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Title:
Mary Poppins
ISBN:
9780788847271
Edition:
40th anniversary ed.; widescreen presentation.
Publication Information:
Burbank, Calif. : Walt Disney Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2004]
Physical Description:
2 videodiscs (139 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Based on the "Mary Poppins" books by P.L. Travers.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1964.

Special features:Pop-up fun facts; audio commentary; deleted song "Chimpanzoo"; reunion with Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and Richard Sherman; a musical journey with Richard Sherman; "I love to laugh" set-top game; The making of Mary Poppins; movie magic; deconstruction of a scene; Dick Van Dyke make-up test; gala world premiere; publicity; Mary Poppins still art gallleries; bonus short, "The cat that looked at a king, " starring Sarah Ferguson, Tracey Ullman and David Ogden Stiers.
Summary:
After a banker's children lose their nanny due to her frustration with them, a change in the wind blows in a magical nanny who matches the chilren's qualifications, but not those of their very proper father. As Mary Poppins helps the children magically explore the world around them, their father grows increasingly disapproving of her methods, and he must eventually deal with his own distance from his children.
System Details:
DVD; region 1; presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo, Dolby Digital 2.0 enhanced mixed.
Language Note:
English, dubbed French or dubbed Spanish dialogue; closed-captioned.
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Long resistant to film adaptations of her Mary Poppins books, P.L. Travers finally succumbed to the entreaties of Walt Disney, and the result is often considered the finest of Disney's personally supervised films. The Travers stories are bundled together to tell the story of the Edwardian-era British Banks family: the banker father (David Tomlinson), suffragette mother (Glynis Johns), and the two "impossible" children (Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber). The kids get the attention of their all-business father by bedevilling every new nanny in the Banks household. Whem Mr. Banks advertises conventionally for another nanny, the kids compose their own ad, asking for someone with a little kindness and imagination. Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews in her screen debut) answers the children's ad by arriving at the Banks home from the skies, parachuting downward with her umbrella. She immediately endears herself to the children. The next day they meet Mary's old chum Bert (Dick Van Dyke), currently employed as a sidewalk artist. Mary, Bert, and the children hop into one of Bert's chalk drawings and learn the nonsense song "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" in a cartoon countryside. Later, they pay a visit to Bert's Uncle Albert (Ed Wynn), who laughs so hard that he floats to the ceiling. Mr. Banks is pleased that his children are behaving better, but he's not happy with their fantastic stories. To show the children what the real world is like, he takes them to his bank. A series of disasters follow which result in his being fired from his job. Mary Poppins' role in all this leads to some moments when it is possible to fear that all her good work will be undone, but like the magical being she is, all her "mistakes" lead to a happy result by the end of the film. In 2001, Mary Poppins was rereleased in a special "sing-along" edition with subtitles added to the musical numbers so audiences could join in with the onscreen vocalists. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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