Working their magic Tamera and Tia Mowry (left to right) discover they’re twins and their powers increase when they work with one another. Although some compare “Twitches” to “Harry Potter”, the Critical Couch Potato disagrees, saying “‘Twitches’ keeps the tone light and plays it safe.” “Twitches” is available on DVD Sept. 5.

Disney released the Disney Channel Original Movie “Twitches” to DVD last Tuesday. This is definitely one of the to-watch movies, another Disney keeper.

“Twitches” is billed as a movie “in the spirit of Harry Potter.” It’s not, in my opinion. It’s much less threatening, much more for the youth set.

Yes, it’s about magic. Yes it’s about the fight between good and evil. Yes it’s about regular earth people not realizing persons possessing magical ability are in their midst.

“Harry Potter”, however, grows ever darker while “Twitches” — which, by the way, stands for twins-separated-at-birth-witches, is much lighter. It’s perfect for the younger set. Yes, it’s predictable, and the story is nothing new, but it has a sweetness at its core.

“Twitches” is a cute story that’s perfectly Disney in every way. It’s a light romp about sisters and magic with an obvious villain at its core. Despite the age of the protagonists, very young teenage girls will love this movie. Since that’s the intended audience, this made-for-television release does just what it’s supposed to.

“Twitches” keeps the tone light and plays it safe. While the characters do have some depth, the story quickly settles down into a fairy-tale land atmosphere. The viewer is never worried the characters are in any real danger.

Viewers know from the beginning that this story will have a happy ending.

While the villain of the piece may be obvious from the start, he doesn’t present much of an obstacle for our two heroines. Unfortunately, that villain comes across as weak, and we’re not sure why the twins’ birth mother and Coventry Queen, Miranda, would be taken in by him.

“Twitches” is a great movie to watch as a family if you have little ones as well as in-between-agers. “Twitches” has an interesting plot and teaches life lessons with an easy hand. (Don’t be afraid of change is one of the lessons)

On the down side, the magic isn’t very magical, and the special effects are not all that special.

This movie lacked the depth of the book series, according to several critics and if you’ve read the books, you’ll probably be disappointed.

I hadn’t read the books so I came to the series expecting a typical Disney comedy for tweens, and that’s what I got.

As a bonus, if you don’t like the original ending, there is an alternate — happy — ending. The disk comes with a making of featurette and a crystal ball game that the younger crowd will probably like.

Cast: Tia Mowry, Tamera Mowry, Patrick Fabian, Jennifer Robertson, Pat Kelly, Jessica Greco, Jackie Rosenbaum, Arnold Pinnock, Karen Holness, Jessica Feliz, David Ingram, Kathryn Haggis, Albert Howell and Natalie Krill

Twitches Bewitched Edition

Rating (*** 1/2 out of *****)

All-new to Disney DVD, experience a captivating journey with the Bewitched Edition of the hit Disney Channel Original Movie, “Twitches”.

Based on the best-selling book series, Tia and Tamera Mowry (TV’s “Sister, Sister”) star as young “twin witches”. Filled with spellbinding twists and turns, the sisters embark on an enchanted adventure the whole family will love.

Experience the magic of the hit Disney Channel Original Movie, “Twitches Betwitched Edition,” all-new to Disney DVD from Walt Disney Home Entertainment.

Real-life twins Tia and Tamera Mowry play witches Alex and Camryn, who were separated at birth and re-united on their 21st birthday (which is also Halloween). Although very different, the twins join together and use their newfound magical powers to fight the evil force of the Darkness and save Coventry – the magical world where they were born. Filled with spellbinding twists and turns, “Twitches” is an enchanted adventure the whole family will love. The “Twitches Betwitched Edition” arrived to Disney DVD Sept. 5.

The “Betwitched Edition” takes the movie to another dimension with an exclusive, never-before-seen alternate ending. The movie-magic of “Twitches” is revealed in a special behind-the-scenes featurette; and a mystical crystal ball reads minds in the fun, user-friendly crystal ball game.

“Twitches” is the second highest rated Disney Channel Original Movie premiere in the past four years. It was topped only by Disney’s singing and dancing phenomenon “High School Musical.”

Running time: 86 minutes

Rating: TV—PG

Special DVD features

Alternate Ending

Featurette: The magic of Coventry — Behind The Scenes

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