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<b><u>Walt Disney’s Crowning Achievement
Arrives In A Spectacular 2-Disc DVD Filled With New Bonus Features</u>


MARY POPPINS
40th Anniversary Edition DVD

<i>Disney’s Magical Masterpiece Is Fully Restored and Remastered,
and Available On December 14</i></b>
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BURBANK, Calif., August 11, 2004 - Winner of five Academy Awards®, Walt Disney’s <b>MARY
POPPINS</b> is one of the most beloved movies of all time. Now, Walt Disney’s crowning achievement of
live-action, animation and music, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, has been fully restored in a
very special <b>40th Anniversary Edition</b> DVD.

“Practically Perfect in Every Way,” the <b>MARY POPPINS 40th Anniversary Edition</b> DVD is chock-full
of spectacular, all-new bonus material that has never been released before. This Disney treasure-trove
includes an all-new animated short hosted by Julie Andrews and starring the voice talent of Sarah
Ferguson, Tracy Ullman and David Ogden Stiers. Created exclusively for the DVD, the short is based on
an original Mary Poppins story by P.L. Travers, “The Cat That Looked At A King.” This magical DVD
also includes a first-ever reunion with Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and co-composer Richard Sherman
as they reminisce about making the film and the music that was such a special part of its success. As
well, the exciting <b>MARY POPPINS 40th Anniversary Edition</b> also contains a new rendition of the
never-before-heard deleted song ‘<i>Chimpanzoo</i>;’ a new, definitive behind-the-scenes ‘making of’ feature
with never-before-released footage and new interviews; an all-new set-top game, “I Love To Laugh;” a
Disney Song Selection track that shows the words to your favorite songs on screen; a newly recorded
audio commentary with Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke; and much, much more.

Available just in time for the holiday season, this definitive, must-have “Mary Poppins” edition for
audiences of all ages debuts December 14, 2004!

The new 2-disc DVD features both a remastered picture and remixed sound with the Disney Enhanced
Home Theater Mix. This all-new viewing experience brings the picture back to its theatrical brilliance in
the 1.66:1 aspect ratio that the film was originally created in. The extensively remixed soundtrack
uncovers dialogue previously inaudible on the original track and provides dramatic clarity and crisper
sound. By sweetening sound effects, a more realistic outdoor environment was created which was
unattainable during the film’s soundstage production. After listening to the enhanced mix, co-composer
Richard Sherman commented “Walt would be smiling.”

<b>MARY POPPINS</b> is one of Walt Disney’s greatest achievements, a true milestone in cinema history.
Julie Andrews won the Academy Award® for Best Actress, 1965, for her portrayal of Mary Poppins,
alongside co-star Dick Van Dyke as Bert the carefree chimney sweep. This magical tale of the
“practically perfect”’ nanny who brings cheer and happiness to the children and all around her won the
Academy Award® for Best Score, Best Song (“Chim Chim Cher-ee”), Best Special Visual Effects and
Best Film Editing. <b>MARY POPPINS</b> features the delightful sounds of the legendary Sherman Brothers,
through classic songs like “Feed The Birds,” “Spoonful of Sugar” and
“Supercalifradgilisticexpialidocious.” The <b>MARY POPPINS 40th Anniversary Edition</b> 2-disc Disney
DVD is available for $29.99 (SRP).

<center><b>MARY POPPINS 40th Anniversary Edition
<u>BONUS MATERIALS</u></center></b>

<b><u>DISC 1</b></u>

<center><b>Music & More</b></center>

<b><u>DISNEY’S SONG SELECTION</b></u>

Sing along to your favorite songs as the words pop up on screen. You can select each song separately,
play them all, or watch the whole film and have the words to the songs appear on screen. Songs include
“Spoonful Of Sugar,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and “Jolly Holiday.”

<center><b>Backstage Disney</b></center>

<b><u>AUDIO COMMENTARY</b></u>

This newly recorded audio commentary features Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Richard Sherman, and
Karen Dotrice as they reminisce about the making of Mary Poppins.

<b><u>POPPINS POP-UP FUN FACTS</b></u>

In this all-new feature mode, as viewers watch the film they will periodically be treated to “pop-ups” of
fun-filled information about the making of this classic film and the people who made it.

