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The Sound of Music Gift Set (Blu-ray and DVD) [1965]

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  • Actors: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer
  • Directors: Robert Wise
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Nov. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (725 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KJPVK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,001 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Product Description

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.

Gift Set Includes:
• All-New Hardcover Book The Sound of Music: A Few of Our Favorite Things
• Hand-Painted “My Favorite Things” Music Box
• Reprint of 1965 Theatrical Souvenir Book
• Snapshots from Salzburg
• Official Letter of Authenticity

Please note: This is a US boxset and all the individual components have US spelling on them.

Blu-ray Feature Film & Special Features--Disc 1:
• Feature Film Remastered in 1080p Hi-Def with 7.1 DTS-HD Sound
Your Favorite 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 & Movie, 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 & More!

DVD Feature Film & 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

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


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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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415 of 426 people found the following review helpful By Richard Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 April 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This DVD is exactly what it says it is. It's the full version of Sound of Music on a single DVD. There are precious few of the usual DVD baggage extras that you will find on the 2 Disc version.

If you are buying this because you love the songs/music then there are 2 special features that you will love.

1. There is an option to just play the songs and that is exactly what it says it is. The DVD runs throught all the songs in the order that they are one the film, or you can just select your favourites from the list.

2. The sing along option, which is just like the one above, but with (for want of a better phrase) subtitles so you can sing along.

If you don't select the sing along mode in the main menu of the DVD then it simply plays the film for you!

This is the edition that you want if you love the music and don't want to watch tedious "The making of..." documentaries on disc 2 that you would probably never watch.

My wife and daughter love it!!!
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236 of 244 people found the following review helpful By Uenna TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Aug. 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The Sound of Music needs no introduction but this 40th anniversary DVD might do. If you are like me and you probably own quite a few DVDs and videos of the Sound of Music, the obvious question will be `why should I buy this new version?' Well this new version has been digitally remastered for starters and has 2 discs packed with special features. The 1st disc is introduced by Julie Andrews and contains the movie which can be viewed with or without sing-along subtitles, then it has as special features which include feature commentary by the director Robert Wise, feature commentary by Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Charmian Carr, Dee Dee Wood and Johannes von Trapp and songs only chapter list i.e if you want to listen to any of the songs you can just click on that song from the chapter list and voila it plays without having to forward or rewind the movie to find the song. The second disc is even more awesome. Once again introduced by Julie Andrews, introducing all the special features which includes: My favourite things -Julie Andrews remembers in which she recalls her fond memories of the making of the sound of music; there is the 40TH anniversary reunion of the 7 Von Trapp children from the movie( from Liesl to Gretel), they discuss their favourite memories and what they are all doing now; there is the moving and beautiful reminiscence by Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, also included in the special features is a 50 minute biography of the real Von Trapp family, a featurette of Charmian Carr returning to Salzburg for the 40th anniversary, a documentary on the making of the sound of music with Julie Andrews and lots more.

Last but not the least a booklet of all the songs and the lyrics for the sing-along are included in the DVD. This is a great DVD to own for all lovers and fans of the Sound of Music.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Archer on 10 Nov. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
The film looks just beautiful,this Blu-ray edition is simply the best the film has ever looked on disc. For the Blu-ray the makers went back to the original negative, which was too damaged to use previously, using new restoration techniques. The detail in the picture is just amazing, it's a whole new experience. The sound restoration is remarkable, it's deep and rich and full. Fox have really gone to town with the extras not only do we get all the extras from previous editions but a host of new and rare items to make an astonishing collection. This is one of the best Blu-ray editions yet of any film.
The Sound of Music has always been a superlative film. Every aspect of the film works. The locations, the music, the script the direction and the acting all came together at just the right time to create this film. The jewel in the crown is Julie Andrews, one of the greatest musical performances ever.
A magnificent film presented in a breathtaking edition.
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74 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 16 Dec. 2005
Format: DVD
As far as I am concerned there are two reasons to pick up "The Sound of Music (40th Anniversary Edition)" DVD is you already have the movie on DVD. First, the movie has been digitally restored and if you look at the examples of the restoration on Disc 2 where they the right half of the frame has been cleaned up you can see that they really got the red out (seriously; the old version does not look so much washed out as it does rather reddish to me). Consequently, the movie looks a lot better. The change is not as thrilling as when I got to first see it in the letterbox format at home on the laser disc version and realized that on pan and scan we were missing literally half the picture (my kids still remember the shot where they could finally see the massive fountain on the left half of the scren), but if you really love this movie then you want a copy of the new print because the difference is so noticeable.
Second, if the first reason is not strong enough, they have loaded up on extras for this DVD. You have a commentary track by the late director Robert Wise and another with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Charmian Carr, choreographer Dee Dee Wood, and Johannes Von Trapp (the 10th and last of the Von Trapp kinder). If you think listening to songs on the DVD is better than listening on the CD (I often find that to be the case), then you can play only the songs or play the songs with sing-a-long subtitles in three languages. I especially liked the retrospective documentary "A Few of My Favorite Things" because it talks about the way the Broadway musical was turned into a Hollywood film by shifting songs and setting them up differently (see below).
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