Sound of Music
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Sound of Music

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Director: Robert Wise

Cast: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker


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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…  See more details below


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.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kevin Giordano
Based on the Rodgers & Hammerstein hit musical -- the duo's last -- The Sound of Music arrived in 1965 with an already celebrated score of songs and the reigning Best Actress Academy Award winner, Julie Andrews, to its credit. From its breathtaking opening aerial shot of an enraptured Andrews gamboling across an Austrian hillside and bursting out in the film's title song, it was clear that the film would soar above its stage-bound origins. With the new THX-certified release of The Sound of Music DVD, these and the many other classic scenes -- gloriously shot on 70mm film -- come vibrantly alive as never before. The film earned Andrews another Oscar nomination and placed her on a cultural pedestal, where she would later grow uncomfortable. (She played off her image as the world's most wholesome woman in her husband Blake Edwards's 1981 satire, S.O.B.) With wonderful songs ("My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain"), spectacular Austrian locations (verdant fields, snow-capped mountains, stone gardens), and the story's true-life roots, the film enjoyed phenomenal success and earned ten Academy Award nominations. It won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. This double DVD includes outtakes, still photographs, interviews, and performer biographies. It is a fitting presentation for an all-time favorite.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Unabashedly sentimental and a box office smash, The Sound of Music (1965) became the last old-fashioned blockbuster musical before the seismic shifts of the late 1960s and 1970s. Faithfully adapting the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway hit while opening it up for the screen, director Robert Wise made the most of the story's Austrian settings by shooting in pristine color on location in and around Salzburg. Beginning with the helicopter shot of Julie Andrews's hill-top performance of the title song, Wise matches glorious Alpine landscapes and Salzburg sites with exuberant songs, while the romantic moments are set in the more intimate yet still picturesque Von Trapp garden house. The puppet show, an important moment in Maria's romance with Von Trapp, also becomes another beautifully executed set piece in itself. Andrews' acting is as laudable as her singing, and her presence charmed even those reviewers critical of The Sound of Music's sweetness; the audience adored it to the tune of record-breaking grosses. Nominated for ten Oscars, The Sound of Music won five, including Best Picture, Director, Sound, and Adapted Score. None of the 1960s musicals that followed it came close to matching its popularity.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
[Wide Screen, Color]
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Your Favorite Things: ; Music machine sing-along; Audio commentary with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer; BD-Live: Live Lookup powered by IMDB; Musical Stages; A City of Song; Vintage Rodgers & Hammerstein and the Sound of Music programs; Screen tests; Rare treasures; Interviews; Photo galleries; The Sound of Music tour - a living story

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julie Andrews Maria von Trapp
Christopher Plummer Captain Von Trapp
Eleanor Parker The Baroness
Richard Haydn Max Detweiler
Peggy Wood Mother Abbess
Charmian Carr Liesl
Heather Menzies Louisa
Nicholas Hammond Friedrich
Duane Chase Kurt
Angela Cartwright Brigitta
Debbie Turner Marta
Kym Karath Gretl
Anna Lee Sister Margaretta
Portia Nelson Sister Berthe
Ben Wright Herr Zeller
Daniel Truhitte Rolfe
Norma Varden Frau Schmidt
Marni Nixon Sister Sophia
Evadne Baker Sister Bernice
Doris Lloyd Baroness Ebberfeld
Gilchrist Stuart Franz

Technical Credits
Robert Wise Director,Producer
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Bill Baird Animator
Cora Baird Animator
Marc Breaux Choreography
Saul Chaplin Associate Producer
Walter M. Cott Set Decoration/Design
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
Emil Kosa Special Effects
Irwin Kostal Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ernest Lehman Screenwriter
Boris Leven Production Designer
Ruby Levitt Set Decoration/Design
Ted D. McCord Cinematographer
Michael McLean Casting
William H. Reynolds Editor
Rodgers & Hammerstein Score Composer
Dee Dee Wood Choreography

