MGM Home Entertainment has officially announced and detailed the 1968 family classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for Blu-ray release on November 2, in a BD/DVD combo edition (a DVD/BD combo in DVD packaging will also be available separately). This "all-new remastered" edition will be presented in a 7.1 DTS HD Master Audio soundtrack.
Special features include:
Toot Sweet Symphony melody maker Ė the Toot Sweet Toots Musical Maestro (new)
Chitty's Bang Bang Driving Game (new)
Remembering Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with Dick Van Dyke
Featurette: A Fantasmagorical Motorcar
Sherman Brothers' rare demos of the film's most popular songs
The Ditchling Tinkerer
Dick Van Dyke Press Interview
The Potts Children
Vintage Advertising Gallery including English and French versions of the theatrical trailer and several television spots
Mu understanding is that it was a brand new master. Supposedly it's been running on a cable channel lately in HD and looks amazing, while HDnet movies has had it on but was using the prior transfer, which doesn't look nearly as good. Can't wait for this title.
Has anyone seen this on Cinemax recently? The picture quality is incredible a HUGE improvement over the DVD and the soundtrack has been remastered and now is much better-in the opening credits, the cars do not drown out the overture anymore....but that's on Cinemax with compressed picture and sound (plus they converted it to 1:85:1)......I can imagine it on Blu:-) .Fantastic!
,The same day as The Sound of Music! Now this is the type of release day I have longed for with Blu-ray! 2 Great classic musicals. 7.1 sound? Interesting. I will have both of these on release day!!! I grew up with both of these films! Now maybe MGM will do Fiddler on the Roof too:-).
Could the toot sweets melody maker be an isolated score? I would bet against it since the UA library of original stems is largely destroyed.
I would have preferred the original poster art to what they are using.
I saw this on HDNet Movies where they retained the full image, and aside from rear projection SFX shots which looked naturally fuzzy and imperfect, the rest of the image looked smashing. Now... uh for the movie itself, I like a lot of musicals, but this one, didn't impress me, and seeing it on HDNet was my first time. I'll give the film another look see, through a rental since I am very curious in hearing the remixed stereo surround mix. (can't do 7.1, but at least it will down fold to 6.1 on my home theatre system)