In celebration of the release of Mary Poppins Returns on Digital 4K Ultra HD™, HD and Movies Anywhere on March 12 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD on March 19, Disney invited me to attend a very special event.
We had the opportunity to talk with Academy Award winner Rob Marshall who spoke about how it was to bring this classic character to the big screen again and to introduce to a new generation. But Marshall had a very special guest to all the attendees, the legendary British actress Angela Lansbury, who portrayed the Balloon Lady in the film (the scene is towards the end of the movie)! Everyone was surprised and got emotional with her presence.
During the interview, both shared the magic of Mary Poppins and how she connects with the children. “There’s nothing like magic, believe me,” shared Lansbury. Marshall also shared about how iconic Angela Lansbury is. “She is my hero and there’s no one like her. The word original is thrown around way too much, but this woman is an original. Period.”
Check it out the full interview in the video below:
More about the release
Directed by Academy Award winner Rob Marshall, who helmed screen adaptations of “Chicago,” “Nine” and “Into the Woods,” 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 fantastical film arrives into homes instantly on Digital 4K Ultra HD™,HD and Movies Anywhere March 12 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD 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.
In Mary Poppins Returns, Michael Banks – just a child when Mary Poppins first visited 17 Cherry Tree Lane — is now a grown man raising his children Annabel, John and Georgie with help from his sister Jane. Times are tough in Depression-era London but the winds begin to change and the enigmatic governess, whose unique magical skills can turn any ordinary task into a fantastic adventure, enters the lives of the Banks family once again, having not aged a single day. Teaming up with an old friend, Jack, they take the Banks children on a series of whimsical adventures, encountering colorful characters like Mary’s eccentric Cousin Topsy, Jack’s lovable band of leeries and bank executives William Weatherall Wilkins and Mr. Dawes Jr. – bringing life, love and laughter back into the home.
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.”
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.
- The Practically Perfect Making of “MaryPoppins Returns” – Join filmmakers and cast on an amazing journey to embrace the legacy of the original film while making a fresh modern sequel.
o Introduction -Filmmakers and cast remember the first Mary Poppins movie and share the thrill of working on “Mary Poppins Returns.”
o “(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!
o “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.
o “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 “MaryPoppins Returns” – Go behind the scenes and experience the film’s production numbers from a new angle.
o “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!
o “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!
o “Turning Turtle” – Mary‘s eccentric cousin, Topsy Turvy, played by Meryl Streep, has an unusual house that turns this musical number upside-down.
o “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, returnsafter 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
o Leaving Topsy’s– After their visit to Cousin Topsy, Mary, Jack and the children pause to take a look back.
o “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.