Unofficially confirming a report we initially made over a month ago, Saving Mr. Banks will in fact be arriving on Disney Blu-ray on March 18, according to the newly dated listing on Amazon. Although the date has yet to be officially confirmed with Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, this is in line with a previous listing from Walmart which has subsequently been removed.
When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins, he made them a promise — one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.
For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.
It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.
Short of the official announcement, here are the known bonus features:
- Deleted Scene: Star Gaze (2:14)
- Deleted Scene: Nanny Song (2:19)
- Deleted Scene: PM Leaves (2:26)
- The Walt Disney Studios from Poppins to Present (13:59)
- Let’s Go Fly A Kite (November 20, 2012 – Last Day of Filming (1:41)
As usual, we will provide more information as it becomes available to us.