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The last movie I watched was Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971), on VHS. My fiancee has lots of old movies, mostly Disney and Buena Vista titles, on VHS, and her daughter's friend had never seen this movie ... until last night. However, I think now I should have stuck it out for Netflix to send it to me on Blu-ray; the VHS image was jumpy, one of the artifacts from it being a frequently-viewed tape, and it might have been better if viewed in the original aspect ratio.
Just before that, we watched Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) on DVD, part of the MGM Classic Musicals collection, and it included the whole opening title sequence showing the many victories of the car and the crash and burn (yes, as in fire destroying the engine and burning off the paint from the hood) when the driver avoided hitting a little girl and dog in the street, something my fiancee told me didn't appear on her VHS copy. (My speculation was that the long opening title sequence probably had to be compressed down to fit the 2 hour 24 min movie on a typical 2-hour VHS cassette.) Some scenes did come out nicely and I was able to point out how the 2.39:1 aspect ratio we were watching showed the whole town square where Professor Potts (Dick Van Dyke) and family landed when they came to rescue his father. (I have become an "Original Aspect Ratio" fan; some movies are just best viewed in their OAR, now that we have TVs that can do that justice, instead of those 21-in TVs we had when I was a kid.)
And in the afternoon, before these two movies, she watched and I slept through My Favorite Martian: The Movie (1999) on DVD (rented from Netflix). (I was tired! I am not returning it until I have a chance to actually watch it.)
All three titles are family friendly.