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Race to Witch Mountain

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Walt Disney Pictures resurrects one of their time-honored franchises with Race to Witch Mountain, a family-oriented sci-fi adventure that tells the story of two alien visitors AnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig whose search for their spacecraft gets them caught up in an adventure with a cab driver Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and a UFO specialist Carla Gugino. As the group races toward the mysterious mountain in the Nevada desert that has mystified scientists and paranormal researchers for years, the government, ...
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Overview

Walt Disney Pictures resurrects one of their time-honored franchises with Race to Witch Mountain, a family-oriented sci-fi adventure that tells the story of two alien visitors AnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig whose search for their spacecraft gets them caught up in an adventure with a cab driver Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and a UFO specialist Carla Gugino. As the group races toward the mysterious mountain in the Nevada desert that has mystified scientists and paranormal researchers for years, the government, gangsters, and an extraterrestrial bounty hunter attempt to prevent them from reaching their intended destination. Should the two planetary travelers fail in recovering their ship, an alien invasion will be launched against the entire planet. The original 1975 picture Escape to Witch Mountain was followed by the sequel Return From Witch Mountain, as well as a 1995 made-for-TV remake.
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Special Features

"Which Mountain?" - discover hidden references to the orignal movie
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The people responsible for Disney's franchise reboot Race to Witch Mountain could have churned out a by-the-numbers piece of junk, and still made a mint off the parents with fond memories of the originals who dutifully take their kids to see it. Thankfully, everybody involved went the other route, and audiences will be able to tell how much the people involved actually cared about what they were making. Director Andy Fickman, working from a solid screenplay by Matt Lopez and Mark Bomback, creates the cinematic equivalent of a ride on Space Mountain -- it's exhilarating, fun, just a tad scary, and totally satisfying. Dwayne Johnson the artist formerly known as "The Rock" plays Jack Bruno, a tough-guy cab driver with a shady past. One day, a pair of very odd teens -- Sara AnnaSophia Robb and Seth Alexander Ludwig -- suddenly materialize in the back seat of his taxi. In their overly formal, emotionless speech patterns they ask "Jack Bruno" both address him by his full name at all times to take them to a remote location out in the desert. He's unsure what to make of the pair, but the huge wad of cash they offer cinches the deal. As they drive through the middle of nowhere, a couple of scary black cars appear and begin to menacingly chase the taxi -- the first of many well-choreographed action sequences. Thanks to Jack's skill behind the wheel, he and the kids survive the attack, and slowly the boy and girl -- who turn out to be light-years away from home -- learn that this human might be the only person they can trust to save not only their own planet, but Earth as well. What's great about the film is that there are almost no dialogue-heavy scenes. This is a movie about momentum; it's a chase movie, and the action neither overwhelms nor slows down for the easy-to-follow storyline. Also, the filmmakers don't dumb down this material -- it's family-friendly in the best sense of the phrase. It includes lots of UFO folklore, but it's far from an Unexplained Phenomenon 101 class. Those who know why Project Bluebook, Roswell, and Whitley Strieber matter to UFO enthusiasts will chuckle, but these pieces are there for color, not plot; it's not about a conspiracy -- it's an action movie, and a very exciting one thanks to intelligent editing and very appealing performances. As a pro wrestler, Dwayne Johnson learned how to ham it up, but he's a savvy enough performer to know how far he can push it. But here, he underplays his character, and that decision makes the flying saucers and telekinesis and alien assassins all the more thrilling. He plays well off both the kids, especially Robb, who -- between her work in this, Bridge to Terabithia, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory -- possesses a versatility rarely seen in 15-year-olds. Of course, a good action film needs a formidable bad guy, and the movie has two. Ciarán Hinds plays the menacing government official ordered to keep the kids on Earth, and his long, deeply lined face gives his character the same kind of sinister, mysterious power the Cigarette Smoking Man had in The X-Files. The other fearsome foe, an intergalactic assassin sent to kill Sara and Seth, is a helmeted monster that's one part Storm Trooper and one part Predator -- its unmasking is a scary, gross-out highlight. Race to Witch Mountain isn't some kind of action watershed, or science-fiction milestone, but it most certainly is a finely crafted reboot of a franchise that was ripe for an updating. The decision to cash in on the Witch Mountain name might have been business, but the film itself is a pleasure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/4/2009
  • UPC: 786936787252
  • Original Release: 2009
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Blu-ray Combo / Includes DVD Version / Digital Copy
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 3,846

