Category Archives: DVD

Thursday, September 13, 2018

We Reveal 7 Secrets from Cult Favorite Hocus Pocus for its 25th Anniversary

Surf And Sunshine
We Reveal 7 Secrets from Cult Favorite Hocus Pocus for its 25th Anniversary
SEPTEMBER 10, 2018

7 Secrets from Cult Favorite Hocus Pocus for its 25th Anniversary

Ready for a serious flashback? Hocus Pocus is 25 years old.

That means it’s been a quarter century since the coven of evil witches played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy were accidentally set free to wreak havoc on Salem, Mass. And it’s been 25 years since a cult favorite was born.

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For many of us, October means grabbing a pumpkin spice latte, loading up on candy corn, hitting the DVR and lining up every single showing of Hocus Pocus so we can just keep watching over and over and over again. It’s become Halloween tradition in many a household thanks to Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween. But just maybe there’s a better way? Read More

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

25 Things We Learned from the ‘Hocus Pocus’ 25th Anniversary Blu-ray

25 Things We Learned from the ‘Hocus Pocus’ 25th Anniversary Blu-ray

25 Things We Learned from the ‘Hocus Pocus’ 25th Anniversary Blu-ray

Hocus Pocus, one of the campiest cult classics ever to be cooked up in a cinematic cauldron, delighted audiences 25 years ago. And as the new anniversary Blu-ray proves, the movie has never lost its magical touch. The story centers on the witchy Sanderson Sisters played uniquely and expertly well by Bette MidlerSarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, who haunt Salem, Massachusetts upon awakening from their 300-year slumber. The only ones who can stop them are, ironically, the ones who woke them up in the first place: teenagers Max (Omri Katz) and Allison (Vinessa Shaw) and Max’s younger sister, Dani (Thora Birch), assisted by a cursed, immortal, talking cat, and a resurrected zombie (Doug Jones). There’s a reason that Freeform plays this flick a bunch of times during their annual 31 Nights of Halloween fest, but now you can pick up a tricked-out copy of your own. Read More

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Blu-Ray Review: “Hocus Pocus” Anniversary Edition

Laughing Place
Blu-Ray Review: “Hocus Pocus” Anniversary Edition
by Alex Reif | Aug 31, 2018

Hocus Pocus Painting, Bette Midler

It’s been 325 years since the Sanderson Sisters were hanged by the Salem townsfolk. That means it’s been 25 years since the witches came back to life in 1993 to terrorize Max, Dani, and Allison on All Hallows Eve. In celebration, Disney is re-releasing Hocus Pocus in a brand-new Anniversary Edition with bonus features for the first time ever on September 2nd!

Winifred (Bette Midler), Mary (Kathy Najimy), and Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker) Sanderson are back for one night of frightful fun in this highly quotable comedy. When teenage Max lights the Black Flame Candle to impress a girl he has a crush on, he accidentally brings three of Salem’s most terrifying witches back to life. Along with a talking cat named Binx, these kids will spend their Halloween trying to stop the witches from sucking the lives of children before sunrise if they want to send these “Hags” back to hell where they belong. Read More

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Friday, August 3, 2018

25th Anniversary ‘Hocus Pocus’ Blu-ray Coming in September With Best Buy Exclusive Steelbook

Bloody Disgusting
25th Anniversary ‘Hocus Pocus’ Blu-ray Coming in September With Best Buy Exclusive Steelbook
Published 53 mins ago on August 3, 2018 By John Squires

Bette Midler, Book, DVD, Blu-Ray, Anniversary

This year marks 25 years of Halloween classic Hocus Pocus, and there’s a lot to be excited about if you’re a fan of the film. Not only is Spirit Halloween going to be carrying an exclusive wave of Sanderson Sisters POP! vinyl toys, but an official sequel book was just released and a 25th anniversary extravaganza is coming to Freeform in October. Read More

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Shout! Factory Releasing ‘Freak Show’ on DVD June 5

Media Play News
Shout! Factory Releasing ‘Freak Show’ on Disc June 5
May 7, 2018

Freak Show, DVD

Shout! Factory and IFC Films will release the coming-of-age drama Freak Show on Blu-ray and DVD June 5. The directorial debut of actress and producer Trudie Styler, Freak Show stars Alex Lawther, Bette Midler, Larry Pine, Abigail Breslin, Laverne Cox and AnnaSophia Robb.

