Leaving her convent to become the new governess for the seven
Von Trapp children, Maria (Andrews) discovers that widower Captain Georg
von Trapp (Plummer) has been running his house like he is still in the military.
Getting to know the children, Maria brings a sense of fun back into the
household, as she teaches them music and all the important lessons they
will need in life. But as the German occupation starts to push Austria into
becoming ready for war, the happiness becomes one of fear as Captain von
Trapp is called back into active duty.
When it comes to naming the most beloved musicals or even
films of all time, one is inevitably at the top, 'The Sound of Music'.
Released in 1965, the movie became an instant classic and
lived in the hearts of every generation that followed. Based loosely around
a true story, the film combines a historical setting with inspiring songs
that instantly became part of film culture forever. The opening scene of
Julie Andrews as Maria on running across a field with the Alps in the back
singing the main theme of the film is one of the most memorable scenes in
Since its release, the film has become a cultural phenomenon
and a firm family favourite. With sing-a-long versions of the film, with
subtitles companying the songs becoming extremely popular, the film continues
to add to its legion of dedicated fans that simply adore the movie. Add
to this the numerous repeats during the different holiday seasons throughout
the year and the film becomes an institution.
There are many elements that come together to make this film
such a firm favourite but it is the story and the characters that are key
to the film's success. As well as the WWII backdrop, the story covers many
different elements that appeal across the age range. You have Captain von
Trapp trying to raise seven children after the death of his wife. Maria
torn between her duties to the church and the family she has grown to love.
Liesl finds romance for the first time. The children actually start to have
a childhood. Austria tries to cope with change under German occupation.
All of these elements amalgamate into a story of family, love and duty that
everyone should find something to connect with.
When it comes to writing music and songs for movies no one
is renowned as much as Rogers and Hammerstein. With 'The King & I', 'Carousel',
'South Pacific' and 'Oklahoma!' to their credit, the songs for 'The Sound
of Music' were bound to be just as memorable. With songs like 'Maria', 'Sixteen
Going On Seventeen', 'My Favourite Things', 'Do-Re-Mi', 'So Long, Farewell',
'Climb Ev'ry Mountain' and 'The Sound of Music', there is bound to be one
Driving the film is the performances from the cast however.
The immortal Julie Andrews gives the performance of her career as Maria.
She is absolutely exquisite in the role, bringing warmth and believability
to the role as well as her amazing singing voice. The same can be said about
Christopher Plummer. His screen presence brings something extra to the role
of Captain Georg von Trapp, making him a very strong character that re-finds
life thanks to Maria. It is the chemistry between the two however that is
the main driving force of the characters and the story. When you add to
these exceptional performances from the young actresses and actors playing
the Von Trapp children and the rest supporting players and you have an exceptional
cast to bring the songs and story to life.
'The Sound of Music' is a classic musical that has a story
to back up the collection of songs. While this might not be everyone's cup
of tea and with the multitude of seasonal repeats every year some people
might have become tied of the sound, there is no denying that this is still
a movie that you can not help but remember with a little fondness.
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 16x9 with Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
sound, the movie has been digitally restored extremely well.
Introduction by Julie Andrews (2.06 mins)
Legend Julie Andrews introduces the main feature and talks about the 40th
Anniversary of the classic musical
Feature Commentary by Robert Wise
The director of the movie comments during key sections of the movie while
you just watch the film with just the original score. While the director
only talks during certain scenes, you can forgive this because of the
film's length, what he does have to say is very informative and passionate
about one of the most successful films of all time. With insights into
the making of the film and how key moments, scenes and songs came together
this is a decent commentary from the acclaimed man at the helm.
Feature Commentary by Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Charmian
Carr, Dee Dee Wood and Johannes von Trapp
The star of the movie is joined at key moments during the film by cast,
crew and Maria von Trapp's youngest son to talk about 'The Sound of Music'.
The screen legend talks passionately and informatively about the movie,
as her screen husband and stepdaughter for key scenes join her. She also
talks to choreographer Dee Dee Wood about the key dance sequences as they
all reminisce about the Salzburg shoot back in the 60s. This is a good
commentary, even though it doesn't run for the entire three hours.
Watch the entire movie or just the songs with subtitles that inform you
when to sing and the timing of the much-loved songs.
Introduction by Julie Andrews (1.44 mins)
The star introduces the special features of the 40th Anniversary release.
My Favourite Things: Julie Andrews Remembers (63.19 mins)
Director Robert Wise, President of Rodgers & Hammerstein productions Ted
Chapin, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, choreographer Dee Dee Wood, son
of Maria von Trapp Johannes von Trapp and stars Julie Andrews, Christopher
Plummer and Charmian Carr come together to talk about the impact of the
film around the world. With behind the scenes footage and images from
the shoot, Julie Andrews and the cast and crew talk passionately about
the film, the songs and the real life story behind the movie. The documentary
also talks about the impact Rodgers & Hammerstein had on big screen musicals,
Julie Andrew and Christopher Plummer and the von Trapp children.
Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer: A Reminiscence (19.25 mins)
The two stars of 'The Sound of Music' come together to talk about what
they remember about making the film 40 years ago and how they movie affected
them and their careers. Accompanied by behind the scenes footage and images,
the pair reveals on set stories and talk passionately about their characters
and the rest of the cast.
On Location with The Sound of Music (22.34 mins)
Star Charmian Carr takes you on a tour of Salzburg in Austria, the location
of 'The Sound of Music'. Revealing the history behind the city, the influence
of Mozart and the story of the real von Trapp family. The star also takes
you on a tour of the locations used in the movie and the various places
that became the von Trapp family home.
From Liesl to Gretl: A 40th Anniversary Reunion (32.07 mins)
Charmian Carr, Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies, Duane Chase, Angela
Cartwright, Debbie Turner and Kym Karath come together to talk what 'The
Sound of Music' means to them. Revealing what they have been doing over
the last 40 years. With behind the scenes images and footage, the von
Trapp children talk about what it was like making the film, growing up
on set, working with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer and how the
fans react to them. When you know the notes to sing:
A Singalong Phenomenon (12.14 mins)
Host Melissa Peterman, director of presentation Steve Linder and Singalong
producer Thomas Lightburn take you behind the scenes of the 40th anniversary
Singalong presentation of 'The Sound of Music' at the Hollywood Bowl.
With behind the scenes footage and interviews with the 18,000+ fans that
attended the event, the featurette shows the popularity of the film and
the Singalong attraction.
Biography - The von Trapp Family: Harmony & Discord (45.52 mins)
Peter Graves introduces a historical look at the real family that influenced
'The Sound of Music'. The Biography Channel looks that the von Trapp family
and reveals the true story behind the romance between Maria and Georg,
the children and what actually made the family leave Austria before the
start of World War II.
Restoration Comparison (6.05 mins)
A short featurette that highlights how the film has been restored for
the DVD release via split screen comparison.
Mia Farrow Screen Test (0.32 mins)
Archive footage of Mia Farrow's screen test for the part of Liesl.
View storyboard, behind the scenes, lobby card and one-sheet images from
'The Sound of Music'.
Fans of the movie should rejoice at the 40th Anniversary DVD release
of 'The Sound of Music'. With extremely good documentaries and featurettes,
two good commentaries and even a look at the real von Trapp family, this
is an exception 2-disc package and one that fans of the film will treasure.
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