Disney has released a special conversation between Poppins composer Richard Sherman and the actor who plays him in Saving Mr. Banks, Jason Schwartzman, revealing that the story of making the movie was a difficult road due to creative differences. The interview explains how Sherman came up with the songs, his relationship with Walt Disney, and letting Schwartzman touch his Oscar for a few seconds.
The 1964 classic starring Julie Andrews as the magical nanny Poppins and Dick Van Dyke as Bert, a friendly street musician, looks better than ever on blu-ray and is packed with even more extras. There’s a song-a-long feature with Mary, a deleted song, “Chimpanzoo”, a making of Mary Poppins featurette, The Cat That Looked at a King short starring Julie Andrews as Poppins, audio commentary with Andrews, Van Dyke, Sherman, and Karen Dotrice.
Needless to say Disney did more than just give you the feature presentation with this release. They also included an option for lyrics to appear only for when the songs play during the flick.
If you bought past Poppins DVD releases there’s not too much in the way of new extras and the high quality resolution of Poppins on blu-ray. However, if you have not bought the past releases or are such a huge Poppins fan that you need any new aspect then it’s worth the buy. It still holds up as one of the most treasured family films of all-time, a top gift for the holiday season.
Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Edition
Walt Disney Pictures
Run time of 139 minutes
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