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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 / IMDB.com / Wikipedia / Show Article /

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.

From official release/information:

Product Description:
Disney Race to Witch Mountain (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)

Fasten your seatbelts for the thrill ride of your life in Disney's fun family action-adventure -- RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN, starring Dwayne Johnson.

Jack Bruno (Johnson), a Las Vegas cabdriver struggling to stay on the right path, gets an out-of-this-world incentive when two aliens, disguised as teenagers, suddenly appear in his taxi. In a race against government agents, an alien hunter and time itself, Jack must help the children recover their lost spaceship so they can return home and save their planet and ours. Breathtaking chases, close calls and special effects make this an action-adventure the whole family will enjoy.
(Source: http://disneydvd.disney.go.com/race-to-witch-mountain.html)

Cast (Cast overview, first billed only, from IMDB.com):
Dwayne Johnson ... Jack Bruno
AnnaSophia Robb ... Sara
Alexander Ludwig ... Seth
Carla Gugino ... Dr. Alex Friedman
Ciarán Hinds ... Henry Burke
Tom Everett Scott ... Matheson
Chris Marquette ... Pope
Billy Brown ... Carson
Garry Marshall ... Dr. Donald Harlan
Kim Richards ... Tina
Ike Eisenmann ... Sheriff Antony
Tom Woodruff Jr. ... Siphon
Paul Darnell ... Siphon (Stunt Double)
John Duff ... Frank
Bob Koherr ... Marty

Running Time: Approximately 99 minutes

Disc 1:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Disney Blu-ray and Disney DVD - Coming Soon
The Princess and the Frog - Coming to Disney Blu-ray
Hannah Montana The Movie on Disney Blu-ray and Disney DVD
Disney Blu-ray Promo
Promo for DisneyMovieRewards.com

Race to Witch Mountain

Bonus Features:

    Deleted Scenes (23:21)

    Bloopers (3:37)
    CM: Watching this great featurette made me wonder what other funny bloopers didn't make it onto the disc.

    Backstage Disney: Which Mountain? (8:20)
    DisneyFile Digital Copy - Learn How To Take Your Favorite Movies On The Go (1:04)

Sneak Peeks:
Ponyo (1:17) - Anime from the Academy Award Winning Director of Spirited Away and inspired by the Classic Hans Christian Andersen story The Little Mermaid
Earth (2:04) BBC's Planet Earth Disney DVD and Disney Blu-ray is introduced by James Earl Jones
Up (2:24) - Coming Soon to Disney DVD and Disney Blu-ray
Santa Buddies (0:51) - Coming Soon to Disney DVD and Disney Blu-ray
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (1:29) - Coming Soon to Disney DVD and Disney Blu-ray
Disney Parks

Disc 2: Comes With Disney FastPlay
Race to Witch Mountain

Bonus Features:

    Deleted Scenes (23:21) Same as on Blu-ray
    Bloopers (3:37)Same as on Blu-ray
    Dylan & Cole Sprouse: Blu-ray is Suite! (5:56)
    DisneyFile Digital Copy - Learn How To Take Your Favorite Movies On The Go (1:04)

Sneak Peeks:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Disney Blu-ray and Disney DVD - Coming Soon
The Princess and the Frog - Coming to Disney Blu-ray
Hannah Montana The Movie on Disney Blu-ray and Disney DVD
Disney Blu-ray Promo
Promo for DisneyMovieRewards.com
Ponyo
Up
Santa Buddies
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
Disney XD

Disc 3: DisneyFile Digital Copy (for PC and Mac).

(Source: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment)

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