Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Blu-ray Release: Saving Mr. Banks

Today, at March 18,2014, Disney is releasing the wonderful Saving Mr. Banks on Blu-ray & DVD, one of the best movies of last year. Brilliantly depicting the struggle that Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) faced when trying to convince author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to sign over the film rights to Mary Poppins, this is a moving and entertaining film that provides a beautiful look at the deeply personal elements every writer puts into their work.

We all loved Saving Mr. Banks when we reviewed the film in theatres this past December, and our glowing consensus was:

“Fronted by brilliant acting from Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, with an excellent supporting cast and beautiful screenplay, Saving Mr. Banks is an entertaining and moving film that pays tribute to the legacy of Mary Poppins. **** (Out of 4)”

The Blu-ray includes deleted scenes and a “behind the scenes” featurette, as well as a video of the cast and crew performing “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” in tribute to composer Richard Sherman.

Saving Mr. Banks is 125 minutes and rated PG.

Runtime:125 min
Rating:Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including some unsettling images
Official Site:http://movies.disney.com/saving-mr-banks
Production:BBC Films
Genres:Biography, Drama, History, Comedy, Music, Family
Countries:USA, UK, Australia
Home Release Date:Mar 18, 2014
John Lee HancockDirector
Kelly MarcelWritten By
Sue SmithWritten By
Principal CastCredit
Emma ThompsonP.L. Travers
Tom HanksWalt Disney
Alexandra SurerHotel Guest
Andy McPheeRandolph
Anna RobertsPremiere Girl
Annie BuckleyGinty
Ariana GuidoDaughter/1960
B.J. NovakRobert Sherman
Bradley WhitfordDon DaGradi
Christine AmesAirline Stewardess
Claire BockingMrs. Goff's Housekeeper
Colin FarrellTravers Robert Goff
Demetrius GrosseBarman
Dendrie TaylorLillian Disney
Elizabeth RussoWomen With Dog
Emma ThompsonP.L. Travers
Erin PickettWoman In Bar
Jason SchwartzmanRichard Sherman
Kathy BakerTommie
Kimberly D'ArmondNanny Katie
Kristopher KyerDick Van Dyke
Lily BighamBiddy
Melanie Deanne MooreDolly
Melissa BickertonMrs. Corry
Mia SerafinoYoung Woman
Michael SwinehartPorter
Paul GiamattiRalph
Rachel GriffithsAunt Ellie
Ronan VibertDiarmuid Russell
Ruth WilsonMargaret Goff
Steven CabralClerk
Tom HanksWalt Disney
Tomas JohanssonAirline Passenger
Victoria SummerJulie Andrews
Alison OwenProducer
Andrew MasonExecutive Producer
Christine LanganExecutive Producer
Ian CollieProducer
K.C. HodenfieldCo-Producer
Mark CooperLine Producer: United Kingdom
Paul TrijbitsExecutive Producer
Philip SteuerProducer
Troy LumExecutive Producer

When Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers' "Mary Poppins," he made them a promise - one that he didn't realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney's plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn't budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.


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