick in. Overall, the audio is pleasantly full, and the musical numbers have never sounded better. The first disc, with the movie, also contains two supplements, a singalong option to add subtitles during the songs and a very brief look at the London stage musical version. While not the most comprehensive special edition, the supplements on the second disc are certainly worth singing about. Starting things off is a 18-minute interview with Dick Van Dyke recalling the making of the film. He's delightful as usual, but he comes across as somewhat dry. Also included are four featurettes. The first, "A Fantasmagorical Motorcar" is a rather silly look at the magical car hosted by his longtime owner, Pierre Picton. The other three are vintage pieces, "The Ditchling Tinkerer," an entertaining look at Roland Emett, who created the inventions in the film; "The Potts Children's Featurette," which gives a peek at the youngsters in their first film roles; and, finally, "Dick Van Dyke Press Interview," in which he is very charming and candid. A real find are the demo tapes made by the Sherman Brothers, which they sing themselves. Their early versions, though similar to the final product, are unique in their own way. Next up is a vintage advertising gallery which includes two trailers (one in French), five television spots, and a average photo gallery. Other features are more for the kids, including two games, "One Person's Junk is Another Person's Jalopy" and "Toot Sweet Special Delivery." Neither is particularly interesting, while the second might not even work depending on how the DVD remote is set up. Children may also find the four coloring book pages, printable from a DVD-ROM, interesting. Finally, along with a full-color book that is glued into the packaging and which tells the story of the film, are a batch of "previews" for other miscellaneous children's titles and a read-along that will appeal to the very youngest fans.
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Special Features

