REVIEW: Disney’s cult Halloween classic “Hocus Pocus” gets spooktacular 25th Anniversary Blu-ray release

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Hide your children, put on your best Halloween costume, and get ready to get spooky with the Sanderson Sisters once again, as Disney is about to reissue the cult classic family film “Hocus Pocus” on a new 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray disc. The movie’s stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy have never looked better (or more wicked) than in this collector’s release, which is a must-have for any fan of the frightfully fun holiday tradition.

The movie is presented is impressive-quality 1080p High Definition Widescreen (though the 35mm film jitter and grain is still visible on this transfer– a holdover from the pre-HD video days), preserving the movie’s original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1.

Bonus features include the thoroughly entertaining and all-new “We Heart Hocus Pocus: Trivia And Treats Edition,” which isn’t quite an audio commentary, but instead includes a feature-length running inside look with pop-up interview clips, informative text, and fun surprises throughout the film.

TRAILERS

  • Tobacco-Free CA (0:32)

FEATURE

  • Play (1:36:08)

BONUS FEATURES

  • We Heart Hocus Pocus: Trivia And Treats Edition (1:36:06) – Play the movie with fun facts, trivia, concept art, storyboards, behind-the-scenes magic, and more!
  • Original Production Featurette (4:38)
  • Info (0:08)

SCENE SELECTION

1 – Opening Titles / Life Force Spell
2 – The Legend of Thackery Binx
3 – New Kid In Town
4 – Trick Or Treat
5 – Black Flame Candle
6 – Return Of The Sanderson Sisters
7 – Hallowed Ground
8 – Bus Ride Into Town
9 – The Master’s House
10 – Town Hall Party
11 – Witch Burning
12 – Ugly Chicks Stay Up Late
13 – Opening The Book
14 – Come, Little Children
15 – Winifred’s Potion
16 – The Spell Is Broken / End Credits

SET UP

Languages:

  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Français 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Español 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:

  • None
  • English For The Hearing Impaired
  • Français
  • Español

This Blu-ray release is definitely worth owning if you’re a fan of “Hocus Pocus,” as it is the first to actually include any bonus features whatsoever, and the “We Heart Hocus Pocus” version of the movie is just a tremendous amount of fun to watch and contains plenty of entertaining tidbits that will enlighten and delight even the most hardcore “Hocus Pocus”-head. But if you’ve already got a previous edition of the “Hocus Pocus” Blu-ray at home and don’t particularly care about bonus features, you may not need to upgrade, as this edition contains the same transfer as seen before.

Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” Anniversary Edition will be available on Blu-ray, Digital HD, Movies Anywhere this Sunday, September 2.

WATCH “HOCUS POCUS” 25TH ANNIVERSARY PANEL AT MIDSUMMER SCREAM 2018:

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