For years Disney has been known for the go to company for the highest quality animated films, but in 1964 they debuted a film that would not only win numerous Academy Awards, but become one of their most popular films in their illustrious archive. Now Disney is bringing the 50th Anniversary Blu-ray of the classic Mary Poppins home just in time to coincide with their upcoming film based on its making Saving Mr. Banks.
If you are one of the few that managed to avoid a spoon full of sugar, it follows a kind of Super-nanny who flies in with her umbrella in response to the request of the Banks children and proceeds to put things right with the aid of her rather extraordinary magical powers and starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. This is one of those films that doesn’t really need a review at this point as its staying power through the years is enough of a review. While aspects feel dated, it still manages to deliver all the magic it did from its original release with some of the most catchy and memorable songs in Disney film history. The big news here is getting to check out this classic film in hi-def which looks stunning, especially for a film of its age. The animation obviously has that classic look and feel, but along with the hi-def transfer brings a vibrant overall look to the finished product. It really is amazing what they managed to pull off with animation and practical effects for this film during this time period. With the hi-definition you can make out some of the screen layers, but still works great and is sure to please fans of all ages.
This is no doubt a timeless classic that has captured the imaginations of fans of all ages for years and with releases like this continuing to improve on the classic it is sure to continue to find new fans for years. In addition to the beautiful transfer of the classic film this Blu-ray also includes numerous features including an all-new sing-along, deleted song, A Musical Reunion with Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke. And Richard Sherman, making of featurette, and the All-new Becoming Mr. Sherman featuring Richard Sherman and Jason Schwartzman who plays him in Saving Mr. Banks.