“Saving Mr. Banks” Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack Review

By Shannon Gurnee
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April 2, 2014
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I recently had the opportunity to review Saving Mr. Banks and it was so good!  I wasn’t really sure what to expect.  I just knew it had something to do with Mary Poppins and included Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson.  When I saw it though, it was so much more than I ever thought it would be.  In fact, as soon as I finished the movie, I wanted to turn on Mary Poppins.  Plus, when you watch it, be sure to have plenty of tissues with you!

ABOUT SAVING MR. BANKS

The untold true story of Saving Mr.Banks Blu-ray + Digital Copy, DVD, Digital HD, and On-Demand March 18th! The release includes deleted scenes, delightful never-before-seen bonus features, including director John Lee Hancock’s tour of Disney Studios today and reflects on studio life during the creation of Mary Poppins, and more. We also wanted to share film clips for you and your lovely readers below.

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 (The Blind Side) 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 (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.

Featuring a stellar supporting cast that includes Colin Farrell (Total Recall), Paul Giamatti (Sideways), Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore), Bradley Whitford (TV’s The West Wing), Annie Rose Buckley (TV’s Home and Away), Ruth Wilson (The Lone Ranger), B.J. Novak (TV’s The Office), Rachel Griffiths (TV’s Brothers & Sisters) and Kathy Baker (Edward Scissorhands), Saving Mr. Banks was directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, The Rookie), produced by Alison Owen, Ian Collie and Philip Steuer, and written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Executive producers are Paul Trijbits, Andrew Mason, Troy Lum and Christine Langan. 

On Blu-ray and Digital HD, Saving Mr. Banks sweeps viewers away with enchanting high definition picture and sound, plus delightful, never-before-seen bonus features, including “The Walt Disney Studios: From Poppins to Present,” in which director John Lee Hancock takes viewers on an insider’s tour of Disney Studios today and reflects on studio life during the creation of Mary Poppins.  Additional bonus materials include “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” in which the film’s cast and crew sing an impromptu version of the iconic song on set during the last day of shooting, and deleted Scenes.

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

(1) Stargaze (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – A picture on Walt’s desk leads to a flashback of Pamela’s childhood.

(2) Nanny Song (Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD) – The Sherman Brothers perform a song for Pamela that she is less than thrilled with.

(3) Pam Leaves (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – After yet another disagreement with Walt, Pamela leaves his office and heads for the airport.

*Digital HD bonus offerings vary by digital retailer

DISC SPECIFICATIONS

Feature Run Time: Approximately 125 minutes

Rating: Feature Film: “PG-13” in U.S., “PG” in Canada, bonus features not rated

Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray = 2.40:1 1080p High Definition Widescreen / DVD = 1.78:1 – Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions

Audio: Blu-ray = English 5.1 DTS-HDMA and DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks / DVD = English 5.1 and DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital; Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks

Languages/Subtitles: Blu-ray = English SDH, French and Spanish Subtitles / DVD = English SDH; Spanish and French Subtitles

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About The Walt Disney Studios: 

For 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under four banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed.  The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing.  The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney on Ice and Disney LIVE! For more information, please visit www.disney.com.

I received a product sample to facilitate this review.  
All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

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Shannon Gurnee (formerly Shannon Gosney) is the author of The Mommy-Files, a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

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