Mary Poppins is a timely addition, with the recent biopic Saving Mr. Banks winning over most audiences this holiday season. John Sturgesí legendary western The Magnificent Seven also made the cut, as what will probably be a misguided remake looms on the horizon.
There canít be any talk about this latest Fast & Furious release without a nod to the late Paul Walker. I watched the Blu-ray edition for the latest movie in the franchise, Fast & Furious 6, just a short time after news of Walkerís untimely death hit the press.
Getting a movie made is hard. Itís an expensive, sometimes demoralizing endeavor that often involves casting changes, periods of turnaround and multiple years. In short, itís almost always a fiasco, but as Saving Mr. Banks illustrates, fiasco is a relative term.
Itís always the same songs. There are about a dozen beloved, universally recognized classic Disney tracks, and they repeatedly populate, in some order, Top 10 lists, cover version CDs and various productions. I get it.
While the latest edition will be available on DVD, Disney is really pushing the HD Digital and Blu-ray copies of the film, and with good reason. The December 10 release will mark the first time the film has hit Blu-ray, and the first big release of the movie since Disney put together the 45th Anniversary Edition on DVD just a few years ago (Likely due to rarity, those copies run pretty expensively).
Long before filmmakers had access to the finest digital effects the industry has to offer, they had to get creative with matte paintings to blend like actors into locations and environments that couldnít be achieved in real life.
Needless to say, the musical film version of the story Ė with Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke in the lead roles of a magical nanny and a comical chimney sweep Ė would become a beloved cinematic classic, and it's safe to assume modern audiences who grew up on "A Spoonful of Sugar" would want to learn how it came together.
When it comes to children there are only two kinds of movies: The kind you show them to shut them up and the kind you share with them in the hopes theyíll remember them for the rest of their lives