<b><u>DISC 2</b></u>

<center><b>Bonus Short</b></center>

<b><u>“THE CAT THAT LOOKED AT A KING”</u>
FROM “MARY POPPINS OPENS THE DOOR” BY P.L. TRAVERS</b>

This all-new animated short, done in the style of the chalk drawings seen in the film, has been produced
exclusively for the 40th Anniversary Special Edition DVD. Julie Andrews and two children magically
enter the animated world of the chalk drawings to experience this whimsical tale based on one of the
chapters from the original series of <i>Mary Poppins</i> books. Voiced by Sara Ferguson, Tracy Ullman and
David Ogden Stiers.

<center><b>Deleted Song</b></center>

<b><u>DELETED SONG: “<i>CHIMPANZOO</i>”</b></u>

The deleted “Chimpanzoo” song is reconstructed using original storyboard and concept art accompanied
by a new rendition of the song performed by co-composer Richard Sherman.

<center><b>Music & More</b></center>

<b><u>A MAGICAL MUSICAL REUNION</u>
FEATURING JULIE ANDREWS, DICK VAN DYKE AND RICHARD SHERMAN</b>

In this new feature, enjoy this first-ever heartwarming reunion of stars Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke
with co-composer Richard Sherman as they gather around a piano and reminisce about their memories of
making this film and the music that is such a special part of its success.

<b><u>A MUSICAL JOURNEY WITH RICHARD SHERMAN</b></u>

In this new feature, legendary composer Richard Sherman takes us on a delightful magical journey
through some of the film’s locations, revealing many secrets about the music of <i>Mary Poppins</i> along the
way.

<center><b>Games & Activities</b></center>

<b><u>“I LOVE TO LAUGH” SET TOP GAME</b></u>

Test your <i>Mary Poppins</i> trivia knowledge while you help Uncle Albert come down from the ceiling.

<center><b>Backstage Disney</b></center>

<b><u>SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS:
THE MAKING OF <i>MARY POPPINS</i></b></u>

This new, 50 minute feature is the definitive behind-the-scenes look at the film. Using archival footage
(some of which has never been seen before) and newly shot interviews, this outstanding program reveals
how <i>Mary Poppins</i>, one of Walt Disney’s most unique and beloved films, came into being.

<b><u>DECONSTRUCTION OF A SCENE
“Jolly Holiday” & “Step In Time”</b></u>

This new feature takes a unique look at two scenes from <i>Mary Poppins</i>, revealing the behind-the-scenes
work that went into creating these memorable moments. As you watch each scene you will be treated to
never-before-seen elements and discover how they were used in making these numbers.

<b><u>MOVIE MAGIC</b></u>

Geared toward our younger audience members, this featurette takes a look at the special effect techniques
that were used to bring the magical world of <i>Mary Poppins</i> to life.

<b><u>THE GALA WORLD PREMIERE</b></u>

This new featurette presents a fascinating and nostalgic look at the film’s fabled, celebrity-filled premiere.
Ever wonder what going to the star-studded event was like? Now you can visit this once-in-a-lifetime
event.

<b><u>A DICK VAN DYKE MAKE-UP TEST</b></u>

Newly discovered, and presented for the first time, here is star Dick Van Dyke’s original make-up test for
the role of Mr. Dawes, Sr.

<b><u>PUBLICITY</b></u>

Here are newly presented, rare publicity items from <i>Mary Poppins</i>:
o Original Theatrical Teaser Trailer
o Original Theatrical Trailer
o Julie Andrews’ Premiere Greeting
o Original TV Spot #1
o Original TV Spot # 2
o 1966 Re-Issue Trailer
o 1973 Re-Issue Trailer #1
o 1973 Re-Issue Trailer #2

<b><u>MARY POPPINS STILL ART GALLERIES</b></u>

Presented for the first time, here is a comprehensive collection of incredible still art from the making of
film. This trove of rare and valuable Hollywood history has not been presented on DVD previously.
o Visual Development
o Story Development
o Peter Ellenshaw Paintings
o Recording Sessions
o Costumes & Makeup
o Behind-The-Scenes
o Cast Photos
o Walt & Friends
o The Premiere
o Publicity
o Memorabilia


