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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.

On the DVD: On the first disc the film itself has never looked or sounded better since its original presentation in Todd AO (prints of which are said to have disappeared forever). The disc also contains a separate audio guide that takes the viewer through the film sequence by sequence, with director Robert Wise commenting on the weather, the production design by Boris Leven, the sequences filmed on location and in Hollywood (like the interiors of the Von Trapp villa), and the naming of other actors who were eager for the lead roles, notably Doris Day and Yul Brynner.

On the second disc there are the documentaries. "Salzburg Sight and Sound" was Charmian Carr's own record of her time on location in the summer of 1964, playing Liesl, the eldest Von Trapp daughter. "From Fact to Fiction", running two hours, begins with the birth of Maria in 1905 who inspired the film, charts her subsequent marriage to Captain Von Trapp, their escape from Nazi Germany not across the Alps but via a train across the Italian boarder, their home in Vermont and thence to the German film of the family that was brought to the attention of Rodgers and Hammerstein as an ideal vehicle for a stage musical. A second group of documentaries covers previews, television and radio commercials and a 1973 interview with Wise and Andrews. Overall, this is a marathon package but in its way is as compelling as the film itself. –Adrian Edwards

Product Details

  • Actors: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood
  • Directors: Robert Wise
  • Producers: Robert Wise
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Subtitled, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 – 2.20:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Mar. 2015
  • Run Time: 174 minutes

Customer Reviews

Big Screen Musical.

4 people found this helpful.
 on 21 December 2016
By Bill Rodick
I’ve had the dvd for years but only played it once. Virtually unplayable on a projection screen. Now this 50th Anniversary blu ray is made for my 10ft projection screen. Perfect picture: rich, vivid colours and excellent sharpness. Only the soundtrack lets it down a little. No real centre speaker dialogue and even full volume could do with more umph, except for the very loud wedding scene.

Men in uniforms, ladies dressed as nuns, leather boots…

 on 3 October 2017
By C. Curtis
I hadn’t seen this in a looooooong time, but I enjoyed, as did my 12 & 8 year old kids. For some reason, it has an intermission in the middle of it! I didn’t time it but in fast forwarding I would guess it was about 15 mins long. 15 mins of black screen with word “intermission” on it! Bizarre! But as Kenny Everett said; “Men in uniforms, ladies dressed as nuns, leather boots…. what’s not to like!”

The best musical of all time

 on 17 November 2017
By Family man with children
One of the greatest musicals of all time. I never tire watching this. Any time of year, this film is perfect. The songs are magical, the story is a classic and the cast are first class! I particularly liked the bonus documentary on this DVD that gave extra details and insight into the film, characters and plot. A must for any fan.

Sit back and get smacked with all those marshmollows

 on 26 August 2017
By R H Warwick
What can you say about this film that every-body has said.

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on 14 October 2016
By stewart macpherson
Received promptly. Appreciate that product is a two disc anniversary set

Five Stars

 on 5 October 2017
By bubbles Wiltshire
this was brought for my Mum as we have the Video and it is very good

Five Stars

 on 14 November 2017
By Basil
Great film never ages loved by most. Safe fast delivery thankyou A*

Five Stars

 on 14 August 2017
By Bashar Al-Gailani
Very well known and rise to expectation whenever you seen it

Great film

 on 25 June 2017
By Denise Shepherd
Great film it’s one of those films you never get tired of .

Five Stars

 on 26 June 2017
By Kierono
Classic that is as good now as it was all those years ago!
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