Saving Mr. Banks Comes to Blu-ray: Catch a Glimpse Into the Real Walt Disney

Just last week, Saving Mr. Banks was released on Blu-ray and DVD! I was given a copy of the combo pack for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own.

Saving Mr Banks Blu-ray

Just say the word “Disney” and mirade images come to mind – not only the library of classic movies, theme parks, books, toys and clothing, but what of the man himself? What do we really know about Walt Disney and what led to his phenomenal success as an American icon? Well, now with the release of the DVD and Blu-Ray “Saving Mr. Banks” you can get a glimpse into what made the man tick.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment proudly announced the home entertainment release of the heartwarming drama Saving Mr. Banks, arriving on Blu-ray + Digital Copy, DVD, Digital HD and On-Demand on March 18, 2014.

 Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson bring to life the untold true story about the origins of one of the most treasured Disney classics of all time.  John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) directs this acclaimed film, which reveals the surprising backstory behind the making of Mary Poppins.

Walt Disney (Hanks) tried for twenty years to obtain the rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Thompson) beloved book in order to keep a promise to his daughters.  This endearing movie displays Disney’s iconic creative vision as Walt pulls out all the stops, but the uncompromising Travers won’t budge giving up her rights to the book and is adamantly opposed to the making of a movie from her work.  Only when he reaches into his own complicated childhood does Walt discover the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers, and together, they set Mary Poppins free.

Personally, I was thoroughly enchanted watching the creative process of bringing a creative book from written word to musical production. The stellar cast proved to feed my inner movie buff – featuring some of my favorites:

Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths and Kathy Baker. Saving Mr. Banks was directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, The Rookie. Oh to be a fly on the wall during some of the real creative genius process.

My Blu-ray and Digital HD of Saving Mr. Banks swept me away with enchanting high definition picture and sound, plus delightful, never-before-seen bonus features, including “The Walt Disney Studios: From Poppins to Present,” in which director John Lee Hancock takes viewers on an insider’s tour of Disney Studios today and reflects on studio life during the creation of Mary Poppins.  Additional bonus materials include “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” in which the film’s cast and crew sing an impromptu version of the iconic song on set during the last day of shooting, and deleted Scenes. Having toured the new Disney museum in San Francisco last spring, I truly was enthralled with all things Disney featured in the Blu-Ray pack.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to own this soon-to-be classic Disney movie.

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