Those who want an extra spoon full of sugar can take home Saving Mr. Banks when it arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD, and On-Demand on March 18. Featuring the great performances of Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, and Colin Farrell, Saving Mr. Banks hosts a decent list of special features for those interested in how they incorporated that Disney magic into the loosely based story of the making of Mary Poppins. Find out what you can discover on home video after the break.
Now I found Saving Mr. Banks a bit more interesting than others, but I still was a bit disappointed in what I got versus what I expected. What was sold to me was a fun romp about the making of Mary Poppins with a crotchety old woman who bumped heads with Walt Disney and caused pandemonium at the House of Mouse. What I was given was a sad, very Disney-fied story about the hidden secrets P.L. Travers was keeping when she wrote Mary Poppins and only the Walt Disney could save her. Tomato tomato, right? The story has its quirks, but its the performances that really stand out here.
Here’s what you can come to expect in the way of special features for the release of Saving Mr. Banks:
- The Walt Disney Studios: From Poppins to Present (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – Join Director John Lee Hancock on a tour of the Disney Studios lot, reflect on studio life during the making of Mary Poppins, and discover how Walt’s creative spirit still flourishes today.
- Let’s Go Fly a Kite (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – Cast and crew sing break out in a rousing, heartfelt tribute to Composer Richard Sherman on the last day of filming.
- Deleted Scenes
- Stargaze (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – A picture on Walt’s desk leads to a flashback of Pamela’s childhood.
- Nanny Song (Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD) – The Sherman Brothers perform a song for Pamela that she is less than thrilled with.
- Pam Leaves (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – After yet another disagreement with Walt, Pamela leaves his office and heads for the airport.
For those who may be unfamiliar with the tale of Saving Mr. Banks, we have the plot synopsis courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment:
Determined to fulfill a promise to his daughters, Walt Disney (Hanks) tries for twenty years to obtain the rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Thompson) beloved book. Armed with his iconic creative vision, Walt pulls out all the stops, but the uncompromising Travers won’t budge. Only when he reaches into his own complicated childhood does Walt discover the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers, and together, the set Mary Poppins free.
Saving Mr. Banks hits Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD, and On-Demand on March 18
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