Mary Poppins - Derann 5x 600ft Review

#1 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Mon Feb 01, 2016 3:57 pm

As these two titles have been spoken about quite a bit recently, I am starting a new thread here for the posting of screen shots from each as from the start of this evening. I hope this will please Mats and Alessandro in particular, who are keen to see these they tell me .



I chose to keep Mary Poppins in its original 5x 600ft boxes because none of the films leaders or tails had ever been removed by it's previous owner, so I thought it was nice to keep it the same way. It is a film that really would be better on 2x 1800ft Beaulieu spools though.

It is madness how this came originally from Derann though as one of the spools is completely overflowing, must have 700ft of film on it!

I think it is the very last part and therefore prevented them from supplying it as 6x 600ft. It is quite a long film this one it has to be said.



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RE: Mary Poppins & The Aristocats

#2 by Douglas Warren ( deleted ) , Mon Feb 01, 2016 4:44 pm

Andrew,
I remember seeing The Aristocats with my Aunt and cousin when it was first released. I must have really enjoyed it as I had the soundtrack LP and the comic book adaption which included a small poster.



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RE: Mary Poppins & The Aristocats

#3 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:09 pm

It is one I only half took to as a youngster but now is a firm favourite of mine. Funny how you see things through different eyes as we get older.

The Parisian scenery and vibrancy of colour, the jazz scenes and the eccentricity of characters all adds to the magic of this all time classic.

I guess I never really appreciated all of the above until I truly appreciated the whole skill base regarding the creation of these films.



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RE: Mary Poppins & The Aristocats

#4 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Tue Feb 02, 2016 1:08 am

The "Masters" review before my own screen shots here! Mr Gian Luca Mario Loncrini.
A Disney aficionado, if ever there was one!!

http://8mmforum.film-tech.com/cgi-bin/ub...ic;f=4;t=000366

Mary Poppins (1964)
Running time: 140 minutes
Derann release

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Starring:
Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins
Dick Van Dyke as Bert and Mr. Daves senior
David Tomlinson as George Banks
Glynis Johns as Winifred Banks
Karen Dotrice as Jane Banks
Matthew Garber as Michael Banks

Produced by Walt Disney, and based on the Mary Poppins books series by P. L. Travers with illustrations by Mary Shepard, the film was directed by Robert Stevenson and written by Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi, with songs by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. It was shot at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

The film begins with Mary Poppins perched on a cloud high above London in Spring 1910. The action descends to earth where Bert, a Cockney jack-of-all-trades is performing as a one-man band at a park entrance, where he suddenly senses that his good friend is about to return. After the show, he breaks the "Fourth wall" and introduces the audience to the well-to-do but troubled Banks family, headed by the cold and aloof Mr. Banks and the loving but highly distracted suffragette Mrs. Banks.

The Banks' latest nanny, Katie Nanna, quits out of exasperation after the Banks children, Jane and Michael run off in pursuit of a wayward kite. Mr. Banks returns home from his job at a bank, and Mrs Banks reveals the children are missing. A policeman arrives with the children, who ask their father to help repair their damaged kite, but he dismisses them and advertises for an authoritarian nanny-replacement. Jane and Michael draft their own advertisement asking for a fun, kind-hearted and caring person, but Mr. Banks tears up the paper and throws it in the fireplace. Unnoticed, the note's remains float up the chimney.

The next day there is a queue of old and disagreeable nanny candidates waiting at the door. However, a strong gust of wind literally blows the queue away, and Mary Poppins floats down with her umbrella to apply. Mr. Banks is stunned to see that this calmly defiant new nanny has responded to the children's ad despite the fact he destroyed it. As he puzzles, Mary Poppins employs herself and begins work.

The children face surprises of their own: Mary possesses a bottomless carpetbag, and makes contents of the children's nursery come to life and tidy themselves. The trio then meet Bert in the park, where Mary uses one of his chalk pavement-drawings as a gateway to an outing in an animated countryside. The next day, they all visit Mary's jovial Uncle Albert, who floats whenever he laughs, and join him in a tea party in midair.

