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The Witches
The Witches
Actors: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher, Rowan Atkinson, Bill Paterson
Director: Nicolas Roeg
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Horror, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
PG     1999     1hr 31min

From the great Muppet creator Jim Henson comes this classic bursting with enchantment and adventure. Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston stars as the Grand High Witch in this exhilarating tale.Year: 1990


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Actors: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher, Rowan Atkinson, Bill Paterson
Director: Nicolas Roeg
Creators: Harvey Harrison, Tony Lawson, Dusty Symonds, Jim Henson, Mark Shivas, Allan Scott, Roald Dahl
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Horror, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Horror, 7-9 Years, 10-12 Years, Adapted from Books, Comedy, Family Films, Fantasy, Fantasy
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/22/1999
Original Release Date: 08/24/1990
Theatrical Release Date: 08/24/1990
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French
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Member Movie Reviews

Adam A. (JesusAndGravity) from S BURLINGTON, VT
Reviewed on 4/18/2011...
WONDERFUL family movie!!!
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Ann B. from AURORA, CO
Reviewed on 1/25/2011...
I thought this was quite well done. As far as I can remember it followed the book fairly well except for the ending. Great costumes. I just got a kick out of it.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

.....and they lived happily ever after?
Amanda Richards | Georgetown, Guyana | 07/30/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"That woman with the purple eyes
and ugly square-toed shoes
The one who's scratching at her scalp
is certainly bad news!

Does she look faint when kids draw near
or hold her nose and run?
If women like this roam the world
God bless us, everyone

Convention time at the hotel
we goggle at the sight
of Grand High Witch Angelica
whose wig is on too tight

Her followers cheer gleefully
as she takes off her mask
revealing all her ghastly warts
and gives them one big task

"Quit your jobs," the Chief Witch says
"and open candy shops,
free chocolate should do the trick
we'll pull out all the stops"

The witches have an evil plan
to rid the world of brats
those stinky, smelly rotten kids
will now be meals for cats

But all bad deeds must have a hitch
their plan's been overheard
a clever boy is eavesdropping
and has heard every word

Soon he's crawling through the kitchens
and dropping in the cress
too many cooks DO spoil the broth
and make an awful mess

The ending differs from the book
it's really very sappy
I'm sure Dahl's rolling in his grave
because they made it happy

Rated: 3.5 stars

Amanda Richards, July 29, 2006

PS - The sound quality on this DVD is not up to standard, and you'll need to watch it with remote in hand to make volume adjustments. There are no sub-titles or closed-captioning, and the packaging is of the cheaper variety."
Not Quite for Children, Not Quite for Adults
Sheldon S. Kohn | 10/04/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

""The Witches" is one of my favorite films. The film combines the substantial filmmaking talents of Nicholas Roeg with the wonderworking of Jim Henson and an unforgettable performance from Angelica Huston. Every time I watch this film, I find something new to like about it.Since I have seen the film numerous times, I was a bit disappointed that the DVD did not contain any special features, such as a commentary from the filmmaker or one of the actors. Other than the most basic chapter selection, the DVD does not offer any of the bonuses that one would like to see. Fortunately, the film itself is so good that it is worthwhile to buy this disc in spite of the substandard packaging.From the very beginning of the film, we are thrown into an imaginative world where witches reside in literally every small village and where no child is safe in any country. As the credits roll across the screen, Roeg treats us to a ride on a broomstick, to a witch's-eye view of the frozen Scandinavian countryside.The film then introduces us to Luke and his grandmother, the protagonists of this tale. We learn that the grandmother has long been fighting the witches and even has lost part of her finger in the struggles. After tragedy strikes the young boy's parents, the pair travel to England, which is literally infested with witches. Fortunately, Luke has been well-warned how to recognize them and can play safely in his tree house when other children would be in grave peril.The delicious irony compounds when the grandmother takes Luke to a seaside resort hotel for her convalescence. It is the precise time when all the witches of England are meeting under the cover of the Royal Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Children. In a closed-door session, the witches remove their wigs and uncomfortable, yet practical, shoes, letting us see them in all their repulsiveness. The Grand High Witch (played to perfection by Angelica Huston) reveals her plan to turn all the children of England into mice. Of course, the witch's plan goes astray, and tables are turned on all the witches in one of the most delightful scenes in all of modern cinema. Every time I watch it, I think to myself how much fun it would be to make a film like this one.This is a charming, delightful film with enough diversions to keep children fascinated, told with enough skill to keep adults interested. It is a keeper, worth watching many times."
Here the greedy-guts go again.
R. C. Walker | Encinitas CA, United States | 08/08/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)

""Witches" is a marvellous film: cleverly written and wittily produced. Alas, this is a mutilated copy: the usual tactic of corporate greed. The original, filmed in a ratio of 1.85:1, this copy has been mutilated -- slashed and hacked to leave a visual aspect of 1.33:1.

If you want to buy this butchered version, go ahead. Just remember that you're missing about a third of the original. If steak is $5 s pound, would you pay $5 for 11 ounces? Just remember that the butcher still has his or her thumb on the scale, waiting to get your money again when she/he later offers correct weight for the price.

If you still want to buy this thing, let me know. I have some riverside property in New Orleans I'd like to sell you."