Mary Poppins [50th Anniversary Edition] [Includes Digital Copy] [DVD] [1964]

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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1109 out of 1114)

Special Features


  • Disney's Song Selection
  • English SDH
  • Poppins pop-up fun facts
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Synopsis


Mary Poppins
Long resistant to film adaptations of her Mary Poppins books, P.L. Travers finally succumbed to the entreaties of Walt Disney, and the result is often considered the finest of Disney's personally supervised films. The Travers stories are bundled together to tell the story of the Edwardian-era British Banks family: the banker father (David Tomlinson), suffragette mother (Glynis Johns), and the two "impossible" children (Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber). The kids get the attention of their all-business father by bedevilling every new nanny in the Banks household. Whem Mr. Banks advertises conventionally for another nanny, the kids compose their own ad, asking for someone with a little kindness and imagination. Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews in her screen debut) answers the children's ad by arriving at the Banks home from the skies, parachuting downward with her umbrella. She immediately endears herself to the children. The next day they meet Mary's old chum Bert (Dick Van Dyke), currently employed as a sidewalk artist. Mary, Bert, and the children hop into one of Bert's chalk drawings and learn the nonsense song "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" in a cartoon countryside. Later, they pay a visit to Bert's Uncle Albert (Ed Wynn), who laughs so hard that he floats to the ceiling. Mr. Banks is pleased that his children are behaving better, but he's not happy with their fantastic stories. To show the children what the real world is like, he takes them to his bank. A series of disasters follow which result in his being fired from his job. Mary Poppins' role in all this leads to some moments when it is possible to fear that all her good work will be undone, but like the magical being she is, all her "mistakes" lead to a happy result by the end of the film. In 2001, Mary Poppins was rereleased in a special "sing-along" edition with subtitles added to the musical numbers so audiences could join in with the onscreen vocalists. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Julie Andrews
    Julie Andrews - Mary Poppins
  • Dick Van Dyke
    Dick Van Dyke - Bert/Mr. Dawes, Sr.
  • David Tomlinson
    David Tomlinson - Mr. Banks
  • Glynis Johns
    Glynis Johns - Mrs. Banks
  • Hermione Baddeley
    Hermione Baddeley - Ellen



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    'Mary Poppins' Blu Ray not perfect, but VERY close

