The most widely seen movie produced by a Hollywood studio, The Sound of Music
grows fresher with each viewing. Though it was planned meticulously in pre-production (save for the scene where Maria and the children take a dipping in an Austrian lake that nearly cost a life), on each viewing one is struck anew by the spontaneous almost improvisatory air of the acting, notably of Julie Andrews under Robert Wise's direction. There are also the little human touches he brings to, for instance, the scene where Maria leads the children to the hills, over bridges and along tow paths where the smallest boy trips up and momentarily gets left behind: it creates a feeling that most of us have encountered. From the opening pre-credit sequence of muted excitement as the camera roves over the Austrian Alps (photographed in magnificent colour), where little phrases from the wind instruments on the soundtrack are flung as if on the breeze, foreshadowing the title song to follow, the production never puts a foot wrong.
On the DVD: On the first disc the film itself has never looked or sounded better since its original presentation in Todd AO (prints of which are said to have disappeared forever). The disc also contains a separate audio guide that takes the viewer through the film sequence by sequence, with director Robert Wise commenting on the weather, the production design by Boris Leven, the sequences filmed on location and in Hollywood (like the interiors of the Von Trapp villa), and the naming of other actors who were eager for the lead roles, notably Doris Day and Yul Brynner.
On the second disc there are the documentaries. "Salzburg Sight and Sound" was Charmian Carr's own record of her time on location in the summer of 1964, playing Liesl, the eldest Von Trapp daughter. "From Fact to Fiction", running two hours, begins with the birth of Maria in 1905 who inspired the film, charts her subsequent marriage to Captain Von Trapp, their escape from Nazi Germany not across the Alps but via a train across the Italian boarder, their home in Vermont and thence to the German film of the family that was brought to the attention of Rodgers and Hammerstein as an ideal vehicle for a stage musical. A second group of documentaries covers previews, television and radio commercials and a 1973 interview with Wise and Andrews. Overall, this is a marathon package but in its way is as compelling as the film itself. --Adrian Edwards
See and hear The Sound of Music
in a whole new way.
A timeless cinematic treasure soars to new heights in this 45th anniversary edition. Digitally remastered for spectacular sound and pristine picture quality, you’ve never seen, or heard, The Sound of Music like this before. Julie Andrews lights up the screen as Maria, a spirited young woman who leaves the convent to bring love and music to the home of Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) and his seven children.
DVD Feature Film and Special Features:
- Feature film in standard definition
- Newly remastered picture and sound
- Optional sing-along track
- Music machine sing-along
- The Sound of Music Tour--A Living Story
This pack also contains two Blu-ray discs (region B) for you to try.
Blu-ray Feature Film and Special Features--Disc 1:
- Feature film remastered in 1080p Hi-Def with 7.1 DTS-HD Sound
- Your Favourite Things Interactive Celebration: Immerse yourself in The Sound of Music in a one-of-a-kind viewing experience. Enjoy any or all of these features as you watch the film: Sing-along lyric track, Trivia Track, Location Guide Challenge, and Behind-the-Scenes insight
- The Sound of Music Machine--Skip to the music only scenes with this jukebox feature
- Audio commentaries with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and director Robert Wise
- BD-LIVE: Live Lookup™ Powered by IMDb®
Blu-ray Additional Special Features--Disc 2:
- A City of Song--Virtual map of filming locations in Salzburg, Austria. Blending graphics, movie scenes, archival footage and high-def images, take the ultimate tour of this Austrian city to see locations used in the film along with places linked to the real von Trapp family
- Musical Stages: Creating The Sound of Music--All new interactive “Backlot Tour” with in-depth featurettes on the songs, the stage show and film, the film and sound restoration and the real-life von Trapp Family
- Vintage Rodgers & Hammerstein and The Sound of Music Programs
- Screen tests, rare treasures, interviews, photo galleries and more
Subtitle Info DVD Subtitles
: Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, English for the hearing impaired Blu-ray Subtitles
: French, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, English for the hearing impaired