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The Sound of Music: 45th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray + DVD]


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Product Details

  • Actors: Julie Andrews
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region A/1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Nov. 2 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (354 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00429MLQG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,287 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

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When Julie Andrews sang "The hills are alive with the sound of music" from an Austrian mountaintop in 1965, the most beloved movie musical was born. To be sure, the adaptation of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's Broadway hit has never been as universally acclaimed as, say, Singin' in the Rain. Critics argue that the songs are saccharine (even the songwriters regretted the line "To sing through the night like a lark who is learning to pray") and that the characters and plot lack the complexity that could make them more interesting. It's not hard to know whom to root for when your choice is between cute kids and Nazis.

It doesn't matter. Audiences fell in love with the struggling novice Maria (Andrews), the dashing Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer), and, yes, the cute kids, all based on a real-life World War II Austrian family. Such songs as "My Favorite Things," "Do Re Mi," "Climb Every Mountain," and the title tune became part of the 20th century Zeitgeist. In addition, The Sound of Music officially became a cult hit when audiences in London began giving it the Rocky Horror Picture Show treatment, attending showings dressed as their favorite characters and delivering choreographed comments and gestures along with the movie. --David Horiuchi

From the Studio

This boxed set includes:
  • Your Favorite Things: An Interactive Celebration — all-new immersive viewing experience with behind-the-scenes images, on-screen lyrics, trivia track and location quiz
  • Music Machine Sing-Along
  • 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
  • A City of Song — virtual map of filming locations in Salzburg, Austria
  • Vintage Rodgers & Hammerstein and The Sound of Music programs, including a parody with Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews, and an interview with the real Maria von Trapp on The Julie Andrews Hour
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of American Music, hosted by Mary Martin
  • Screen tests, rare treasures, interviews, photo galleries and more
  • BD-LIVE: Live Lookup Powered by IMDb

  • Customer Reviews

    4.6 out of 5 stars

    Most helpful customer reviews

    22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Nov. 13 2010
    Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
    Video: This newly remastered high-definition treatment released on the blu-ray disc format in 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 is gorgeous. Scanned at 8K resolution from a copy of the original camera negative, the actual transfer was from a 4K duplicate, which preserved all the original detail in the original negative. The amount of detail found on screen is incredible and truly a revelation. Colours are vibrant and rich. Black is deep and inky. Fox has done a good job, leaving a beautiful layer of grain throughout (unlike those washout picture as the result of excessive DNR in Predator blu ray). (5/5)

    Audio: The DTS-HD 7.1 MA is simply wonderful. Dialogue and singing are clean and clear. The film's music is beautiful and very well remastered. The clarity is very impressive. The new mix is incredible. A great level of care clearly went into the audio restoration. (5/5)

