Mary Poppins (45th Anniversary Edition)

Mary Poppins (45th Anniversary Edition)

On DVD: 
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Running Time: 
139 Minutes

Mary Poppins receives a 45th Anniversary touch up in its two disc set and as far as re-issues go this one is probably one of the best I’ve seen. The digitally remastered 5.1 Surround Sound audio gives the film such a dynamic sound and the picture quality is still so colorful and crisp. It makes you wonder just how good the Blu Ray version will look when and if it comes out. If you’ve never owned a copy of this film this would be the one to buy to add to your collection.

The film that launched Julie Andrews acting career is still as great as it was the first time I saw it as a kid, you know, back when VHS was king. So many features on the disc its really hard to know where to begin so I’ll just go from disc to disc. The main feature employs the facts pop ups so as your watching the film you can get all kinds of history on the film and the Mary Poppins books as well. There is also a feature that allows you to select songs from the film and jump right to them as well as the option to have the words span out across your screen as they are sung. Karaoke anyone? Other then that you have some pretty excellent sneak peeks for upcoming films.

Disc two is the meat of the special features completely loaded with great extras as well as reuniting Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. Our favorite of the special features are the Bonus short titled “The Cat That Looked At A King” and the deleted song “Chimpanzoo” which is sung by original collaborator Richard Sherman. Richard Sherman makes an appearance in the Musical Reunion of Andrews and Van Dyke seated at a piano going over some of the songs that made it in and were left out of the film which is a real treat. You also get a peek at Disney on Broadway, a look at the Mary Poppins Broadway show as well as interviews with the cast. There is so much to do here and on top of it all you get a really great film that still captivates children and adults. Well worth owning. Enjoy.

AJ Garcia
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