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    Disney Blu-Ray Mary Poppins Release, Saving Mr. Banks Next

     
    Available on Blu-ray for the first time, Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke start in Mary Poppins classic released for the holidays

    By Gabrielle Pantera

    HOOLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2013/12/18 - “I'd never made a movie before,” says Mary Poppins star Julie Andrews. “They were so tender with me. I was so scared. I had no idea what I was doing.”

    Mary Poppins opened in 1964 and was beloved by audiences worldwide. Even today you can mention Mary Poppins and people know at least one of the songs from the film. Walt Disney was a visionary who used a mix of live action and animation fluidly in the film. It's enchanted children and adults. Mary Poppins won five Oscars and was the highest grossing film of 1965. You can’t help but sing along.

    Saving Mr. Banks, releasing in the U.S. on December 2th, is a new film about about the tumultuous relationship between Mary Poppins writer P.L.Travers and Disney. How differently they saw Mary Poppins. Travers book was dark and she wanted the movie to reflect that. Disney wanted the movie to be fun and bright. Disney won in the end.

    “Walt gave us the most important picture on the lot,” says Mary Poppins songwriter Richard Sherman. “We were unproven. We'd been writing songs, but we'd never done a musical. It was the greatest opportunity for us.” the two won an Oscar for Mary Poppins' score and the song Chim Chim Cher-ee.

    This 50th Anniversary Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack release has bonus clips from Mary Poppins. There are behind the scenes stories from Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins), Dick Van Dyke (Bert), Karen Dotrice (Jane Banks) and composer Richard Sherman.

    This is the first time Mary Poppins is available on Blu-ray. Andrews won an Academy-Award for her role as Mary Poppins. Who doesn’t remember A Spoonful of Sugar and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious? The film has been digitally restored.

    “Those songs [Mary Poppins score] didn't just get under my skin, they became a part of me then and there, and thinking about it now, they've never left,” says Dick van Dyke in his book My Lucky Life in and Out of Show Business, released in May of 2012.

    Directed by Robert Stevenson, who also directed Bedknobs and Broomsticks and The Love Bug for Disney. Produced by Walt Disney and Stevenson. Screenplay written by Bill Walsh based loosely on the book by P.L. Travers. She was not happy that Disney changed her book from a dark realistic story to the fun imaginative movie for the whole family to enjoy.

    New Bonus Features: Blu-Ray & HD Digital: Mary-OKE’s – This highlights the popular music from the film, Spoon Full of Sugar, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Step In Time, Chim Chim Cher-ee viewers can also sing-along with words display on screen. Becoming Mr. Sherman Actor Jason Schwartzman sits down for a fun and musical-filled afternoon with Richard Sherman. Jason Schwarzman stars in Saving Mr Banks, as half of the famous composing team. The Sherman Brothers wrote all the classic songs for Mary Poppins. Trailer for Saving Mr Banks, starring Tom Hanks, and Emma Thompson.

    Mary Poppins Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD +eCopy), DVD + eCopy & HD Digital Release date December 10, 2013 Feature Run Time: Approximately 140 minutes Rated: G Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Sound: Blu-ray – English: 7.1 DTS-HDMA, 5.1 Dolby Digital, Original Theatrical Mix; Spanish and French: 5.1 Dolby Digital; DVD – English: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Original Theatrical Mix; Spanish and French: 5.1 Dolby Digital Languages/Subtitles: English, French & Spanish

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