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  • Actors: Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer, Laura Benanti, Christian Borle, Audra McDonald
  • Directors: Beth McCarthy-Miller, Rob Ashford
  • Producers: Priscilla Taussig
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: December 17, 2013
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (347 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FWMVVLS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,958 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    An aspiring nun in pre-WWII Austria leaves the abbey to become a governess for the widower Captain von Trapp's seven children and finds herself falling in love. Beloved worldwide, The Sound of Music includes unforgettable songs including “Edelweiss”, “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things,” and “The Sound of Music”.

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    Carrie Underwood made Maria her own.
    C. Honore
    Carrie Underwood did a great job as Maria, and the rest of the cast were all fantastic as well.
    Mark Rutter
    I'm hoping the sound quality of the DVD is better than the broadcast quality.
    Melissa H

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    125 of 135 people found the following review helpful By C. Nichols on December 5, 2013
    Excellent stage adaptation based on the original 1959 broadway version. Pleasantly surprised by Carrie Underwood. Fantastic job!
    Stage adaptations can never be compared with the movie version as they are different breeds and are entirely different mediums.
    I am a Julie Andrews loyalist and was skeptical, but after seeing it tonight, I am a fan of both this production and Carrie Underwood.
    Of course, Audra McDonald upstages everyone with her world renowned talent. We, as television viewers are privileged to be delighted by such a performer on television. Television entertainment of this caliber is rare. Thank you NBC.
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    92 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Denise on December 5, 2013
    The first time I saw the promo on NBC (about a month ago), I gasped, "No! They can't redo Sound of Music!". Fast forward 30 or so days, and I was intrigued by the prospect of a live musical.

    First off, let me say that I might like this musical even more than the movie (and I LOVE the movie). The musical was fresh and interesting, but also familiar and heartwarming. The musical numbers were the same, only in different settings (save for My Favorite Things--first performed by Underwood and McDonald). At times, I couldn't hear the cast as well because of the orchestra, which was most prominent in "Do-Re-Mi", but the singing grew stronger as the musical progressed.

    The sets were well-done, and contrary to Carrie's prediction, no one tripped on the stairs. Of course, not all settings could be remade, but I don't feel the musical suffered for that. It was a little interesting for Maria to teach the children how to sing in the mansion (not on a day trip), and not see Liesl and Rolf dancing in the gazebo. However, it was good enough for me.

    Casting in this musical was something I was skeptical about at first, because I found it hard for anyone to replace the original actors and actresses. But, once I learned Audra McDonald was cast in the musical, I knew I was going to watch this event. She was wonderful as Mother Abbess, and her voice is *stunning*. Not to leave out mention of Carrie Underwood (who proved to be a pretty good Maria), and Stephen Moyer, who was one of my favorite characters in the musical. The children--though I wish some had more lines--did fantastically capturing the characters from the movie. Liesl was still Liesl, Gretl was still Gretl, and we can't forget Kurt. Overall, great job in casting.
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    80 of 91 people found the following review helpful By E. Von Ray on December 5, 2013
    I was pleasantly surprised with this tv production. Carrie Underwood was a surprising choice and I had my doubts but while her acting at times seemed forced, her singing was better than I expected and overall it was a wonderful experience. The entire cast was terrific, the production beautiful. The only real criticism I have? There were times when the orchestra almost completely drowned out the singers.
    But this was a live performance on a massive scale we rarely see. I even felt nervous watching it.
    With all the horrible reality shows saturating tv, it was a great delight to watch, hear and experience this version of The Sound of Music.
    And I have to say again how impressed I was with Carrie Underwood. This was a very daring move and, to me, they pulled it off beautifully.
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    36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Richard E. Berger on December 9, 2013
    #1 Carrie (30) is older than Julie Andrews was (28) when she filmed the movie and she looks younger, like the age of the real Maria when she married Georg Von Trapp (24)

    #2 She does a very good job of toning down her Oklahoma accent keeping it a general American dialect in tune with her fellow performers. OMG no German accents? No matter. They each behave according to their stations in life. Maria is an innocent girl while Elsa is a wealthy socialite, Max is an ambitious businessman, Geog is a wealthy aristocrat and Mother Abbess is the head nun. Its about ATTITUDE not accent.

    #3 She acts like the sets are real which of course they are not. Her acting may not be at the same level as Laura Bennanti or Audra MacDonald but after all she is a "novice" when it comes to acting and she plays a novice so it makes a lot of sense. Anyway why should we expect the sets to appear real when this is theater, not a movie. In fact between the accents and the look of the set, the whole story could have been set in Vermont rather than Austria but so what? This is an American musical and again this is THEATER, NOT A MOVIE. Still I was impressed with how they opened up the sets for television especially Nonnberg Abbey and the Von Trapp mansion for "Do Re Mi"

    #4 Carrie does an excellent job singing considering her repertoire is mainly country music. I especially enjoyed "The Lonely Goatherd" which is my favorite song from the score keeping in tune with the folk music the actual Trapp Family Singers performed back in the day. Plus she has lots of fun with the children in the cast. I hope Carrie attempts more show music because she has a good ear and tonality for it.
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    53 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Rissi on December 6, 2013
    Verified Purchase
    It’s safe to say that each one of us had a conflicting opinion about this production – and that’s just fine. The way I looked at this was that it was no different than going to a live Broadway production (I’ve not seen this on Broadway though did catch a local production and it was fun), only you were invited to watch the story everyone knows and loves from the comfort of your own living room. That sounded heavenly. Multiple interviews of the cast revealed that their production wasn’t a remake of the classic 1965 film starring Julie Andrews, instead this was an adaptation of the original stage production and as such, it was going to be its own interpretation that meant no disrespect to the movie. With its all-star cast (a country superstar, well-known television star and familiar Broadway cast), the more videos and teases that came out, I knew this was an event I’d not be able to miss.

    Music first; I eagerly downloaded Carrie and Company’s beautiful recordings of the classic songs we all know and love for a new generation, and... Carrie commanded the songs whether it was the catchy tune, “Do-Re-Me” (no country twang to be heard) or “My Favorite Things.” Fortunately, everyone does well with the songs which is paramount and when it came to actually watching the choreographed dances on television, I think the most memorable (although Maria and the Captain's dance was... pretty) was “The Lonely Goatherd.” It was charismatic plus was a nice substitute to the ever-popular “puppet scene” from the film not to mention props to the cast for performing a difficult choreographed scene, in terms of their vocals.
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    The DVD will have the making-of special according to NBC's website:

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    NBC got terrific ratings for "The Sound of Music Live" so we can bet some good money another live TV special is heading our way. Hope they could attract people like Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams, Matthew Broderick, etc., who are true double-threats.
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    Makes me want to give it a one-star review. My 88 year old mother received the DVD as a Christmas gift. She is hard of hearing and cannot otherwise understand all of the dialog or lyrics in the music. We were very disappointed when trying to watch the show this evening. Someone is apparently... Read More
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    Hiss or hum on the DVD?
    I've noticed that with some live plays I've seen on PBS. I also rented the production of Peter Pan, starring Mary Martin, and noticed it there too.
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