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Saving Mr Banks [DVD]

Tom Hanks , Emma Thompson    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Mar 2014
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00H3IG1HS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar winner Tom Hanks star in Disney's SAVING MR. BANKS, inspired by the extraordinary untold tale of how one of the most beloved stories of all time, Mary Poppins, was brought to the big screen.   The film is a poignant, sharply funny and moving recounting of  Walt Disney's (Tom Hanks) quest to fulfil a promise to his daughters to make a film of their favourite book, and of its fiercely protective author PL Travers (Emma Thompson), who had no intention of letting her beloved nanny go to Hollywood.   SAVING MR. BANKS follows Walt as he has to pull out all the stops to change PL Travers’ mind and is ultimately forced to reach back into his own childhood to discover the truth about the ghosts that haunt her.  Together they set Mary Poppins free to become one of the most endearing films in cinematic history. Academy Award winner Paul Giamatti, Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson and Jason Schwartzman round out the terrific cast.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
It's 1906 in the beautiful and affluent city of Maryborough in Australia. Travers and Margaret Goff are leaving with their two daughters - Ginty and Dolly. Like Pied Piper their jokey father is leading his family to a new home, a new town, a new job in a bank for him and supposedly - a new and happier life. But the nanny who watches them leave yet another nice home and wife Margaret with an infant in her arms seems not so sure. And on the train to a remote place called Allora in Queensland (the last stop on the line) - Margaret watches with concern as her husband Travers sips slyly from a hip flask filled with whiskey. So while Ginty may adore her story-telling Dad who fills her with magic thoughts - she just stands on the back of the train dreamily watching everything she's ever known disappear into the distance because of Daddy's "ways"...

Now its April 1961 in London and the child Ginty is grown up into the frightfully prim and prig Pamela L. Travers - author of "Mary Poppins" - sat alone at her desk meditating (as per the works of George I. Gurdjieff). A ring at the front door brings in her literary agent Diarmuid Russell (Ronan Vibert) who informs her that the royalties have dried up and because she refuses to write anything new - soon even her beloved Bloomsbury home will go unless she procures money. But still she's staggeringly prickly. Russell who has tread lightly long enough rages that Walt Disney - who has pursued her for twenty years to get the film rights to "Mary Poppins" - has even agreed to her excessive demands - no animation and full script approval. But she lives in terror that Hollywood will turn her beloved creation into pap.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film 7 Mar 2014
By index
I remember when I went to the cinema to watch this when it first came out; I was absolutely blown away by it, Tom Hanks pulled of an amazing performance as well as Emma Thompson. Not enough credit has been given to this film which is such a shame. I highly recommend this,
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Praise Emma Thompson! 22 Mar 2014
By Lola
I thought that Emma Thompson, portraying Pamela Travers, author of my beloved "Mary Poppins" was an absolute delight. Thompson can easily take the audience along with her in an Oscar-worthy performance, as she shows us Travers' metamorphosis from disgruntled stiff-lipped Brit to kite flying dreamer. The rest of the cast don't disappoint: Tom Hanks paints a masterly portrait of Walt Disney, with a team of visionary animators, all trying to persuade Pamela Travers to give her approval (and rights) for Mary's reincarnation on the blue screen.

On the verge of poverty, Pamela Travers cannot really refuse Disney, even though he stands for all she hates, and she fears to lose her beloved Mary to "silly cartoons". This is a Disney production, so we don't get to see any of the Mr Disney's controlling tendencies and darkness, he is simply this benevolent visionary who promised his girls to bring Mary Poppins to life. It's Pamela who gets to have all the issues - daddy issues, first and foremost. Colin Farrell is well cast as Traver's beloved alcoholic Aussie dad - sweet and carefree, full of tales for his little girls, but not enough order to keep down a job, he is full of his personal demons. And Rachel Griffiths convincingly plays the super efficient great-aunt who comes to the aid of the Travers family - and her character is instantly recognisable as a real Mary Poppins in young Pamela Travers life, down to the big black umbrella.

All in all, a good thoughtful film (not really for kids), but it's Emma Thompson who steals the show.
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64 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pears.... 6 Dec 2013
Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie of their favourite book, P.L. Travers' "Mary Poppins," so he promised them he would.

In his quest to obtain the rights, he comes up against a writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved creation get ruined by Hollywood. But, as the money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to meet and hear Disney's plans for the adaptation.

Walt pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and songs, he launches an onslaught on P.L. Travers, but she doesn't budge.

But Walt discovers the truth about Mary Poppins, and together they set her free.....

Brilliant is one word to describe this movie, and it's all thanks to Thompson. Her portrayal of Travers is wonderfully complex. At once, you see a meddling Battleaxe, but at the same time, you see a child begging to come to the surface, and you cannot help but like her, despite her little outbursts.

Hanks knows he's not going to outshine Thompson, so he is wonderfully restraint as the big man, and it's to his credit, he's a joy to watch too.

Its funny and equally heartbreaking in parts, and the best parts of the film are set in Austrailia, these set the foundations of the narrative, and really add gravitas to the Disney scenes, honestly, this is Farrell's career best performance, even if he does seem to be channelling Johnny Depp on occasion.

If you are a fan of Mary Poppins, this is a must, and if your not, it's still a fascinating insight into one woman's love of her work, and how much it means to her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty and Humorous with Drama
A lot better than I had anticipated. Very good story line and excellent cast. Also surprisingly funny and witty with P J Travis. Overall a brilliant film, thoroughly enjoyable.
Published 29 minutes ago by leanne marie jones
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars
Brilliant! Engaging and revealing story, perfect cast they capture the essence of the characters incredibly well. A must see movie
Published 1 hour ago by Scott James Poxon
5.0 out of 5 stars Saving Mr Banks
Fantastic film. Loved it. A must see, but have your tissues at the ready coz it's a real tear jerker even with Mickey Mouse in it.
Published 11 hours ago by JACQUELINE CRADDOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Interesting story, good to know background to author. Tom Hanks was and looked good as Walt Disney. Already loaned it to a friend.
Published 20 hours ago by Mrs J E Rogers
3.0 out of 5 stars A great film but a disappointing DVD release.
The film is great and you can read other customers' reviews about it. However, I'm giving this DVD 3 stars because it only contains the film. Read more
Published 22 hours ago by A. Poulios
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely beautiful.
I am a huge Disney fan whether its animation or film and was desperate to see this one. I was hooked from the moment it started right through to the finish. Read more
Published 1 day ago by takethatfan
4.0 out of 5 stars A must see!
Brought it for my mum for Mother's Day and we loved it! Beautiful story but very emotional - definitely need the tissues!
Published 1 day ago by Rachel Zieminski
3.0 out of 5 stars saving Mr Banks
It was an Ok film.
First time streaming,good quality ,played it onto a large screen, better that TV.Will try some more
Published 1 day ago by Mr. B. Palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars most enjoyable
enjoyed the film but felt that something was missing, not sure what though.May have to watch it again to find out.
Published 2 days ago by craftysmiths
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent acting
One of the best films I have seen in a very long time. Emma Thomson's performance is sublime as a woman with a difficult childhood which is assuaged by the Mary Poppins character. Read more
Published 2 days ago by TJTaxi
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