Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released a first-look at one of the deleted scenes that will be available on the Saving Mr. Banks blu-ray (available to own on March 18, now available for pre-order). Titled ‘Pamela Leaves,’ the scene features Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers contemplating leaving Los Angeles when she’s confronted by Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. It’s worth noting that according to information that we previously shared regarding the bonus features, there should be about a minute more of the film in the actual blu-ray clip.
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.
Ahead of any official announcement, we have learned of several of the bonus features for the Blu-ray release of Saving Mr. Banks.
As we have previously reported, Walmart had added an entry for the film with a release date of March 18, 2014, although Walmart has since removed that listing and no official date has been announced.
The currently known bonus features include:
- 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)
Walt Disney Studios opened its doors to the public this week for its exclusive early nightly screenings of Saving Mr. Banks which is currently in limited release in select cities with a wide release scheduled for December 20, 2013. The engagement offers the public a rare glimpse into the production studios which is an opportunity rarely afforded — outside of being personally invited, this is usually limited to the Adventures By Disney Backstage Magic Tour or occasional tours conducted by Disney D23, for which one must be a member. After a screening of the film (along with a sizzle reel of the film’s star-studded premiere), guests were invited to visit several key sites located on the Studios campus, many of which had a direct part in the production of Disney’s Mary Poppins. We were invited for an exclusive tour of the locations featuring props, sets, wardrobe and more from Saving Mr. Banks as well as other celebrated artifacts before the public had the chance to see them and are pleased to share photos and video from our experience.
As a quick follow-up to its listing for Frozen on Blu-ray (along with an apparent exclusive on the 3D version), Walmart is now listing Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks with a release date of March 18, 2014 as well. Perhaps most interesting, however, is that not only does this come ahead of any official announcement, but it appears the listing is currently only available through the direct link which was supplied to us by Walmart via its electronic catalog — it does not yet appear to show up in any search results, which may cast further doubt on whether the release date has any legitimacy at this point.
As part of its ‘For Your Consideration’ campaign for the 2013 awards season, Walt Disney Studios today released the final draft of Kelly Marcel’s script for Saving Mr. Banks, a film which has already been garnering a string of accolades, particularly for Emma Thompson in the starring role of P.L. Travers.
The script, which is available on Disney’s For Your Consideration website, can be directly accessed here.
Walt Disney Studios has released this new featurette for Saving Mr. Banks, focusing on the iconic music of Mary Poppins. It featuring Robert Sherman (half of the famous Sherman Brothers songwriting team responsible for the soundtrack as well as the film’s common threads) as well as the cast of Saving Mr. Banks as they discuss (and in some cases, reminisce) about the music and Walt Disney’s influence. Some additional footage as well as behind-the-scenes footage is also shared along the way.
In honor of Saving Mr. Banks which shares the previously untold story of what it took for Walt Disney to bring Mary Poppins to the movies, Walt Disney Studios has released several behind-the-scenes photos, concept art, sketches by screenwriter Don DaGradi (as seen below) and more. Pictured left is a rarely seen photo of Richard and Robert Sherman singing along with Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and Irwin Kostal, while pictured below is a sketch by DaGradi featuring P.L. Travers during ‘the trial — I mean conference.’
We have been provided with some additional details on the new bonus features that will support on the 50th Anniversary edition of Mary Poppins as it makes its Blu-ray debut on December 10, 2013 (now available for pre-order).
Mary-OKE will highlight popular music from the film, specifically ‘Spoon Full of Sugar,’ ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,’ ‘Step In Time,’ ‘Chim Chim Cher-ee’ and allows viewer to sing-along to animated words that display onscreen in unique ways.
Except that what will be in store hasn’t happened before — at least not like this. On December 10, 2013, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release the beloved 1964 classic, Mary Poppins, on Blu-ray for the first time ever. That would place its release just a few days before Saving Mr. Banks opens in limited release on December 13 and on the same day its soundtrack, with music composed by Thomas Newman, is slated to be released.