DVD Review: Mary Poppins

 DVD Review: Mary Poppins....

Walt Disney Home Video/1964 /139 min./ G

Release Date: January 27, 2009
Format: DVD
Price: $

The following is information provided to ChatterShmatter by the distributor.

Family, Musical

Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns

Robert Stevenson

Plot Synopsis:
Experience the extraordinary animation, dazzling special effects and award winning music of Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins in this restored and remastered 2-disc 45th Anniversary Special Edition!

Join the “practically perfect” Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) for a “Jolly Holiday” as she magically turns every chore into a game and every day into a whimsical adventure. Along the way you will be enchanted by unforgettable characters such as the multitalented chimney sweep Bert (Dick Van Dyke).

Unpack Mary’s magical carpetbag full of bonus features including the all new bonus from “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” Broadway production of Mary Poppins. You won’t need a “Spoonful of Sugar” to love every moment of this timeless Disney classic!

Special Features:
Backstage Disney
New to DVD! Disney on Broadway
 Mary Poppins From Page to Stage
 “Step in Time” Musical Number
 “Step in Time” Downloadable MP3
 Bob Crowley’s Design Gallery
 Rare Behind the Scenes Footage
 Poppins Pop-Up Fun Facts

Bonus Short
 An Animated Adventure Hosted by Julie Andrews

Music & More
 Musical Reunion with Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke & Richard Sherman
 Deleted Song

Here is a story everyone knows and loves and Disney allows us all to be kids again by releasing this two disc 45th Anniversary edition of Mary Poppins. By re-releasing this Disney classic this week they introduce the film to a whole new audience for them to fall in love just as we all did at one time.

The film itself and it’s music need no review, they are as Disney says magical. The classics, Spoonful of Sugar, Jolly Holiday and all the rest are here to sing along with.

The video is presented in Original Aspect Ratio format 1.66:1 which looks fantastic for a film made 45 years ago and presented on today’s high definition and high resolution formats. The audio which is especially important for a film such as this is presented in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Original 2.0 Theatrical Mix is again supercalifragilisticexpialidotious!

The real treat with this release is all of the Bonus Materials included on the disc. Disney had an opportunity to present all it could with this two disc set including the adaptation of the timeless film to the stage. A ton of behind the scenes footage and making of the play pieces entertain audiences old and young alike.

This is a fantastic collection of film and history for long time fans or newcomers to one of Disney’s best and most fun adventures!

Film: 8.3

Audio & Video: 8.0

Special Features: 9.0

Overall: 8.6

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