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Three stars - that's all the DVD is getting and all three are for the original version starring Hayley Mills, Dean Jones and Dorothy Provine. The 1997 remake is not worth the celluloid it was originally printed on and Disney should be embarassed for even releasing it. I broke down and bought it as it was a good price and had both on the same disc - great idea I thought! I had never seen the remake and thought it would be great to own - was I mistaken - but that's enough of that film, that really belongs with DC in his little box.
It also surprises me (and it goes for a lof of Disney films) that they couldn't release the original in a proper widscreen format, like the remake. I was once told that it's for 'the kids' as they don't 'understand' widescreen.
Now, taking the original movie into consideration, as I mentioned above, it get a full 3 out of 3 stars from me. I grew up on Disney films (especially the live action ones) and this one holds a special memory for me : it was the first movie I was alowed to go to, on my own, with a couple of friends - no parents along. I immediately fell in love with Hayley Mills! The cast is great and a good fast moving script by Bill Walsh and The Gordons(who wrote the original book).
This came at the height of the Disney comedies and should be in everyone collection, but if you can find it on it's own - buy it that way.
I got it as a christmas gift. It came loose inside its package so I had to open it. I checked it for scratches and ran it in the dvd to make sure it played. But when I give a gift I like for the recievee to open it.