Choice of wide-screen or full-frame viewing; sing-along feature; new documentary, "Remembering Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with Dick Van Dyke;" "A Fantasmagorical Motorcar" featurette; "The ditchling Tinkerer" featurette; featurette on the Potts children; Dick Van Dyke interview; original music demos; read-along storybook; two interactive games; printable coloring pages; Advertising gallery; 32-page story booklet.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Based on a children's book by James Bond creator Ian Fleming, the 1968 musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has never enjoyed critical cachet. Yet, thanks to Dick Van Dyke's energetic performance, its flights of high-flying fantasy, wacky inventions, and Oscar-nominated title song, it holds a special place in viewers' hearts. Van Dyke stars as crackpot inventor Caractacus Potts, who lives in the English countryside with his two children and their dotty grandfather. The first hour sputters along, as Potts's various inventions, including Toot Sweets, a candy/whistle, backfire. But with the introduction of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang -- a junked race car that Potts restores -- the film switches gears into fantasy overdrive, as Chitty flies, floats, and generally thwarts efforts by the buffoonish Baron Bomburst to capture her. The music by Richard and Robert Sherman lacks the magic of their earlier Mary Poppins score, but the rollicking "Me Ol' Bamboo" and the lovely lullaby "Hushabye Mountain" keep things rolling. Bond buffs will delight in the appearance of Desmond "Q" Llewelyn as a junkyard dealer, and Gert "Goldfinger" Frobe as the Baron; while the heroine's name, "Truly Scrumptious," will also raise an eyebrow. Benny Hill shows up as the toy maker who aids Potts and his family, making this a cameo lover's must-see. Chittyhas been fired up and polished for the two-disc Special Edition, which boasts a 2003 interview with Van Dyke, vintage production featurettes, a sing-along option, and a 34-page storybook.
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
By the end of the 1960s, the financial failure of big-budget films like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang started the final descent of the traditional film musical. However, while it is hardly a classic, it is fondly remembered by many who grew up with it. The basic story ingredients -- crackpot inventor, beautiful love interest, magic car, exotic settings -- are perfectly fine, but somehow the mixture fails to gel. Part of the problem is the tone of the film, which is often overly arch or cloying. Much of the dialogue just doesn't work, and the film is much too long and never as inventive as it needs to be. The score is very hummable, with many numbers -- the title song, "Truly Scrumptious," "Hushabye Mountain," "Toot Sweets" -- that stay with the audience long after the movie is over. Although the kids are a bit much, Dick Van Dyke is appealing and handles the material well; his dancing is, as always, delightful. Sally Ann Howes is a lovely and charming Truly, and Anna Quayle makes the most of her brief supporting role. As the Child Catcher, Robert Helpmann is perhaps too disturbing for little ones. The special effects are not very impressive, but the scenery is quite attractive. There's enough here to make the film worth viewing, but overall it's a missed opportunity at a great family film.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2003
  • UPC: 027616898159
  • Original Release: 1968
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español, Portugais
  • Time: 2:25:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dick Van Dyke Caractacus Potts
Sally Ann Howes Truly Scrumptious
Lionel Jeffries Grandpa Potts
Gert Fröbe Baron Bomburst
Anna Quayle Baroness Bomburst
Benny Hill Toymaker
James Robertson Justice Lord Scrumptious
Robert Helpmann Child Catcher
Heather Ripley Jemima
Barbara Windsor Blonde
Davy Kaye Admiral
Bernard Spear Second Spy
Alexander Dore First Spy
Stanley Unwin Chancellor
Peter Arne Capt.of Guard
Desmond Llewelyn Coggins
Victor Maddern Junkman
Arthur Mullard Big Man
Ross Parker Chef
Gerald Campion Minister
Felix Felton Minister
Monte de Lyle Minister
Totti Truman Taylor
Larry Taylor Lieutenant
Max Bacon Orchestra Leader
Max Wall Inventor
John Heawood
Michael Darbyshire
Gerald Taylor Inventors
John Baskcomb Chef
Adrian Hall Jeremy Potts
Totti Truman Taylor Duchess
Kenneth Waller
Richard Wattis Secretary at Sweet Factory
Technical Credits
Ken Hughes Director, Screenwriter
Ken Adam Production Designer
Gus Agosti Asst. Director
Vic Armstrong Stunts
Marc Breaux Choreography
Joan Bridge Costumes/Costume Designer
Albert R. Broccoli Producer
Christopher G. Challis Cinematographer
Roald Dahl Screenwriter
Elizabeth Haffenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Fred Hynes Sound/Sound Designer
Irwin Kostal Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Richard Maibaum Screenwriter
John W. Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
Harry Pottle Art Director
Richard M. Sherman Score Composer, Songwriter
Robert B. Sherman Score Composer, Songwriter
John Shirley Editor
John Stears Special Effects
Dee Dee Wood Choreography
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [WS]
1. Main Title
2. A Joyous Junker
3. Rockets & Other Goodies
4. You Two
5. Perfect Pitch
6. Toot Sweets
7. Treasures
8. Hushabye Mountain
9. A Hair-Razing Event!
10. Me Ol' Bamboo
11. Chitty Is Saved!
12. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
13. A Rollicking Picnic
14. Truly Scrumptious
15. Pirates!
16. Escape
17. This Lovely Lonely Man
18. Abduction/Intermission
19. Chitty Flies!
20. Posh
21. Red Carpet Treatment
22. Roses of Success
23. Strange Places
24. Cellar Secrets
25. Kidnapped!
26. The Hiding Place
27. Hushabye (Reprise)
28. Chi-Chi Face
29. Doll on a Music Box
30. The Children's Revolt
31. Ridiculous Suggestion
32. Scrumptious!/End Credits
Side #2 -- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [FS]
1. Main Title
2. A Joyous Junker
3. Rockets & Other Goodies
4. You Two
5. Perfect Pitch
6. Toot Sweets
7. Treasures
8. Hushabye Mountain
9. A Hair-Razing Event!
10. Me Ol' Bamboo
11. Chitty Is Saved!
12. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
13. A Rollicking Picnic
14. Truly Scrumptious
15. Pirates!
16. Escape
17. This Lovely Lonely Man
18. Abduction/Intermission
19. Chitty Flies!
20. Posh
21. Red Carpet Treatment
22. Roses of Success
23. Strange Places
24. Cellar Secrets
25. Kidnapped!
26. The Hiding Place
27. Hushabye (Reprise)
28. Chi-Chi Face
29. Doll on a Music Box
30. The Children's Revolt
31. Ridiculous Suggestion
32. Scrumptious!/End Credits
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Menu

