Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Edition
The Mouse House has cracked open the legendary Vault once again, this time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Britain’s most magical, musical, practically-perfectin-every-way nanny. The film adaptation of P.L. Travers’ writings, directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke (and some adorable animated penguins), was an instant classic upon release, nabbing five Academy Awards— including Best Actress for Andrews, Best Song (“Chim Chim Cher-ee”) and Best Visual Effects.
The DVD bonus features include Disney’s Song Selection of eight toe-tapping tunes from the classic, audio commentary, Poppins Pop-Up Fun Facts and a digital version. Or, opt for the two-disc Blu-ray/ DVD + digital combo for $39.99 and get “Mary-Oke” (“Spoon Full of Sugar,” “Supercalafragilisticexpealidocious,” “Step in Time,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee”), SingAlong with the Movie, “Mary Poppins from Page to Stage,” deleted song “Chimpanzoo,” a reunion of Andrews, Van Dyke and songwriter Richard Sherman; Supercalafragilisticexpialidocious: The Making of Mary Poppins; The Cat That Looked at a King short; “Movie Magic;” scene deconstructions of “Jolly Holiday” and “Step in Time;” Dick Van Dyke make-up test; Julie Andrews premiere greeting; original and re-issue trailers and TV spots and Gala Premiere footage. You can’t ask for jollier holiday entertainment than that. [Release date: December 10]