November 2, 2010
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
- Runtime: 174 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
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.
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.
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
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.
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