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December 7, 2013

Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Combo Review

*I received a blu-ray combo for review purpose. I did not receive any other form of compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine. 

Synopsis:                               Releasing from the Disney Vault in celebration of its 50th Anniversary, creative visionary Walt Disney’s classic shines for the first time on Blu-ray. Starring Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews in her Academy-Award winning role, and featuring iconic toe-tapping songs including “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” Mary Poppins is a movie experience your family will enjoy again and again. An all-new digital restoration adds even more magic – helping bring the award-winning songs and amazing picture to life like never before. Share the music; share the magic; share the joy of Mary Poppins this holiday on Blu-ray Combo Pack & HD Digital December 10.

Talent:                                   Julie Andrews (The Sounds of Music, Princess Diaries) as Mary Poppins; Dick Van Dyke (TV’s “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” Night at the Museum) as Bert/Mr. Dawes Senior; David Tomlinson (Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Love Bug) as Mr. Banks; Glynis Johns (The Court Jester, While You Were Sleeping) as Mrs. Banks; Karen Dotrice (The Gnome-Mobile, Upstairs, Downstairs) as Jane Banks; Mathew Garber (The Gnome-Mobile, The Three Lives of Thomasina)  as Michael Banks.

Director:                                Robert Stevenson (Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Love Bug)

Producers:                            Walt Disney & Robert Stevenson

Writing Credits:                   Screenplay - Bill Walsh (Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Flubber) & Don DaGradi (Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Love Bug) based upon the book by P.L. Travers

Release Date:                       December 10, 2013 (Direct Prebook: 10/15; Distrib. Prebook: 10/29)
U.S. Packaging:                     Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD +eCopy), DVD + eCopy & HD Digital

New Bonus Features:         BLU-RAY & HD DIGITAL:
·         Mary-OKE’s New piece highlights popular music from the film, specifically Spoon Full of Sugar,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” Step In Time,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and allows viewer to sing-along to animated words that display onscreen in unique ways.
·         Becoming Mr. Sherman (TBC by theatrical team): Join actor Jason Schwartzman as he sits down for a fun and musical-filled afternoon with Richard Sherman. In the new film, SAVING MR BANKS, Schwartzman portrays the Disney Legend... half of the famous composing team, the Sherman Brothers who wrote all the classic songs from MARY POPPINS, as well as many other favorites. Hear heartwarming, revealing stories about the making of this beloved musical, get more insight on working with Walt Disney, and get a unique sneak peek into SAVING MR BANKS, starring Tom Hanks, and Emma Thompson.
Feature Run Time:              Approximately 140 minutes
Rated:                                    G
Aspect Ratio:                        1.66:1
Sound:                                   Blu-ray – English: 7.1 DTS-HDMA, 5.1 Dolby Digital, Original Theatrical Mix; Spanish and French: 5.1 Dolby Digital; DVD – English: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Original Theatrical Mix; Spanish and French: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Languages/Subtitles:          English, French & Spanish 

Our Review:
We already own a Mary Poppin DVD, but it is so nice to be able to upgrade it to the blu-ray edition. The movie has been digital restored so that when we play the blu-ray on the big flat screen TV for our kids, we could really tell the differences in picture quality. Our kids have watched Mary Poppin more times than I could count. They love singing along with the movie and they think that having a magical nanny like Mary Poppin would be the best thing in the world. This 50th anniversary edition has new extra content that such as a new sing along. This movie is a Disney classic that's definitely worth purchasing. As I have mentioned before, my kids absolutely love this movie and have watched it over and over again. If you have young kids too, I highly recommend picking up a copy. 

To buy it, please visit your local stores where Disney DVDs and Blu-ray's are sold. This title will be available for purchase starting December 10th, 2013. 

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