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Saving Mr. Banks (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) (2014)

Emma Thompson , Tom Hanks , John Lee Hancock  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman
  • Directors: John Lee Hancock
  • Writers: Story By Sue Smith and Kelly Marcel, Screenplay by Kelly Marcel
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,025 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HT944D4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Saving Mr. Banks is a fascinating look at the circuitous "collaborative" process Walt Disney, his creative team, and author P.L. Travers engaged in in bringing the character Mary Poppins to life on the big screen in the early 1960s. This touching, funny film is really two stories nicely tied up in one appealing package. The first story is of P.L. Travers's childhood in Australia in the early 1900s. This story starts out idyllically enough, emphasizing her father's immense love for his children and his uncanny ability to make everything fun and exciting, but it's one that has a darker side that ends up shaping the adult that Travers eventually becomes. The other story is of the adult P.L. Travers. A proper Englishwoman completely set in her ways, she grudgingly embarks on a trip from England to Los Angeles to discuss the possibility of turning her highly successful book Mary Poppins into a Disney motion picture. Walt Disney has a vested personal interest in the project, but Travers and the Disney team clash on virtually every level and their interactions run the gamut from perplexing to infuriating and downright funny. The juxtaposition of the two stories is quite masterful, with the stories continually intertwining and each shedding light on the other to create a cohesive film that is highly engaging and emotionally poignant. The casting of Tom Hanks as Disney and Emma Thompson as Travers is inspired: they are absolutely perfect in their roles. Perhaps the most intriguing thing about this film is that Saving Mr. Banks creates a whole new perspective from which to view the beloved original Mary Poppins. (Ages 10 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

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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 that reveals the surprising backstory behind the making of Mary Poppins.

Determined to fulfill a promise to his daughters, Walt Disney (Hanks) tries for 20 years to obtain the rights to author P. L. Travers’ (Thompson) beloved book. Armed with his iconic creative vision, Walt pulls out all the stops, but the uncompromising Travers won’t budge. 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.

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376 of 393 people found the following review helpful
As always, no spoilers whatsoever in this review because that's just plain inconsiderate.

Saving Mr. Banks is a dual narrative portrait of the author of Mary Poppins and the creative team at Walt Disney that worked to bring it to the big screen. In one thread (1961) we have the curmudgeonly author behaving like a stark raving... well, curmudgeon as she tries to exert control over the creative process. In the other thread (1906, Australia) we unwind the story of her grim childhood that makes her a curmudgeon in the first place.

This movie has a lot of things to say not the least of which is to cast an entirely different light that beloved American classic of childhood. Mary Poppins ain't quite what you think it's about as a kid (but then what good movie IS what you think it's about when you're a kid). It's also a powerful demonstration of how our childhood influences us as adults sometimes in ways that we don't quite grasp until we look back on them from a great distance.

It's also interesting to see behind the curtain of the creative process. Avoiding spoilers, the author's primary objection is that Mary Poppins and the Banks family have become, in truth, her family over the years and sharing that vision and letting someone else have a piece of them is frightfully difficult. It does make a person wonder if all authors have this same struggle when crossing mediums.

Lastly, I'm a sucker for sentiment but this movie had the audience blowing its nose and audibly sniffing for a good hour. It's an incredibly intimate portrait. However, the kids won't think much of it and the group in the theatre with me was 50+ for the most part. All that said, highly recommended for anyone with a sentimental streak. Best movie I've seen in a month or more.
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114 of 124 people found the following review helpful
Saving Mr. Banks is the story of how Walt Disney came to make what is now regarded as his masterpiece: the much seen and much loved Mary Poppins, which was based on the series of very popular childrens books by P.L. Travers. Or rather, this _a_ version of the story. A somewhat sanitized and highly romanticized version. The real story unfolded rather differently. But that said, Saving Mr. Banks is at its heart, after all, a story and not a documentary, and in that context it's a highly enjoyable story.

Directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, The Rookie) from a screenplay by Kelly Marcel (Terra Nova) and Sue Smith, (The Road from Coorain), Saving Mr. Banks is set in California in 1961 but flashes back to Australia in 1907 and Travers' early childhood.

