The Extraordinary, Untold True Story of the Origins of a Disney Classic Arrives on Blu-ray™ + Digital Copy, DVD, Digital HD, On-Demand and Disney Movies Anywhere on March 18th Starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson

/ PRNewswire / — Walt Disney Studios proudly announces the home entertainment release of the heartwarming drama Saving Mr. Banks, arriving on Blu-ray + Digital Copy, DVD, Digital HD and On-Demand on March 18, 2014. Also available on Disney Movies Anywhere (a new cloud-based digital movie service that enhances how consumers browse, buy and watch Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies).
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Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson bring to life the untold true story about the origins of one of the most treasured Disney classics of all time. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) directs this acclaimed film, which reveals the surprising backstory behind the making of Mary Poppins. Determined to fulfill a promise to his daughters, Walt Disney (Hanks) tries for twenty years to obtain the rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Thompson) beloved book. Armed with his iconic creative vision, Walt pulls out all the stops, but the uncompromising Travers won’t budge. Only when he reaches into his own complicated childhood does Walt discover the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers, and together, they set Mary Poppins free.

Featuring a stellar supporting cast that includes Colin Farrell (Total Recall), Paul Giamatti (Sideways), Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore), Bradley Whitford (TV’s The West Wing), Annie Rose Buckley (TV’s Home and Away), Ruth Wilson (The Lone Ranger), B.J. Novak (TV’s The Office), Rachel Griffiths (TV’s Brothers & Sisters) and Kathy Baker (Edward Scissorhands), Saving Mr. Banks was directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, The Rookie), produced by Alison Owen, Ian Collie and Philip Steuer, and written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Executive producers are Paul Trijbits, Andrew Mason, Troy Lum and Christine Langan.

On Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, Saving Mr. Banks sweeps viewers away with enchanting high definition picture and sound, plus delightful, never-before-seen bonus features.

Bonus Materials*:

  • The Walt Disney Studios: From Poppins to Present (Blu-ray, Digital HD & Disney Movies Anywhere) - Join Director John Lee Hancock on a tour of the Disney Studios lot, reflect on studio life during the making of Mary Poppins, and discover how Walt’s creative spirit still flourishes today.
  • Let’s Go Fly a Kite (Blu-ray, Digital HD & Disney Movies Anywhere) - Cast and crew sing break out in a rousing, heartfelt tribute to Composer Richard Sherman on the last day of filming.
  • Deleted Scenes
    • Stargaze (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – A picture on Walt’s desk leads to a flashback of Pamela’s childhood.
    • Nanny Song (Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD & Disney Movies Anywhere) – The Sherman Brothers perform a song for Pamela that she is less than thrilled with.
    • Pam Leaves (Blu-ray, Digital HD & Disney Movies Anywhere) – After yet another disagreement with Walt, Pamela leaves his office and heads for the airport.

*Digital HD bonus offerings vary by digital retailer

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Approximately 125 minutes
Feature Film: “PG-13” in U.S., “PG” in Canada, bonus features not rated
Blu-ray = 2.40:1 1080p High Definition Widescreen
DVD = 1.78:1 – Enhanced for 16x9 Television
Blu-ray = English 5.1 DTS-HDMA and DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
DVD = English 5.1 and DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital; Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
Blu-ray = English SDH, French and Spanish Subtitles
DVD = English SDH; Spanish and French Subtitles

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