Got an early copy of the new special edition of Chitty. Finally we have a lovely anamorphic transfer (2.20) with gorgeous sound and color, complete with overture, intermission and exit music. It's a beautiful package, with a very large full color booklet, 2 discs - the first has the movie (widescreen on one side, pan and scan on the other), and a handful of extras. The second disc has a "looking back" documentary with Dick Van Dyke that is totally inept. It's basically twenty-five minutes of Van Dyke remembering a few things, one-liners, intersperced with clip after clip after clip from the film. It carries a copyright date of this year so I'm assuming it's new, but I do wish they'd gone the extra mile and gotten the kids and whoever else might be around, including the Sherman Brothers. The clips in the doc are fascinating - they're the wrong ratio (2:35) and the color is brown and awful. I can't remember if that's the way the laserdisc looked, but it shows you just how amazing the new transfer is. There are several little featurettes made at the time of the film, a sing-a-long, promo materials, etc. For those who think they're getting the best of both worlds by having the pan and scan, be warned - it's not taken from the new transfer; it's the same brown ugly crap that was used in the clips from the documentary. Oh, well. The film is the film. Like Scrooge, it wasn't all that successful or well-thought of on its initial release, but it's grown in popularity ever since and is now considered a classic of sorts. It does look like a children's James Bond film, given Ken Adam and Gert Frobe. Anyway, it looks great and I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with the transfer.