The Witches (1990) (Blu-ray Review)

The Witches (1990) (Blu-ray Review)

The Witches (1990) (Blu-ray Review)

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The Witches (1990) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Nicolas Roeg
Starring: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Bill Paterson
Rated: PG-13/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Warner Archive Collection

From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Wizard of Oz, many classic tales through the centuries wouldn’t be half as exciting without the devious doings of a witch. Now add another to the venerable tradition of stories that deliver family fun every witch way, a collaboration combining the effects wizardry of executive producer Jim Henson and the imagination of Willy Wonka creator Roald Dahl. Academy Award® winner* Anjelica Huston won the Los Angeles and National Society of Film Critics Best Actress awards for her marvelous work as the Grand High Witch in this enchanting fable directed by Nicolas Roeg. Jasen Fisher plays Luke, the 9-year-old boy who must foil the plans of a society of witches to turn the world’s children into mice. It won’t be easy: They’ve already transformed him into one! But some big, bad witches may be no match for the resourcefulness of a single tiny rodent.

The Witches is one of those movies you watch over and over when you are a kid. Now, I have to admit looking back at it now it might not hold up as well as before, but it’s still cool. The story starts with a little boy being told all about witches at the start. Pretty soon we are dived headfirst into the part of the film where he’s going against witches to ensure kids and himself aren’t turned into rats. It’s a cool little plot that is kid-friendly and really hits the more adult viewers now with all the cool Jim Henson helped effects and characters. Helped by a cast of really great actors, one of which being the great Anjelica Huston, the movie rolls along with a very harmless environment but I will admit that things that hit with the story back in the day aren’t as hard-hitting now when you watch it, but I didn’t expect it to really.

But the effects and characters are still pretty cool and awesome. When I look into the long list of movies that Jim Henson has had his hand in, this one isn’t the best you’ll find in that list. But the movie does do things well in spots and it does have a plot that I find interesting enough, even if I’m not as into the whole witch and turning kids into rats thing that I once was when I’d rent this movie as a child. I do, however, think the Blu-ray is a nice release and does look really good here in HD. So, while you also can’t say it is packed with extras, which sucks, at least we still have this movie in HD on a Blu-ray disc and that isn’t a bad thing at all. The movie has some good performances and that mixed with the effects are cool to see, but the movie just can’t hook me in like it once did.


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Quality of Transfer: 94%

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