The Love Bug (DVD)
For the first time ever you can enjoy this timeless classic in a Special Edition DVD. Fully restored to look and sound as it was originally intended, it also features hours of exclusive bonus materials your entire family will enjoy again and again. He’s the star who provides the most laughs per gallon. He’s Herbie, the lovable car with a mind of his own. Dean Jones, Michele Lee, and Buddy Hackett join Herbie in this revved-up comedy classic. Jones plays down-on-his-luck race car driver Jim Douglas, who reluctantly teams up with the little machine. Douglas thinks his sudden winning streak is due to his skill, not Herbie’s. He finally realizes the car’s worth when a sneaky rival plots to steal Herbie for himself. But it’s Herbie who’ll steal your heart in this wildly fun roller-coaster ride of a movie you’ll never forget!
In 1995 I had the opportunity to meet Dean Jones and watch several of his movies during a benefit fundraiser for The Dove Foundation. Among these movies was “The Love Bug,” and I loved it. I saw it on the big screen, and it was beautiful.
Some years passed, and when I had another opportunity to view the movie, this time on DVD with many excellent special features, I jumped at the opportunity. The movie itself was digitally mastered perfectly, and it was as fun to watch as it had ever been. When the movie was over, I turned to the extra DVD full of special features, and I was blown away. From new footage combined with old, describing the techniques of Jimmy McDonald, who gave the movies all of their sound effects, to rare and original footage of Dean Jones taking you through the production of the movie and hosting Love Bug Day at DisneyLand.
This newly re-mastered DVD treat was fun for me to watch, and I was impressed with the way everything was put together. It is a must see for kids, and for anyone who has ever seen “The Love Bug” before. Some of the great special features include: The Many Lives of Herbie; The Man Who Gave Herbie His Voice; Deleted Scenes; Audio Commentary with Dean Jones, Michele Lee and Buddy Hackett.