Chitty Chitty Bang Bang details
|Formats:||U DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Anna Quayle, Sally Ann Howes, Benny Hill, Robert Helpmann, Lionel Jeffries, Dick Van Dyke, Gert Frobe, Barbara Windsor, James Robertson Justice|
|Genres:||Children, Comedy, Family, Music/Musical|
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
|Run time:||2 hours 16 minutes|
|Rental release:||01 Feb 2000|
|Dubbed:||German, French, Spanish, Italian|
|Subtitles:||Dutch, English, French, Norwegian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Based on 007 Ian ...By KATHERINEofARROGANCEe (13 reviews) from HARROW , 16 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Based on 007 Ian Fleming's novel & adapted by Roald Dahl & director Ken Hughes, this is one of the great children's movies. Panned when it first came out this is extremely popular today with children AND adults.
The story centres on eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts (Richard Van, this time without his awful accent) & his two children. They plead with him to restore a run down former triple Grand Prix winning automobile. Thrown in are Sally Ann Howes as adorable Truly Scrumptious, her rich father; James Robertson Justice, Grandfather Potts (Lionel Jefferies) & the wickedly evil
Baron & Baroness Bomburst (Gert Frobe & Anna Quayle).
The story then revolves around the Baron trying to get his hands on the car & the family trying to rescue their grand father. A strange story in many ways, the banning of children in Vulgaria never really being explained, it has a dark, edgy side to it. The child catcher, played by Robert Helpmann, is truly nightmarish, made more so by his lithe, balletic, creepy movement (Helpmann was a ballet dancer himself). More than anything the childcatcher (influence of Dahl's no doubt, as seen in The Witches) & the great songs stick in the mind.
Standout songs include; 'Truly Scrumptious', 'Toot Sweets', 'Hushabye Mountain', 'P.O.S.H.', 'Me Old Bamboo', 'The Roses of Success', 'Coochi Pair' & title song. Worth noticing are; Gerald Campion, Michael Darbyshire & Stanley Unwin (trademark 'Gobbledegook' at the ready).
I loved this, as if you couldn't possible tell & is a great antidote to the Harry Potter & Spy Kids stuff, which reliy too heavily on CGI & smart alec brats.
The dvd extras include a featurette about the man who actually bought the original 'Gen11'. This should be watched, loved & cherished by the whole family.
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musically mesmerisingBy marymaryquitecontrary (6 reviews) from Brighton , 13 Feb 2009An absolutely fabulous musical! As inventive as one of Caractacus Potts's creations. As fun a journey as a ride in the flying car itself. It's all there, fun, thrills, romance, laughs and just a bit scary. Starring the amazingly and cominc and acrobatic, Dick Van Dyke and a great supporting cast, makes a little bit of escapist fantasy seem that little bit more real. life can be an adventure!
Great filmBy Tinkler (2 reviews) from Saltash , 29 Sep 2008Still think it is a really good film
OkBy AllieinLancs (161 reviews) from Stalybridge , 19 Aug 2008Not as good as I remember it being from my own childhood but the children loved to sing along
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008I have had to resort to writing a review because - I use the Rental system which I must say is very good - however my daughter wanted to watch 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' so I ordered it. Low and behold Amazon sent not Disc 1 (the movie) but only Disc 2(the bonuses)! If anyone has found a way of emailing Amazon or actually able to speak to anyone please let me know as YOU CANNOT CONTACT THEM, EVER! Amazon please, be more customer facing - have a phone number, have an email address - it's called CUSTOMER SERVICE oh and yes, please send me THE MOVIE, my daughter did not want to watch 10 variations of the TRAILOR! Yours, Frustrated from the Cotswolds!
Magical musical for ALL agesBy Chrisaljack (413 reviews) from Hellingly , 25 May 2008Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a musical treat aimed directly at children of all ages. My 3 year old grand-daughter sat through the whole film absolutely engrossed and I have seen it, on stage and on film a number of times - and still enjoy it.
Put your cares to one side, stop thinking like an 'adult' and just sit back and enjoy Chitty Chitty Bang Bang's magic!