Escape to Witch Mountain Special Edition

In my experience, every child wants to have some deep secret about themselves.  They want to be a secret agent or a superhero or an alien or just someone other than who they’ve discovered they’re becoming.  It’s a desire to be interesting and have something unique to offer.  Now there’s a story about two children who have that dream come true and it’s available on DVD now.

Starting this March 10th, now available on DVD from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment comes a story about two talented children and their one incredible secret.  Escape To Witch Mountain is ready to blast off into your living room and bring you a world of magical powers and great seventies cinematic effects.  Bring home this great classic children’s film today!

Thomas and Tia are orphans who don’t remember where they came from.  Not only that, but they also have abilities of telekinesis, clairvoyance, telepathy and can talk to animals.  Obviously, they try to keep these incredible talents hidden.  Lucas Deranian, a rich lawyer who is interested in the occult, pretends to be related to the two orphans so they can live with him.  Too late, they discover that he is simply trying to harness their powers.  They escape and head out with friendly widower Jason O’Day.  Then the real big secret is revealed and everything changes.  This movie stars Eddie Albert, Ray Milland, Donald Pleasance, Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann.

The special features included in this DVD are a fun new selection of facts which pop up during the film, a look at the escape scene in the film, a conversation with John Hough, a look at how Disney made sci-fi movies, a featurette about Pluto’s Dream House, a great look at the special effects used in this movie, a featurette about the studio album made for this film and an optional audio commentary.

Watching this new DVD was the first time I had ever seen this movie.  In my research for this review, I learned that this movie is widely thought of as one of the true pivotal films for an American child to watch.  And it makes sense, since Eddie Albert is such a loveable character and not much is better than the harmonica music and the scene with the flying Winnebago.  The whole fascination with greatly dated science fiction movies from this period of the seventies is still incredible to me.  It seems as though things like telepathy and aliens were made with the seventies in mind.  Yet the whole dated feel of this movie is what gives it so much charm and that’s what’s going to be missing in the retelling of this movie coming out soon from Disney.  But Carla Gugino is going to be in it, so I’m sure it will be wonderful.

This movie makes the perfect Escape!

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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