Side #1 -- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [WS]
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Sing-Along
         Sing-Along: On
         Sing-Along: Off
      Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Musical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English 5.1 Surround
      Spoken Languages: Français Stereo Surround
      Spoken Languages: Español Stereo Surround
      Spoken Languages: Português Mono
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Português
      Subtitles: None
Side #2 -- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [FS]
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Sing-Along
         Sing-Along: On
         Sing-Along: Off
      Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Musical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English 5.1 Surround
      Spoken Languages: Français Stereo Surround
      Spoken Languages: Español Stereo Surround
      Spoken Languages: Português Mono
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Português
      Subtitles: None
Side #3 -- Extras
   Remembering Chitty Chitty Bang Bang With Dick Van Dyke
   A Fantasmagorical Motorcar
   Sherman Brothers' Demos
      Demos
         Play All
         You Two
         Toot Sweets
         Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
         Truly Scrumptious
         Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 2
         Lonely Man
         Posh
         Hushabye Mountain
         The Vulgarian Anthem
         The Roses of Success
         Please Please
         Hushabye Mountain Reprise
         Fun Fair
         Lonely Man Reprise & Chitty Finalte
   Vintage Featurettes: The Ditchling Tinkerer
   Vintage Featurettes: Dick Van Dyke Press Interview
   Vintage Featurettes: The Potts Children's Featurette
   Vintage Advertising Gallery
      Theatrical Trailer
      French Version Theatrical Trailer
      TV Spot #1
      TV Spot #2
      TV Spot #3
      TV Spot #4
      TV Spot #5
   Photo Gallery
   Read-Along
      Read Along With Narration
         A Gem of a Junker
         A Truly Scrumptious Picnic
         Grandpa Kidnapped
         Prisoners in the Castle
         Chitty to the Rescue
         Chitty Chitty Bang Bang We Love You
      Or Read Together With Your Family Without Narration
         A Gem of a Junker
         A Truly Scrumptious Picnic
         Grandpa Kidnapped
         Prisoners in the Castle
         Chitty to the Rescue
         Chitty Chitty Bang Bang We Love You
   Game: One Person's Junk is Another Person's Jalopy
   Game: Toot Sweet Special Delivery
   Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Coloring Book
   Family Fun Previews
      It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie
      Second Star to the Left
      Christmas Carol: The Movie
      A Freezerburnt Christmas
      Good Boy
      Hamilton Mattress
      Hi5
      Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Kids
      Just For Kicks
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    It's a classic

    Our family has loved Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for 3 generations. It is good fun for the whole family.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    TIMELESS and WONDERFUL FAMILY FILM

    This movie is one for all ages. A great cast, an engaging story, some wacky inventions, and a "fantasmagorical" car create the perfect combination of fun and adventure. My family has enjoyed this movie ever since it was released and introduced me to it when I was young. I hope to share this with my children soon. I highly recommend Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to anyone willing to listen!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2011

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang VHS
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Enjoyable

    My children enjoyed "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" when they were young and now my granddaughter is enjoying it too. She walks around singing the title song and also "Toot Sweet". It is a great way to introduce her to other make believe movies besides cartoons. She also loves "The Sound of Music" and "Mary Poppins" as well as a lot of the Disney Movies especially " Cinderella"

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best!

    I loved this movie, my parents loved this movie, and now my kids love this movie. We will have it forever. My kids are 3 and 1. They love it and sing along.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Another Bond movie with Dick VanDyke

    We have always enjoyed this movie in VHS format but when it went to DVD with extras it just got better. The movie is entertaining for all ages and is not really scary but it is thrilling for the younger kids. It is a musical, drama, comedy, spy action and inventive all at the same time. The extra are about both making the movie as well as the car of which the movie is mainly centered on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tuneful and beautiful children's musical with story by Ian Fleming!

