Mary Poppins

Directed by Robert Stevenson
Starring Julie Andrews

Buena Vista Home Entertainment | January 27, 2009 | DVD

Mary Poppins is rated 3 out of 5 by 1.
Oscar-winning Disney musical about Mary Poppins, a British nanny with magical powers. She arrives at the home of the Banks family, and with her magical abilities transforms the lives of the entire clan. Mary's strongest influence is over the Banks' children, whom she introduces to a world of fantasy. Film features many classic songs, among them "Chim Chim Cheree." and "Supercalifragilisticexplialidocious."

Video Release: January 27, 2009

Runtime: 139

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment

UPC: 786936786866

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Original Theatrical is solid Mary Poppins is an amazing film, and one of my personal favorites. This review is on the 40th anniversary DVD, not the film itself - actually this is more of a warning than a review. Please, avoid the "enhanced home theatre mix" at all costs. It is truly attrocious. The bass has been pumped to a ridiculous level; all the music tracks have had a dull reverb applied and have been stripped of their glorious high-end; and, most disgusting, new sound effects have been added where there were non before, and others have been altered. All of these alterations are totally unnessecary and appalling from an artistic standpoint. The original theatrical mix is PERFECT - nominated for an Academy award actually - EXCEPT, on this DVD, they have mastered it at a much lower volume than the g**awful enhanced mix. All this means is that when you choose the Original Mix, you'll have to crank the volume to bring it to the level of the rest of the DVD (trust me this is NOT a fault of the original mix, it's how the DVD was authored). It's really sad that Disney has molested such a fine sound mix, and on top of that, the revised mix is the default option. Apparently the Australian and Japanese versions of this release have the Original Mix as the default option... One more note of caution for film purists, it looks like they've digitally erased some of the matte lines and wires used for the special effects. Also, despite the pristine look of the picture, the colors seem just a little off when compared to the raw live action footage seen in the special features (footage which was later mixed with animation. It would seem that if they are going to color correct the film, they would use that footage as a reference, but I could be wrong
Date published: 2009-07-28

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Mary Poppins

Directed by Robert Stevenson
Starring Julie Andrews

Video Release: January 27, 2009

Runtime: 139

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment

UPC: 786936786866


Edition Description
  • Dolby Surround
  • Collectors Edition
  • Color
  • Runtime: 139 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English

Synopsis

Oscar-winning Disney musical about Mary Poppins, a British nanny with magical powers. She arrives at the home of the Banks family, and with her magical abilities transforms the lives of the entire clan. Mary's strongest influence is over the Banks' children, whom she introduces to a world of fantasy. Film features many classic songs, among them "Chim Chim Cheree." and "Supercalifragilisticexplialidocious."

Description

A magical, musical nanny brings a breath of fresh air into the stuffy Banks household in turn-of-the-century England. Overstuffed with gaiety, this children's fantasy is filled to the brim with wonderful dance numbers and outrageous songs (such as the seemingly unpronounceable "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"). The film's seamless blending of live-action with animation was a marvel in its day. This is Andrews' film debut and Darwell's last film appearance. Academy Award Nominations: 13, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best (Adapted) Screenplay. Academy Awards: 5, including Best Actress--Julie Andrews, Best (Original) Score, Best Song ("Chim Chim Cher-ee"), Best Editing, Best Special Visual Effects.

Notes

Film debut for Julie Andrews, who won an Academy Award for her performance. Author, P.L. Travers, served as a consultant on the film. Additional cast: James Logan, Alma Lawton, and Marjorie Eaton. Additional credits: Dean Thomas (sound mixer), Pat McNalley (makeup); LaRue Matheron (hairstylist); Bill Justice & Xavier Atencio (nursery sequence designers); Hal Ambro (animator); Al Dempster, Art Riley, and Bill Layne (background artists), Nat Farber (dance accompanist).
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