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Saving Mr. Banks Blu-ray Review

Saving Mr. Banks Blu-ray

“Saving Mr. Banks” is worth seeing just for Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson’s performances.

“Saving Mr. Banks” tells the story of how Walt Disney obtained the film rights to “Mary Poppins” from the opinionated author P.L. Travers. As we (the audience) learn, the pre-production of the film version of “Mary Poppins” turned out to be easier said than done as it soon becomes apparent that this magical story is much more than mere fiction to the acclaimed author.

While it may not sound like much of a story for a feature length film, there’s actually a lot going on in this surprisingly dark, emotional, tear-jerking, and touching biopic about the past, artistic integrity, fantasy, family, imagination, film history, and pain. The film works on many levels as Poppins fans not only get to learn the behind the scenes story of how the songs were created and so forth, but also find out more about the mysterious author who penned the iconic character. Sure, one can argue that the film is a bit slow and may take several creative liberties, but it’s fairly common to see biopics stretch the truth (and the running time) for storytelling purposes.

The real reason ‘Banks’ works isn’t the script or the true life story, but rather the cast. Tom Hanks (who had a banner year in 2013) astonishes as Walt Disney. He really disappears into the role of a determined business mogul who just wants to obtain the rights to Poppins to honor his daughter’s request and to entertain audiences across the globe. Emma Thompson has the toughest part here playing the complex “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers. It’s tough to make a character likable and slightly unlikable, but Thompson pulls it off. The unsung hero of the film is Colin Farrell who has a bigger part than the trailers let on as P.L. Travers’ alcoholic father. Paul Giamatti also shines as the kind hearted limo driver.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? Sharp!

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The music is lively and the dialogue is always crisp and clear.

Extras:
* Digital HD digital copy.
* 3 deleted scenes.
* “The Walt Disney Studios: From Poppins To The Present”- A great 14 minute extra that explores the 60’s era of Walt Disney Studios. Expect a ton of interviews, a studio tour, and tons of stories about the past.
* “Let’s Go Fly A Kite!”- Richard Sherman leads a cast and crew rendition of “Let’s Go Fly A Kite!” on the final shooting day of “Saving Mr. Banks.”
* Disney trailers.

Overall Thoughts: “Saving Mr. Banks” is an acting powerhouse.

March 25, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , ,

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