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The Sound of Music

A 1965 film directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews.

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The movie, updates on the actors, and traveling behind-the-scenes

  • Dec 13, 2005
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Most of you know what the movie is about, so we won't rehash that. While the movie sometimes gets a ribbing for it's too sweet of a story, things aren't always rosy as the family encounters the Nazis. Anyway, Twentieth Century Fox "climbed every mountain, followed every rainbow" and created the two-disc 40th Anniversary Edition DVD of the Oscar-winning film South of Music. The cast reunites for the first time in 20 years to celebrate and share memories, old and new.

Julie Andrews hosts the DVD that contains new documentary material that includes a conversation with Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Andrews talks about the von Trapp family and how their story made it to Broadway and Hollywood. Johannes von Trapp, Plummer, Charmian Carr (Liesl), Wise and others join her. Travel to Salzburg with Carr to see the movie's locales.

You can view the film in two ways - the fully-restored original theatrical feature and an interactive version with a sing-along feature so viewers can watch, listen, and sing-along. The sing-along has subtitles in English, French, and Spanish. The movie comes in widescreen format with surround sound capabilities.

Also included on DVD is a storyboard gallery, a comparison of the restored film, stills from behind-the-scenes, and trailers. Can you imagine Mia Farrow in the role of Maria? Her screen test brings the imagining to life.

The movie is loosely based on the von Trapp family - the documentaries talk about the real family and the differences from the movie. For one, Maria was the strict one, not the Captain. Those interested in such facts get the details.

The movie opens with Andrews' introduction and you can watch it while listening to commentary from the original laserdisc by producer and directory Robert Wise. One caveat - and this is common with most DVDs - the extras are not captioned, only the movie and sing-along. Disc two with most of the extras runs for 203 minutes.

Once having viewed the two discs, few walk away with unanswered questions as it's a thorough piece of work. For those who have an earlier version of the DVD, the extras come with plenty of material not found on the previous releases. However, if you're not into the facts, behind-the-scenes visits, and the people who made the movie; then you won't miss much. South of Music is superb example of what should come on DVD with extras.

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Quick Tip by . August 24, 2010
Loved this film, and I am not a lover of the musical genre. I was an army brat in Germany when this film debuted and we actually went to Salzburg Austria and saw the Von Trapp family mansion. Great acting by all, the music and score is just superb!!!
Quick Tip by . July 25, 2010
The Sound of Music is one of the best classic musicals. I never tire of watching it as it nicely incorporates the musical interludes with the storyline.
Quick Tip by . September 25, 2009
Never appreciated this movie when it came out but I find that as I get older I enjoy it more and more.
Quick Tip by . September 24, 2009
A Classic film. The music is everlasting and the story is simple yet wonderful and lovely. Must Watch!
Quick Tip by . September 24, 2009
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A Classic film. The music is everlasting and the story is simple yet wonderful and lovely. Must Watch!
review by . December 29, 2008
So while most children were obsessing over Disney movies like Cinderella and The Little Mermaid, I was watching The Sound of Music every weekend. In addition to the Disney movies I should add.    Maria, a nun, is sent to be the governess for all seven children of the vonTrapp family.  They've been known to misbehave and dislike their previous governesses, but Maria wins them over by taking them to the countryside and teaching them about music.    The …
review by . December 01, 2005
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This lovely new 40th Anniversary 2-disc edition of THE SOUND OF MUSIC is a real treat. But, for those in a quandry about buying yet another DVD release of the film (following the "Five Star" 2-disc edition), I say, buy this version but keep the old one too, because it has some great extras that were not ported onto this new edition (more about that later).    THE SOUND OF MUSIC is of course based on the long-running 1959 hit Broadway musical that originally starred Mary Martin. …
review by . November 06, 2001
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Pros: scenery, music     Cons: some of the story     The Bottom Line: I still highly recommend it, however.           The Oracle says: Richard Haydn has a Bacon number of 2.    Richard Haydn was in Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin, The (1967) with Roddy McDowall    Roddy McDowall was in Big Picture, The (1989) with Kevin Bacon ***      First of all let me say that you could probably …
review by . May 28, 2000
Pros: Great songs and drama     Cons: It is a long movie so plan for it     Children really love this movie; when my two daughters were young they would watch this movie over and over again. This movie was made back in the 60's and really I don't know of another movie that I can compare it to. If you have never seen this movie before, then I suggest that you pick it up. You and your children will really enjoy this movie. There are several fabulous songs that …
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The Sound of Music is a 1965 musical film based on the booked The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp.

Maria (Julie Andrews) is a nun who has been called to be a governess for the seven children of the widowed Captain.  The children (Liesl, Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta, and Gretl) have been known to hostile to previous governesses, but Maria wins them over when she takes them away for a day and teaches them about music and singing.

During this time, the Captain is seeing Baroness Elsa and is set to marry her that summer.  However, she does not get along well with the children and the Captain and Maria's affection for each other cannot be unseen and Elsa eventually leaves the picture.

The Captain is then called back to the serve in the military, but delays this by attending the Salzburg Music Festival where the von Trapp family is performing.  During the closing of this performance, the Captain, his seven children and Maria flee Austria to Switzerland.
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