Race To Witch Mountain (Blu-ray)

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SVD1214: Features: -Blu-Ray.-Genre: Family.-Screen Format: WS.-Rating: PG. Includes: -3 DVDs included.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 211110711
UPC 786936787252
UPC 14 00786936787252
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 9/14/2014
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Family (General)
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Former professional wrestler Dwayne Johnson (aka "The Rock") makes family-friendly fare with director Andy Fickman?s (THE GAME PLAN) sci-fi adventure, RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN. Johnson plays Jack Bruno, a surly former felon who is trying to stay out of trouble by driving a cab in Las Vegas and who embarks upon the adventure of a lifetime when two teens appear in his taxi and need a ride to (seemingly) the middle of nowhere. He quickly realizes that the mysterious siblings, Sara (AnnaSophia Robb) and Seth (Alexander Ludwig), are far from average--especially when they are pursued by a villain wearing a high-tech suit of armor. With the help of Dr. Alex Friedman (Carla Gugino), the trio travels to Witch Mountain, a secret government outpost in the Nevada desert, with the hopes of evading their pursuers and sending Sara and Seth home--and saving Earth in the process.^This latest installment in the Witch Mountain series comes more than 30 years after the release of the first two films, ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN and RETURN FROM WITCH MOUNTAIN. Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann, who played siblings Tia and Tony in the original films, appear in small but pivotal roles as a waitress and a sheriff. Johnson makes Bruno likable, even though the character barely likes himself. Robb and Ludwig are well cast as the earnest siblings who hold the fate of the world in their hands. Chase scenes abound and special effects that highlight the teens? special powers are prevalent, but the film remains kid-friendly. Cheech Marin and Garry Marshall make brief cameo appearances.
Chicago Sun-Times "What Johnson does here is provide a credible tough guy action hero in a non-threatening mode. He rules over chases, fights, explosions and an Ooze monster, yet never seems nasty, so the kids can feel safe around him." 03/11/2009
Hollywood Reporter "It plays, in fact, like a sci-fi action adventure that genre fans of all ages will recognize as such....More importantly, it's entertaining with a crafty mixture of action, humor and drama." 03/11/2009
Los Angeles Times "Robb is exceptional as Sara, delivering the stilted alien-speak lines as if she's been talking that way her entire life. And the chemistry between Robb and Johnson is just short of terrific -- you know Jack would protect Sara with his life and not because he has to." 03/13/2009
Washington Post "Johnson is one of showbiz's most engaging leading men....[He] is a sly delight in RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN..." 03/13/2009
Variety "[A] full-throttle crowd-pleaser....RACE justifies its title by coming off as much more of a high-velocity action-adventure than its predecessors." 03/11/2009
Andy Fickman
Alexander Ludwig
Carla Gugino
AnnaSophia Robb
Cast & Crew
The Rock - Star
Ciaran Hinds - Star
Tom Everett Scott - Star
Alexander Ludwig - Star
Carla Gugino - Star
Chris Marquette - Star
AnnaSophia Robb - Star
Garry Marshall - Star
Cheech Marin - Star
Greg Gardiner - Director of Photography
Ann Marie Sanderlin - Executive Producer
Andy Fickman - Screenwriter
Andrew Gunn - Producer
Mario Iscovich - Executive Producer
Mark Bomback - Screenwriter
Trevor Rabin - Composer
Matt Lopez - Screenwriter
Andy Fickman - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2009
Catalog ID 10068400
UPC 00786936787252
Number of Discs 3
Running Time 99 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Race to Witch Mountain is the latest Disney "made for kids only" effort. It takes all the usual Disney hooks - cute children, a likeable protagonist, lame action and lamer jokes, some special effects, poker-faced bad guys, and an animal - and throws them into a story that makes no sense whatsoever. So, while children will be entertained by the flashy eye candy and pointless running around, adults will be obsessed with determining how such a nonsensical script could get made into a movie without at least a little more polishing. One supposes Disney is hoping to cash in on the inevitable nostalgia factor associated with the name "Witch Mountain." But, although this is technically a remake of the 1975 feature, Escape to Witch Mountain (which was subsequently re-done in 1995 as a made-for-TV production), it's mostly a different movie. While a few of the basic building blocks for the story remain, that's where similarities between Race and Escape end...The movie has not been made for post-pubescent viewers in mind. With productions like this, it's possible for children to get caught up in the moment without really caring why something is happening...For those who care about such things, the twins from the 1975 Escape to Witch Mountain (Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann) have small parts. He's the small town sheriff who faces off against Ciaran Hinds' agents and she's the blonde waitress who aids the new kids escape. If nothing else, their presence shows a little reverence for the past. Of course, it would have been more reverential if Disney had let Witch Mountain lie buried. This is not a story that cries out to be remade every 15-20 years. And, while the special effects and acting are getting better, the story isn't. Too bad this won't be the last time I'll say this for a Disney motion picture. No one is as adept as the Magic Kingdom when it comes to recycling. But the green they're looking for has nothing to do with conservation.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Before the sneak preview of "Race to Witch Mountain," they had a little quiz show and gave away T-shirts. One question: "Who plays Jack Bruno"? Half the audience roared, "The Rock"! Not one lonely vote for Dwayne Johnson. The other famous movie "Rock" was born Roy Harold Scherer Jr. It's a name that stays in the mind...I think Dwayne Johnson has a likable screen presence and is a good choice for an innocuous family entertainment like this, and also he once sent me some Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Brickle. I would have mailed it back because film critics are not supposed to accept gifts from movie stars, but I accidentally ate it first. What Johnson does here is provide a credible tough guy action hero in a non-threatening mode. He rules over chases, fights, explosions and an Ooze Monster, yet never seems nasty, so the kids can feel safe around him...Young audiences will like the kids in the movie, played by AnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig. And in using kids as the co-stars, the movie has its cake and eats, too, because Sara and Seth may look like they're 15 or 16, but actually, you see, they're aliens whose flying saucer crash-landed and is being held at a secret government UFO facility inside Witch Mountain -- so secret, the mountain is not shown on Google Maps. I suspected right away it was a mountain made for this movie, because it is shaped like a sawed-off version of the mashed potato sculpture that Richard Dreyfuss kept sculpting in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" -- the one that resembled, you remember, the outcrop where the flying saucer landed...Further details I will leave for your discovery. Since Seth and Sara only appropriated the bodies of human teenagers, I was left with a couple of questions. (1) Did they displace real teenagers or only clone themselves? (2) They're cute, but what do they actually look like as aliens? Not quivering gobs of mucilaginous viscidity, I trust.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Digital Audio, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, French, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled, English
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Joe Leydon, Variety Strikes a deft balance of chase-movie suspense and wisecracking humor, with a few slam-bang action setpieces...
Keith Cohen, Entertainment Spectrum ...has heart, humor and a touch of magic.
Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter ...entertaining with a crafty mixture of action, humor and drama.
Perry Seibert, TV Guide ...a finely crafted reboot of a franchise that was ripe for an updating.
Steve Oldfield, FOX-TV A hit for the whole family.

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