Mary Poppins 45th Anniversary Edition

Directed By: Robert Stevenson Starring: Julie Andrews

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Product Overview

A magical nanny glides in on an enchanted umbrella to help a troubled household.

Specifications

Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 210189870
UPC 786936786866
UPC 14 00786936786866
Format DVD
Release Date 1/27/2009
Rating Rating
Keywords
Adventure
Children
Classic
Disney Film
Essential Cinema
Family (General)
Fantasy
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A magical, musical nanny brings a breath of fresh air into the stuffy Banks household in turn-of-the-century England. Overstuffed with gaiety, this children's fantasy is filled to the brim with wonderful dance numbers and outrageous songs (such as the seemingly unpronounceable "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"). The film's seamless blending of live-action with animation was a marvel in its day. This is Andrews' film debut and Darwell's last film appearance. Academy Award Nominations: 13, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best (Adapted) Screenplay. Academy Awards: 5, including Best Actress--Julie Andrews, Best Original Score, Best Song ("Chim Chim Cher-ee"), Best Editing, Best Special Visual Effects. Gold Collection Edition features "Hollywood Goes to a World Premiere."
Plot Summary
Summary Oscar-winning Disney musical about Mary Poppins, a British nanny with magical powers. She arrives at the home of the Banks family, and with her magical abilities transforms the lives of the entire clan. Mary's strongest influence is over the Banks' children, whom she introduces to a world of fantasy. Film features many classic songs, among them "Chim Chim Cheree." and "Supercalifragilisticexplialidocious."
Reviews
Premiere "[T]he Poppins character was played to comely perfection by squeaky-clean Andrews, who won an Oscar." 04/01/2004 p.64
Entertainment Weekly "[Andrews] openmouthed, eyebrow-cocked expressions became perfect embodiments of Mary's cheeky charm." 12/17/2004 p.66-7
Empire "Mixing real-life action with animation to charming effect, it is still Julie Andrew's iconic performance that remains this film's cheeriest pleasure..." 03/01/2008 p.116
Directors
Robert Stevenson
Actors
Julie Andrews
Cast & Crew
Lester Matthews - Star
Cyril Delevanti - Star
Marjorie Bennett - Star
Julie Andrews - Star
Reginald Owen - Star
Clive L. Halliday - Star
Reta Shaw - Star
Dick Van Dyke - Star
Marjorie Eaton - Star
Glynis Johns - Star
Hermione Baddeley - Star
Donald Barclay - Star
Jane Darwell - Star
David Tomlinson - Star
Elsa Lanchester - Star
Matthew Garber - Star
Major Sam Harris - Star
Doris Lloyd - Star
Alma Lawton - Star
Ed Wynn - Star
Arthur Malet - Star
James Logan - Star
Arthur Treacher - Star
Karen Dotrice - Star
Don DaGradi - Screenwriter
Eustace Lycett - Special Effects
Cotton Warburton - Editor
Bill Walsh - Screenwriter
Dee Dee Wood - Choreographer
Irwin Kostal - Composer
William H. Tuntke - Production Designer
Carroll Clark - Production Designer
P.L. Travers - Story
Robert A. Mattey - Special Effects
Edward Colman - Director of Photography
Richard M. Sherman - Lyricist
Tony Walton - Costume Designer
Robert B. Sherman - Lyricist
Peter Ellenshaw - Special Effects
Marc Breaux - Choreographer
Walt Disney - Producer
Bill Walsh - Producer
Robert Stevenson - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1964
Catalog ID 10044900
UPC 00786936786866
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 139 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.66:1
Awards
Oscar (1965) Bill Walsh, Don DaGradi, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium,Cotton Warburton, Winner, Best Film Editing,Edward Colman, Nominee, Best Cinematography, Color,Julie Andrews, Winner, Best Actress in a Leading Role,Peter Ellenshaw, et. al., Winner, Best Effects, Special Visual Effects,Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, Winner, Best Music, Score - Substantially Original,Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman ("Chim Chim Cher-ee"), Winner, Best Music, Original Song,Robert Stevenson, Nominee, Best Director,Walt Disney, Bill Walsh, Nominee, Best Picture
British Academy Awards (1965) Julie Andrews, Winner, Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
Golden Globe (1965) Julie Andrews, Winner, Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy
Grammy (1965) Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, Winner, Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Show
Reviews
