Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Now You See Him Now You Don't|
Actors: Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero, Joe Flynn, Jim Backus, William Windom
Director: Robert Butler
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family
Bumbling college student Dexter Riley (Kurt Russell) develops a mysterious liquid that actually makes objects disappear. Further experimentation reveals that it works amazingly well on humans too! Riley's startling discove... more »
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A step in the right direction
Yarby | Medina, OH United States | 06/07/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Disney has done an admirable transfer on this movie....something that is sadly lacking on many of its live action features. The picture is beautiful...probably the best I've seen thus far from Disney. (I'm not sure what the other review meant concerning a "fake widescreen", as I found all the original picture information to be there.)The real negative about this release? NO EXTRAS! Nothing! Not even a trailer. Frankly, this is a movie that begs for explanation of how certain special effects were performed.But at least I'll give Disney credit on this one for tranferring a picture the right way. Now if they'd only do it for "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes", and other great old movies."
Pleasant Family Comedy
Wogger | Newcastle, Ontario Canada | 08/02/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A pleasant little comedy that the entire family can enjoy. Not much violence or sex and absolutely no swearing, makes this a
movie that parents can watch with their children. Mischevious
college students develop an invisibility formula that helps them
to save their cash strapped college. Merely one in a series of
Kurt Russell movies set at Medvale College. A pleasant little
series set in a wholesome America before terrorists, when people
valued integrity more than cash!"
Good news, it IS in widescreen
james d. leverton | San Marcos, Ca United States | 05/19/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"To those reviewers who have given this DVD a * rating because it isn't advertised as being in widescreen, rest assured. I have this DVD and I must assure everyone that it IS IN WIDESCREEN, and the DVD transfer print is crisp and technically superior. Believe me, I'm with all of you about Disney blowing it with most new releases, but "Now You See Him, Now You Don't," "Herbie Rides Again," and "Those Calloways" are all available in widescreen, so please buy these up and send a message to the Disney dolts.As for the film, "Now You See Him..." is the second and best in Disney's college "formula" series starring Kurt Russell as science student Dexter Reilly, the late, great Joe Flynn as hapless Medfield College's hilariously uptight Dean Higgins and the late Cesar Romero (the Joker in the "Batman" TV series) as crooked banker A.J. Arno. In this version, Dexter stumbles (again) into an invisibility formula that Higgins enters into wealthy philanthrophist Forsythe's (the late, great Jim Backus) science contest, whose award money will pay off Medfield's mortgage for another year. Unfortunately, Arno wants the college land to open up a casino, so when he finds out about the formula, he decides to steal it in order to assure the college will go into foreclosure. So, essentially, it's the same plot as the other two films in the series, but the silliness just seems fresher and better paced this time. And the invisibility effects are impressive for the time, although next to "Hollow Man" they're pretty weak (although "Now You See Him..." is ten times better than that horrible Paul Verhoeven botch). Especially engaging is a madcap chase sequence involving an invisible car.The cast is terrific: Flynn, Romero and Backus give their all to enliven paper-thin characters and Michael McGreevey is memorable as Dexter's dim-witted friend Richard Schuyler. But this is Russell's film the whole way and it's easy to see why he is one of the few former child actors to have a vital and important adult film career: he's charismatic and wonderful in his best-known Disney role, and gives his all to assure a good time is had by all. Special credit also to director Robert Butler and composer Robert F. Brunner, who contributes another of his bouncy '70's Disney scores, which are much more entertaining than a lot of the heavily orchestrated, pretentious (and forgettable) Oscar-winning scores of the era."Now You See Him, Now You Don't" isn't representative of the best Disney films, but it is funny and fast-paced and refreshingly free of offensive racial stereotyping, which marred many a Disney film of the time, including the sequel "The Strongest Man in the World." And, finally, one of these films gets a decent DVD treatment, although the other two films in the series, "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" and "Strongest" are only available in tired fullscreen prints. But at least they got this one right."
Another Disney classic on DVD
Joe | Upstate, NY | 05/13/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Good cheesy Disney 70's live action movie. I grew up watching these so it's nice to see them on DVD finally. The negative is that it's another film dumped on DVD with no extras. Granted, it's probably not worth the time and energy for them to produce an elaborate disc with the works for a film that will not sell near as many copies as their more popular titles, but something as simple as a quick interview with Kurt Russell and others looking back would be nice. I think Disney needs to start charging half price for these types of releases, like other studios do with their stripped down discs. Nonetheless, the bright side of this one is that it's in Widescreen format."