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  • Actors: Shirley Jones, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Jeanne Crain, Groucho Marx
  • Directors: Kevin Burns
  • Writers: Debra Sanderson, Louise Gallop-Roholt, Steve Bell
  • Producers: Kevin Burns, Jeff Scheftel, Kim Egan, Michael E. Katz
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 5, 2002
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Y6Z0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,296 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Movies" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Bonus trailers for State Fair (1945), Oklahoma!, Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific, Flower Drum Song, State Fair (1962), and The Sound of Music
  • Movietone News: Carousel Opens at New York and Hollywood in CinemaScope 55, Charity Premiere of The King and I Musical Milestone, South Pacific on the Screen: A Perfect Hit
  • Screen tests: State Fair (1962), The Sound of Music, Foreign Dubbing Test (The Sound of Music), Ann-Margret (State Fair), Mitzi Gaynor (South Pacific), Andy Williams and Barbara Eden (State Fair), Mia Farrow (The Sound of Music)

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Product Description

The movies came alive with the sound of music when Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II teamed up to pen a spectacular string of musical hits, including "Oklahoma!" The King and I," "South Pacific" and of course "The Sound of Music." Join host Shirley Jones and leading ladies Julie Andrews, Rita Moreno, Nancy Kwan and Charmian Carr for the ultimate behind-the-scenes tour of their motion picture masterpieces. With spectacular film footage and never-before-seen outtakes, screen tests and home movies, "Rodgers and Hammerstein: The Sound of Movies" shows us why these are the songs we'll be singing for a thousand years. Shirley Jones, Julie Andrews, Rita Moreno, Nancy Kwan, Charmian Carr Kevin Burns 96 1995 Not Rated No Full Frame Color 5.1 Dolby Digital English No None None Unknown 1

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The 2002 DVD rerelease of Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Movies is a significant upgrade over the earlier DVD. That had no bonus features, but there are plenty here: trailers for eight of the referenced films, three Movietone newsreels, and, best of all, a variety of screen tests borrowed from Hollywood Screen Tests, Take 1. You'll see, for example, a number of von Trapp children (whose tests were only glimpsed in the main program), Ann-Margret smoking up the screen with "Mack the Knife," Andy Williams wooing Barbara Eden before crooning "It's a Grand Night for Singing," "All I Owe Ioway," and "It Might as Well Be Spring," and a 20-second snippet of a young Mia Farrow singing "Sixteen Going on Seventeen." Also, the PCM stereo track has been upgraded to Dolby Digital 2.0 and 5.1 and even DTS tracks; the sound, though, remains inconsistent due to the documentary's wide range of source material. --David Horiuchi

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 2000
Format: DVD
I was browsing through the DVD section when I came across this gem. I'm not a big musical lover myself but I found myself humming along by the end of the DVD. "Rodgers & Hammerstein - The Sound of Movies" is a well done A & E television production. The various sections of the DVD are hosted by Shirley Jones, Rita Moreno,Charmian Carr, and Nancy Kwan. The documentary covers classic movie productions of State Fair, Oklahoma!, Carousel, The King and I, The Sound of Music, etc. With interesting tidbits about casting, production, missing scenes and/or songs, this documentary has something both people who love the musicals and those who have never seen them before. By the end of the documentary, you actually will want to see the movies themselves. There are no special features to the DVDs except the ability to do chapter searches so there probabily is no advantage to buying this on DVD versus VHS or laserdisc.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Irving Parke-Rhode on November 3, 2005
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Aside from the excellent documentary the extras are a great bonus-especially the screen tests (these are on the second release of this title with Digitally Remastered Collector's Edition on the top of the front on a red background). For the remake of STATE FAIR you get to see Ann-Margret's entire original Fox screen test, she sings Bill Bailey, Mack the Knife and in a test for the role of Margy she does a scene and sings It Might As Well Be Spring. Also included are test scenes for the part of Emily-the part she played in the movie. Andy Williams tests for the part of Pat (the reporter) with Barbara Eden as Margy and he sings a bit of All I Owe Ioway (he's from Iowa) and then does a great version of It Might As Well Be Spring. There's also something called Foreign Dubbing Test/The Sound of Music which is Marni Nixon singing most of the songs Julie Andrews sings in the movie. They don't explain exactly what it's for but it's a nice bonus. Mitzi Gaynor performs A Cockeyed Optimist and A Wonderful Guy in her test for South Pacific. There are also a bunch of Sound of Music tests as well. Since these aren't on the DVDs of the movies themselves they are a great addition for R&H movie fans.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ALAIN ROBERT on December 2, 2000
Format: DVD
For my final critic,i've made a nice pick with this excellent documentary, that has excerps of all of the duo's screen adaptations ,along with some footage of DICK AND OSCAR on GROUCHO MARX SHOW(he makes fun of their names)and some scenes never seen before ,like FRANK SINATRA singing a song from CAROUSEL.To present this, they choose actors who were in these movies:SHIRLEY JONES,JULIE ANDREWS,RITA MORENO ,and even the girl who dubbed DEBORAH KERR for THE KING AND I.A documentary well worth seeing ,that can certainly be the start for future fans to be.You'll have fun seeing screen adaptations in different countries.There is no doubt today that RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN are part of the AMERICAN culture heritage, it's no wonder that TIME made them entertainer of the century.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michele S. Techman on September 4, 2005
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I have the first one The Sound of Movies one on VHS that I bought back in 1996 and this new DVD version is so much better than the one I have on VHS.

