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Hocus Pocus: 25th Anniversary Edition

"It's just a bunch of hocus pocus," but what's wrong with that? Absolutely nothing, I say! A fondly remembered Halloween staple for many viewers who grew up in the 90s, Hocus Pocus actually holds up fairly well. Sure, the kid-targeted tale about three evil witches terrorizing children is a little rough around the edges, but the spooky spirit of the flick is strong, and it remains a decent example of family entertainment that doesn't completely talk down to its audience. The cast is very solid, and while pretty thin, the plot offers a fair assortment of thrills and laughs.

When cocky teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) takes his little sister out trick-or-treating -- she's dressed as a witch, and "for your information, he's a little leaguer!" -- the pair run into Allison (Vinessa Shaw), a classmate that Max has a crush on. Wanting to impress her, he does what any love-struck high-school kid would: accidentally resurrect a trio of three-hundred-year-old witches on Halloween night. Out to drain the city's children of their life force, the three witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) first target Max's sister, Dani (Thora Birch). After momentarily thwarting their spell, the kids all make a run for it and are soon joined by an immortal talking cat. Together they try to escape the witches' pursuit and find a way to stop them once and for all.

The script follows a predictable and thin path that sees the kids deal with various spooky obstacles and magic spells. Though very basic, to the writers' credit, they do a nice job of balancing family-friendly thrills with a silly, kid-centric sense of humor. Also, despite the intended audience, the movie doesn't shy away from some potentially scary content. Why, in the opening scene alone, a little girl is drained of her life force and three witches are hung. Of course, it's all done with a comparatively light tone, but the filmmakers resist the urge to tone down the content too much.

A lot of humor is derived from the witches' fish-out-of-water predicament, and watching the trio grow accustomed to modern life is entertaining. The three sisters have distinct personalities and the actresses appear to have a lot of fun on screen (the way they walk together is quite amusing). Their reactions to the modern world can be pretty funny (even a paved road freaks them out), and their terrified shock at the sight of a little girl dressed up like an angel is priceless. Midler, in particular, seems to relish every second she's on screen, vamping up her presence as Winifred with an appropriately villainous persona. 

The child actors are also pretty good in their roles. Katz is fairly one-note but appropriately confident, and does a decent job of carrying the forward momentum of the story. Vinessa Shaw is also good (though her part is underwritten), and Thora Birch is quite adorable as Max's little sister. Together, their relationship forms the heart of the flick, and the brother/sister dynamic is actually kind of sweet. 

Some of the film's special effects definitely show their age, but a lot of the makeup and even some of the CG work holds up well. I was expecting to be distracted by the talking cat, but for the most part, the feline character remains convincing enough. The witches' resurrection scene is particularly fun with some supernatural effects, and a sequence that involves a zombie pursuing the kids through a graveyard is also full of family-friendly scares and amusing headless stunt work.

As surprisingly well as the movie holds up, there are still some glaring issues with the script. It often feels like there are pieces missing from the plot, and a lot of the developments are very convenient (how did the kids know the witches would meet them at the school?). The characters could have been fleshed out more and the drama feels like it needs an extra beat or set piece here and there. Of course, it's kind of silly to hold a children's film under such scrutiny, but these issues do damper the movie's appeal to adults.

Hocus Pocus has oddly grown in popularity since its release, and remains a Halloween staple on TV every year. It's not exactly a children's movie classic, but I've always been quite fond of the film. Before reviewing this disc, I hadn't seen the movie since I was a kid, and while a lot of the script's shortcomings are much more apparent now, I actually still had some fun with the flick. Fellow viewers who grew up in the 90s might want to check this out for the sheer nostalgia factor, and parents looking for a silly, family-friendly "horror" movie to show their kids should definitely give it a shot.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Disney presents Hocus Pocus: 25th Anniversary Edition as a Blu-ray/Digital combo pack. A BD-50 disc and instructions for a Movies Anywhere digital copy are housed in a keepcase. With that said, the DVD copy featured in the previous release is no longer included. After a language selection screen and some skippable trailers, the disc transitions to a standard menu. The packaging indicates that the release is region A, B, and C compatible. A Best Buy Exclusive SteelBook and a Target Exclusive Edition with a 40-page gallery book are available as well.

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4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HDDisney / Buena Vista | 1993 | 96 min | Rated PG | Sep 15, 2020


Video
Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
HDR: HDR10
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
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Subtitles

English SDH, French, Spanish

English SDH, French, Spanish (less)


Discs
4K Ultra HD
Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD-66, 1 BD-50)

Digital
Digital 4K
Movies Anywhere

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing
Embossed print

Playback
4K Blu-ray: Region free
2K Blu-ray: Region free

Price
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Hocus Pocus 4K

 (1993)

Hocus Pocus 4K Blu-ray offers decent video and great audio in this fan-pleasing Blu-ray release

After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all.


For more about Hocus Pocus 4Kand the Hocus Pocus 4K Blu-ray release, see Hocus Pocus 4K Blu-ray Reviewpublished by Martin Liebman on September 16, 2020 where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5out of 5.

Director: Kenny Ortega
Writers: Mick Garris,Neil Cuthbert,David Kirschner
Starring: Bette Midler,Sarah Jessica Parker,Kathy Najimy,Omri Katz,Thora Birch,Vinessa Shaw
Producer: David Kirschner

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Hocus Pocus 4K Blu-ray Review


Reviewed by Martin Liebman, September 16, 2020

Disney has released Director Kenny Ortega's fan-favorite 1993 film 'Hocus Pocus' to the UHD format. New specifications include 2160p/HDR video output. This release recycles the existing DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack included on previous Blu-ray editions. No extras appear on the UHD disc, but the bundled Blu-ray is the same Disney released in 2018 in celebration of the film's 25th anniversary which added a couple of extras; the original release from 2012 was featureless.




