Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [DVD] [1968]

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  • Release Date: 10/04/2011
  • Rating: G
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (207 out of 212)

Special Features


  • Sing-Along
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Musical Trailer
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
One of the stars of Walt Disney's Mary Poppins, Dick Van Dyke, is re-united with that film's composer and lyricist, Richard M.Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, in this big budget and bloodless children's fantasy musical, based on the children's book by James Bond author Ian Fleming. Van Dyke plays Caractacus Potts, a failed inventor who lives in a big house with his two children -- Jemima Heather Ripley and Jeremy Adrian Hall -- and eccentric father Lionel Jeffries. Potts has to raise 30 shillings so his children can buy a broken-down racing car from the junkyard. After a disastrous attempt to sell his invention of whistling sweets to Lord Scrumptious (James Robertson-Justice), the local candy maker, he finally gets enough money for the car by doing a Dick Van Dyke dance routine at the county fair. Potts takes the car and miraculously transforms the vehicle into a shiny new car named Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. While on a picnic with the children and Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes), Lord Scrumptious' beautiful daughter, Potts concocts a fantasy tale about the magical powers of the car, which can now float on water and fly. In the tale, Baron Bomburst (Gert Frobe) wants the car for himself and kidnaps the automobile and the inventor. But Bomburst captures Grandpa by mistake along with the wrong car, so Potts, Truly, and the children have to enlist Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on a rescue mission to Bomburst's lair to save Grandpa. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Dick Van Dyke
    Dick Van Dyke - Caractacus Potts
  • Sally Ann Howes
    Sally Ann Howes - Truly Scrumptious
  • Lionel Jeffries
    Lionel Jeffries - Grandpa Potts
  • Anna Quayle
    Anna Quayle - Baroness Bomburst
  • Benny Hill
    Benny Hill - Toymaker



Overall customer rating

4.8
98%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Every child wants to ride or drive a flying car

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    Auroran
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    What child has not wanted to ride or even drive a flying car? Every child is captivated by the wonder of flight; and although piloting an airplane requires difficult and expensive certification, every adult can drive a car and every child has ridden in one. A child can easily see his parents, and then himself, at the wheel of a car that just happens to be able to fly. Thus, the basic premise of this movie is perfect for both children and adults. This movie's story, though, is a little oversimplified. - The primary action is relegated to an imagination sequence--a way to avoid attempting to reconcile the sequence with real life. - The main character has to play a father figure, a leading man, and the comic relief, all rolled into one. The great Danny Kaye could, with considerable difficulty, handle the latter two roles, but I never remember him trying to be a father figure at the same time. - The female lead's role is rather passive. She plays the role of would-be mother very well, but helpmate to her would-be husband not so much. - The children are given roles with too little intelligence or creativity for their age. The scenery is beautiful; I think the movie was mostly filmed on location in England, France, and perhaps Germany. The title song is stupendous--the kind that you have difficulty getting out of your head. The other songs are less memorable. - In real life, Chitty Bang Bang was a famous early race car designed and driven by Count Louis Zborowski, son of a racing driver and an American heiress. I must point out that I paid only $5 for the Blu-Ray/DVD combo on sale. It was certainly worth that price. I would have been more reticent about paying full retail price for this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Great Family Classic

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    Jess
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    I bought this online to upgrade from my VHS copy. When it arrived, I was a little disappointed to have received a different publication of this movie than what was and is still currently shown on Best Buy's website (no indication that there is a different design version nor is there the option to choose when ordering). I didn't even know there was an alternative cover design, and unfortunately it's worse than the original. The cover shows a well-attempted effort to redesign the title into a typograph but the rest of the layout is very poor. The design is outdated and cheesy & I would have rather received the DVD with the original cover shown on the site ...the one I was expecting & didn't get. But I suppose I can't complain too much since I got it on sale for $1.99 And despite the awful cover design, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG is a great family classic that would fit well in anyone's movie library and collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    BEWARE: Full screen!!

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    adbarrett

    A classic film that needs no introduction (although it can't compete with current fare of course), this review focuses mainly on the packaging of this particular version; namely, that the packaging does not adequately state the fact that this is a FULL screen version of the film (I don't DO full-screen!) Example: when Mr. Potts is in his workshop, Truly reaches to "turn on a switch" and her arm goes completely off-screen to do so! Useless. So, this review is mainly a "buyer-beware" to prevent someone else from making the same mistake in purchase. Also, the back of the package states that a "Colorful 4-page booklet featuring trivia and production notes" is included, but it isn't! A waste of money, unless you count the public value of donating it to the local library. Search for this title using the word widescreen or you, too will likely be surprised & disappointed.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to get into this childrens classic

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    dougmovies

    with clarity like this,i mean, SUPER clear pictures of scenery, close ups, group shots, (obviously a fantastic original print was used for this ) along with a robust "fills the whole speakers up kind of sound", it's nearly IMPOSSIBLE not to become completely immersed in this movie. It's a great kid's story, but i'm far from a child, and was totally enjoying myself through the whole thing. Prepare to sit down turn it on, and be engrossed for it's entire length. I opened the container and seen an old expired coupon inside, thinking.."uhoh...", but was (as i stated earlier) completely satisfied after i popped this sucker in.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Its a good movie especially for children.

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    Icefell
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    It's based on the 1964 children's book by Ian Fleming, the author of the James Bond series, who made it his only such venture away from his usual spy tales. Director Ken Hughes ("The Brain Machine"/"The Trials of Oscar Wilde"/"Of Human Bondage") turns the family entertainment pic into a too cutesy musical (via tunes courtesy of the Sherman brothers) and dutifully executes a whimsical tale for the kiddies. It's co-written by Hughes, Roald Dahl and Richard Maibaum. The inventive sets by production designer Ken Adams are a special treat. It's set in Edwardian England, while the book was set in the present (a much better choice).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    By this movies before the price goes up

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    Reydis
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    This film is like marry poppis, it's magical & it makes you feel that your in your own imagination of, other ideas that can be fantastic as, has always been an incredible actor & influence to me. This film like every other classic films & his tv show, has been in my childhood since I was two years old. How much I miss my vhs copy gosh, kids today really need to recognize real films of the golden decades, & this film is one out of so many that can be a perfect reminder of what happiness really is when we look back at what memories are made of.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome bluray of a classic movie!

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    BatFanDave
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    "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" was one of my favorite childhood movies. I remember first watching it on tv during a Thanksgiving weekend when I was maybe 8-10. When it came out on DVD I was thrilled and purchased it, only to discover that the title sequence was the only widescreen portion. When I saw this remastered release stating it was 2.20:1 I had to purchase it. I was thrilled to discover the entire film is now the right format throughout. The colors are amazing! I can't wait to get my whole family together for a night at the movies featuring ... "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great family movie and great bluray!

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    ComicFan
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    I loved this movie as a child and bought it on dvd, which was great to watch, but disappointing that only the opening scene was in the wide-screen format and the rest of the movie was "formatted to fit your tv". I took a chance on the bluray since it was remastered and am glad I did. The entire movie is now wide-screen format. Haven't watched the entire movie yet, but fired up in my projection-based home theater and i looks great! Can't wait for the entire family to experience this with me!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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