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- DVD Release Date: December 10, 2013
- Rated: G (General Audience)
- Run Time: 139 minutes
- Number of discs: 2
- Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
- ASIN: B00E9ZAT4Y
Hard to believe that it is fifty years since a friend insisted I go to the movies to see Mary Poppins. Immediately Mary Poppins, perhaps Walt Disney’s crowning achievement became a favorite movie for me to enjoy time and time again. Mary Poppins is an extraordinary magical fantasy that blends animation, real life action, and music. I think it is an aesthetic joy and one of the greatest films of all times.
How many motion pictures do you know that can stand the test of time? Mary Poppins ‘s score, special effects, sets, scenario, and supporting cast remain as fresh today as they were in its initial 1965 release. Kudos to Dick Van Dyke for his role as chimney sweep Burt and (watch the credits carefully) Nackvid Keyd. Ed Wynn’s eccentric Uncle Albert is an uplifting, infectious laugh gem.
It is Victorian England, 1910. Mr. Banks advertises for an authoritative nanny for his children Jane and Michael. The children want a fun, kind-hearted, caring one. Sympathetic yet vain, calmly defiant Mary Poppins appears.
She takes the job until the wind changes, then firmly sets down rules. Best describe their adventures together tweaked with visual bits and gags as supercalifragilistexpialadocious.
Did you know that this feature is on the National Film Registry? It won Julie Andrews an Oscar for her portrayal of T. L. Travers’s nanny plus four more Oscars for Best Original Song, Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects, and Best Original Score. Its Sherman Brothers soundtracks (two years in composing) include: Sister Suffragette, The Life I Lead, The Perfect Nanny, A Spoonful of Sugar, Jolly Holiday, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Stay Awake, I Love to Laugh, Feed the Birds, Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, Chim Chim Cher-ee, Step in Time, A Man Has His Dreams, and Let’s Go Fly a Kite.
Mary Poppins is available now for the first time ever on Blu-ray. Its SMRP is $39.99 The two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy released December 10, 2013 has bonus features that include All-new Becoming Mr. Sherman, All-new Mary-oke Sing-Along, Deleted Song “Chimpanzoo”, A Magical Musical reunion with Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and Richard Sherman, Supercalifragilllisticexpialidocious: The Making of Mary Poppins.