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review Mary Poppins stands with The Wizard of Oz as one of the all-time great children's films, and one reason is certainly the memorable music. Richard and Robert Sherman won an Oscar for Best Original Score, which included that long and hard-to-spell word, Best Song winner "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Jolly Holiday," "Let's Go Fly a Kite," "I Love to Laugh," and Disney's personal favorite, "Feed the Birds"...Disney plucked Andrews off Broadway to star in her first film, a role she hesitated to accept because she was hoping to land the lead in My Fair Lady. Julie Andrews went on to beat out Audrey Hepburn for Best Actress that year; one fun extra shows her at the podium thanking the man who made it all possible: Jack Warner (who turned her down for the part of Eliza). In retrospect, Andrews was born to play Mary Poppins, just as she was made for the role of Maria in The Sound of Music, with its singing and similar lesson that life should be joyful...Like Peter Pan, Mary Poppins flies into London circa the early 1900s when children are in need of help. In this case, the super-nanny with magical powers answers an ad that two mischievous children placed. Jane and Michael Banks (Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber) have driven off every nanny so far, and their parents are too involved with work and the suffragette movement to give the children the attention they crave. Leave it to Mary Poppins to teach them how to behave and, with the help of chimney sweep/street artist Bert (Dick Van Dyke), show them how to cut loose and enjoy life?a lesson also learned by their parents, George (David Tomlinson) and Winifred (Glynis Johns). As with any "sweeping" epic or musical, some scenes go on a bit too long?the chimneysweep dance number approaches 15 minutes?but the magic is maintained throughout this classic, which, like its namesake, is practically perfect in every way.
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Reviewer James Plath
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource FilmCritic.com
Review Parents, you have a responsibility. Your kids should not know Julie Andrews just from the two Princess Diaries movies...Andrews is just perfect in the title role, a mystical nanny who literally falls from the London sky and into the lives of two lonely children in 1910. The kids desperately need some kind of attention. Their father (David Tomlinson) is a workaholic, brown-nosing banker, who treats his kids as two obstacles in keeping an orderly home. Mom (Glynis Johns) is no better, a dingbat who prefers supporting social causes to spending time with her kids. Funny how little things have changed, huh?...Mary Poppins certainly isn't timeless because of its periodic animation, which the crew at Pixar could probably put together on a lunch break. Simply put, every kid wants an adult who is their ally, who upon their arrival offers a world of magic and fun. Who is Mary Poppins, if not the perfect embodiment of that idea? She can make a room clean itself, enable snow globes to tell touching narratives, and make chalk drawings come to life. Kids will be floored by the magical possibilities. The movie's playful goofiness, courtesy of Van Dyke, Ed Wynn, and bouncy songs (which come one right after the other) will keep everyone glued to the set...Lessons are offered in Mary Poppins, but not in a way that'll have kids or adults rolling their eyes. In fact, the movie's educational stances are meant more for parents -- don't act so wrapped up in the material world, pay attention to your kids -- but in an amusing way that agrees with the movie's joyful tone. The message is clear: Everyone should take care of their jobs and responsibilities, but have fun as well.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Pete Croatto
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Spanish, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
At-A-Glance Film Reviews It's more than just Disney's greatest live-action film ever. It's a truly perfect work of art.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide There's charm, wit, and movie magic to spare...A wonderful movie.
Newsweek Sheer delight--to the eye, the ear, the senses.
Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star Practically perfect in every way.
The Motion Picture Guide ...as perfect a film musical as anyone would ever care to see...The blend of live action and animation is flawless...

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