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    AandJ091108
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    'Mary Poppins' from Disney Studios in 1964 was a groundbreaking film in many ways. Not only did it successful blend both live action and animation in new and exciting ways, it also featured a top notch stellar cast of old pros and extremely talented newcomers (many of whom we would soon be seeing LOTS more of) and the beautiful original music by the Sherman Brothers, the greatest songwriters that ever worked for Disney. With the songs sung by one of most beautiful voices of all time, the great Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins is entertainment at it's best. While created primarily as a 'Family Film' there is something about 'Mary Poppins' that resonates with ALL age groups and speaks to me differently now at age 59 than when I first saw it in 1964 at the Northgate Cinema in Seattle. It is fun for the entire family and has plenty of Re-Watch-ability built right in. With that said, this review will be focusing on the video and audio portions of the Blu ray presentation, and not the film itself. 'Mary Poppins" looks REALLY GOOD on Blu Ray. It is not perfect and simply can not be due to the sheer amount of old school optical effects that are achieved at the expense of both clarity and perceived picture resolution. I honestly did not except too much from this transfer and was happily surprised throughout the presentation. I really must say that the work that went into this transfer must have been enormous. Almost all the dirt and debris has been cleared way along with print damage like scratches, etc. Color timing looks very good, perhaps the color saturation level is just a bit on the light side of things, but overall it is very natural looking. Contrast and Brightness levels are very good and the film looks spectacular in motion. Nice and smooth..... The problem areas of this transfer all revolve around the special effects of the time which were mostly achieved optically, by printing multiple layers of negative onto a composite piece of film. By the time all the elements are inserted and printed, you might be looking at 4 or 5 generations and you have lost clarity with each one. I was frankly shocked by how well Disney has handled this title. I was not expecting things to turn out as well as they did. However......... You can pretty much guess each time the film will dissolve (fade) into another scene as you are then at at least 2 layers and things will be noticeably "blurrier". Also, during much of the animation scenes with the human actors, you will notice the rotoscoping around the live actors and at times it is sloppy looking. This is NOT from the current Blu Ray transfer, but from the original effects process. Honestly, the film has been polished and cleaned up to the point where it only really slips badly visually a few times. For me, the worst looking segment was during the room cleaning sequence. Not ALL of it, just parts. If you have a critical eye, you will notice the weak spots immediately but soon realize they are perfectly acceptable within the framework of the full movie. MOST of it is great so there is enough wiggle room for those rather weaker looking moments. No overuse of edge enhancement/sharpening or DNR can be seen. Technically this is a top notch transfer. Decent bit rate and no visible encoding artifacts that I could spot. Hats off to the team that accomplished this! Still, I am truly only mentioning all this for those who buy the disc and then are bitterly disappointed that 'Mary Poppins" doesn't look "Perfect" on Blu Ray. The simple reason is IT CAN'T look perfect since it never WAS perfect. But Marty G is saying right now that this is the VERY BEST he has ever seen 'Mary Poppins" look on home video. ON a scale of 1 to 5, I would say the Video quality 'Mary Poppins" is an average of 3.3/4 and at time hits 4.5 while at other times sinks down to perhaps 3.0. The visuals aren't all that consistent at times, but only someone who is really looking for it will notice it much. OK, so the picture is pretty darn good, how about the sound? The audio on 'Mary Poppins" is where this disc REALLY shines. The musical numbers especially just come to life in DTS HD-Master Audio 7.1 Surround. I was disappointed that the original Stereo mix is only presented in Dolby Digital but the re-purposed surround mix is quite good and I went with it. Decent surround activity and even some sub involvement, this is a lively mix that belies the age of the source elements. Nice job! The original production sound lacks a bit in the dialogue department. Oh , you can hear everything, but it at times has a weak and canned sound to it. The techniques and limitations of the day are to blame I am sure. The music itself is wonderfully reproduced as are all the vocals. Foley and Ambient effects are nicely mixed to take advantage of the surround format and I found myself quite satisfied with the audio on this Blu ray disc. Special features abound on this disc and the Supplements are quite extensive. Most are in SD, while a few are at least in wide screen with a 14 minute HD quasi-commercial (basically) for the new 'Saving Mr. Banks' film. Honestly though, the special feature are so numerous I don't have the time or space to write about all of them. Basically,. They are for the most part quite good and will interest all who love the film to begin with. Just the movie alone on Blu Ray is well worth the price, but the addition of this plethora of extras puts the icing right on top of the cake. Yes, you guessed it, they are Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious !! I had to say that once! (sorry) 'Mary Poppins' is a true classic that will entertain and delight for many years to come. This Blu Ray presentation gives you the very best rendering of both the video and audio available. While not perfect, it is a great film with a very ambitious Blu Ray transfer that SHOULD delight most fans. Looks very good, sounds even better! I had a huge smile on my face all during the screening. It's an amazing achievement! Highly recommended!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Timeless Classic

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    blznguns
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    A great movie! I wanted to make sure my kids saw it, and saw it in all it's glory. Heartwarming and funny, the story is timeless. I wanted a Blu Ray copy for our home movie collection and this was perfect. Julie Andrews and the entire cast were simply great. If you loved these characters as a kid like I did, there is no greater joy than sharing this beloved classic with your own kids (though truth be told, I'd watch it even without the kids as it's like reconnecting with an old friend--a real warm feeling of nostalgia). Many of the songs were simply fantastic as well. If you aren't one to care about extras on DVD's though and you already have a Blu Ray copy of the movie, I don't know if you'd need this latest copy, but we did not have a Blu Ray copy in our house, so well worth it for my family. And if you love Mary Poppins, then you have to check out "Saving Mr. Banks" that tells the story behind the movie. It stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as the author of Mary Poppins. A very wonderful movie in it's own right, and was fascinating to learn how the books became a Disney picture and the gut-wrenching story of the writer in creating the story. Both are a must see!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I wish I had a nanny like this...

