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‘Star Wars Trilogy,’ ‘Mary Poppins’ Available On Video

Roy Bassave Miami Herald

“The Force” is on its way back - and so is “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”

For fans who just can’t get enough, FoxVideo Home Video is releasing the remastered version of George Lucas’ “Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition.” It will be available on home video for only 97 days starting today.

And for those whose memories stretch back a decade further, Walt Disney Home Video is releasing a restored, special edition of “Mary Poppins” today.

The “Star Wars” saga, which shattered box-office records with its recent theatrical release, includes a digitally remastered sound track, enhanced visual effects, and new footage, including new scenes, as well as an interview with Lucas, behind-the-scenes footage and personal anecdotes.

Over a year of work on this project took most of Lucas’ time, adding scenes and more.

Each VHS film is $19.98, and a boxed set of all three is $49.98. A Platinum Widescreen Edition will sell for $59.98, and a laser-disc boxset from Image Entertainment will sell for $124.98 on Nov. 5.

“Mary Poppins,” winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Actress (Julie Andrews) and Best Song (“Chim Chim Cheree”) was painstakingly restored frame-by-frame, with digitally remastered and THX-certified sound. Bonus programming includes scenes from the film’s 1964 world premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood and a “making of” featurette.

The videos also include music and lyrics from “Feed the Birds,” “Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” in a commemorative songbook titled “The Magical Music of Mary Poppins.” The VHS video will retail for $22.99, and a laser-disc CLV version from Image Entertainment will sell for $99.99 and CLV $29.99.

For more information, visit Image Entertainment’s Web site at http:/ /www.image-entertainment.com, Disney at http://www.disney.com and FoxVideo at http://www.fox.com.

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