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Race to Witch Mountain (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] by Director: Andy Fickman
Review by Charles Mohapel
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Blu-ray  ISBN/ITEM#: B002935GNC
Date: 24 August 2009 List Price $44.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / / Wikipedia / Show Official Info /

When I read that Disney's Race to Witch Mountain was a re-imagining of the 1975 film Escape to Witch Mountain and starred Dwayne Johnson, I just knew there was going to be plenty of action, as well as lots of comedic moments and rapid fire quips. Upon further research I found that both versions of the film are based on the 1968 novel Escape to Witch Mountain by author Alexander Key.

I also discovered that Return from Witch Mountain was the 1978 sequel to 1975's Escape to Witch Mountain, leading me to suspect that if 2009's Race to Witch Mountain meets Disney's expectations, we're likely to see a re-imagined version of the sequel. And given that the alien device that Seth and Sara gave Bruno before they returned home activates in Alex's purse at the end of the film, Disney left the door wide open for this possibility.

Andy Fickman (WGA)
Writing credits:
Matt Lopez (screenplay)
Mark Bomback (screenplay)
Matt Lopez (screen story)
Alexander Key (book "Escape to Witch Mountain")

Dwayne Johnson ... Jack Bruno
AnnaSophia Robb ... Sara
Alexander Ludwig ... Seth
Carla Gugino ... Dr. Alex Friedman

The Combo Pack of Walt Disney Pictures' Race to Witch Mountain comes with three discs: Disc 1 is the Blu-Ray version of the film in 1080p, Disc 2 is the DVD version of the film in 480p, and Disc 3 is the DisneyFile Digital Copy (for PC and Mac).

In the Blu-ray Exclusive, "Backstage Disney: Which Mountain?" (8:20), we see how Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann, the original child actors from the two original films have small but key roles in the film - can you recognize them without watching this feature first? Watching Director Andy Fickman talk about all the homages and Easter eggs scattered throughout the movie kept me saying "WOW!" time and time again. This featurette was definitely my favorite bonus feature.

A close second wast to be able to watch the deleted scenes with Director Andy Fickman's commentary on each since you have a professional explaining why a certain scene was trimmed or deleted completely, but was saved as bonus feature for the audience.

When I watched Race to Witch Mountain in the theater with a group of friends, I enjoyed it immensely. Knowing that Disney sends the Combo Pack (Blu-Ray version of the film, DVD version, and DisneyFile Digital Copy (for PC and Mac) when they release a movie in Blu-Ray and DVD, I was eagerly anticipating receiving my copy. What I found inside was well worth the wait and even exceeded my high expectations. It's not too late to get your copy now.

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