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Mary Poppins 45th Anniversary Edition

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


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 210189870
UPC 786936786866
UPC 14 00786936786866
Format DVD
Release Date 1/27/2009
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Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.66:1
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
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.
Reviewer James Plath
ReviewRating 9
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.
Reviewer Pete Croatto
ReviewRating 8
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Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
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 perfect a film musical as anyone would ever care to see...The blend of live action and animation is flawless...
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