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    Ohitsappropriate

    I grew up in England and I had several nannies. I can assure you that none of my nannies were like Mary Poppins. My nanny used to make us (my two brothers and me) lay face down before lunch. She would rub the back of our ears with linseed oil (not a pleasant odor but it was supposed to promote good humor). Then she would slap the bottoms of our bare feet with a raw London broil (this was, according to her, strengthening our political resolve). She was an odd bird and nothing like Mary. I especially chuckle when she teaches Jane and Michael to snap their fingers to clean up their rooms. Our nanny would snap her fingers and, if our rooms weren't spotless within 20 minutes, we would be forced to bathe in cold water using lava soap whilst she read us Adam Smith's "Wealth of Nations" Needless to say I am not a fan of the free markets. The musical numbers in this are terrific and D. Van D. does a wonderful job in all of his roles (he also plays the dodgey old balloon knot in the bank in case you didn't know)...but he does glorify mopery and vagary. The chilren see him as a hero of sorts whilst they degrade their hard working father. Overall though, this is a classic Disney film and reminds me of better days gone by...minus the linseed oil...

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Undeniably one of the best family movies ever made

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    Vieuxdo
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    This film is for children, but has a charm that will appeal to all ages. My 7 year old loves it and drags out the DVD every few months to watch and sing-a-long. Julie Andrews with her perfect dictaion, brings all the songs to life like no one else can. I can't help but laugh when I see the scene with Mary singing a duet with what looks like a Robin from the tree outside, it calls to mind the scene in Shrek (1) where the princess sings a duet with a small bird in a tree, and the bird explodes trying to reach the high notes... how times have changed! That just would not do in 1965. His singing and dancing is delightful to watch and lifts the film in ways only he could achieve. A good film is soon sorted from the average when children continually play them over and over. If you can sit down and watch it after hearing and seeing it more than 20 times, it passes the test! Mary Poppins - firm but fair. Thumbs up for this one.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great release, must buy for any Disney fan.

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    dgator83
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    the 5oth Anniversary edition of Mary Poppins on blu-ray is superb. The PQ (picture quality) and SQ (sound quality) is out of this world for such an older release. Disney really put in the effort to bring this release to perfection. The colors pop and the songs have never sounded more glorious. I do have a Denon 1250W receiver that decodes the Master Audio (HD sound) track. I always say if you upgrade to blu-ray which everyone should do, upgrade your home theater system as well. Thank you Black Friday at Best Buy. Anyways, this is a classic and should be owned by. Remember, this movie is considered Walt Disney's best movie and his own personal favorite. Also, its great to watch this after seeing Saving Mr. Banks. It gives you a better appreciation for the movie.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It's not about who you think

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    No one can deny that Mary Poppins is among the most magical characters to grace the Disney films, or that the film displays for us an era about to change. Watch this movie carefully, watch it often if you have to, and as often as you have to. Watch it to see a family learn about each other, and a father learn that tradition and precision aren't what children and family are about. No matter how precise and orderly your live may be, it's the unexpected moments and the unplanned events that make life, living.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Magical

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    I haven't watched this movie since I was a child. Now that there are little ones in the household to entertain, it was a joy to watch it again and have the children mesmerized by the songs, dancing and special effects. The plot still works as it's a mirror of the grandchildren I occasionally take care of. At the end of the move, I would remind them that Mary Poppins will be here soon and they would behave.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Walt Disneys Best Live Action Film

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    I saw this movie in the theater when it first came out as a very young child. Being young I didn't grasp the entire meaning of the story but still enjoyed the music and the magic. As an adult it was great to see this movie and understand the many levels of story that it told. This Blu Ray restored version is the best this movie has ever looked and sounded. I had been waiting for Disney to release a restored HD version for many years and I am glad it is finally here. Crisp clean picture and sound and a load of extras make this a must have for any Disney fan.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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