One of the most popular movie musicals of all time, The Sound of Music is based on the true story of the Trapp Family Singers. Julie Andrews stars as Maria, a young nun in an Austrian convent who regularly misses her morning prayers because she enjoys going to the hills to sing the title song. Deciding that Maria needs to learn something about the real world before she can take her vows, the Mother Superior (Peggy Wood) sends her off to be governess for the children of the widowed Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer). Arriving at the Trapp home, Maria discovers that her new boss is cold and aloof, and his seven children virtual automatons-at least, whenever the Captain is around. Otherwise, the kids are holy terrors, as evidenced by the fact that Maria is the latest in a long line of governesses. But Maria soon ingratiates herself with the children, especially oldest daughter Liesl (Charmian Carr), who is in love with teenaged messenger boy Rolf. As Maria herself begins to fall in love with the Captain, she rushes back to the Abbey so as not to complicate his impending marriage to a glamorous baroness (Eleanor Parker). But the children insist that Maria return, the Baroness steps out of the picture, and Maria and the Captain confirm their love in the song "Something Good." Unhappily, they return home from their honeymoon shortly after the Nazis march into Austria. Already, swastikas have been hung on the Von Trapp ancestral home, and Liesl's boyfriend Rolf has been indoctrinated in the "glories" of the Third Reich. The biggest blow occurs when Von Trapp is called back to active duty in the service of the Fuhrer. The Captain wants nothing to do with Nazism, and he begins making plans to take himself and his family out of Austria.~Hal Erickson
Music machine sing-along
Audio commentaries with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, and Director Robert Wise
Disc 2 Blu-ray Special Features
Musical stages: Creating The Sound of Music
A city of song-virtual map of filming locations in Salzburg, Austria
Vintage Rodgers& Hammerstein and The Sound of Music programs
If your a musical lover like myself, then make sure you add this to your movie collection. It's a great classic, with awesome musical numbers, and beautiful visuals. Loved the movie but didn't own, so finally bought myself a copy with my $5 reward certificate. Not only is it a Blu ray, but it also has a digital copy, which you can put on your phone or iPad and watch on the go. Great addition. You won't want to miss this one.
Glad to get this by mail order. Stores only had blue ray versions. Bought as gift for my mom who still knows all the lyrics & sings them. We went on the Sound of Music tour in Austria a couple of years ago. Only wish there was also a CD as she needs someone to show her how to change her TV input mode & start the DVD.
My Wife and I had seen it as children, but never like this, and not together.. Restored and in Blu-ray and Digital formats, its almost like watching it on the big screen again, and did I mention the Dolby 5.1 sound soundtrack... its actually probably better than its original debut... :) and way better than we remember seeing it on TV...
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!
Classical musical of family, overcoming hardship, repurposing possessions for more daily functional uses . Family, family family , grand to have family. Great classic movie that can be watched repeatedly.
Was looking to surprise my wife with a blue ray version of this classic her favorite movie. Surprising how this holds up with upscaling. Beautiful pic all with great sound. A must-have for The Sound of Music fans.