For a full film review, please see Brian Orndorf's writing accompanying the 2012 Blu-ray release here.


Hocus Pocus 4K Blu-ray, Video Quality 4K

  4.0 of 5 

1080p

  3.0 of 5

The included screenshots are sourced from a 1080p Blu-ray disc.

How much one will enjoy Disney's 2160p/HDR UHD release of Hocus Pocusdepends a great deal on one's tolerance for HDR picture darkening. This one's dark, radically so next to the Blu-ray and obvious even in isolation, though it is at least complimentary of the film's setting and tone. But the picture frequently looks borderline transformed when comparing it to the 1080p SDR presentation. The opening flyover takes on an entirely different color temperature, like the scene is now taking place at a different time of day on the UHD. It's much darker overall, looking more like it was filmed an hour back when the sun was still rising, where on the Blu-ray it looks like it's already well risen. Look at a classroom scene in the 12-minute mark. It's like the lights are off in the classroom on UHD, the room lit only by the daylight flowing through the window at the front of the room, while the light appear to be turned on on the Blu-ray. The daytime exterior to follow is quite a bit more forgiving (though still considerably darker than the Blu-ray), bolstered by bountiful fall colors that leap off the screen with gorgeous color perfection. The HDR grading is a boon for the natural vegetation and the assortment of bright Halloween tones seen throughout the film, as are some of the more colorful magic spells that, as visual effects, lack that effortless punch and contrast those aforementioned tones enjoy but still dazzle more on UHD than they do on Blu-ray. At the very least, blacks are far deeper here than they appear on the Blu-ray. That's vital for a movie such as this where shadow and low light prevail to begin with, and even through the lower light the grading only enhances the experience. One the whole, HDR is a net plus for the movie; it could have just been a little more forgiving in its total light output.

Texturally, the 2160p resolution brings out a sharper, more refined image next to the Blu-ray. Details are more crisp, faces more revealing, clothes and costumes more capably clear and firm. Environments come alive with added complexity (even if some are rendered harder to see under the darkened HDR color spectrum), ranging from old Salem roughness to new Salem smoothness and efficiency seen in homes and classrooms. Grain is retained and presents with a fine, subtle, complimentary finesse. The picture appears to be absent any serious encode issues and there are no source warts worth noting. This is a good, stout image overall and a solid upgrade from the Blu-ray in all areas of concern. A strong case could be made to grade the image at a 4.5, but next to other UHDs on the market a solid 4.0 seems more appropriate. Either way it's a very nice effort all around.


Hocus Pocus 4K Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Rather than remix to Dolby Atmos or DTS:X, Disney has simply repurposed the existing, and perfectly capable, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack. For a full audio review, please click here.


Hocus Pocus 4K Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation

  3.5 of 5

Hocus Pocus' UHD delivers a quality viewing experience. The resolution and the HDR grading bring out the best the movie has to offer; it's just a question of how dark an experience one can tolerate. The carryover audio is fine but it's disappointing that Disney couldn't have found a few more extras to sweeten the pot. Fans will find this to be a very worthwhile upgrade, even if it's just limited to picture quality. Recommended, and collectors can look out for the SteelBook packaging variant.

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25th Anniversary Edition / Blu-ray + Digital HDDisney / Buena Vista | 1993 | 96 min | Rated PG | Sep 04, 2018


Hocus Pocus

 (1993)

Hocus Pocus Blu-ray offers decent video and great audio in this fan-pleasing Blu-ray release

After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all.


For more about Hocus Pocusand the Hocus Pocus Blu-ray release, see Hocus Pocus Blu-ray Reviewpublished by Martin Liebman on September 12, 2018 where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0out of 5.

Director: Kenny Ortega
Writers: Mick Garris,Neil Cuthbert,David Kirschner
Starring: Bette Midler,Sarah Jessica Parker,Kathy Najimy,Omri Katz,Thora Birch,Vinessa Shaw
Producer: David Kirschner

» See full cast & crew


Hocus Pocus Blu-ray Review


Reviewed by Martin Liebman, September 12, 2018

Disney has re-released the fan favorite 'Hocus Pocus' to Blu-ray in a new 'Anniversary Edition' that replaces the original 2012 release. While this new disc carries over the same video and audio presentations, it does add new supplements: a multifaceted picture-in-picture track and a vintage featurette. The add of a new digital copy code is also reason to consider a buy.




For a full film review, please click here.


Hocus Pocus Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

For a full video review, please click here.

Because the 1080p transfer is identical to the 2012 release, for the sake of something different screenshots for this edition are presented with the We ❤️ 'Hocus Pocus:' Trivia and Treats EditionPiP functionality activated.


Hocus Pocus Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation

  3.0 of 5

Hocus Pocusis a decently fun little movie that has made a return to Blu-ray with plenty of fanfare in the way of numerous store exclusive options, including a very cool Best Buy exclusive SteelBook. On-disc, Disney hasn't jazzed the presentation up all that much, adding a couple of new extras but doing nothing with the video and audio. A 4K remaster and UHD release would have been most welcome. This, or any, of the store exclusive releases (the SteelBook, the Target exclusive, the FYE exclusive, and the Disney Movie Club exclusive) are for hardcore fans of the film only.

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