Mr. Banks grows uncomfortable with his children's stories of their adventures, but Mary effortlessly inverts his attempted dismissal of her services into a plan to take his children with him to the bank where he is employed. Mr. Dawes, Mr. Banks' extremely elderly employer, aggressively tries to persuade Michael to invest his money in the bank. When Michael protests, the other customers misunderstand, and start a run on the bank that forces the bank to suspend business. The children flee and wander into the slums of the East End of London. Fortunately, they run into Bert, now employed as a chimney sweep. He takes them safely home, explaining that their father does not hate them, but that he has problems of his own, and that unlike the children, has no-one to turn to but himself.

At home, a departing Mrs. Banks employs Bert to clean the family's chimney and mind the children. Mary Poppins arrives back from her day off and warns of the dangers of this activity, but is too late as the children are both sucked up the chimney to the roof. Bert and Mary follow them and lead a tour of the rooftops of London that concludes with a joyful dance with Bert's chimney-sweep colleagues. A volley of fireworks from the Banks' eccentric neighbour, Admiral Boom, who thought London was being attacked by Hottentots, sends the entire gathering back down the Banks' chimney. Mr. Banks arrives home, forcing Mary to conclude the festivities. Banks then receives a phone call from work ordering him to return immediately for disciplinary action. As Mr. Banks gathers his strength, Bert points out that while Mr. Banks does need to make a living, his offspring's childhood will come and go in a blink of an eye, and he needs to be there for them while he can. The Banks children approach their father to apologize, and Michael gives Mr. Banks his tuppence in the hope that it will make things all right. Banks gently accepts the offering.

A sombre and thoughtful Mr. Banks walks alone through the night-time streets. At the bank, he is formally humiliated and sacked for causing the first run on the bank since 1773 (it is stated that the bank supplied the money for the shipment of tea destroyed in the Boston Tea Party). However, after being at a loss when ordered to give a statement, Mr. Banks invokes Mary Poppins' all-purpose word "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!" to tweak Mr. Dawes. He gives Dawes the tuppence, tells the old man one of Uncle Albert's jokes and raucously departs. Dawes mulls over the joke, finally "gets it" and floats up into the air, laughing...

The next morning, the winds have changed direction, and so Mary must depart. Meanwhile, the Banks adults cannot find Mr. Banks, and fear that he might have become suicidal. However, Mr. Banks, now loving and joyful, reappears with the now-mended kite and cheerfully summons his children. The greatly-relieved Mrs. Banks supplies a tail for the kite, using one of her suffragette ribbons. They all leave the house without a backward glance as Mary Poppins watches from a window. In the park with other kite-flyers, Mr. Banks meets Mr. Dawes Jr., who says that his father literally died laughing. Instead of being mournful, the son is delighted his father died happy, and re-employs Mr. Banks to fill the opening as partner.

Her work done, Mary Poppins takes to the air with a fond farewell from Bert.

About production: the first book was the main basis for the Walt Disney film Mary Poppins, a musical with mixed live action and animation which premiered on August 27, 1964. It was the Sherman Brothers, who composed the music and song score, and who were also involved in the picture's development, who suggested that the setting be changed from the 1930s to the Edwardian era. Julie Andrews, who was making her movie acting debut after a successful stage career, got the prime role of Mary Poppins soon after she was passed over by Jack Warner and replaced with Audrey Hepburn for the role of Eliza Doolittle in his screen version of My Fair Lady, even though Andrews had originated the role on Broadway. Andrews later beat Hepburn for the Best Actress Awards in both the Golden Globes and Academy Awards for their respective roles.

Disney cast Dick Van Dyke in the key supporting role of Bert, thanks to his work on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Van Dyke also played the senior Mr. Dawes in the film. Although he is fondly remembered for this film, Van Dyke's attempt at a Cockney accent (lapsing out of it at times) was nonetheless widely ridiculed and is still frequently parodied. It is still often cited as one of the worst attempts at a British accent by an American actor, a fact acknowledged with good humour by Van Dyke himself on the 2004 DVD release of the film.