    Hard as it is to believe, the author of the James Bond books wrote this charming children's tale of the wonderful car, Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. Dick Van Dyke is his usual fabulous self, the two children are wonderful, Grandpa nearly steals the show every time he appears, and Sally Ann Howe sings like an angel. My grandson makes me put this dvd on every time he comes over, but I honestly never grow tired of it anyway. The scenes are beautiful, the costumes and old cars are great, and the music is very charming. I also recommend Mary Poppins, Bednobs and Broomsticks, and Nanny McPhee. (only Nanny is not a musical)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Best

    I have always enjoyed this movie and finally added it to my DVD collection. I am so very happy i did. Now i can watch when i want,,,i can hand it down to my grandchildren and watch it with them and i hope it contines to entertain many more generations to come. Its funny,,,its bright,,,its everything a family can sit and watch without all the sex, violence, drugs and things we dont want our kids seeing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love this Movie Classic

    My dad took my sister and I to see this movie when we were young; my children love now! We are buying the dvd today, so my girls can take it to their granddad's and watch it with him, he's 75 they are 20 and 23; and they just love it! I totally agree that the child catcher remains the scariest character!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Our Fine Four Fendered Friend

    I always loved this movie, and when I was very young, CBS showed it annually for awhile...I was really spooked by the Child Catcher, who was more terrifying to me than the Witch in Wizard of Oz. Most people mistakenly remember this as a Disney film, which it is certainly not...but with Dick Van Dyke, the Sherman Brothers songs, and Irwin Kostal conducting, i assume that is where people make that error. Sally Ann Howes makes a gorgeous herione and Lionel Jeffries is the perfect dotty old grandpa. Luckily, Dick Van Dyke does not attempt a British accent here, and he is superb.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful for the whole family

    My Mother took me to see this when I was a little girl. I am now 43yrs old and it is still as captivating as it was then. I still get tears when dick van dyke sings hushabye mountain. It is well worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Little Well Known Old Gem

    A fantastic children's story written by the man who brought us James Bond. Who knew that Ian Flemming could also write children's stories? A magical trip for little ones, a great family movie to watch together, catchy songs and characters. Truly mesmerizing !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wonderful movie!

    I'm so glad to see this movie come out on DVD. I remember watching it as a child and thinking it wonderful. I have to say, I think that the Child Catcher is one of the scariest characters ever to appear on film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best ever film!!

    My mum taped chitty chitty bang bang off the TV for me when i was young and i watched it all the time my brother and sister got so boared of it. I am now 16 and still love watching this film, my friends laughed and joked about it untill we had a sleep over and we all watched it and loved it so much they want to buy it. I havn't seen it in a few years after it got thrown out by mistake and am now looking around the shops to find it. I have to admitt that this film not only is great for young children but Big kids too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A family classic

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is the most enjoyable film I have ever seen. My children just loved it. It brought back many good memories for me. I remember watching this classic with my mother. The songs are great. My children (age 2 and 4) sing the songs all the time. This movie is on all the time at my house.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Family Film!

    Dick Van Dyke is awesome as the eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts and Sally Ann Howes does a great job as Truly Scrumptious, the daughter of a candy maker. I love the special feature where you can sing-along to the wonderful dozen or so numbers! I hadn't seen Chitty in about year, and it was great to sing along! A great family film! A must own (especially on DVD)!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT SING A LONG FEATURE

    MY KIDS JUST LOVED THIS DVD BECAUSE OF THE SING A LONG FEATURE. IF YOU ''TURN IT ON'' THEN WATCH THE MOVIE, IT WILL SHOW THE WORDS TO ALL THE SONGS SO THAT YOU CAN SING A LONG. MY OLDEST DAUGHTER (AGE 10) STARTED THE MOVIE SAYING IT WAS SO DUMB BUT BY THE TIME ''CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG'' CAME ON SHE WAS SINGING LOUDER THAN ANYONE.

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    Posted March 4, 2010

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