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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The Sound of Music 45th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray + DVD Review

The Sound of Music 45th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray + DVD Review

Synopsis: Experience the world's most beloved family film as never before with this 3-disc 45th Anniversary Edition of Rodgers & Hammerstein's® The Sound of Music, Winner of five 1965 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture! 

In this true-life story, Julie Andrews lights up the screen as Maria, a spirited young woman who leaves the convent to bring love and music to the home of Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) and his seven children.

Review: The Sound of Music is a classic musical feature that has been enjoyed for nearly half a century.  This tale of an Austrian family living during World War II, is struggling to survive with their workaholic widowed father and his new girlfriend.  Meanwhile, Julie Andrews comes along and becomes their new nanny/mother and gives them joy again.  The backdrop of this film is the nazi-era takeover and eventually the action takes over, but for a good long while you are mistakenly caught up in their light-hearted family drama.

This film is an absolute classic.  I’ve loved it ever since I was a kid.  Now, we get it transferred into blu-ray high definition and it looks amazing!  The colors and backrounds really pop and there is a complete lack of any grain.  Its most definitely worth the upgrade!

The special features include:

Disc 1 Blu-ray:
·  Feature Film Remastered in 1080p Hi-Def with 7.1 DTS-HD Sound
·  Your Favorite Things: An Interactive Celebration — All-New Immersive Viewing Experience with Behind-the-Scenes Images, On-Screen Lyrics, Trivia Track and Location Quiz
·  Music Machine Sing-Along
·  Audio Commentaries with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Director Robert Wise
·  BD-LIVE: Live Lookup™ Powered by IMDb®

Disc 2 Blu-ray:
·  Musical Stages: Creating The Sound of Music — All-New Interactive “Backlot Tour” with In-Depth Featurettes on the Songs, the Stage Show & Movie, the Film and Sound Restoration and the Real-Life von Trapp Family
·  A City of Song — Virtual Map of Filming Locations in Salzburg, Austria
·  Vintage Rodgers & Hammerstein and The Sound of Music Programs
·  Screen Tests, Rare Treasures, Interviews, Photo Galleries & More!

Disc 3 DVD:
·  Feature Film In Standard Definition
·  Newly Remastered Picture and Sound
·  Optional Sing-Along Track
·  Music Machine Sing-Along
·  The Sound of Music Tour – A Living Story

Interest Range: Drama, Musical