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The Sound of Music (Five Star Collection) (1965)

Julie Andrews , Christopher Plummer , Robert Wise  |  G |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,014 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood
  • Directors: Robert Wise
  • Writers: Ernest Lehman, George Hurdalek, Howard Lindsay, Maria von Trapp, Russel Crouse
  • Producers: Peter Levathes, Richard D. Zanuck
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Special Edition, THX, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2000
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,014 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXCS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,031 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Sound of Music (Five Star Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • DISC ONE: The Feature
  • Commentary by Director Robert Wise
  • DVD-ROM link to The Sound of Music web sites and events
  • DISC TWO: Supplemental
  • Original 1965 documentary Salzburg Sight and Sound (14 minutes)
  • Making of documentary The Sound of Music: From Fact to Phenomenon with cast interviews, rare music outtakes, photos and more! (87 minutes)
  • Audio supplement by Ernest Lehman
  • Audio Interviews with Julie Andrews and Robert Wise
  • DVD-ROM games and links to fan site
  • Storyboards, sketches, production stills
  • Theatrical trailers, radio and TV spots

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Additional Features

The first disc of this two-DVD set includes the film, plus the option to listen to audio commentary by director Robert Wise. During the songs and underscored passages, Wise's commentary is silent and the vocal tracks are removed, allowing the viewer to hear the score in isolation (or even sing along). The second disc is reserved for bonus material. In a 14-minute featurette from 1965, Salzburg: Sight and Sound, Charmian Carr (Liesl) narrates as she explores Salzburg and works on the set. More substantial is The Sound of Music: From Fact to Phenomenon, an 87-minute documentary from 1994. Narrated by Claire Bloom, it includes biographical information and photos of the real Maria, clips from the 1956 German film Die Trappe Familie that inspired the Broadway musical, and details of the musical's subsequent transformation into film. The movie's creators and principals, including Robert Wise, Saul Chaplin, Julie Andrews, and Christopher Plummer, as well as members of the von Trapp family, contribute extensive comments, spotlight Maria von Trapp's cameo in the film, explain the various sets and locations, and discuss the film's effect on the family. The DVD also has seven previews and TV spots, four radio spots, several audio interviews with Andrews, Plummer, Wise, and others, and "The Sound of Music Gallery," which offers stills and texts giving a history of Salzburg, production diaries and notes, and credits and a bibliography of recommended materials. DVD-ROM features include games and Web links. --David Horiuchi

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the life of the family singing group the Van Trapp Family

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485 of 504 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Re-Mi! November 3, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
After years and years and years of watching The Sound of Music on VHS and DVD, I thought I knew every blade of grass and every gust of wind visible in the movie. How wrong I was! You don't realize how much picture is lost with standard 480p releases until a monumental blu ray transfer like this comes along and provides a home viewing experience that literally feels like seeing the movie for the first time.

As far as I'm concerned, this is the best blu ray I own - and not just because The Sound of Music is probably the greatest movie ever made, but because the picture quality is truly that beautiful. And that makes sense, considering the movie was filmed in 70mm and could contain so much more data than ordinary 35mm. Also, from what I understand, the restoration process was taken extremely seriously and done with the highest technology possible. There's a reason why so many artists are pushing blu ray, and it's because for the first time people can experience their creativity and attention to detail, as it was meant to be seen. There is SO much detail in this movie. Seriously, if you loved this movie before you will have your mouth dropped open the entire time you sit through it in high definition.

And the Audio quality! I didn't even know it was possible to make ancient audio files sound brand new, but it clearly is. Every song sounds 1000000x better than my old CD soundtracks. Add in surround sound... heavenly.

OVERALL: I don't care how many VHS or DVD copies you have of this movie sitting around, you NEED this blu ray. It's not just a restoration, it's a transformation. You cannot have truly experienced The Sound of Music at home until seeing it in 1080p. Not to mention it's cram packed with amazing extras that are actually watchable. In case you can't tell, this BD just makes me so happy. If you appreciate the movie (or bless you, never seen it before) you MUST experience it on BD!
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565 of 593 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
"The Sound of Music", the 1965 20th Century Fox musical which would capture the world with its memorable music and it's touching storyline and continues to have thrived through various generations and will continue to thrive for many generations hereafter.

The film is an adaptation of a popular Broadway play which is based on the memoir "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers" written by Maria von Trapp. The von Trapp family are known for escaping from the Nazis in Austria after the Anschluss (the annexation and occupation of Austria by Nazi Germany in 1938).

The original musical based on the book featured music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II (both Rodgers and Hammerstein were known for their music for "Oklahoma!", "Carousel", "State Fair", "South Pacific", "The King and I" to name a few) which led to the book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. The Broadway production began in 1959 starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel and would later inspire a film adaptation in 1965 which was loosely based on the Broadway production and memoir.

The film would become an ultimate success as director Robert Wise (known for "West Side Story" and "The Haunting") would win five Academy Awards for Best Director, William Reynolds for Best Film Editing, Irwin Kostal for Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment, Best Picture and Best Sound.

The film would be best known for its wonderful location of Salzburg, Austria (which has inspired an actual "Sound of Music" tour which has been functional for the last 30-years) but most of all, known for its music which include "The Sound of Music", "Edelweiss", "My Favorite Things", "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" and "Do-Re-Mi".

