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Thor’s Blu-ray/DVD Reviews: Mar. 19

Thor Diakow | posted Wednesday, Mar 20th, 2019

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March 19, 2019: Mary Poppins Returns, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.

Mary Poppins Returns

SYNOPSIS: In “Mary Poppins Returns,” Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) — just a child when Mary Poppins first visited 17 Cherry Tree Lane — is now a grown man raising his children Annabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael Saleh) and Georgie (Joel Dawson) with help from his sister Jane (Emily Mortimer). 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 colourful characters like Mary’s eccentric Cousin Topsy (Streep), Jack’s lovable band of leeries and bank executives William Weatherall Wilkins (Colin Firth) and Mr. Dawes Jr. (Van Dyke) — bringing life, love and laughter back into the home.

While a sequel to the treasured 1964 classic was always going to live in the shadow of its predecessor, this follow-up is an excellent accompaniment to the Julie Andrews version. The movie is full of whimsy and wonder thanks to some dazzling direction from veteran Rob Marshall and one incredible performance from Emily Blunt. The film is also jammed with delightful tunes, foot-stomping dance numbers, and a refreshing mix of old school animation. Mary Poppins Returns is sheer magic from start to finish and more than worthy of its place alongside the original.

BONUS FEATURES:
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 “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.

DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE:
•Play Movie with Audio Commentary – Watch the film with commentary by director Rob Marshall and producer John DeLuca.

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

SYNOPSIS: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. “Spider-Man(TM): Into the Spider-Verse” introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

The Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature comes home and it’s loaded with delectable bonus features. The achievement of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is staggering for a number of reasons. The animation is simply breathtaking, the action is incredibly well-staged, the vocal talents are so effective, the juggling of the ‘multi-verse’ plotlines is masterfully handled, and the core themes of the story examine some profound social issues and topics, which elevate this film beyond just being another animated superhero flick. Don’t miss this instant classic!

BONUS MATERIALS
•We Are Spider-Man: Exploring and celebrating one of the key themes of the film, We Are Spider-Man takes a deep dive into the diversity of the characters and aspirational core that any person from any gender or cultural background can wear the mask.
•Spider-Verse: A New Dimension: With a stunning visual style and state of the art animation designed to take the viewer into the pages of a comic, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is not only a love letter to comic books but a groundbreaking take on the super hero genre. Hear from the artists and filmmakers who pushed the boundaries of the artform as they discuss their journey.
•The Ultimate Comics Cast: Enjoy this showcase of all of the fan favorite characters featured in the Spider-Verse and the spectacular cast who were chosen to bring them to life.
•A Tribute to Stan Lee & Steve Ditko: Celebrate the amazing legacy and powerful spirit of the creators of Spider-Man.
•The Spider-Verse Super-Fan Easter Egg Challenge: The Spider-Verse is loaded with Easter Eggs, from cameos to comics references. Fans are challenged to find them all!
•Designing Cinematic Comics Characters: A breakdown of all aspects of the character design including costume, movement in animation, and distinct powers for each character.
-Heroes & Hams: Meet the amazing Spider-people of the Spider-Verse.
-Scorpions and Scoundrels: Explore the classic villains who wreak havoc on the Spider-Verse.
•Alternate Universe Mode: In this all-new viewing experience, discover alternate scenes, plotlines, characters, and more with the filmmakers as your guide.
•2 Lyric Videos
-“Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee
-“Familia”  by Nicki Minaj & Anuel AA (feat. Bantu)
•All-New Original Short “Spider-Ham: Caught In a Ham” It’s another normal day for Peter Porker, a.k.a. the Spectacular Spider-Ham, fighting bad guys and loving hot dogs, until a mysterious portal starts messing with the very fabric of his cartoon reality.

4K Ultra HD Disc Includes:
•Feature film presented with High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos sound
•Also includes the film and special features on the included high-def Blu-ray

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