Region Free Import Blu-ray)/Mary
(2018/Disney 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/Meet
The Baby Animals
Eggcellent Missions (2017
- 2018/*both Nickelodeon DVDs)
Ultra HD Picture: B+ Picture: B/B/C+/C+ Sound: B/B+ &
B/C+/C+ Extras: B/C+/D/C- Main Programs: C/C+/C+/C+
Import Blu-ray is now only available from our friends at Umbrella
Entertainment in Australia, can play on all Blu-ray players and can
be ordered from the link below.
latest children/family titles are a mixed bag, but you cannot say
they are not at least interesting...
best friend Henry Thomas goes on another search for otherworldly
beings, this time in the Australian lakes in Frog
(1986). While not as successful as the Spielberg classic, this young
adult fantasy has been newly remastered from Umbrella and hasn't aged
too badly thanks to this new HD restoration.
film also stars Rachel Friend, Tamsin West, Tony Barry, and Katy
Australian filmmaker Brian Trenchard-Smith (BMX
comes the story of a 14-year-old orphan named Cody (Thomas) who
learns about a ancient Aboriginal myth called the 'Donkegin'.
Setting on his own personal quest with his girlfriend Wendy (Friend),
Cody is destined to find this mythical creature in a nearby dam,
where he's convinced it's been lying in dormant.
film is presented in 1080p high definition on Blu-ray disc with a
widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a nice sounding 2.0 DTS-HD MA
(Master Audio) Stereo lossless mix. The film is nicely shot and was
only available on DVD recently from Umbrella. This is the certainly
the best transfer of the film on the market and definitely worth
Commentary with Director Brian Trenchard-Smith
Interviews from Not
Depths of a Legend
Dream Quest: Locations
it's not as magical as E.T.,
there's a lot to like about Frog
which is worth revisiting in this new HD master.
up is a project some thought a bad idea, making another Mary Poppins
film and without Julie Andrews. Not that her blockbuster hit was a
masterpiece, but it is iconic and so strongly identified with Andrews
that it followed her throughout her career, including in
et al. It was also a pop culture phenomenon and remains one of the
most successful live action films Disney ever produced. Now we have
Rob Marshall's Mary
(2018) with Emily Blunt assuming the title character role without
explanation. A family (led by Ben Wishlaw, 'Q' from the Daniel Craig
James Bond films) might lose their home and face some other problems,
but arriving with her handy umbrella that allows her to fly, she'll
try OT fix everything.
opens with a song sung by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is Poppins' friend
in this version and we get Colin Firth as the mean bank owner, some
other very British casting in a film that is more British than you
might expect, but needed to be by necessity. Meryl Streep oddly
turns up and so does Angela Lansbury in a moment with mixed results
(feels like it is promoting a certain PIXAR hit), but the greatest
moment as fleeting as it is has (as a new character) Dick Van Dyke
showing up and actually doing some singing and dancing in a moment
that steals the movie and shows its many limits.
its time, the original film was very magical, had visual effects the
likes that had never been seen before and proved Walt Disney was
still the U.S. king of the fantasy genre, no matter his own personal
flaws. Even as those effects often dated, the film still had its
charm and cast its chemistry. I think the casting is solid and the
money is on the screen, but we don't get enough chemistry, the songs
are not bad, but none really stand out and part of the problem is
that the film just plays it too safe.
doubt Marshall knows his way around the Musical genre, but that genre
has been mostly dead since the 1970s and few such films made since
have ever really wo0rked. I even liked the color schemes used, but
it just is not enough, especially at 130 minutes. Still, I'll give
them points for ambition. We got to review the film in Disney's 4K
Ultra HD Blu-ray with Blu-ray set, so we cannot say we did not get a
good look at it.
least there are plenty of extras, including (from the press
- In this early song sequence, Mary Poppins and the children visit a
very special zoo where the humans and animals trade places.
Practically Perfect Making of Mary
- Join filmmakers and cast on an amazing journey to embrace the
legacy of the original film while making a fresh modern sequel.
- Filmmakers and cast remember the first Mary Poppins movie and
share the thrill of working on Mary
the) Lovely London Sky''
- Discover how the team mined PL Travers' books for a fresh
perspective on a much-loved character. Plus, meet the Banks
You Imagine That?''
- Be on location for Mary's iconic entrance from the sky, and
explore the movie's original songs, inspired by the Sherman
to Go but Up'' - Experience being on set with the legendary Dick
Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury, and celebrate the joy of choosing the
Things From a Different Point of View:
The Musical Numbers of Mary
- Go behind the scenes and experience the film's production numbers
from a new angle.
a Little Light Fantastic''
- Led by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the cast performs the film's biggest
production number, with dancing lamplighters, bicyclists and more!
Royal Doulton Music Hall''
Cover Is Not the Book''
- Find out what it takes to create two musical extravaganzas inside
an animated world, highlighted by dancing animated penguins!
- Mary's eccentric cousin, Topsy Turvy, played by Meryl Streep, has
an unusual house that turns this musical number upside-down.
You Imagine That?''
- Dive under the bubbles with the cast and crew to see how this
exuberant number was created.
to Cherry Tree Lane: Dick Van Dyke Returns
- Dick Van Dyke, who played Bert and Mr. Dawes Sr. in the first
film, returns after 54 years to Cherry Tree Lane as Mr. Dawes Jr.
Perfect Bloopers - There's nowhere to go but up with the cast and
crew in this lighthearted collection of flubs, goofs and prop fails!
Topsy's - After their visit to Cousin Topsy, Mary, Jack and the
children pause to take a look back.
a Little Light Fantastic''
- The leeries light up the screen in this extended clip from the
movie's biggest musical production.
Play Movie in Sing-Along Mode - Sing along with all your favorite
songs as you watch the movie.
(as the end credits reconfirm), the film was shown in 12-bit color
Dolby Vision in select Dolby Theater bookings, this 4K version offers
the film in 2160p HEVC/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced
2.35 X 1 Ultra High Definition image. Regular 10-bit color HDR is
fine and fine here, but not as good as 12-bit color so why Disney
made this choice is odd. What are they holding back for?
still is better than the still-decent 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High
Definition image on the regular Blu-ray, where you can see the better
color range and detail, but not spectacularly so.
the other hand, the 4K version's soundtrack offers Dolby
Atmos 11.1 (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 on older systems), while the Blu-ray has
a decent DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 7.1 lossless mixdown that has some
impact, even if it is not as good as the Atmos mix. The 4K edition
is the way to see this best at home for now.
we have two more basic DVDs from Nickelodeon that have no on-disc
extras and run just over 90 minutes long: the compilation release
The Baby Animals
(with episodes of Bubble
& The Monster Machine)
Wing: Eggcellent Missions.
The company threw a few stickers into our copy of Wing,
but it is uncertain all future copies will have this.
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image and lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 on
both discs are sufficient, if not great, amazing or exceptional, so
it is competent like the rest of the discs. Its no better or worse
than most Nickelodeon releases, but that's the problem. We need more
and better, instead of the obvious and predictable. Let your child
chose carefully so you don't have discs they get bored with quickly.
Umbrella import Blu-ray, go to this link:
Nicholas Sheffo and James