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Inside the Magic in partnership with Walt Disney Home Entertainment, is giving away a Blu-ray Combo Pack of Mary Poppins Returns as well as a Mary Poppins Compact Mirror with digital messaging and a limited edition Mary Poppins Returns Ornament set. Mary Poppins Returns is available now on Digital and March 19 on Blu-rays.
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The Movie. . .
Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” the irresistible, timeless sequel based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers, has had audiences dancing in their seats and critics singing its praises, earning Academy Award nominations for best original song, best original score, best costume design, and best production design. Directed by Academy Award winner Rob Marshall, and starring Emily Blunt, Golden Globe-nominated for her role as practically-perfect nanny Mary Poppins, and award-winning composer, lyricist and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda as charming lamplighter Jack, the film is NOW available on Digital 4K Ultra HD/HD and Movies Anywhere and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on March 19 with a sing-along version and never-before-seen bonus features.
Bonus material explores the making of “Mary Poppins Returns,” going behind the scenes with the star-studded cast and crew who collaborated to make even the impossible possible. Extensive extras include a trip down Cherry Tree Lane with original cast member Dick Van Dyke, a sing-along version including the heartfelt Academy Award-nominated “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” bloopers, deleted scenes, a deleted song and filmmaker commentary. Features also reveal the magic and moxie that went into creating large-scale musical production numbers, such as “Trip a Little Light Fantastic,” a rousing song-and-dance number led by Jack and his fellow lamplighters; “The Royal Doulton Music Hall” and “A Cover Is Not the Book,” showcasing the tremendous talents of Blunt and Miranda; “Turning Turtle,” an upside-down sequence featuring Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric Cousin Topsy; and “Can You Imagine That?” an underwater adventure with Mary Poppins and the Banks children.
Bonus features include:
BLU-RAY & 4K ULTRA HD:
- Deleted Song—“The Anthropomorphic Zoo” – In this early song sequence, Mary Poppins and the children visit a very special zoo where the humans and animals trade places.
During a special Q&A at the Walt Disney Studios, Rob Marshal, along with Angela Lansbury, who surprised media who attended, talk about the film and what it took to bring this movie to the big screen. Also how the entire Cast wanted to be part of this project, sending the message of light and hope to the world. Check out the Q&A below.
- The Practically Perfect Making of “Mary Poppins Returns” – Join filmmakers and cast on an amazing journey to embrace the legacy of the original film while making a fresh modern sequel.
- Introduction – Filmmakers and cast remember the first Mary Poppins movie and share the thrill of working on “Mary Poppins Returns.”
- “(Underneath the) Lovely London Sky” – Discover how the team mined PL Travers’ books for a fresh perspective on a much-loved character. Plus, meet the Banks children!
- “Can You Imagine That?” – Be on location for Mary’s iconic entrance from the sky, and explore the movie’s original songs, inspired by the Sherman Brothers.
- “Nowhere to Go but Up” – Experience being on set with the legendary Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury, and celebrate the joy of choosing the right balloon!
- Seeing Things From a Different Point of View”: The Musical Numbers of “Mary Poppins Returns” – Go behind the scenes and experience the film’s production numbers from a new angle.
- “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” – Led by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the cast performs the film’s biggest production number, with dancing lamplighters, bicyclists and more!
- “The Royal Doulton Music Hall” / “A Cover Is Not the Book” – Find out what it takes to create two musical extravaganzas inside an animated world, highlighted by dancing animated penguins!
- “Turning Turtle” – Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy Turvy, played by Meryl Streep, has an unusual house that turns this musical number upside-down.
- “Can You Imagine That?” – Dive under the bubbles with the cast and crew to see how this exuberant number was created.
- Back to Cherry Tree Lane: Dick Van Dyke Returns – Dick Van Dyke, who played Bert and Mr. Dawes Sr. in the first film, returns after 54 years to Cherry Tree Lane as Mr. Dawes Jr.
- Practically Perfect Bloopers – There’s nowhere to go but up with the cast and crew in this lighthearted collection of flubs, goofs, and prop fails!
- Deleted Scenes
- Leaving Topsy’s – After their visit to Cousin Topsy, Mary, Jack and the children pause to take a look back.
- “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” – The leeries light up the screen in this extended clip from the movie’s biggest musical production.
- Play Movie in Sing-Along Mode – Sing along with all your favorite songs as you watch the movie.
- Play Movie with Audio Commentary – Watch the film with commentary by director Rob Marshall and producer John DeLuca.
We had the opportunity to speak with John Myhre, production designer, about bringing the sets to life in modern-day London. Myhre worked closely with Marshall and Director of Photography Dion Beebe to create the visual world audiences see on-screen. From locations to backgrounds and practical sets, his department of art directors, draftsmen, concept artists and model makers, helped to support the story and the story of the characters from a visual standpoint.
Locations included: St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Cowley Street, Queen Anne’s Gate, the Royal Exchange, Cornhill, Middle Temple, and King Charles Street, many of which required detailed set dressing to obscure any modern additions. And each was carefully lit and shot so as to best showcase the city’s true beauty. In fact, the opening musical number, “Underneath the Lovely London Sky,” while visually establishing the darker times of London, is “a love letter to London,” which eventually became Myhre’s design philosophy.
The filmmakers chose to shoot on locations throughout London to give the film a more grounded sense of realism, so that the wonder, color, and fantasy that comes when Mary Poppins arrives, are the perfect departure from the real-world issues taking place at the time.
Myhre loved London and was excited to film in the city. One of the challenges he ran into was how to make the buildings look like that period in the movie. It took a lot of work to dress the city, the bank was one of the challenges and an important character since it’s the villain in the movie. The Royal Exchange which is now a shopping mall was shut down on the weekends, roads were covered, period lights were brought in, 6 double-decker buses and period cars were also added to create that look. The filmmakers wanted the real look of London and had to be really gritty.
The set for Topsy’s Fix-It Shop which took seven months to complete was the most time-consuming to construct and decorate. Oscar-winning set decorator Gordon Sim and his team began shopping at antique markets throughout England for items to decorate the set, ending up with more than 538 in total. The next several months were spent hollowing out the heavier items purchased, including a grand piano and 14-foot marble statue and making plastic duplicates of the fragile items including Staffordshire figurines and china serving ware. It was very difficult to move anything that was on the ceiling because everything was bolted to a steel frame that was up high.
Myhre did extensive research to ensure the London on screen was authentic to the London from the ‘30s, but at the same time showed an enormous amount of creativity and imagination when designing the numerous environments constructed on soundstages. Eight soundstages at Shepperton Studios were used to build and house the astounding practical sets for Cherry Tree Lane, Topsy’s Fix-It Shop, Big Ben, the interiors of the Banks home and the enormous abandoned park.
The Cherry Tree Lane set was the largest, taking 18 weeks to complete. It was designed to take audiences back to the first film and create a feeling of having been there before, but at the same time needed to visually tell a story taking place in Depression-era London.
“Mary Poppins Returns” will be packaged and released in several different formats, giving families the flexibility to watch it on a variety of different devices. Viewers can instantly watch the film in Digital UHD, HD, and SD, and bring home a physical copy of the film as the Ultimate Collector’s Edition (4K UHD, Blu-ray, and Digital Code), Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Code), a single DVD or a Digital Bundle with both “Mary Poppins Returns” and the 1964 classic “Mary Poppins.”