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MARY POPPINS ($30) is a marvelous DVD and the first Disney title to appear which features animation. If this title is any indication of how Disney's animated classics will look on DVD, I know I can't wait for them to start announcing their feature length animated films on DVD. Julie Andrews received an Academy Award for her performance as the magical Mary Poppins, a nanny extraordinaire who enriches the lives of everyone she encounters. Mary Poppins latest charges are a brother and sister who are virtually ignored by their parents, and have tormented every nanny who has preceded her.

In MARY POPPINS, Dick Van Dyke delivers two standout performances. First as the good-natured chimney sweep Bert, who happens to be a good friend and admirer of Mary Poppins. Second as Mr. Dawes Sr., the elderly banker who has forgotten about the simple joys of life. Mary, Bert and the children have a number of magical adventures, which eventually bring the children closer to their busy parents. In addition to Andrews and Van Dyke, the top drawer cast of MARY POPPINS also features David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber, Elsa Lanchester, Arthur Treacher, Reginald Owen, Reta Shaw and Ed Wynn. As a film, MARY POPPINS stands as the Walt Disney Studio's finest achievement in live action film making, thanks to its mix of humor, song special effects and marvelous performances. The movie is so good that MARY POPPINS took home Oscars for Best Actress (Julie Andrews), Best Special Visual Effects, Best Musical Score and Best Song (Chim Chim Cher-ee).

Walt Disney Home Video offers MARY POPPINS in a glorious looking Letterboxed transfer which presents the film in a theatrical aspect ratio close to 1.85:1. Color reproduction on this DVD is wonderful and the image is very well defined. Digital compression artifacts were never overt anywhere on this DVD.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack is very pleasing for a film from 1964, however the film's music and songs receive the primary benefit from the re-mix. Other soundtrack options include a matrixed Dolby Surround compatible track. Subtitles are available in English.

The interactive menus offer the standard scene selection feature.

MARY POPPINS is a Disney screen classic, which is certain to be enjoyed by both children and parents alike. The DVD edition of MARY POPPINS is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and truly deserving of inclusion in almost all personal libraries. Absolutely recommended.


Mary Poppins



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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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