According to the 40th Anniversary DVD release of the film in 2004, Walt Disney first attempted to purchase the film rights to Mary Poppins from P.L. Travers as early as 1938 but was rebuffed because Travers did not believe a film version of her books would do justice to her creation. In addition, Disney was known at the time primarily as a producer of cartoons and had yet to produce any major live action work. For more than 20 years, Disney periodically made efforts to convince Travers to allow him to make a Poppins movie. He finally succeeded in 1961, although Travers demanded and got script approval rights. The process of planning the film and composing the songs took about two years. Travers objected to a number of elements that actually made it into the movie. Rather than original songs, she wanted the soundtrack to feature known standards of the Edwardian period in which the story is set. She also objected to the animated sequence. Disney overruled her, citing contract stipulations that he had final say on the finished print. Much of their correspondence is part of the Travers collection of papers in the Mitchell Library of New South Wales, Australia. The relationship between Travers and Disney is detailed in Mary Poppins She Wrote, a biography of Travers, by Valerie Lawson. The biography is the basis for two documentaries on Travers, The Real Mary Poppins and Lisa Matthews' The Shadow of Mary Poppins.

A number of other changes were necessary to condense the story into feature length. In the movie, there are only two Banks children, Jane and Michael. The satirical and mysterious aspects of the original book gave way to a cheerful and "Disneyfied" tone. Mary Poppins' character as portrayed by Andrews in the film is somewhat less vain and more sympathetic toward the children than the rather cold and intimidating nanny of the original book. Bert, as played by Van Dyke, was a composite of several characters from Travers' stories. Travers demanded that any suggestions of romance between Mary and Bert be eliminated, so lyrics were written for "Jolly Holiday" that clearly indicated that their friendship was purely platonic (some subtle hints of romance remain, however).

As mentioned above, Van Dyke played two roles in the film. Andrews did at least three: she provided the robin's whistling harmony during "A Spoonful of Sugar", and was also one of the Pearly singers during "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious". David Tomlinson, besides playing Mr. Banks, also provided the voice of Mary's talking umbrella as well as numerous other voice-over parts (including that of Admiral Boom's first mate). During the "Jolly Holiday" sequence, the three singing Cockney geese were voiced by Marni Nixon. (Nixon would later play one of Julie Andrews' fellow nuns in The Sound of Music; she also provided the singing voice for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady).
From WIKIPEDIA

The 8mm release is supplied on 5 full 600ft spools. This is the complete theatrical edition with a very good soundtrack. The title has been printed both on Agfa LPP (and in STEREO) and Kodak Polyester film stock, although the most recent prints on this second stock have a bluish cast to the color and have no STEREO sound.

Result is that brown striped prints are definitely better (color, sound and brilliance) than the newest copies. Picture stability is also absolutely good as all Disneys released by Derann.


From reel 1.. (using Bauer T610 f1.2 Schneider lens in total darkness)


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RE: Mary Poppins & The Aristocats

#5 by Vidar Olavesen , Tue Feb 02, 2016 1:59 pm

Wonderful quality photos. Stunning print


 
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#6 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Tue Feb 02, 2016 2:07 pm

Its not actually Vidar sadly. It does have one or two marks here and there but nothing that spoils too much thankfully.

Thanks for those kind words anyhow Vidar and I'll keep em coming! ha ha


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#7 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Tue Feb 02, 2016 2:12 pm

Reel 2..... Beaulieu Schneider, F1.1 due to ambient daylight- Letterboxed 7ft wide image.


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RE: Mary Poppins & The Aristocats

#8 by Vidar Olavesen , Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:41 pm

I think it looks fab, a few marks is no problem. I don't mind (of course not wanting them) the green emulsion stripes in Calamity Jane which you so kindly gave me (Thanks again for this)

I am ashamed to say, I only seen the 200' extracts on Super 8, never the whole film. I got a Laser disk of it, not yet seen (12 years unseen in a shelf .... blush)


 
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#9 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:58 pm

You don't know what you're missing Vidar.
In my top 3 all time favourite films this one since I was knee high to a grasshopper.


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RE: Mary Poppins & The Aristocats

#10 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:31 pm

Reel 2 cont'd.......



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RE: Mary Poppins & The Aristocats

#11 by Alessandro Pavoni , Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:43 pm

Hi Andrew, I am dreaming on my Beaulieu 708 stereo"..........with Mary..".....wonderfull print.
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#12 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:44 pm

A Match made in Heaven Alessandro!


