Mary PoppinsDirector: Robert Stevenson
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Walt Disney's Mary Poppins was available in at least three separate editions on laserdisc over a 14-year period, and it's a sign of the robust nature of the digital video market that this "Gold Collection" edition is the second DVD version of the movie in under three years. The first DVD release, in 1998, contained nothing but the movie, and it was acceptable as far as it went. The Gold Collection release, however, is a DVD adaptation of the early '90s "Exclusive Archive Collection" laserdisc release of Mary Poppins, which included a massive amount of bonus materials and sold for around 80 dollars -- except that this disc is closer to 25 dollars (at the time of its release). The film-to-video transfer is superior in every way to any prior laserdisc edition of the movie. Dick Van Dyke's skin actually has a very faint, subtle glow in his first close-up in the opening scene; the color tone of just about every shot, from the admiral firing his cannon and the decor of the Banks home in the background of "The Life I Lead," is so rich that it's genuinely a feast for the eyes; and the solidity of the images throughout supplants the best that laserdisc ever had to offer. Even the red smoking jacket that David Tomlinson wears for "The Perfect Nanny" is so deep yet detailed that it's as close to watching the movie in a theater as one is likely to get. The supplementary material looks just as impressive. Dick Van Dyke hosts a documentary about the making of the movie that features a great deal of archival material, dating back to the 1940s -- evidently Disney spent 17 years or more negotiating with author P.L. Travers for the rights. There are outtakes, behind-the-scenes rehearsals, screen tests, and other support material, some of which is drawn from the accompanying 1965-vintage Disney short "Hollywood Goes to a World Premiere." What's truly remarkable, beyond the content, is how good the color archival footage and the short about the premiere look. The disc opens to a simple main menu, and the special features are easy to access. The only complaint about the DVD programming is that to get to the menu, one first has to get past an extended series of promotional clips about this series of discs and the individual promotional spots on certain recent Disney titles. One can't just access the menu by pressing the button calling it up, but it is possible to avoid most of the introductory distractions (which can take up to five minutes or so) by pressing the chapter-skip command several times.
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- Walt Disney Video
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Cast & Crew
|Julie Andrews||Mary Poppins|
|Dick Van Dyke||Bert/Mr. Dawes, Sr.|
|David Tomlinson||Mr. Banks|
|Glynis Johns||Mrs. Banks|
|Ed Wynn||Uncle Albert|
|Reginald Owen||Admiral Boom|
|Karen Dotrice||Jane Banks|
|Matthew Garber||Michael Banks|
|Elsa Lanchester||Katie Nanna|
|Arthur Treacher||Constable Jones|
|Reta Shaw||Mrs. Brill|
|Jane Darwell||Bird Woman|
|Cyril Delevanti||Mr. Grubbs|
|Lester Matthews||Mr. Tomes|
|Clive L. Halliday||Mr. Mousely|
|Marjorie Bennett||Miss Lark|
|Alma Lawton||Mrs. Corry|
|Marjorie Eaton||Miss Persimmon|
|Arthur Malet||Mr. Dawes, Jr.|
|Don Barclay||Mr. Binnacle|
|J. Pat O'Malley||Actor|
|Carroll Clark||Production Designer|
|Peter Ellenshaw||Special Effects|
|Hal G. Gausman||Set Decoration/Design|
|Irwin Kostal||Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Emile Kuri||Set Decoration/Design|
|Eustace Lycett||Special Effects|
|Robert Mattey||Special Effects|
|Richard M. Sherman||Score Composer|
|Robert B. Sherman||Score Composer|
|William Tuntke||Production Designer|
|Tony Walton||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Dee Dee Wood||Choreography|
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Credits [:06]
2. Cherry Tree Lane [3:17]
3. Mrs. Banks' Cause ("Sister Suffragette") [2:30]
4. Mr. Banks Returns Home ("The Life I Lead") [3:02]
5. Jane And Micheal Compose An Advertisement For "The Perfect Nanny" [3:40]
6. Mary Poppins Arrives On the East Wind [:16]
7. Tidying The Nursery With The Help Of "A Spoonful Of Sugar" [5:42]
8. Time For An Outing [2:24]
9. A "Jolly Holiday" In The Country [1:56]
10. Mary And Bert Stop For Tea [5:16]
11. Mary's Winning The Race Is Simply "Supercalifragilicexpialidocious" [3:23]
12. Mary Sings The Children To Sleep ("Stay Awake") [4:29]
13. A Visit To Uncle Albert's ("I Love To Laugh") [5:27]
14. Mr. Banks Has A Few Words With Mary Poppins [5:44]
15. Little Things That Are Quite Important ("Feed The Birds") [1:13]
16. Mr. Dawes, Sr.Explains The Advantages Of Investing In "The Fidelity Fiduciary Ba|00:08:15|}
17. Today Bert Is A Chimney Sweep ("Chim Chim Cher-ee") [:17]
18. A March Over The Rooftops Of London [4:54]
19. The Chimney Sweeps "Step In Time" [1:44]
20. A Phone Call From The Bank [5:44]
21. Mr. Banks Is Discharged [:13]
22. "Let's Go Fly A Kite" [8:47]
23. Mary Poppins Departs [1:08]
24. Closing Credits [4:11]
25. Chapter 25 [1:17]
Mary Poppins Trivia Game
The Making Of Mary Poppins
"Hollywood Goes To A World Premiere"
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A fun filled adventure from beginning to end.
Wonderful movie. I watch this with the grandkids and without! The music has become a classic and Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke make this movie magical.
