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

Julie Andrews , Christopher Plummer , Robert Wise  |  G |  DVD
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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 (2,273 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXCS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,702 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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507 of 527 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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572 of 601 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".

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143 of 151 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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243 of 268 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The happiest sound in its best version yet! September 7, 2000
Format:DVD
Reviled by some, beloved by many, consistently referred to as the most popular movie musical ever made, THE SOUND OF MUSIC more than fulfills the promise of its beautiful visuals and expert song numbers on home video via DVD. This edition tops the 1995 laserdisc by allowing the sparkling, exemplary design of its 70mm. Todd-AO frame to be exhibited with increased sharpness and resolution. The 4.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack is powerful and clean, but since this film was originally mixed for six-track magnetic stereo, it's curious why the effort wasn't made by Fox to split the surrounds! Nonethless, the film sounds terrific. The extra features make this package a bargain at the price. Full length commentary by director Bob Wise, with the musical numbers presented sans vocals, is a great touch. And the two documentaries are beautifully presented; full of facts and bits of arcane information that any fan will truly enjoy. A great movie, and a great DVD rendition. More like this, PLEASE!
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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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Combo packs in Blu-ray or DVD packaging
There are people anal enough out there not to buy a blu-ray/DVD release if they can't get it without a cardboard sleeve.

Depends on what you want to fit into your collection. If you need the larger DVD packaging to fit the rest of your video library, that's what they're providing. What I don't... Read More
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Portuguese subtitles?
Yes, only at the movie, in the extras features no.
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