Always on the lookout for great movies at bargain prices - I picked up the Disney classic The Adventures of Ichabod And Mr. Toad at a flea market today for the ridiculously low price of $3. That's a price even a penny-pincher like Ichabod Crane can't refuse - and is worth every one of those pennies simply for the Halloween sequence alone - a remarkable piece of animation that lives up to Uncle Walt's high standards. The Headless Horseman's introduction is truly a magical moment and one every lover of Halloween should own, ranking right up there with Disney masterpieces like Snow White and Fantasia in terms of artistic quality.
I remember watching a Disney special on TV when I was a kid that featured the Sleepy Hallow segment (I don't recall ever seeing the Mr. Toad part before for some reason) and being completely enthralled - and just a wee bit terrified - of the Headless Horseman. My six year old daughter just watched it and came running up the steps when it was done, saying: "It was awesome!"
Not to be outdone, I also picked up Sky Captain & The World of Tomorrow at a garage sale yesterday for the rock bottom price of 75 cents! While not the instant classic of Ichabod & Mr. Toad, it still looks like a decent enough film that I should be able to get three quarter's worth of entertainment out of.