Mary Poppins Returns appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became an appealing presentation.
Overall sharpness worked well. A smidgen of softness impacted the occasional wider shot, but the majority of the film brought positive delineation.
I noticed no signs of jaggies or edge enhancement, and shimmering was absent. The film lacked print flaws and seemed clean.
The colors of Returns tended toward a laid-back mix of orange/amber and teal, without much to call vivid. Even the handful of fantasy scenes leaned in the teal-oriented direction, though they boasted a little more life, mainly via some purples and pinks. Still, the tones were fine given the stylistic choices.
Blacks seemed dark and right, and shadows demonstrated fairly good clarity, though interiors were slightly dense at times. Across the board, this became a nice image.
Despite the fantasy elements, the film’s DTS-HD MA 7.1 mix stayed fairly subdued. This was a chatty flick, though it occasionally displayed lively elements.
A few action-ish moments showed movement and range. These were pretty infrequent, though, so good stereo music and general ambience ruled the day. This meant we got a nice sense of place but rarely much more.
Audio quality satisfied. Music was full and rich, while effects showed nice clarity and accuracy, with strong low-end during those occasional “action” moments.
Speech – obviously an important factor here – appeared concise and crisp. Nothing here soared, but it all seemed positive.
A smattering of extras fill out the disc, and The Practically Perfect Making of Mary Poppins Returns goes for 23 minutes, 38 seconds. It includes notes from director Rob Marshall, producers Marc Platt and John DeLuca, production designer John Myhre, composer Marc Shaiman, music consultant Richard Sherman, lyricist Scott Wittman, and actors Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Nathanael Saleh, Pixie Davies, Emily Mortimer, Dick Van Dyke, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, and Angela Lansbury.
“Making” examines choreography, sets and production design, cast and performances, Marshall’s impact on the production, stunts, and music. Some good notes emerge but much of “Making” remains self-congratulatory, so don’t expect much substance.
If desired, one can view the film via a Sing-Along Mode. This simply pastes lyrics on-screen during the musical numbers. Yawn.
With Back to Cherry Tree Lane, we find a five-minute, 22-second piece with Firth, Blunt, Whishaw, Davies, Saleh, Van Dyke, Miranda, and Myhre.
“Back” discusses Van Dyke’s return to the franchise and echoes of the original film. Largely the piece praises Van Dyke and the new movie’s obligation to accuracy, so it becomes another fluffy reel.
Seeing Things from a Different Point of View offers four featurettes that look at the movie’s musical numbers. We find “Trip A Little Light Fantastic” (3:56), “The Royal Doulton Music Hall/A Cover Is Not the Book” (7:05), “Turning Turtle” (3:01) and “Can You Imagine That?” (4:03).
Across these, we hear from Marshall, Miranda, Blunt, DeLuca, Davies, Myhre, Streep, Wittman, Shaiman, Saleh, Platt, animation sequence supervisor Jim Capobianco, costume designer Sandy Powell, stunt coordinator Matt Mottram, set decorator Gordon Sim, and actor Joel Dawson.
“View” covers aspects of the movie’s musical production numbers. Once again, we get mix of production notes and praise, with too much emphasis on the latter for my liking.
In addition to a Deleted Song called “The Anthropomorphic Zoo” (5:04), we locate two Deleted Scenes: “Leaving Topsy’s” (0:55) and “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” (0:48). The cut song offers something mildly interesting, but the deleted scenes seem totally forgettable.
Practically Perfect Bloopers spans one minute, 57 seconds and delivers a pretty typical collection of goofs and giggles. Nothing special emerges.
The disc opens with ads for Toy Story 4 - twice! – and Aladdin (2019). Sneak Peeks presents a promo for The Little Mermaid as well. No trailer for Returns appears here.
After 54 years, Mary Poppins Returns - and inspires yawns. More remake than sequel, the new film lacks creativity and inspiration. The Blu-ray brings generally strong picture and audio as well as a decent selection of supplements. Mary Poppins returns with a fizzle.