Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Edition Blu Ray|
A pioneering film within Animation, Musicals and Fantasy, Walt Disney's Mary Poppins is possibly one of the warmest and dearest films ever made. Based on a story by PL Travers we find Julie Andrews on fine form in her debut lead role (for which she would win the "Best Actress" Oscar). She is practically perfectly teamed with Dick Van Dyke as the lovable chimney sweep Burt, whose cockney accent is endearingly inaccurate. Along with a fine supporting cast, where even the child actors hold their own without appearing like stage school wannabes, Poppins and her crew take you on a magical ride through chalk pictures, the roof tops of London and show you that laughter is not always the best medicine (even with a spoon full of sugar) when you can't get down. In total Mary Poppins clocked up five Academy Awards including Best Song and Best Visual Effects and has made it into the staple diet of family viewing across the world. On the DVD: Mary Poppins has certainly cleaned up a treat, restoring her to 1.85:1 widescreen glory and 5.1 Dolby digital sound--which is guaranteed to be music to your ears. The special features are "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" with the "Sing Along with the Movie" subtitles for all your favourite songs when they appear in the movie and the "I Love to Laugh" game offering Uncle Albert flying high in his parlour once more. "The Movie Magic of Mary Poppins" lets you look behind the scenes at how the magic was done and is fun, informative and easily understandable--pity the same cannot be said about the narrator. "Hollywood goes to a World Premiere" is a warm and amusing reminder about how premieres and stars used to be in 1964. The only disappointment is the lack of commentary--Dick Van Dyke would surely have offered a gem of a cockney voice-over! --Nikki Disneyfrom£7.79 | RRP:
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Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-ray player in order to play A pioneering film within Animation Musicals and Fantasy Walt Disney&39;s Mary Poppins is possibly one of the warmest and dearest films ever made Based on a story by PL Travers we find Julie Andrews on fine form in her debut lead role (for which she would win the "Best Actress" Oscar) She is practically perfectly teamed with Dick Van Dyke as the lovable chimney sweep Burt whose cockney accent is endearingly inaccurate Along with a fine supporting cast where even the child actors hold their own without appearing like stage school wannabes Poppins and her crew take you on a magical ride through chalk pictures the roof tops of London and show you that laughter is not always the best medicine (even with a spoon full of sugar) when you can&39;t get down In total Mary Poppins clocked up five Academy Awards including Best Song and Best Visual Effects and has made it into the staple diet of family viewing across the world
Stuffy parents in Victorian London are looking for a nanny, but the children write their own ad which is torn up and thrown into the fire. Miraculously, the paper reassembles and floats up the chimney flue, and along comes Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) on her umbrella/parachute. She brings fun and magic to the children's lives, as well as a guiding hand. The film won Oscars for Best Actress, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Song and Best Visual Effects.
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Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [Region Free]Chris Harley
With Disney's Saving Mr. Banks about to be released in UK cinemas at the end of the month, it seems like the perfect time for the studio to release their adaptation of P.L. Travers' iconic character on Blu-ray for the first time.
The 50th Anniversary Edition is full to the brim with bonus features, and with the milestone anniversary approaching next year, it really does amaze how timeless a classic this film really is. The story is simply remarkable.
Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke are still absolutely fantastic in the leads as Mary Poppins herself and Bert, and few and far between are performances as wonderful to enjoy as theirs. The chemistry that the two share on screen is a real joy to watch as their relationship unfolds, and it takes you right back to childhood, to whenever you first watched the film.
I admit I'm far from old enough to have seen its first run in cinemas, but I remember watching it when I was growing up years ago, and having not seen it for a number of years, I've fallen in love with it all over again. Certainly, this is not just a film for children, but it's one meant for the entire family. And with its arrival on Blu-ray this month, it has never looked so crisp and so brilliant on the small screen, particularly now that our screens are no longer quite so small in the comfort of our own homes.
Produced by Walt Disney himself, upon release, the film went on to win Julie Andrews the Best Actress Award at the Oscars, and watching her performance again, that's really not surprising at all. Not only did Andrews win, but the film also won in a handful of other categories, including Best Song for the marvelous Chim Chim Cher-ee, which you cannot help but sing along to whenever you even just read those words.
Watching the film again, it's amazing to remember how many of these songs have gone on to become such a staple in popular culture in the decades since. Not just Chim Chim Cher-ee, but of course also such classics as A Spoonful of Sugar, Feed the Birds, and we can't forget Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (though it may be a nightmare to spell!). It's no wonder it won Best Song, with so many greats to choose from.
As the studio's anticipated Saving Mr. Banks approaches its release in cinemas, itself coming in as a possible Oscar contender, I can't recommend enough how much you ought to revisit this classic piece of cinema before watching Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson bring to life the lives of Walt Disney and Mary Poppins' creator, P.L. Travers. Andrews and Van Dyke were a revelation fifty years ago, and I'm really looking forward to seeing whether Hanks and Thompson can bring the same kind of magic to the story behind the unforgettable character that is Mary Poppins.
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