The film which was budgeted at $8.
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139 of 146 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hills are Alive in Blu November 2, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
WOW...that's all I can say. I've been waiting for this one to come out on Blu-ray for quite awhile...and I can truly say, it was worth the wait. Finally, this movie looks like it did in the theater...the colors, details and clarity are amazing...This movie has never looked good on VHS, Laserdisc OR DVD...Finally Blu-ray does it justice. Kudo's to FOX for giving this such a nice treatment. I just bought my copy and watched it all the way through...was only going to watch bits but got caught up all over again in the magic. I even put in the DVD and jumped back and forth to compare...and there just wasn't anything to compare...the Blu-ray blows the old copy away. Just watch the scenes of Do-Re-Mi or the Church Wedding scene and be amazed by what Blu-ray can do...the details in the church are stunning...every detail from the carpet to the candles and gold backgrounds just stand out perfectly...looks as close to the print I saw in the theater last year as I've ever seen...For all those that think only new movies can look good on blu-ray, just look at how wonderful this 45 year old movie looks!!! If you have any doubts about this one...Don't...Run right now and pick it up...you will be glad you did.
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282 of 311 people found the following review helpful
By dooby
Format:DVD
For some reason The Sound Of Music has never had any luck in home video release. It has never achieved the picture quality commensurate with its status. The 40th Anniversary Edition seemed like the opportunity for it to finally shine. Alas no. Yes it is a marked improvement over the previous DVD which image-wise was deplorable. But it is far below what we know is possible in film restoration today.

What's good about the new SoM transfer? Well for starters they've removed the much criticised electronic edge enhancement which infuriated so many people in the previous DVD. This is artificial sharpening which looks good on small screens but produces halos around objects when seen on larger displays. The result is a slightly softer image but definitely an improvement over the old DVD. And they've made some effort at restoration. The picture looks visibly brighter. The color timing which was way off in the previous DVD has been partially corrected - but not totally. Skin tones which looked overly red previously, now appear closer to normal. However this color correction is haphazard. Some scenes have skin tones looking very natural, others still have that ruddy, sun-burnt look. The night scenes especially have skin tones taking on an ugly muddy-red appearance. In short, the color timing for the new DVD is inconsistent. Ironically, one drawback of the present color-correction is an overly-accurate representation of the original colors in some scenes - in the Edelweiss reprise at the Salzburg Folk Festival, Angela Cartwright's face (Brigitta) takes on a faint greenish-yellow hue under the stagelight. In the previous DVD this had been corrected to give everyone a uniform pink glow but not in the present DVD. It may be a truer reflection of stagelighting but it is not at all pretty to look at.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I love this musical. It never gets old watching it. Don't like the remake from this year though, so I ordered this old one. It never disappoints.
Published 1 day ago by Toni O. Wyles
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound Of Music
This is great to have I love this movie and play. I went to see it in person when I was in the 6th grade 1976 and I am 50 now so you do the math, LOL Yes I can watch this over and... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Theresa M. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars came with extras perfect behind the scenes as well as full movie
Came exactly as described the extra DVD has behind the scenes and interviews as well as scenery that is just amazing..that makes it well worth it to have .. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent buy!
I love this three-disc combo. Sound of Music is a classic I enjoyed watching with my grandmother growing up. Now my daughter, who's only 6, enjoys it as much as I did! Read more
Published 3 days ago by Juliana Ferreira
5.0 out of 5 stars It was perfect
Movie was in perfect shape when it arrived. The case had a little bit of stuff on it, but the dvd worked great which is all we could ask for
Published 5 days ago by Nathaniel Marchnat
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hills are still alive!
Loved it! Worth every penny. Yay.
Great picture...great sound... Awesome oldie and the sing along words just add extra fun.
Published 5 days ago by Deborah Mcmahon
5.0 out of 5 stars WoW WoW WoW!
it's no wonder this became a classic to be viewed over and over - the music and acting is marvelous. A must have for your DVD library :)
Published 6 days ago by C. W. R.
5.0 out of 5 stars THE SOUND OF MUSIC ROCKS!
The Sound of Music is one of my favorite musicals/movies ever. I love the sing along music and the actors are perfect for the roles that they play.
Published 7 days ago by zgurka
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
My family loves this movie and watch every time it comes on TV. Now that we have it on our Kindle Fire we can watch any time or day we want too.

LOVE LOVE LOVE
Published 7 days ago by kzielke
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
The Sound of Music is always going to be a classic. It is a very charming story and well done; it has some facts about the Trapp family, but of course some elements were made up... Read more
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BR deal of the week...
It has been offered before, however this is the cheapest it has been. I am really thinking about picking it up as it is a classic film and a very nice set. I have had my eye on it for some time now and I do believe I will pull the trigger this week.

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4th Disc?!
The fourth disc (white one) is the 45th anniversary movie soundtrack CD.
Nov 25, 2012 by N. Choy |  See all 2 posts
Blu-ray/DVD Combo Limited Edition
Generally, it means both versions are included - there is a DVD copy of the movie, and a Blu-Ray copy. So yes, according to the description, there is a copy you can play in your DVD player.
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Portuguese subtitles?
Yes, only at the movie, in the extras features no.
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Yep I picked up my copy there along with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which also has an awsome picture! That I just couldn't believe!
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