In <b>MARY POPPINS</b>, Julie Andrews is the lovable nanny who flies out of the windy London skies and
into the home of a no-nonsense banker (David Tomlinson) and his two charming, mischievous children
(Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber). Hoping to bridge the gap between them, “practically perfect” Mary
Poppins magically turns every chore into a game and every day into a whimsical adventure, including an
unforgettable rooftop dance with carefree chimney sweep Bert (Dick Van Dyke). Filled with wondrous
moments, lovely animation and unforgettable music and songs, <b>MARY POPPINS</b> can only be described
as “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!”

<b><u>STREET DATE: DECEMBER 14, 2004</b></u>
<u>Direct prebook</u>: October 19, 2004
<u>Distributor prebook</u>: November 2, 2004
<u>Suggested retail price</u>: $29.99 (2-disc DVD)
<u>Feature running time</u>: Approximately 139 minutes
<u>Rated</u>: “G”
Bonus DVD materials not rated.
<u>DVD aspect ratio</u>: 1.66:1 enhanced for 16 x 9 screens – aspect ratio in which the film was
originally created
<u>Sound</u>: Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround Sound - Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix
Dolby® Digital 2.0 Original Theatrical Mix
Dolby® Digital 2.0 Enhanced Mix
<u>Languages</u>: French, Spanish 5.1 audio tracks

Walt Disney Home Entertainment is distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc., a recognized
industry leader. Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc. is the marketing, sales and distribution company
for Walt Disney, Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax, Dimension and Buena Vista videocassettes
and DVDs.

<a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0002VEPRQ/thehomeimprovemz"><img src="http://www.ultimatedisney.com/images/marypoppins40t.jpg">
<font size="3">Pre-order <b>Mary Poppins: 40th Anniversary Edition</b> DVD from Amazon.com</a>

<a href="http://www.ultimatedisney.com/marypoppins.html">Read our <b>Mary Poppins: 40th Anniversary Edition</b> DVD Review</a>


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I'm looking forward to buy Mary Poppins one the best Disney Live Action Film ever made.

It reminds me a lot like The Sound of Music which I also enjoy to watch. :wink:

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Wow this relase sounds awsome talk about getting the full Beauty treatment I am exctied to get this one and cant wait tio get a preview of what the menus are going to look like. Which I am sure will appear on the site very soon as everything esle does. Thanks for the press relase Luke. :)


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Sounds astounding. For once, Disney includes several original trailers! All the bonus materials sounds in-depth and engaging. I'm particularly looking forward to that reunion piece!


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Wow, wow, wow!! What can I say? A supercalifragilisticexpicialidocious release indeed!
And I'm sooooo happy they made an EHT mix for this movie! And besides that they are even bringing us the original soundtracks!!! I won't be surprised if this turns out to be the best Disney release of the year (after On The Front Lines, of course, hehe).

Hmm, it seems Disney went to great lengths to get material from their vaults. This leaves us lots of big expectations for Bambi and Cinderella (specially the former, since the LD had so few extras). Way to go Disney!! :up: :up:

By the way, notice the Disney DVD logo on the banner at the top of the page! :lol:


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Gurgi want! Gurgi want.

Funny, since I joined this site, Gurgi wants more and more. I do want this!! Oh my!! And a reasonable price, too. For all that you get with it. I love this film. One of my all-time faves!!!

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Wow! :shock: This very well could be the most in-depth live action Disney DVD ever! Very impressive! Disney's on a roll with Aladdin and Mulan and now Mary Poppins. Here's hoping this trend of excellent releases continues for Bambi, Cinderella, and whatever live action 2-Disc is released next year (assuming there'll be one). The glory days of Disney DVD are back! :D

BTW, I just noticed something. Why is only Richard Sherman on this DVD and not Robert? I just looked him up on IMDb and apparently he's still alive. Is he just not well enough to participate in the supplements?

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woooooo!!!! sounds like THE DVD we were waiting for, for any movie!!!

I´d looooove to se those galleries, now I really really hope this come outside the US

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BTW, I just noticed something. Why is only Richard Sherman on this DVD and not Robert? I just looked him up on IMDb and apparently he's still alive. Is he just not well enough to participate in the supplements?