There is so much more information about the movies than before and seeing the screen tests were pretty interesting also.

Although I think on some of the screen tests they went a little overboard and after a while that part got a little tedious.

Otherwise I love how they put each movie into a chapter and I can then go to the movie I want to see.

I recommend this DVD to any Rodgers & Hammerstein, Julie Andrews and fans of movie musicals in general.

This would make a wonderful Birthday or Holiday Gift for a close friend or family member.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Werner on December 29, 2012
Format: DVD
What a fantastic overview of the legacy that is Rodgers & Hammerstein! I would love to see this come out on Blu-ray; that would be awesome. I am, however, dumbstruck at the number of people who felt they were tricked into buying something which was supposed to be "The Sound of Music". Each of the reviewers who ordered the 'wrong' product states that the picture of Julie Andrews on the cover made them think that they were buying "The Sound of Music", when about an eighth of an inch above said image of Julie it states: THE SOUND OF MOVIES. And sadly, the product ends up getting a 1-star review, when it is their lack of attention to detail (since when is a title a detail...) merits one lone star. I don't get it. Anyway...

Great documentary, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of R&H.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on June 23, 2009
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The documentary "The Sound of Movies" takes viewers back to a time where going to the movies was an event that did not require families to take out a second mortgage for a night out and didn't include cell phones, conversations, and 20 minutes of commercials before getting to the main event. "Sound of Movies will have viewers humming as they are taken on a journey behind the scenes of such beloved musicals as The Sound of Music, South Pacific, The King and I, Flower Drum Song, Carousel, Oklahoma, and the two musical versions of State Fair written for the stage and screen by the prolific songwriting team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Hosted by Shirley Jones (who appeared in Oklahoma and Carousel), the documentary gives an inside view of these great musicals and provides plenty of interesting trivia and anecdotes on most of the films, as well as rarely seen footage and outtakes, potential casting choices left on the cutting room floor, and the inspiration behind some of the timeless stories. On hand to present the segments pertaining to their movies is Rita Moreno (The King and I), Nancy Kwan (Flower Drum Song), and Charmain Carr (The Sound of Music).

Finally someone gives snaps to Marni Nixon, the often un-credited voice behind so many Hollywood leading ladies including Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Wood and Deborah Kerr (she even had a cameo as a nun in The Sound of Music).

I loved this documentary the first time I saw it on television ten years ago - it renewed my interest in the lost art of the grand musical and opened my eyes to a fantastic movie I'd never seen before - Flower Drum Song. And on DVD, viewers are able to go directly to the movies they want to learn more about. There are also lots of bonus features including trailers for films, Movietone newsreels, and a variety of screen tests for the movies.
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