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Mary Poppins 45th Anniversary Edition
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The movie received 13 Academy Award(R) nominations and won 5 Oscars(R) for Best Actress, Best Song, Best Music Score, Best Film Editing, and Best Special Visual Effects. It also received a special scientific award for the creation and application of Color Traveling Matte Composite Cinematography, which helped make the combination of live action and animated actors in the film possible.
There is only one word that comes close to accurately describing the enchanting Mary Poppins, and that term was coined by the movie itself: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Even at 2 hours and 20 minutes, Disney's pioneering mixture of live action and animation (based on the books by P.L. Travers) still holds kids spellbound. Julie Andrews won an Oscar as the world's most magically idealized nanny ("practically perfect in every way," and complete with lighter-than-air umbrella), and Dick Van Dyke is her clownishly charming beau, Bert the chimney sweep. The songs are also terrific, ranging from bright and cheery ("A Spoonful of Sugar") to dark and cheery (the Oscar-winning "Chim Chim Cher-ee") to touchingly melancholy ("Feed the Birds"). Many consider Mary Poppins to be the crowning achievement of Walt Disney's career--and it was the only one of his features to be nominated for a best picture Academy Award until Beauty and the Beast in 1991. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Julie Andrews stars as the nanny and Dick Van Dyke as the lovable cockney Bert, (just forgive his dreadful accent) who always seems to be around at the right time for an adventure. The children find themselves having outings such as jumping into a chalk picture into a cartoon world, having a tea-party on a ceiling and dancing across the rooftops of London. Stuffed to the gills with songs such as 'Spoonful of Sugar', 'Chim Chim Cheree', 'Feed the Birds' and 'Jolly Holiday', this will have you tapping your foot throughout.
This 40th anniversary edition is on 2 discs and features lots of extras such as a documentary, commentary, footage of the premieres etc. The quality of print is very high, the colours have never looked so vibrant and the picture is razor sharp. Wonderful stuff.
Mary Poppins pops onto blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.66:1 encode. The digital restoration by Disney is simply fantastic. Grain levels are intact and filmic. Colour reproduction is bright, bold, and accurate - especially the fanciful cartoon sequences. Contrast is dynamic and blacks are inky. Image resolution and details are excellent. Human faces and other clothing textures are impressive. You'll see individual hair follicles, wrinkles, and even makeup effects on the Senior Mr. Dawes. (4.5/5)
Mary Poppins dances and sings its way onto blu ray with a robust English 7.1 DTS-HD MA sound mix. Dialogue is crystal clear and neatly prioritized at all times; effects are crisp and mischievous; and Richard and Robert Sherman's unforgettable songs have quite simply never sounded better, fuller or more engaging. Dynamic range is just average. There are even a few wonderful moments, like exploding fireworks during Step in Time, where all nine channels spring to life with active, almost-aggressive panning, and my two subwoofers thundered. (4.5/5)
In 1965, out of 13 nominations, Mary Poppins won 5 Oscars: Best Actress (Julie Andrews), Best Film Editing, Best Special Visual Effects, Best Original Song (Chim Chim Cher-ee), and Best Original Score (Richard and Robert Sherman). It was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Colour Cinematography, Best Set Direction – Colour, Best Costume, Best Sound and Best Music Score.
Mary Poppins has an estimated budget of $6 million, but grossed $102 million, which is phenomenal by today’s standards.
Mary Poppins is a top tier catalog title we've been long waiting to see on blu ray.Read more ›
The menu which loops a sequence from the movie, looks very nice on the blu-ray, ugly on the DVD (someone at Disney needs glasses). Once you put the disk on the player be ready to press "skip" because you will be bombarded with crappy ads! Does anyone actually watch these things?
The box mentions a making-of documentary, although I can't find it anywhere.
I bought and reviewed the 40th anniversary edition(I did not buy the 45th)and had a disc from a few years prior also.The 40th was the best print to that time, and is strangely FAR superior to this 50th anniversary edition.The 40th was mastered in THX for better sound and picture,and it really made a BIG difference.There is no such reference here and again,the lack thereof certainly shows.It looks no better than the disc I first bought years ago.Just the opening credits tell the tale as the camera pans the skyline of London,the graininess is evident throughout.Shortly after when we visit the Admiral, that scene is grainy.Later the skyline where Mary,Bert and the kids climb into the London sky on a soot staircase...terrible.In the 40th the entire film is without grain at all...crystal clear.
I have to shake my head when I wonder why Disney would use an inferior print for a 50th edition,which to me would seem to be a little bit more significant than a 40th or 45th.And only one disc at that.This edition,to my way of thinking, should have replicated the 40th with the same two discs or maybe three.In the very least the picture should have equaled or surpassed the 40th.Considering 10 years have passed, and the technological advances we have made in just that short time,to me it would be a no brainer.
If you are in anyway thinking of getting this 50th edition,forget it.I see the 40th is still available.Grab that instead.
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I haven't seen this version yet but I know it's a great classic.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
My 7 year old daughter has watched this over and over again.
Its a classic, its specialy effects aren't so much data as classic and ahead of their time
I bought this for my kids to watch, but found out my wife has never watched it either.
Both of my kids liked the movie, which while good was also unfortunate for me. Read more
Classic that held my attention way more as a child the it did our son :) :(Published 1 month ago by Kavens World
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