Return from Witch Mountain

Return from Witch Mountain

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Director: John Hough

Cast: Bette Davis, Christopher Lee, Kim Richards

     
 

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Disney has produced a fine companion piece for their special edition of Escape To Witch Mountain with this solid DVD version of Return From Witch Mountain. The anamorphic, widescreen transfer is THX-approved and offers all the color and detail one would expect from a transfer with that credential. The film's audio has been given a 5.1 stereo remix that

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Disney has produced a fine companion piece for their special edition of Escape To Witch Mountain with this solid DVD version of Return From Witch Mountain. The anamorphic, widescreen transfer is THX-approved and offers all the color and detail one would expect from a transfer with that credential. The film's audio has been given a 5.1 stereo remix that adds some extra dimension and bottom end to the sound. It doesn't offer many directional effects but offers a nice, fully-rounded soundtrack overall. The disc also features a nice array of extras for the film's fans. As with the Escape disc, director John Hough and stars Ike Eisenmann and Kim Richards recorded a commentary track for this disc (the director and stars were recorded separately, with their comments edited together later). Hough focuses on the logistical and technical challengers of directing while the stars offer up plenty of on-set memories. Between the three, they offer a nicely-rounded track. There is also a featurette on the making of the film and another fun featurette that reunites three of the actors who made up the film's "Earthquake Gang." Elsewhere, there are galleries of stills and promotional material, a "Studio Album" (a montage of that year's highlights at Disney) and a Spanish-language interview (with English subtitles) of actor Christopher Lee. All in all, this is nicely rounded package that will appeal to fans of vintage Disney fare.

Editorial Reviews

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Return From Witch Mountain reunites much of the creative team from Escape To Witch Mountain and, while the results are watchable, they never hit the heights of the previous film. The root problem is Malcolm Marmorstein's script, which has a rather weak plot (the villains seem to change their plans every reel) and cheapens its thriller plot with self-conscious cutesiness and goofy humor that panders to the kiddie audience in a way its predecessor never did. As a result, Return From Witch Mountain never rises above the level of an amiable programmer but the end result is too professional to be dismissed entirely. John Hough's direction remains as taut as ever and is aided nicely by crisp, colorful lensing from cinematographer Frank Stanley and solid visual effects from Disney's technical wizards. In terms of acting, Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann are given less to do than in the previous film (another notable flaw of the script) but Christopher Lee and Bette Davis have a grand time hamming up as the film's over the top villains, adding an extra shot of life to the often formulaic proceedings. In short, Return From Witch Mountain is a lesser but fairly entertaining effort that has just enough going on to keep fans of the first film entertained.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2003
UPC:
0786936192483
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:34:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with Ike Eisenmann, John Hough and Kim Richards; Cartoon - "The Eyes Have It"; Making the Return Trip; 1978 Disney Studio Album; Lost Treasure: Christopher Lee, the Lost Interview; Disney Kids With Powers; The Gang's Back in Town; Theatrical trailer; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; THX-certified; Widescreen (1.75:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Davis Letha
Christopher Lee Victor
Kim Richards Tia
Ike Eisenmann Tony
Jack Soo Mr. Yokomoto
Anthony James Sickle
Dick Bakalyan Eddie
Ward Costello Mr. Clearcole
Christian Juttner Dazzler
Poindexter Crusher
Brad Savage Muscles
Jeffrey Jacquet Rocky
Stu Gilliam Dolan
William H. Bassett Operations Officer
Tom Scott Monitor
Helene Winston Dowager
Denver Pyle Uncle Bene
Brian Part Goon #1
Bob Yothers Cop
Bob James Gate Guard
Ruth Warshawsky Lady in Car
Lloyd Nelson Museum Guard
Ted Noose Policeman
Wally K. Berns Man in Car

Technical Credits
John Hough Director
Bob Bring Editor
Jerome Courtland Producer
Art Cruickshank Special Effects
Michael Dmytryk Asst. Director
Chuck Keehne Costumes/Costume Designer
Danny Lee Special Effects
Eustace Lycett Special Effects
Louis Mann Production Designer
John Mansbridge Art Director
Malcolm Marmorstein Screenwriter
Frank R. McKelvey Set Decoration/Design
Ron Miller Cinematographer,Producer
Frank Phillips Cinematographer
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Jack Senter Art Director
Emily Sundby Costumes/Costume Designer
Herb Taylor Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits/Tia & Tony Arrive [6:40]
2. The Test [6:58]
3. Tony's Abduction [6:33]
4. The Hideout [6:53]
5. Powers [7:36]
6. Letha's Plan [11:36]
7. Tia's Pursuit [5:19]
8. Trapped [3:18]
9. The Rescue [8:01]
10. Red Alert! [4:09]
11. Help on the Way! [3:09]
12. Going Home/End Credits [14:39]

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Return from Witch Mountain 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS AN EXCELLENT FOR THE FAMILY. KIDS AND ADULTS ARE BOTH SURE TO ENJOY THIS TIMELESS CLASSIC.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Return from Witch Mountain is the sequel to Escape to Witch Mountain and while it is a cute movie I feel that Escape to Witch Mountain is better. This movie is cute and Kim Richards and Ike Eisanmann are good as Tia and Tony but the movie is a little bit boring compared to the first movie and I would like to have seen Eddie Albert reprising his roll as Jason. The biggest compaint I have with this movie is with the campy over acting by Bette Davis and the actor who played the male villain. Bette Davis is normally a splendid actress but I just didn't care for her in this movie!