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Mary Poppins (1964)

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Commentary 1: ctors Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, and Karen Dotrice, composers Richard Sherman and Robert Sherman, and archival recordings from producer Walt Disney, director Robert Stevenson, and conductor Irwin Kostal Rating:7.0/10 (8 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by badge on August 28th, 2012:Find all reviews by badge
Julie Andrews seems to have been so far removed from her British roots that she mispronounces the word ‘scones’ in her first sentence (using the American version of the word) but she’s still the quintessence of the English Movie Nanny throughout this commentary. The pair of commentaries (Andrews/Dyke; Dotrice/Sherman) were recorded in separate sessions on the same day with a mind to edit them together afterwards – a good plan to make sure there are no dead spots, but also providing free rein for the notoriously censorious studio to shape it whatever they want. For example, although it’s well known that author P.L. Travers publicly despised the Disney-fying of her book, none of this is brought up in over two hours of audio. The usual ground is covered in the resulting commentary, and would be nothing special were it not for the chance to hear Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke chatting together like old friends again after all those years. Surprisingly, Karen Dotrice and Robert Sherman make a good match on their track; but for heaven’s sake: when Sherman asks how old they were as kids in the film, does she really have to be remark that she won’t say because then people can figure out her age? As if anyone would bother! Actually, I just did: Karen, you were 9 in 1964, the DVD came out in 2004, and you were 49 when you recorded the commentary, so there.
Reviewed by ipatrick on November 12th, 2013:Find all reviews by ipatrick
it's endearing to hear andrews and van dyke talk about their experience filming this classic. sherman's annecdotes are somehow interesting. it has little to no silences and all commentarors are vivid and enjoying themselves, which is always good. note that there are other commentators including walt disney himself, taken from old recordings, but all in all, this is a pretty vapid commentary with no real cinematic interest.