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Mary Poppins 40th Anniversary Edition in December

Walt Disney Home Entertainment have announced the Region 1 DVD release of Mary Poppins 40th Anniversary Edition for 14th December 2004 priced at $29.99 SRP. Winner of five Academy Awards® and one of the most beloved movies of all time, Mary Poppins is Walt Disney’s crowning achievement of live-action, animation and music, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.

Mary Poppins is now fully restored in a very special 40th Anniversary Edition DVD that is chock-full of spectacular, all-new bonus material that has never been released before. This Disney treasure-trove includes an all-new animated short hosted by Julie Andrews and starring the voice talent of Sarah Ferguson, Tracy Ullman and David Ogden Stiers. Created exclusively for the DVD, the short is based on an original Mary Poppins story by P.L. Travers, “The Cat That Looked At A King.” This magical DVD also includes a first-ever reunion with Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and co-composer Richard Sherman as they reminisce about making the film and the music that was such a special part of its success. As well, the exciting MARY POPPINS 40th Anniversary Edition also contains a new rendition of the never-before-heard deleted song ‘Chimpanzoo;’ a new, definitive behind-the-scenes ‘making of’ feature with never-before-released footage and new interviews; an all-new set-top game, “I Love To Laugh;” a Disney Song Selection track that shows the words to your favorite songs on screen; a newly recorded audio commentary with Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke; and much, much more.

The new 2-disc DVD features both a remastered picture and remixed sound with the Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix. This all-new viewing experience brings the picture back to its theatrical brilliance in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio that the film was originally created in. The extensively remixed soundtrack uncovers dialogue previously inaudible on the original track and provides dramatic clarity and crisper sound. By sweetening sound effects, a more realistic outdoor environment was created which was unattainable during the film’s soundstage production. After listening to the enhanced mix, co-composer
Richard Sherman commented “Walt would be smiling.”



1.66:1 enhanced for 16 x 9 screens – aspect ratio in which the film was originally created

English Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround Sound - Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix
English Dolby® Digital 2.0 Original Theatrical Mix
English Dolby® Digital 2.0 Enhanced Mix
French, Spanish 5.1 audio tracks

Music & More

Disney's Song Selection
Sing along to your favorite songs as the words pop up on screen. You can select each song separately, play them all, or watch the whole film and have the words to the songs appear on screen. Songs include “Spoonful Of Sugar,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and “Jolly Holiday.”

Backstage Disney

Audio Commentary
This newly recorded audio commentary features Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Richard Sherman, and Karen Dotrice as they reminisce about the making of Mary Poppins.

Poppins Pop-Up Fun Facts
In this all-new feature mode, as viewers watch the film they will periodically be treated to “pop-ups” of fun-filled information about the making of this classic film and the people who made it.


Bonus Short

“The Cat That Looked At A King”
From “Mary Poppins Opens The Door” By P.L. Travers

This all-new animated short, done in the style of the chalk drawings seen in the film, has been produced exclusively for the 40th Anniversary Special Edition DVD. Julie Andrews and two children magically enter the animated world of the chalk drawings to experience this whimsical tale based on one of the chapters from the original series of Mary Poppins books. Voiced by Sara Ferguson, Tracy Ullman and David Ogden Stiers.

Deleted Song

Deleted Song: "Chimpanzoo"
The deleted “Chimpanzoo” song is reconstructed using original storyboard and concept art accompanied by a new rendition of the song performed by co-composer Richard Sherman.

Music & More

A Magical Musical Reunion
Featuring Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and Richard Sherman

In this new feature, enjoy this first-ever heartwarming reunion of stars Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke with co-composer Richard Sherman as they gather around a piano and reminisce about their memories of making this film and the music that is such a special part of its success.

A Musical Journey with Richard Sherman
In this new feature, legendary composer Richard Sherman takes us on a delightful magical journey through some of the film’s locations, revealing many secrets about the music of Mary Poppins along the way.

Games & Activities:

“I Love To Laugh” Set Top Game
Test your Mary Poppins trivia knowledge while you help Uncle Albert come down from the ceiling.

Backstage Disney

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: The Making of Mary Poppins
This new, 50 minute feature is the definitive behind-the-scenes look at the film. Using archival footage (some of which has never been seen before) and newly shot interviews, this outstanding program reveals how Mary Poppins, one of Walt Disney’s most unique and beloved films, came into being.

Deconstruction of a Scene: "Jolly Holiday” & “Step In Time”
This new feature takes a unique look at two scenes from Mary Poppins, revealing the behind-the-scenes work that went into creating these memorable moments. As you watch each scene you will be treated to never-before-seen elements and discover how they were used in making these numbers.

Movie Magic
Geared toward our younger audience members, this featurette takes a look at the special effect techniques that were used to bring the magical world of Mary Poppins to life.

The Gala World Premiere
This new featurette presents a fascinating and nostalgic look at the film’s fabled, celebrity-filled premiere. Ever wonder what going to the star-studded event was like? Now you can visit this once-in-a-lifetime event.

A Dick Van Dyke Make-Up Test
Newly discovered, and presented for the first time, here is star Dick Van Dyke’s original make-up test for the role of Mr. Dawes, Sr.

Here are newly presented, rare publicity items from Mary Poppins:
  • Original Theatrical Teaser Trailer
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Julie Andrews’ Premiere Greeting
  • Original TV Spot #1
  • Original TV Spot # 2
  • 1966 Re-Issue Trailer
  • 1973 Re-Issue Trailer #1
  • 1973 Re-Issue Trailer #2

    Mary Poppins Still Art Galleries
    Presented for the first time, here is a comprehensive collection of incredible still art from the making of film. This trove of rare and valuable Hollywood history has not been presented on DVD previously.
  • Visual Development
  • Story Development
  • Peter Ellenshaw Paintings
  • Recording Sessions
  • Costumes & Makeup
  • Behind-The-Scenes
  • Cast Photos
  • Walt & Friends
  • The Premiere
  • Publicity
  • Memorabilia

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