Mary Poppins, the classic 1964 Disney movie, starring Julie Andrews in the title role will be released in a 50th anniversary edition Blu-ray/DVD on December 10.
This coincides with another big screen release, Saving Mr. Banks with Tom Hanks in the role of Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers, the author of the book of the same name.
In the special edition, Disney explores what it took for Walt Disney to bring this project to completion, after his daughters asked him to bring to life their favorite Traverse story, Mary Poppins. It would be his last major film.
After Mr. Banks’ children, drive their latest nanny away with their shenanigans, going missing for the fourth time in a week, a list of candidates to replace her is written on a piece of paper, but then broken to pieces by Mr. Banks.
Nobody notices the pieces floating into to the home’s chimney.
Prospective nannies show up the next day, but a strong gust of wind blows them away and they are replaced by Mary Poppins arriving with the help of her famous umbrella.
Joining Andrews in the title role, her first major one, is Dick Van Dyke, as jack-of-all-trades performer, who stands at a park’s entrance.
Mary Poppins is a live action, mixed with animation musical, something that was revolutionary in those days, with music from the Sherman brothers, Richard and Robert, who wrote the songs and lyrics.
Directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, Mary Poppins was written for film by Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi.
The timeless music, with classic, originals including the very popular “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, “Chim Chim Cher-ee”, “A Spoonful of Sugar”, and 17 other classics, is among the most revered in film history.
If you love Mary Poppins the Blu-ray is a must have and may be the perfect holiday present this year, a new and improved version, with clean crisp image and lots of extras that show what went into making the 13 Academy Award winner.
Julie Andrews won the Oscar for her role and made the film the most profitable of 1965 with 28.5 million in earnings followed by another one of her classics, The Sound of Music with $20 million, the James Bond film Gold Finger earned $19.7 million, and My Fair Lady finished fourth with $19 million.
A timeless piece of movie making, the Mary Poppins 50th anniversary Blu-ray and DVD is set to bring back all the memories and introduce a new generation to a masterpiece of American cinematography.