Summary: It's been surprising to watch "Hocus Pocus" develop a cult following since its release in 1993, amassing a passionate group of fans raised on VHS rentals and routine basic cable showings. It's a declaration of love that certainly wasn't there during its initial theatrical run, where the sharp minds at Disney released an exhaustively Halloween-centric story in mid-July, and then seemed surprised when the picture bombed.
Conclusion: 'Hocus Pocus' isn't exactly a family film classic, but it offers a fair amount of kid friendly thrills and laughs. The plot is very basic and thin, but Midler, Parker, and Najimy are memorable in their roles, and the child actors are very solid as well. The video transfer is underwhelming but authentic, and the audio mix is decent but not terribly immersive. With no supplements, this is a release that will only appeal to huge fans.
Conclusion: Hocus Pocus on Blu-ray wasn’t the movie I remembered, nor was it the good kind of silly I expected. Maybe too many years have passed since I first saw it and y tastes have changed. I was equally disappointed to see a complete lack of special features. With movies like this I would hope to see a present day interview with the cast to see how people like Sarah Jessica Parker feel about their role now and whether or not they look back fondly on the experience.