Yeah, I noticed that too. I think his health is not in the best conditions. If you watch the brother's interviews on such recent DVDs as "Winnie the Pooh" and "Sword In The Stone", you can see that Robert hardly ever speaks. Well, a pity!


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I just looked him up on IMDb and apparently he's still alive. Is he just not well enough to participate in the supplements?


I think he must not be in a condition to do an interview. You'll notice on all of their interviews on previous Disney DVDs, Richard does 90% of the talking. Robert chimes in once and a while, but he's mostly just sitting there. My guess is he has some sort of illness, and it may have gotten to the point where he can't do ANY interviewing anymore.


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Sounds astounding. For once, Disney includes several original trailers! All the bonus materials sounds in-depth and engaging. I'm particularly looking forward to that reunion piece!


Couldn't have said it better myself. But really "...all-new animated short ...starring the voice talent of...David Ogden Stiers" was I needed to hear. :)

The commentary, doco, short and trailers make this a solid special edition - the rest is just gravy really.

And finally Disney seems to have responded to the lack of original trailers complaint by providing no less than 7 different trailers.

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Wow... this DVD will be great... Definitely better than the Pluto set.

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I'm really looking forward to this release! December can't come fast enough.

By the way, does anyone else think that the cover art they have posted is a little unattractive? I really think the gray on the cover is ugly...


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anybody else think that this may be a tie-in with a possible release of Princess Diaries 2 on the same day, just maybe?

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Oh, I'm pretty sure it is, mixed with the fact that the stage version debuts next year. Most Disney DVD's nowadays are released to promote something, plus I heard that Princess Diaries 2 is due out in December (wow, talk about a speedy DVD release).

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SofaKing381222 wrote:
anybody else think that this may be a tie-in with a possible release of Princess Diaries 2 on the same day, just maybe?


Well, Disney - and most other studios - tend to release a lot of their major titles in bulk, say two dates a month, rather than having 365 different release dates a year. Look at September 7 and October 5 as good examples of this!!

So I have no doubt that Disney will release a few titles on that day. December 7 & 14 seem to be their major days for that month.

And my guess is that we will see PD2 on DVD sooner rather than later
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<b><u>PUBLICITY</b></u>

Here are newly presented, rare publicity items from <i>Mary Poppins</i>:
o Original Theatrical Teaser Trailer
o Original Theatrical Trailer
o Julie Andrews’ Premiere Greeting
o Original TV Spot #1
o Original TV Spot # 2
o 1966 Re-Issue Trailer
o 1973 Re-Issue Trailer #1
o 1973 Re-Issue Trailer #2


:D wooo hooo! my babies! my precious trailers! Finally Disney did something right! :D ::does the happy dance::


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Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It sounds awesome. Can't wait!

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they did the trailers.... in the press release! go Disney!


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Simpley astonishing! Just as good, if not better, than SW PE! At first, it seemed rather empty, but once i hit that second disc, KAPOW! Nice to see they've included original trailers. Plus, the gala premiere! I hope there's they've included some old interviews/Disneyland USA skits with Walt talking about Mary Poppins. Too bad both Sherman Brothers won't be there though. I also can't believe Disney's gonna include a EHT on this, but I'll gladly take it!

Looks like Buena Vista DVD productions is getting back on track. First Aladdin PE on par with SW, then Mulan SE on par with the PEs, now MP AE (Anniversary Edition) also equal to a PE/Vault release.... This just blows my mind!

I can't seem but think that once we learn more about what's in the Treasures, they'll be just as great as Wave 3! I still don't know why Disney can't put the same quality into their Treasures as WB has put into their Looney Tunes Collections....

This just made my night! Here's hoping Bambi, Cinderella, Pocahontas, and Lilo all have the much quality put into their releases. My God, I just can't believe that Disney's done this, though the title certainly deserves this much attention.

I can't seem but think that the doc could've been longer though.... Yea, yea, I know, if it serves the material well..... :roll: I think I'll join MMB in that happy dance.... :lol: :D :D Wonderful Job Disney :up: :up:

O yea, Thanks Luke for the quick posting of the press release.

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