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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.

5 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.

A remastered classic

7 people found this helpful.
 on 26 April 2015
By Richard
It was a delight to watch this classic film in HD for the first time. The film needs no review, it is simply a masterpiece, a classic, and an essential part of anybody’s film collection. The disc comes in a standard blu-ray box with a cardboard sleeve displaying the famous art-work. There are a host of extras which add to the overall package. The real reason to buy this disc though is to see the film in HD. The remastered footage will take your breath away and gives this classic a whole new lease of life.

All The Blu-rays "Crop" The Width!

One person found this helpful.
 on 20 April 2016
By Paul Middleton
5 stars for the film (of course) but although the Blu-rays are excellent remastered prints, disappointingly, these supposedly final, long awaited, “heirloom” blu-ray editions crop the width of the original film. The film was originally in 2.35:1 aspect, and these are in 2.20:1, so 6% of the width of the film is missing, “cropped” from the sides. Even though this is a relatively small amount, as The Sound Of Music is such a favourite, I think they should have given us the ENTIRE film as filmed, and as shown in cinemas. As they’re close to displaying the entire film, to have included the full width would have only meant a further very small reduction in the height of the film to accommodate the entire print. I’m sure the reason they cropped it is they were anticipating complainants saying “the picture’s too small” on their TV. But by now most people have large enough TV’s for a full width print to display just fine. Too, too sad, really! But as these blu-rays are anyway the best editions out there, what can you do? Buy it anyway. But “the suits”, “the biz”, did get it wrong.

How wonderful it is to have a movie such a this …

One person found this helpful.
 on 3 September 2015
By Miss Elizabeth Wallace
How wonderful it is to have a movie such a this in one’s collection! Julie had trouble with her vocal chords afterwards and I read an article about her having to give up her singing. How wonderful to hear her and have a video to recall how great she really was! Christopher Plummer of course is just a dreamboat… Don’t know whether I like the idea of women (chaste ones) coming from a convent background however this was typical of ever so many who entered the church as a career and models expectations held of that era. (In reality though, life of sisters in the church, a life of total surrender and obedience was a lot harder.) When we combine the threat of a Nazi take-over of Austria into the equation and having to come up with a scheme to get out of the country, this movie takes on another meaning altogether. Ever so many people had to leave everything during the World War to secure their freedom when resisting Nazi occupation. This is what makes the whole movie so interesting. There’s a spice of romance when Julie falls for the Baron (who is courting a Baroness) without realizing her love. This sustains the film. There is also suspense in being looked for in the grounds of the convent at night time by the Nazi soldiers. I especially like the performance of the children. It is great to see what happened to those children on YouTube in

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

One person found this helpful.
 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!”

Sound of music

4 people found this helpful.
 on 25 June 2016
By Jennie
Bought for a elderly lady with dementia who had been singing songs from this musical for the past few weeks. Brought tears to mine and her daughters eyes as she watched it and started to sing (every word) along with the DVD really pleased I got this for her

Absolute classic

2 people found this helpful.
 on 22 March 2016
By Tea for Two
A wonderful musical, and was pleasantly surprised to see it in its full length theatrical released version, having got used to (without realising it) the cut down version put out on TV over the years. This film strikes a chord in so many ways for so many people with its story about hope, love, overcoming various obstacles etc and winning through, and all done with humour and zest, and a bit of sentimentality. A phenomenal musical score of songs, probably the best ever written in this genre.

The best musical of all time

One person found this helpful.
 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.


One person found this helpful.
 on 15 April 2015
By R M Arthan
My young niece loves her Disney films etc. but has never watched this famous film. Having seen locally that sing a long Sound of Music was coming to our local theater my younger sister and I burst into song trying to see who knew more words than the other and not our singing I can assure you but the fact we both knew so many of the songs almost word perfect aroused my ten year old niece’s interest so much so I decided to buy this CD for her and was really pleased to see it had been digitally enhanced and my niece loved the film and I know she will watch over and over again so all in all great value for money,

Absolutely adore this film!

2 people found this helpful.
 on 3 October 2016
By Hearminator
I absolutely adore this film! Watched it every single summer holiday when I was at school (which was about 30 years ago now!). Haven’t sat down to watch this properly in years so I couldn’t wait to see it again. DVD quality is truly amazing, lovely crisp picture and there is a bonus disc with Julie Andrews commentary about making the film and her co-stars. Excellent value for money.
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