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The Absent-Minded Professor (Widescreen Edition)
The Absent-Minded Professor
Widescreen Edition
Actors: Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Kirk, Leon Ames
Director: Robert Stevenson
Genres: Classics, Comedy, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Sports
G     2003     1hr 32min

Hailed as one of Walt Disney's most hilarious comedies, THE ABSENT-MINDED PROFESSOR contains two essential elements for laughter -- Fred MacMurray and Flubber, his gravity-defying formula for flying rubber! You'll visit Me...  more »


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Actors: Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Kirk, Leon Ames
Director: Robert Stevenson
Creators: Edward Colman, Cotton Warburton, Bill Walsh, Walt Disney, Samuel W. Taylor
Genres: Classics, Comedy, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Sports
Sub-Genres: Classics, Comedy, Classics, Family Films, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Basketball
Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
Format: DVD - Black and White,Widescreen,Anamorphic
DVD Release Date: 09/02/2003
Original Release Date: 03/16/1961
Theatrical Release Date: 03/16/1961
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 32min
Screens: Black and White,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 23
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

A Milestone In Film Making
SirGeorgeMartini | Chihuahua Legs, Wyoming | 10/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When this film was made in 1961, a material almost identical to Flubber was being developed by NASA for the Gemini Space Program. To avoid a threat to our national security, the release of "The Absent-Minded Professor" was delayed for six months until Walt Disney agreed to delete two scenes showing Fred MacMurray discussing its applications and uses. The missing scenes have been restored in magnificent color, and the movie seems to have a better flow than the theatrical version."
Flubber professor in its B&W glory
arturo_gtz | 11/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Somehow, the people in amazon mixed reviews from the B&W version and the colorized version of this film... this is causing some confusion between some consumers, so, this is a review from the B&W version.Some time ago, Disney Company releases this movie in Full Screen and colorized... a lot of people complained because nobody (except, perhaps my mom)wants colorized version of movies in B&W; recently, they re-released it in its original form (B&W and Widescreen)Video: Amazing!! I can't believe that this movie is almost 50th years old!, you can't notice any age related issues (stripes, grain, etc), just look perfect.Sound: Very good, and with Dolby Surround.Extras: D'uh!, nothing, nada, zip, zippola! :(Foreign language support: Not very good... in the audio section, it contains English and Spanish Track... subtitles just in english.Conclusion: If you like this movie, you'll love the transfer (and at least, there is a Spanish track for those that speak in this language)... if you are looking for this movie because the extras, better wait, because you'll get frustrated by this disc."
Not widescreen
William Sommerwerck | 12/10/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD, along with the other Disney releases this month, (Moon Spinners, Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, etc.) is only being released in fullscreen, *not* anamorphic widescreen..."
A Disney Classic of High-Flying Fun!
William Sommerwerck | 01/15/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Walt Disney's 1961 live-action comedy "The Absent-Minded Professor" gets the DVD treatment and although the film itself is a gem, the DVD producers were a little "absent-minded" in their execution. To be true to its original theatrical presentation the film needs to be presented in widescreen format and in its original hues of glorious black and white. Disney Home Video needs to discover a happy balance between targeting the general "kid" audience and the mature film fans. The recent "Back to the Future" DVD accomplishes this task beautifully - - without insulting either audience. It seems to me that Disney doesn't have a great deal of respect for many of its classic live-action films when it comes to DVD. Although "Pollyanna," Swiss Family Robinson" and "The Parent Trap" received very nice treatments, "Babes in Toyland" and "Blackbeard's Ghost" were just downright slapped-together and thrown on the shelf (why wasn't "Babes in Toyland" presented in widescreen and stereo?) So, par for the course, there are no extras whatsoever on the DVD version of "The Absent-Minded Professor," which is a shame. Disney has plenty of material in the vaults to give this film at least a moderate special treatment. Granted, it's not a masterpiece like "Mary Poppins," but it's at least deserving of equal DVD treatment to modern films like "The Santa Clause" and "The Rookie." Aside from that, stick any fun-loving child or nostalgic baby-boomer in front of this film and they will be thoroughly entertained. The casting is perfect, the effects still hold-up and the script is charming. For any faults this film might have, it is still far superior to ill-fated and very un-funny "Flubber," starring Robin Williams."