Lawther plays Billy Bloom, a gender-bending teenager who feels like a fish out of water at a conservative high school.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Review: The Rose

The Examiner
‘The Rose‘ is very good
April 5, 2016


The theatrical world is anxiously awaiting the revival of the classic musical “Hello Dolly,” starring now 70 year-old Bette Midler in the role made famous by Carol Channing. Dolly is a diva, but Midler she got her film start by playing a very different kind of diva than Dolly Levi. Her first character of note, “The Rose,” was a self-destructive but extraordinarily talented rock and roller.

“The Rose” is loosely based on the life of the hard rock heroine Janis Joplin. Bette Midler plays Mary Rose Foster, a Southern girl who escapes to the city to pursue her musical career. With a distinctive voice and blues attitude, she shoots to the top of the record charts. But she comes to love drugs and alcohol more than her music. Basically insecure about her social and love lives, she does a lousy job of picking friends and lovers. Her manager is Rudge Campbell (played by Alan Bates), who is greedy. On the rebound from a failed affair with a fellow musician, Rose has a relationship with a limo driver, Houston Dyer (played by Frederic Forrest). She is very excited about going back to her hometown in Florida as star. As the story progresses, Rose becomes more and more exhausted and gets increasingly closer to a breakdown. Read More

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Thursday, May 28, 2015


By Raymond Benson
May 28, 2015


Mark Rydell’s 1979 rock ‘n’ roll drama, The Rose, made Bette Midler a star. While she had already done theatre, some television, and live musical acts, as well as uncredited or tiny bits in some films, Midler broke through to the mainstream with this picture and earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination. There were many who felt that Midler should have won the statue (Sally Field snagged the award for Norma Rae). The point is arguable, for Midler indeed displayed top-notch acting chops as well as singing prowess. She also proved she could rock out. Read More

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Hocus Pocus: Blu-Ray Review

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Hocus Pocus Blu-ray Review
Reviewed by: Kristy Sturdivant

Now that the studios are releasing all of their catalog titles onto Blu-ray I’ve been able to watch films that I haven’t seen in years, one of which was HOCUS POCUS. Growing up my family was never that into Halloween and horror movies were a genre that never entered our home, so HOCUS POCUS was about as “in the Halloween spirit” that we ever got. I fully expected to be disappointed when re-watching this film, but was surprised that I enjoyed it just as much today as I did almost 20 years ago. Read More

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Reminder: Hocus Pocus On Blu-Ray Out September 4, 2012

Mister D: No, there are no extras like another Bette site has reported. The photo they have up is as fake as…oh well, you get the picture….

Chip And Company
Hocus Pocus Casts a Spell for the First Time Ever on Blu-ray
September 4, 2012

Can you feel it? Autumn is just around the corner! I don’t know about you but for me, the start of autumn conjures up images of round red apples, streets littered with fall leaves, jack-o-lanterns galore, and of course Halloween! What better way to get into the autumn mood than to “fall” in love with a beloved Halloween favorite? This movie is sure to put a spell on you. Keep your caldron bubbling for its release on September 4th. It will be a magically good time! Read More

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Today In History: Hocus Pocus ~ Release Date 7/16/1993

Plot Summary

You’re in for a devil of a time when three outlandishly wild witches — Bette Midler (BEACHES, BIG BUSINESS), Sarah Jessica Parker (HONEYMOON IN VEGAS), and Kathy Najimy (SISTER ACT) — return from 17th-century Salem after they’re accidentally conjured up by some unsuspecting pranksters!

t’s a night full of zany fun and comic chaos once the tricky 300-year-old trio sets out to cast a spell on the town and reclaim their youth — but first they must get their act together and outwit three kids and a talking cat! Loaded with bewitching laughs, HOCUS POCUS is an outrageously wild comedy that’s sure to entertain everyone! Read More

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