Sound of Music (40th Anniversary Edition) (2-DVD)

Starring: Julie Andrews & Christopher Plummer Director: Robert Wise  Rated: G: General Audiences
Sound of Music (40th Anniversary Edition) (2-DVD)
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DVD Features:

  • Introduction by Julie Andrews
  • Commentary by Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Director Robert Wise and more
  • Documentary
  • Featurettes
  • Biography of the Von Trapp Family
  • Trailers and TV Spots
  • Karaoke Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: G
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 54 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1965
  • Label: 20th Century Fox
  • 2-Disc Set
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.20
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.20
  • Audio:
    • Closed Captioned - English
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Dolby Surround - English, French
    • Mono - Spanish
    • Subtitles - English, Spanish, French - optional

Disc 1:

  • Additional Release Material:
    • Introduction: Julie Andrews - Star
    • Audio Commentary:
      1. Robert Wise - Director
      2. Julie Andrews, Chrisopher Plummer - Stars
  • Interactive Features:
    • Scene Access
    • Interactive Menus
    • Karaoke - English, Spanish, French subtitles - optional

Disc 2:

  • Additional Release Material:
    • Behind the Scenes
    • Introduction: Julie Andrews - Star
    • Original Theatrical Trailer (5)
    • Teaser
    • TV Spots (2)
    • Featurette:
      1. When You Know the Notes to Sing: A Sing-Along Phenomenon
      2. From Liesl to Gretl: A 40th Anniversary Reunion
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Lobby Cards
    • Storyboards
    • Theatrical Posters

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Performer: , , , , , , &
Directed by
Screenplay by
Produced by

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Rain drops on roses and whiskers on kittens...these are a few of my favorite things."
  - Maria (Julie Andrews), singing to the children
"Do, a deer, a female deer. Ray, a drop of golden sun. Me, a name I call myself. Fa, a long, long way to run."
  - Maria and the children, learning to sing together
"Edelweiss, Edelweiss, every morning you greet me. Soft and white, clean and bright, you look happy to meet me."
  - Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer), singing to the children (a song now used as the Austrian National Anthem)

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1965 - Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score: Irwin Kostal
Academy Awards 1965 - Best Costume Design (Color)
Academy Awards 1965 - Best Director: Robert Wise
Academy Awards 1965 - Best Film Editing
Academy Awards 1965 - Best Picture
Academy Awards 1965 - Best Sound

Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 01/20/1995
"...Beloved..." -- Rating: A
Entertainment Weekly - 09/08/2000
"...Great, gaudy entertainment..."
Total Film - 02/01/2004
"[I]t's wonderful....Julie Andrews is irresistible..."
Premiere - 12/01/2005
4 stars out of 4 -- "[T]he collaboration takes on a serious edge, making it one of the precious few old-school musicals in which the action doesn't grind to a screeching halt every time a song starts."
Empire - 10/01/2007
5 stars out of 5 -- "Julie Andrews' 1965 heroine is hard to beat...combining innocent enthusiasm with comic timing and a soaring soprano voice."

Description by

The breathtaking landscapes, the dazzling performances, and the world's best-loved songs all look and sound better than ever in this fully restored and digitally remastered DVD release of the most popular family film of all time! Celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Sound of Music, winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. In this true-life story, Julie Andrews stars as Maria, a spirited young woman who leaves the convent to bring love and music to Austrian widower Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) and his seven children.

Product Description:

Shot in Salzburg against the majestic Bavarian Alps, THE SOUND OF MUSIC is considered one of the greatest screen musicals ever made. Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director (Robert Wise), the film, based on a real family and their true events, tells the story of a young postulate, Maria (Julie Andrews), who, after proving too high-spirited for the Mother Abess and other nuns, is sent off to work as a governess to seven unruly children. The Von Trapp family is run, in military style, by the seemingly cold-hearted Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer), a lonely widowed naval officer. Seeing how badly he and his children need companionship, he proposes to the Baroness Schraeder (Eleanor Parker), a calculating, mutual friend of beloved family friend Max Detweiler (Richard Haydn). It is the baroness who soon realizes that it's Maria--with her warmth and love for the children--the captain really loves. It is nearly bliss for the newly formed family who loves to sing together--except for the cloud looming over their beloved Austrian horizon: Hitler is ascending to power, forcing Von Trapp to decide whether to join the Nazi party--which he loathes--or force his family to leave their home forever. One of the most memorable scores ever written (by Rodgers and Hammerstein) and breathtaking performances by Andrews, Plummer, and the seven children mark this classic as one of the world's most favorite films.

Plot Synopsis:

This classic musical set amid the splendor of Austria's Alps chronicles a young governess's budding romance with her employer and the family's daring flight from Nazi rule. Academy Award Nominations: 10, including Best Actress--Julie Andrews. Academy Awards: 5, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Sound, Best (Adapted) Score, Best Editing.


Production Notes:

  • Much of the footage was shot in Salzburg, where director Robert Wise spent 11 weeks filming against the backdrop of the majestic Bavarian Alps.
  • The performance scene at the Salzburg Festival was shot in the spectacular Felsenreitschule, or the Rocky Riding School.
  • The musical ran on Broadway for three and a half years, starring Mary Martin
    as Maria.
  • Marni Nixon, who plays Sister Sophia in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, has lent her vocal cords to many film stars. Nixon's singing voice was used in place of Audrey Hepburn's in MY FAIR LADY, for Natalie Wood's in WEST SIDE STORY, and for Deborah Kerr's in THE KING AND I. Her brief role as Sister Sophia in this film marks her first onscreen appearance.

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Very pleased with the purchased DVD for our grand-children. The price was right and the delivery was on time as promised.

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