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dwayne Johnson Jack Bruno
AnnaSophia Robb Sara
Alexander Ludwig Seth
Carla Gugino Dr. Alex Friedman
Ciarán Hinds Burke
Tom Everett Scott Matheson
Chris Marquette Pope
Billy Brown Carson
Garry Marshall Dr. Donald Harlan
Kim Richards Tina
Cheech Marin Eddie
Ike Eisenmann Sheriff Antony
Tom Woodruff Jr. Siphon
Bob Koherr Marty
John Duff Frank
Kevin Christy Matt
Bob Clendenin Lloyd
John Kassir Chuck
Beth Kennedy Stenftenagel
Jonathan Slavin Gallagher
Harry Murphy Analyst D. Pleasence
Ted Hartley Four-Star General V. Lewton
Jack Eastland General E. Albert
Meredith Salenger Natalie Gann
Andrew Shaifer Casey Taylor
Suzanne Krull Gail Ross
Christine Lakin Sunday
Dave Engfer Iscovich
Omar J. Dorsey Police Officer Hough
Sam Wolfson Imperial Stormtrooper Ciardi
Paul Darnell Siphon Stunt Double
Bryan Fogel Imperial Stormtrooper Gray
Robert Torti Dominick
Steven Rosenbaum Oren Bergman
Technical Credits
Andy Fickman Director, Screenwriter
Randle Akerson Sound/Sound Designer
David J. Bomba Production Designer
Mark Bomback Screenwriter
Lisa Brown Musical Direction/Supervision
Aric Cheng Set Decoration/Design
Sarah Halley Finn Casting
Greg Gardiner Cinematographer
Alec Gillis Special Effects
Lori Rowbotham Grant Set Decoration/Design
Andrew Gunn Producer
Geoffrey Hansen Asst. Director
Randi Hiller Casting
Mario Iscovich Executive Producer
John R. Jensen Art Director
Matt Lopez Original Story, Screenwriter
Trevor Rabin Score Composer
David Rennie Editor
Ann Marie Sanderlin Executive Producer
Robert L. Sephton Sound/Sound Designer
Amy Stenftenagel Associate Producer
Nelson Stoll Screenwriter
Genevieve Tyrrell Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Woodruff Jr. Special Effects
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Race to Witch Mountain
1. The Real Deal [9:07]
2. Transportation Services Required [8:19]
3. Pursuit [9:12]
4. We Can Involve You No Further [4:20]
5. Worldly Experiences [20:40]
6. Rhinoceros Fight [4:32]
7. They're Here for Us [5:49]
8. Dr. Alex Friedman [6:52]
9. Trapped in Planet Hollywood [6:16]
10. Detained [9:59]
11. Witch Mountain [9:03]
12. End Credits [4:20]
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    Really cool movie, very interesting, the actors in this movie are A+. Highly recommend this movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    one of those movies that are just great

    This movie was probably one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. The movie put up five stars of its brightest actors and made sure to wow the viewers.

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    Sara & Seth are on the way, to save the Earth today! If you want action, adventure, and sci-fi special effects check out this DVD. It's way cool. Yeah, way cool. This is a good re-make of a previous movie, "Escape to Witch Mountain." You'll enjoy this, and see what the Rock is cooking!

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    Since it appears no one has left a review on this one yet, I figured I would. Though not one of the absolute best movies I have ever seen, this movie was still pretty good. Not a bad remake of a Disney classic I would have to say. I also rather like The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) as an actor, and Carla Gugino is a good actress too. The 2 child actors also did great as the aliens, who are disguised as children the whole movie. One of the things I would have to say I would have liked to see is what extra terrestrials actually looked like in their true form, but that's just me. None the less, I still rather enjoyed this movie. It was entertaining, funny, and in some parts, pretty exciting. For anyone that likes a good family movie, with comedy and excitement in it, and/or just enjoys movies based around extra terrestrials, I would recommend giving this movie a shot.

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