Mary Poppins Returns is a masterpiece that truly deserves to be savored on blu-ray. Unlike more recent attempts like Nutcracker and the Four Realms in Mary Poppins Disney absolutely nails what makes it’s movies so magical and sends the viewer on an incredible journey.
This is another example of technology working in favor of the story. The sets are so beautiful and intricate that every frame just pops in the blu-ray format. Few movies beg to be owned in hi-def anymore but Mary Poppins Returns qualifies.
The whole movie is a modern masterpiece and the little details really come out at home. Everything from the booming score to the beautiful animation becomes that much more alive. It’s like being a child again, which is pretty much the whole point of the movie.
You can just tell that Disney took the time with this film and it shows in every frame. The musical numbers are spot on and Emily Blunt knocks it out of the park as Mary Poppins. Her interpretation is a little bit different than Julie Andrews but that’s okay. Like Doctor Who it’s the same character, but not quite. She makes it truly her own and it’s a joy to watch.
The same can be said for the whole cast. The idea of a Mary Poppins sequel sounded like a horrible idea at first but a single viewing is all that’s needed to change that opinion. Recruiting Lin-Manuel as a companion for Mary Poppins was a stroke of genius too. A natural singer and actor he has the chops to pay homage to Dick Van Dyke yet create a brand new, unique character with ties to the world.
While there aren’t a ton of special features, which is surprising, what is there is fascinating to watch. There’s a whole featurette dedicated to Dick Van Dyke which is heart warming. Learning more about the musical numbers is a nice touch as well. One of the weirder special features is an unused song about an anthropomorphic zoo where humans are in cages, probably a good thing it wasn’t used.
Mary Poppins Returns is now available on blu-ray and digital formats everywhere.