In 1979, the film was cut by 20 minutes for theatrical re-release. All but two of the songs are cut here. This version of the film is shown on broadcast and basic cable television
In 1996, to commemorate the film's 25th anniversary, a longer cut was produced. It has 24 minutes of extra scenes cut from the film before release. Among these new scenes are two songs: "With a Flair" and "Nobody's Problems for Me", the songs "Eglantine" and "Portobello Road" were restored to their original lengths, and scenes with Roddy McDowall. It was screened by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on September 27, 1996 and will be released on video in March 1997.
In 1996, in honor of the film's 25th anniversary, the film was restored to a length of 139 minutes, close to the originally intended length (the film had been cut to 117 minutes against the wishes of its makers before its premiere). This version has the following scenes reinstated:- A guardsman (played by Arthur Malet) harasses Captain Greer, and Mrs. Hobday tries to clear things out (leading into the song "The Old Home Guard")- A Home Guard sergeant asking for permission to dismiss the marching parade (immediately after "The Old Home Guard" ends)- Mr. Jelk tells Mrs. Hobday of his plans to buy Miss Price's house.- At dinner time, the children tell Miss Price of how they were orphaned.- Miss Price notes that mango-wurzel jam is available at the dinner table.- Miss Price tells the children that no one has ever seen her workroom before.- As Mr. Jelk brings a letter to Miss Price (the one which informs her that the Emelius Browne Correspondence College of Witchcraft has closed), he tries to get into the house and talk to her, but she politely sends him away.- When Miss Price asks Paul for the bedknob back to get to London, Charlie attempts to extort some money from her.- After "The Age of Not Believing" is sung, Paul tries to get the bed to fly, but Miss Price forgot to tell him to tell the knob where to take them.- When the children find Mr. Browne on the streets of London, they take the bed with them and follow him.- The entire song "With a Flair."- When Miss Price says "we'd be delighted [to join Mr. Browne for luncheon]," Mr. Browne asks if the children belong to her.- At the townhouse where Mr. Browne is staying, Miss Price explains to her what substitutiary locomotion is and why she wants the spell.- The song "Eglantine" is restored to its entirety.- The song "Portobello Road" is restored to its entirety, as its subsequent dance sequence.- Mr. Browne tells Swinburne that the bed once belonged to royalty and is being offered to the Bookman as a present.- Mr. Browne rebuffs the Bookman's offer to
There is one song that is missing that was intended to be in the film, entitled "A Step in the Right Direction." It would have occurred after Miss Price opened her package and found a broomstick. Disney could not locate any film footage of this number, but they found the audio tracks and still photographs of the number. It can be seen as a supplement on the DVD. This version was screened by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on September 27, 1996, and is on the 1997 American laserdisc, current VHS releases throughout Europe, and on the current (30th anniversary) American VHS and DVD.
During the dubbing process for the German version in the early '70s, it was decided to remove all scenes featuring Nazis. This version was also released on DVD and video.
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