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Saving Mr. Banks Blu-ray + DVD Review

Reviewed by on Apr 04, 2014
Rating: 5 Star Rating

Saving Mr. Banks follows the story of author P.L. Travers as she journeys from London to Hollywood when Walt Disney decides to adapt her book Mary Poppins for the screen. Find out more in the Kidzworld Review of the Saving Mr. Banks DVD + Blu-ray.

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson bring to life the untold true story about the origins of one of the most treasured Disney classics of all time.  John Lee Hancock directs this acclaimed film, which reveals the surprising backstory behind the making of Mary Poppins.  Determined to fulfill a promise to his daughters, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) tries for twenty years to obtain the rights to author P.L. Travers’ (EmmaThompson) 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.

Walt Disney welcomes Pamela to DisneylandWalt Disney welcomes Pamela to Disneyland

The Bottom Line

There's something irresistible about a true story that's also a feel-good story, and in an age where "Disney" and Mary Poppins are such huge icons, it's easy to forget that Disney was a real person, and the movie that defined film musicals started as a sweet little novel by a British writer. Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks turn in great performances of these loveable characters from history, which is definitely worth a second watch.

Walt Disney tries to convince Travers that a carousel ride should be funWalt Disney tries to convince Travers that a carousel ride should be fun

Apart from simply being an interesting story and real people making movie magic, Saving Mr. Banks also has a lot to offer in terms of it's look. It has beautiful bright colors that will send you back to the eye-popping age of technicolor (when Mary Poppins was made), and it's even crisper and more beautiful on blu-ray! A fun movie for the whole family no matter what mood you're in.

Young Pamela with her fatherYoung Pamela with her father

Bonus Materials*:

  • 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.

Saving Mr. Banks Blu-ray + DVD Rating: 5

Saving Mr. Banks Blu-ray and DVD CoverSaving Mr. Banks Blu-ray and DVD Cover

Saving Mr. Banks is available now on Blu-ray + DVD !