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sound of Music
1. Chapter 1 [1:13]
2. Chapter 2 [1:06]
3. Chapter 3 [2:19]
4. Chapter 4 [:06]
5. Chapter 5 [2:38]
6. Chapter 6 [:09]
7. Chapter 7 [1:57]
8. Chapter 8 [1:13]
9. Chapter 9 [3:41]
10. Chapter 10 [:02]
11. Chapter 11 [4:10]
12. Chapter 12 [4:06]
13. Chapter 13 [:04]
14. Chapter 14 [1:38]
15. Chapter 15 [5:11]
16. Chapter 16 [2:54]
17. Chapter 17 [2:24]
18. Chapter 18 [1:38]
19. Chapter 19 [2:15]
20. Chapter 20 [4:56]
21. Chapter 21 [5:35]
22. Chapter 22 [2:33]
23. Chapter 23 [1:29]
24. Chapter 24 [:14]
25. Chapter 25 [:45]
26. Chapter 26 [1:51]
27. Chapter 27 [:31]
28. Chapter 28 [5:55]
29. Chapter 29 [:02]
30. Chapter 30 [1:43]
31. Chapter 31 [4:35]
32. Chapter 32 [1:42]


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The Sound of Music 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 149 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie has been one of my long time favorites since I was a child. I looked forward to Easter (besides the ressurection of Christ) because that's when it would be aired. This movie has enjoyable music arrangements and a captivating story that could have been one or many individuals/families' story. I admonish you to see it if you haven't already. Purchase it, this one is a keeper. There's something for everyone in this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To start with, I love the Sound of Music ever since I was little. Now I have a 2yr old and I love this even more. I can bear with my little one asking to watch this every day. The songs are great and the baby starts singing along recently. It's better than anything on TV these days. I disagree with one of the reviewer- We used to watch the old fullscreen version, then we received this as a gift and boy is the pictures even MORE impressive! You see alot more information like the baroness looking up to track Maria after the Cuckoo song scene. The sets are even more dramatic. The ballroom looks bigger and the house looks huge. And you see ALL 7 kids in the DoReMe number. Yes, the people gets smaller, especially with the little TV set we have, but the color is much more vibrant. They really did a good job of restoration for this edition. You can see alot more detail in the background. I think it's a must have for everyone who love this movie. Also, the bonus materials are very interesting. It should satisfy alot of the curiosity one may have about the story and the people who brought this together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Sound of Music is a classic movie that everybody will enjoy, no matter the age! Julie Andrews performs at her best in this inspiring movie of a family during the Nazi regime. The best aspect of this movie is that as you watch and enjoy the movie, you also learn about what it was like living at the time of the Nazi's rise to power. This movie is a must whatch and is definatly a ten out of ten across the board!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Watching this movie, decades after it first burst upon the international stage, I was surprised by its wonder and music and joy and pure entertainment, and moral lessons and message and timelessness. My 3 year old loved it and asks to see it again and again which I found funny, since as a child, I always remembered it as an adult movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Where else can you find a movie so beloved that you not only know the songs, you know the lines...friends of mine quote this movie all the time..."I know you don't but you've GOT TO"...."Rolf PLEASE!"...."It'll be my first party father!"...."Why didn't you tell me to bring along my harmonica?"....Some generations can even tell you which moments used to be cute when they showed it annually on television...let's face it...this movie is part of our lives. Essential viewing.
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EvieT More than 1 year ago
This movie is so beautiful to watch.  To this day I still cannot believe Julie Andrews did not win the academy award for her amazing performance of Maria.  That beautiful voice should have done it for her in and of itself especially hitting that high note at the end of Do Re Mi
Libejin More than 1 year ago
Cpt. Von Trapp was my first love. When I was in early elementary school my family watched "The Sound of Music" on tv on a Sunday night. I fell in love with him when he was dancing the Austrian folk dance with Maria. I remember very clearly.
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DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
one very amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of all the musicals, the true story of Maria von Trapp is the most beautiful. The soundtrack is excellent...and very familiar. The acting is superb from the nervous Maria and the abbey nuns to the precocious children and their stern father. Julie Andrews truly shone in her role as Maria. You will fall in love with the incorrigable Uncle Max. This movie was well-casted and the actors had wonderful, distinctive singing voices. This is a great family movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This elegantly sculpted picture has brought a beautiful song to cinema that we will sing for the the rest of our lives. Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer have become the Lord and Lady of onscreen-interpretation of a true story. There is no doubt in my mind that the real Mr. & Mrs. Von Trapp are even shocked that mere mortals are able to portray them so well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The DVD version has enhancements for play on a PC. The DVD includes 2 documentaries, interviews with the cast, DVD rom games, Theatrical trailers, radio and TV spots. Very enjoyable. The link for the DVD site is Great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would just like to go ahead and say this is one of the most brilliantly written love stories of time. With the musical aspect and the screen play of this production it is something to be cherished by one and all. I highly recommend this piece of entertainment to all who enjoy watching a movie.