Bought for my grand daughters saw an died as when I saw many years ago
The fantasy and classic kind-heartedness of this movie helps set a tone for my grandchildren. I hope that thy will use a spoonful of sugar to get through the hard-times and recognize that the world can be seen through a negative or positive lens!
Best Uplifting, happy movie ever made!
i love this movie
One cannot understate the charm and enjoyment of this wonderful film. In our house, it is a favorite of both parents and young children. Many probably recall the dream-like story of the singing and flying nanny who mends the strains of a turn-of-the century British family. We also remember the classic songs like Spoon Full of Sugar, Supercalifragilistic, and Let's Fly a Kite. Less well known is the warm and heartfelt family tale, the charm and wit of the pleasant characters, and the beautiful scenery (all filmed, we learn from the DVD, in a Disney sound studio). This is, quite simply, the greatest family movie of all time.
This movie's the essential core of what Walt Disney was about. There's a reason he sought the story longer than any other, and Mrs. Travers' reserve in granting it- she wanted to make sure Mary Poppins would remain fresh for children of all ages. What a delight in seeing the characters come to life! I could not imagine anyone disliking a story with make believe at it's premise, as that is what most movies are. Moreover, that kindness and respecting others somehow distances it from "reality". In fact, the examples of behaviour show a clear moral foundation, by promoting "charity over greed", "kindness over scolding", and "carefree living vs. miserly hoarding". This story strikes chords of Heart- Faith, Hope, Charity, & Love set to the tune of "make believe". Seeing these Stars at/near the prime of their careers, with rare appearances on film from Ed Wynn (Uncle), Rita Shaw (Cook) and Hermione Baddely (Maid). The desire for captions included would make ideal for all, and is unfortunately missing. A "thumbs up!".
My 4 1/2 twin sons really enjoyed the music and were entertained. Mary Poppins is a classic for children of all ages from 4 to 44 and beyond.
My daughter is two (almost three) and LOVES ''Miss Poppins'' as she calls her. My husband and I are breathing a sigh of relief because on the 20th viewing of this movie, WE still enjoy it too.
I have been watching this film ever since I was a little girl. I used to watch it everyday and I couldn't get enough of that wonderful score and great special effects for 1964. A smile appears on my face every time I hear the name and you can't help but love Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews at the tops of their talent. Dick Van Dyke is also wonderful as the old man at the bank. The story goes that he wanted to play that part so badly that he told Walt Disney that he wouldn't accept extra pay for it. I love this movie with wonderful acting, score, special effects. It is a feel good family movie that will be popular for years to come.
This is a great movie. It is a good blend of cartoon and human characters. Noone could ever forget Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins, and Dick Van Dyke as Bert. The kids in the movie are cute too. I loved the songs in the movie as a kid and I love them still; A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down; Let's go fly a kite, Chim Chiminey, Chim Chiminey Chim Chim Cherie, and Supercalifragilistic expialidocious. The story is cute. It's amazing as a kid that you could jump into a chalk drawing. Mary Poppins is there when the kids need her, and helps get the family through a rough time. Two thumbs up, a great kids movie.
I forgot what this movie was all about until I rented it at the library for my 2.5 and 4.5 year old girls. We all LOVED it! We continue to sing the songs everyday and it lifts our spirits and makes us dance around the house. My girls are so used to an evil person or witch in movies/shows. Although the president of the bank is a little bit scary to them, it is nothing in comparison to all of the other childrens' movies they have seen. It is wonderful! They are so happy that they can watch the movie without being scared. Needless to say, I have already purchased the CD and DVD as Christmas presents for the girls. I'm sure they will get a lot of use. A classic!! Truly uplifting and says so much about enjoying the little things in life.
When I picked up Mary Poppins at the video store, my son protested my choice. However, despite minor protest, he agreed to watch it. I could not believe how much this movie enchanted my 7 year old son!!! He begun dancing around and tried to sing along with the songs that he'd never heard of before. I believe the mixture of music,magic, animations and ''live'' acting combined helped keep my son interested and involved. In addition, it gave my son a chance to experience Walt Disney at his greatest!
Mary Poppins is a very cute and fun movie and I find it to be an excellent feel-good movie to watch when you are sick or even if you are stressed out and need to have your spirits lifted! The whole cast is wonderful but I especially like Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins, Dick Van Dyke as Bert and Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber as Jane and Michael. Okay, so Dick Van Dyke's imitation of a British accent is a little over the top but he is so cute in this movie and really entertains!
Watch it and you'll love it. Great for kids of all ages :o)
MARY POPPINS was an instant hit....the last of the big budget live action films supervised by Walt himself...and every minute of the film shows taste, style, wit, heart, imagination and huge, huge talent. What else can one say about a film that made "Our Julie" a household name and worldwide star? It is essential viewing for old and young alike.
I bought this for myself with a gift card, because I hadn't seen this much-loved movie in years. I put it on for my little girl, who hadn't ever shown much interest in any live-action film, and she was immediately entranced. Now, almost immediately upon waking each morning, she runs to the shelf and brings me the DVD box, saying,"Da Poppy mama, da Poppy!" She's also learning to dance by emulating Dick van Dyke. All in all, a favorite with everyone in our house!
It takes you back 'Looking through the eyes of a child' again..Maybe if we became a 'child' again, with this 'Medicine from Mary Poppins', the problems before us would go alot easier. Mary Poppins, don't leave!!!
I loved this movie growing up. I hadn't thought about it in years until the commercial for the DVD and I am buying at my next chance. Big hit for the holiday season!
Poppins : the best film on earth ever made !! Julie Andrews was exceptional in this film ! A Classic ! Films has been a family favorite of all ages for yrs & yrs and many more to come.