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RE: Mary Poppins & The Aristocats

#13 by Paul Browning , Tue Feb 02, 2016 8:15 pm

I GOT OUTBID ON THIS JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS ANDREW, THE ONE ON EBAY, GREAT SHARP LOOKING PRINT. I KNEW IT WAS WORTH A BID, AND IT WENT FOR GOOD MONEY
AS I REMEMBER £400 +. ITS A RARE ONE NOW, THAT DOES NOT COME UP TOO OFTEN ON EBAY OR ANY LISTS. I THINK WE SAID AT THE TIME IT LOOKED LIKE AN AGFA PRINT.
VERY NICE DERANN PRINT.


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#14 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Tue Feb 02, 2016 8:19 pm

Yes it is a hard one to find now Paul. The one on e bay I watched myself but there were no screenshots or guarantees with it if memory serves me right.

That is a lot of money to pay without knowing anything about its condition.
I paid £80 a reel for my original print from Derann when new, so someone has paid exactly the same for a gamble there.

This is nowhere near as good as my brand new one was, but I'm still pleased to have it and count myself very lucky to have got this second time around.



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RE: Mary Poppins & The Aristocats

#15 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Tue Feb 02, 2016 11:29 pm

Reel 3.... Beaulieu F1.1 with ambient daylight, 7ft letterboxed image



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RE: Mary Poppins & The Aristocats

#16 by Alan Rik , Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:30 am

Hey Andrew,
I have that title too. One of my favorites as a kid. I broke many umbrellas seeing if I could fly! Is that on Agfa stock?


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RE: Mary Poppins & The Aristocats

#17 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:21 pm

You know Alan, it's something I never bother checking if I'm honest. I presume it is as most Disney titles were I believe. I will put my glasses on and see if I can see anything written on the side of the film.

LPP, Agfa, late Fuji...it's all good to me!


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RE: Mary Poppins & The Aristocats

#18 by Timothy Duncan ( deleted ) , Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:29 pm

ANDREW,
Thanks for posting those terrific screenshots! The colors are so vibrant on that "Mary Poppins" release!


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RE: Mary Poppins & The Aristocats

#19 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:58 pm

Reel 4.... same conditions as previous reel





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RE: Mary Poppins & The Aristocats

#20 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Fri Feb 05, 2016 3:11 pm

Final Reel, reel 5.... Same as before for set up in ambient daylight.



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RE: Mary Poppins & The Aristocats

#21 by Jonathan Trevithick ( deleted ) , Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:11 pm

Hi Andrew,
Thanks for making this great effort. The screenshots are superb. I'm back in hospital at the moment so have ample time to scrutinize them all!
I only saw Mary Poppins for the first time a few years ago and it immediately became one of my favourite family films.
As a kid, I had the option to see it at a local cinema or spend the afternoon with my Dad's friend, the projectionist. I chose the latter, of course!


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RE: Mary Poppins & The Aristocats

#22 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:32 pm

I am saddened of course to hear you are now back in hospital Jonathan and just hope things are on the way up for you from this moment onwards!

As for the screen shots, while ever there are people telling me they are interested in seeing these in detail, I am very happy to post them Jonathan.
The last reel will be coming here in the next hour. I must complete this tonight as i am back in work again now for a while and wouldn't want to leave it this close without completion.

The final reel at the beginning is really difficult to get any sharp shots from the first 300ft as the scenes from the rooftops (Step In Time routine) are very fast paced and the scenery is also very dark to a camera capturing this. It does however still look brilliantly sharp in the flesh and it's just a shame that the simple digital camera I have, does not do this part of the film any justice.

Anyhow, I wish you all the best Jonathan and really hope you are on the way up very very soon. I hope you at least can enjoy the remaining photos.


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#23 by Alessandro Pavoni , Fri Feb 05, 2016 10:07 pm

Hi Andrew, amazing pictures, thanks so much.


 
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#25 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:38 am

For those like Mats who have requested a look at Aristocats, it will be posted here on Monday or Tuesday now. (Might possibly start Friday at a pinch).



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