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Mary Poppins
Collector's Edition
Genre: Musical

Reviewed In Issue 92 (Jan 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Hermione Badderley, Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber, Elsa Lanchester, Arthur Treacher, Reginald Owen & Ed Wynn

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 5
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Special Features
Disc One of this two-disc 40th Anniversary Edition includes a newly recorded audio commentary by Julie Andrews, Karen Dotrice, Richard Sherman, Robert Sherman, and Dick Van Dyke; a Disney Song Selection feaure with optional on-screen lyrics; and an optional pop-up fact track. There are also up-front ads. Disc Two adds the deleted song

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 3116703
(MPAA Rating): G
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(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 139
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1964
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/14/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): Robert Stevenson
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the Mary Poppins books by P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins is Disney

DVD Picture:
Compared to the previously released, non-anamorphic DVDs, this new anamorphically enhanced and windowboxed 1.66:1 DVD picture looks really great. Though generally dated, colors can be rich and vibrant, with bold reds, rich blues, and deep blacks. Fleshtones can appear a bit brownish. The source element is revealing of some film grain and minor scratches and dirt. Unfortunately edge enhancement is the real party-pooper with this title, as the annoying halos are noticed around many objects. Pixelization is not a huge problem. For its age, Mary Poppins should certainly please the whole family. (Suzanne Hodges)

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