The Sound of Music

Directed by Robert Wise
Starring Christopher Plummer, Julie Andrews

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment | November 15, 2005 | DVD

The Sound of Music is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
The hills really are alive with the sound of music for this spectacular 2-disc 40th anniversary edition of Julie Andrew's beloved musical film.

Video Release: November 15, 2005

Runtime: 174

Rating: G (MPAA)

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

UPC: 024543208419

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sensational Sound of Music Although this picture has had numerous home video releases over the years from tape to laserdisc, this new DVD version is easily the best to date, offering a crisp, clear, pristine wide screen transfer that looks like it was filmed only hours ago, along with an excellent surround sound mix that is far superior to any previous release, 70mm six track theatrical prints included. The supplemental disc offers documentaries and enough extras to satisfy any Sound of Music junkie. The feature disc offers an audio commentary by director Robert Wise that is quite interesting and informative, but repeats much of the same information included in the documentary. Parts of it seem a bit rushed, perhaps because he doesn't speak over any of the musical sequences, which are presented without vocals to highlight the orchestral arrangements and allow one the opportunity to sing along. Wise points out where songs that were deleted or moved would have gone as compared to the original stage show, and one can see how such changes made the film adaptation superior. He also explains the technical aspects of shooting on location and how location shots were seamlessly matched with footage shot back in L.A. on stages. There were also a couple of scenes that were shot but later cut--it makes you wish they had included these outtakes on the supplemental disc of extras. There are some gaps in the commentary where only the movie plays--leaving you a bit hungry for more interesting anecdotes from Mr. Wise, but after over 35 years I guess his memory is as good as can be expected. The French audio track is fun--How strange to hear the familiar songs in French--not an easy task to translate a song like Do Re Mi which seems it wouldn't make sense in any language other than English. They did an excellent dubbing job--the voices are quite similar to the original actors' voices, and the woman dubbing for Julie Andrews holds her own. The 35 minute audio spot by screenwriter Ernest Lehman is extremely interesting, giving you a taste of what went on behind the scenes in the development of the production, from William Wyler's indifference to the film he agreed to direct despite hating the Broadway show, and prospective director Gene Kelly kicking Mr. Lehman out of his house and telling him to "shove" his screenplay. Actor Dan Truhitte also provides an "audio telegram" detailing his experience winning the part of Rolf and some personal anecdotes. But all we hear is his voice--a still picture of his present-day self would have been a nice touch. We also get some sound bytes of old radio interviews that are typical PR fluff but still an interesting time capsule. The video of theatrical trailers and TV spots is interesting but repetitive. They are almost all the same, with only subtle changes. For those interested in the location there is even a brief but detailed written history of Salzburg. All in all, this has to rate as one of the best and most complete DVDs ever released (despite those missing outtakes!) Fox did a terrific job, and should be commended for NOT offering the inferior pan and scan version of the picture usually shown on TV. This is one of those wide screen masterpieces that lose a lot when the original aspect ratio is altered. A must for all film collectors and Sound of Music fanatics alike.
Date published: 2009-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightful As Ever...Only Gets Better With The DVD Version !!! The DVD version adds so many extra hours of enjoyable interviews, pictures, reunions and so on...just adds to your wonderful collection of "The Sound of Music" :) Make sure you pick up the audio/soundtrack CD for "The Sound of Music" to!! Enjoy!!!
Date published: 2008-01-15

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The Sound of Music

Directed by Robert Wise
Starring Christopher Plummer, Julie Andrews

Video Release: November 15, 2005

Runtime: 174

Rating: G (MPAA)

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

UPC: 024543208419


Edition Description
  • Dolby Surround
  • Color
  • Digitally Processed
  • Runtime: 174 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English, French, Spanish, English, French, Spanish

Synopsis

Maria, a winsome postulant at Nonnberg Abbey in Salzberg, is having trouble adjusting to convent life. So her Mother Superior convinces her to accept a position as governess for Captain Von Trapp's seven children. Von Trapp, a lonely widower, realizes how badly his children need mothering and how much he longs for companionship. Eager to solve his domestic dilemma, he proposes to the Baroness (a haughty woman who dislikes children). But it isn't long before he realizes he that it's Maria he really loves. Once awakened to his true feelings, Captain Von Trapp breaks his engagement and marries Maria instead. All is blissful for the moment, but a cloud looms over the beautiful Salzburg horizon: Hitler is ascending to power, forcing Von Trapp to decide whether to become a Nazi...or leave his home forever.

Description

This classic musical set amidst the splendor of Austria's alps chronicles a young governess' budding romance with her employer, and the family's daring flight from Nazi rule. Based on the true story of the Von Trapp family. Academy Award Nominations: 10, including Best Actress--Julie Andrews. Academy Awards: 5, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Sound, Best (Adapted) Score, Best Editing.

Notes

The repackaged and repriced VHS versions (Cat. #'s 4100444 and 4100976) are digitally remastered by THX with picture and sound quality restored beyond their original splendor. These editions are the last time "The Sound of Music" will be available this decade. FoxVideo has released a 30th Anniversary CAV/CLV laserdisc that features a letterboxed, restored print and includes a host of extras, such as production diaries, interviews with cast and crew, a softcover book on Ernest Lehman, an alternate audio-track commentary by Robert Wise, a 90-minute documentary on the film, and a still-frame supplement. Much of the footage was shot in Salzburg, where director Wise spent 11 weeks filming against the backdrop of the majestic Bavarian Alps. The scene performance at the Salzburg Festival was shot in the spectacular Felsenreitschule, or the Rocky Riding School. Additional cast: Charmian Carr, Duane Chase, Debbie Turner, Kym Karath, Portia Nelson, Ben Wright, Gil Stuart, Evadne Baker and Doris Lloyd. Additional credits: Maurice Zuberano (2nd unit supervisor) and Bill & Cora Baird (puppeteers) Shot in 65mm. Color by DeLuxe. The play ran on Broadway for 3 1/2 years, starring Mary Martin as Maria. Screenwriter Ernest Lehman's earlier projects include "North by Northwest" and "Sweet Smell of Success." Marni Nixon, who plays Sister Sophia in "The Sound of Music" has lent her vocal cords to many film stars. Nixon's voice was used in place of Audrey Hepburn's in "My Fair Lady," for Natalie Wood's in "West Side Story," and for Deborah Kerr's in "The King and I." Her brief role as Sister Sophia in this film marks her first on-screen appearance. Copyright 1965 Argyle Enterprises, Inc. and 20th Century Fox Film Corporation.
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