Walt Disney (winningly played by Tom Hanks) has a problem. Many years ago, when his two daughters were quite young, he made a promise to them that he would make a movie of their favorite story-book character, Mary Poppins, the heroine of the series of popular books by English author P.L. Travers. His problem is that Travers (a bravura performance by Emma Thompson) doesn't want to sell him the screen rights to make the movie and has been refusing to do so for two decades. But Ms. Travers also has a problem - money. Her books aren't selling as well as they once did, and the only way out of her financial situation seems to be agreeing to meet with Disney about finally selling him the screen rights. This quickly becomes a clash between Disney's charming but determined irresistible force and Travers' seemingly immovable objections to everything about the project, which despite her needs she seems determined to prevent.
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103 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the movie Disney didn't squash January 9, 2014
Saving Mr. Banks is the kind of film that Hollywood ought to love. It's about how one of the most beloved movies in movie history got made. And it's the first time Walt Disney has ever been portrayed in a movie, so that's saying a lot. And, just to put all of this perspective, when Disney first heard that the movie was being made, they're first reaction was to buy it and squash it. See, there's a reason Walt has never been portrayed onscreen before. However, after looking at it, they decided not only not to do that but to produce it! It's that kind of movie.

And it's good. I mean, it's really good. I know it is because my wife cried through about the last third of it. I will be extremely surprised if it doesn't get the best picture Oscar this year. Overall, from what we've seen so far, I think it's most well rounded show out there. And it leaves you feeling good after having had a good cry.

Not to get into what the movie is about, but it's about how Walt Disney convinced P. L. Travers to give him the rights to make Mary Poppins, something it took him 20 years to do. Along with that story, you see the story of the defining moment of Travers' childhood, which shows why Poppins was so important to her. From what I've seen from fact-checking, the movie is fairly accurate, which is another plus. A big one, actually. They did have hours and hours of audio recordings from sessions with Travers and some of the people working on the movie (because she insisted that everything be recorded), so they wouldn't have had a good excuse for it not being accurate.

So, first, let's talk Tom Hanks. Oh, man, Tom Hanks was... incredible. There were moments, especially when they showed him watching himself on the old black and white TV show Walt introduced, where he was just like Disney.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
We really enjoyed the movie...makes me want to watch Mary popping all over again.glad we watched it.thanks was amazing as Walt Disney.
Published 4 hours ago by LuAnn Derikart
5.0 out of 5 stars Took me back to the 60's
I was back with Walt and The Wonderful World of Color and all of his other great work from that era. A very touching, nice movie.
Published 4 hours ago by Mark S. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb storytelling and movie making.
Everything about this film is a winner. The casting is perfect. Enjoyed the flash backs and the telling of the little girl and the lady simultaneously. Hanks is perfect as Disney. Read more
Published 6 hours ago by Julia Bunting
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and interesting. Very watchable.
Emma Thompson stars as the neurotic, angry, and very unhappy author (P.L. Travers) of the very loved children's books featuring Mary Poppins. Read more
Published 9 hours ago by MsEE
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome movie
This is an outstanding movie. One never thinks about how tedious it must be to make a movie from a book especially when the author is passionate about what they have written. Read more
Published 9 hours ago by Linda Soto
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
This was disappointing to me. A nice case of Disney tooting his own horn but not all that believable. Carried Emma Thompson's obstinates a bit too far for me.
Published 10 hours ago by MtnMysteryReader
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie
Its strange concept to make a movie about the making of a movie but they did a fantastic job. Good not great.
Published 11 hours ago by Chef Gil
5.0 out of 5 stars A very tender movie.
Emma Thompson should have won an Oscar for her performance. Great insight into the making of Mary Poppins. I'm sure that I will want to see the movie again.
Published 13 hours ago by David A. Cohen
2.0 out of 5 stars Happy Birthday, Walt.
It shouldn't be surprising that Disney would make such a lollypop movie about Walt Disney. What is surprising, however, is how hammy and wooden Emma Thompson is. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Jack Shakely
5.0 out of 5 stars The Performances are Extremely good!
Having never read a Mary Popppins book I was not familiar with the author. It turns out that after viewing this film I still was not. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by James D. Owens
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Why No blu Ray-DVD combo?
Good question! Single disk version? This sucks!
Mar 6, 2014 by Michelle C. |  See all 9 posts
What about the bonus features?
There's no commentary, and only 17 minutes of extra content on the Blu-ray.

Mind you, it's a great 17 minutes. But sheesh, Disney. We hope you didn't strain yourselves trying to get that much out.
26 days ago by Chazzz |  See all 4 posts
Super High Price
Yes, I was wondering this as well. When it first came out, I think it was about $23, then this price increase. I bought it at Walmart for $23
21 days ago by Ed C |  See all 6 posts
The second order in the past month that has been canceled.
Keep an eye on your email. I just got an email from Amazon that said they canceled my initial Saving Mr. Banks order and gave me a $6.40 promo credit to make up the price difference on my new order.
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