    For a film dated 45 years, the resultant video and audio are simply first notch. This limited edition contained 2 blu ray discs, standard definition DVD and a soundtrack CD, plus a 100-page "My Favourite Thing" scrapbook, snapshots from Salzburg, and reproduction of the original 1965 souvenir program, which I shall treasure, together with all the goodies from the much earlier "The Sound Of Music" laser disc box set. This blu ray box set is the same size as that of "The Wizard of Oz" and "Gone With The Wind", and they are all prominently displayed outside my home theatre. Although the single disc is much cheaper, I feel that this limited edition box set is of great value indeed (considering what I paid for a similar laser disc box set). This movie is one that one can watch with the whole family, again and again, while we could sing along at the same time. The video and audio are top notch, and this limited edition box set with the movie is highly recommended, and a Must-Own.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin on June 6 2004
    Format: DVD
    It's very hard to know where to begin when praising both this movie as well as the double "digi-pack" DVD of it. Julie Andrews gives a very strong performance as Maria, a misfit nun who is turned out into the world by the Reverand Mother to see if she really wants to be a nun. Her singing range of 4 octaves is beautifully displayed at the end of the song "Do-Re-Mi." Christopher Plummer is well cast as the Captain von Trapp who is not too likeable--yet is charmed into being a man again be Maria's infectious inner and outer beauty. The rest of the cast is well chosen and the viewer is treated to a rare screen performance by Marni Nixon; Marni dubbed vocals for Deborah Kerr in The King and I and she did dubbing for My Fair Lady and South Pacific as well. The second disc contains two fantastic documentaries about Salzburg, the city in Austria where many scenes were filmed, as well as the production and history of the film. The history of the real-life von Trapp family on whom the story is based is well laid out with revealing interviews from family members themselves. In addition, the cinematography is superlative. Very honestly, I cried at the end of the film and I NEVER cry--it's THAT touching! This is NOT a film to be sneered at as being sugary sweet. It's a classic tale of good triumphing over evil as the von Trapp family flees Austria to escape the Nazis.(...)
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    19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By austin_Larry on July 7 2004
    Format: DVD
    First off. Think you have seen the Sound of Music? Well you haven't. I thought I had, many times. Of course it was always around Xmas with the commerical breaks. But that is a much edited version. There are small but significant cuts everywhere in that version. So this is a great thing to have. My 3 stars relates directly to the lack of extras on the one disc. The movie is 5+ stars, but the lack of extras warrants the 3 stars.
    So this is a must buy. Also the commentary is very good here. But given the price for this on Amazon, just buy the 2 set version. I got the one disc version at a very good price so it is not a bad buy. But for $6 more, why not enjoy the double DVD? This is a must get for any movie fan, and if you are not into the extras, by all means buy this one. This movie, like all of Rogers and Hammerstein's work is emotional without ever being fake or sentimental. It is full of sentiment and completely honest sentiment at that, but never sentimentality. It totally puts to SHAME almost every director and producer and writer working in Hollywood today. Complete and total shame and disgrace. Nothing coming out of Hollywood today can hold a candle to this. Entire director's careers with academy awards can't even begin to even compare to just this one movie. So get some version, especially if you have young ones. Sit them down, and let them experience what a real movie can be.
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    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By lchene on Nov. 17 2010
    Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
    As the first reviewer stated the quality of this transfer is outstanding; the same as the BBC's Planet Earth. You could watch the movie just admiring the scenery!
    Perfect 1080p! This is what I was hoping for as I pay much attention to video quality.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By 4mande on July 28 2012
    Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
    Si vous appréciez le film ''La mélodie du bonheur'', cette édition 45e anniversaire en Combo DVD/Blu-Ray vous charmera à coup sûr !!

    Voici trois éléments qui m'ont particulièrement impressionné :

    1. La qualité d'images : Améliorée à un point tel que l'on remarque des détails que l'ont n'avait jamais vu : Ce que mange les enfants au dîner, les gravures de la salle de bal, etc.

    2. Les langues de visionnement et de sous-titrages disponibles :

    Langues : Français, Anglais (deux qualités disponibles), Espagnol, Portugais.

    Sous-titres : Anglais, Français, Portugais, Danois, Suomi, Espagnol, Néerlandais, Norvégien et suédois

    3. Les suppléments :

    - Commentaires audio par Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Charmian Carr, Deedee Wood et Johannes Von Trapp.

    - Commentaires audio par Robert Wise. (Tous les commentaires audio peuvent être sous-titrés en français, en anglais, ou en 5 autres langues.)

    - Your Favorite Things : Ce supplément permet de regarder le film en y ajoutant des modules qui permettent de voir des éléments complémentaires concernant la scène en cours; Des photos du tournage et des images du script original, les paroles des chansons (Anglais seulement), des faits intéressants ainsi que des questions quiz interactive sur la scène en cours.

    - Music Machine : Permet de choisir une chanson et de l'écouter.

    - Sing along : Permet de choisir une chanson et de la chanter avec les sous-titres (Français, Anglais, Espagnol)

    - Live Extra : ?
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