Mary Poppins has more than a few spoonfuls of sugar, but it all goes down delightfully. It would be easy to dismiss this film as fluff, but behind the sweetness, Poppins is a well-crafted, entertaining film with engaging performances, good musical numbers and excellent visual effects.
Based on the series of books by P.L. Travers, the movie is set in England of 1910. The Banks family’s latest nanny is quitting because she can’t handle the kids. Jane and Michael (Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber) aren’t so bad, really. They’d like nothing better than to fly their kite in the park with their parents. But father (David Tomlinson) is devoted to his job at the bank and mother (Glynis Johns) is busy protesting with her fellow suffragettes. Then one day, Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews in her film debut) floats down from a cloud after answering the children’s unconventional advertisement for a nanny.
Theatrical Release: August 27th, 1964 - Los Angeles, California
DVD Review: Buena Vista Home Video - Region 1- NTSC
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|Distribution||Buena Vista Home Video - Region 1- NTSC|
Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.51 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||Original English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) , English (Enhanced Disney 2.0 Dolby), All-new Disney Home Theater Mix (5.1), DUBS: French (5.1) , Spanish (5.1)|
by actors Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Karen Dotrice, composer Richard
Sherman, and archival recordings from others including Walt Disney
I've read some luke-warm responses to this DVD, but I was well satisfied. It is as good as any 40 year-old film with these, now outdated, special effects could possibly look. It is bright, clear of blemishes and scratches (as were in the older edition) no edge enhancements that I was aware of, very good contrast etc. etc.... The extras are bountiful (including commentary) and I doubt there will be too many unhappy customers after owning and watching this DVD. If anything it can be slightly dark in the indoor scenes, but this is only to the credit of Buena Vista for not artificially brightening it. Audio is also strong although probably on the weak side by today's standards - a lot was done to try to spruce it up, but there is only so much you can achieve. My complaints? - yellow subtitles and my box had a strong new-car-like odor. A great family DVD purchase. out of