Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/25/2003
UPC: 0027616898159
Original Release: 1968
Rating: G
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:25:00

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.

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 Actor
Larry Taylor Lieutenant
Max Bacon Orchestra Leader
Max Wall Inventor
John Heawood Actor
Michael Darbyshire Actor
Gerald Taylor Inventors
John Baskcomb Chef
Adrian Hall Jeremy Potts
Totti Truman Taylor Duchess
Kenneth Waller Actor
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

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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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Kathy1129 More than 1 year ago
Our family has loved Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for 3 generations. It is good fun for the whole family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed watching the movie and glad to add it to our video library.
JCrandall More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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.
Mungoji More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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)!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 !
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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"
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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