The Sound of Music

( 149 )

Overview

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 ...
See more details below
Blu-ray (45th Anniversary Blu-ray Collection / Wide Screen)
$89.99
BN.com price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Blu-ray)
  • All (12) from $39.22   
  • New (9) from $39.77   
  • Used (3) from $39.22   

Overview

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.
Read More Show Less

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
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2010
  • UPC: 024543672906
  • Original Release: 1965
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1A
  • Presentation: 45th Anniversary Blu-ray Collection / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Español, Français
  • Time: 5:49:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 17,332

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
Nicolas 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, Producer
Walter M. Cott Set Decoration/Design
Oscar Hammerstein II Songwriter
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
Emil Kosa Jr. 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
Richard Rodgers Score Composer, Songwriter, Screenwriter
Rodgers & Hammerstein Score Composer
Dee Dee Wood Choreography
Read More Show Less

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]
Read More Show Less

Menu

Disc #1 -- Sound of Music
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Audio: English 4.0 Dolby Surround
      Audio: Español Dolby Surround
      Audio: Français Dolby Surround
      Subtitles: English For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: None
   Scenes
   Extras
      The Sound of Music Tour - A Living Story
      Play Film With Sing-Along
      Music Machine
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 149 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(126)

4 Star

(12)

3 Star

(8)

2 Star

(2)

1 Star

(1)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 149 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not just a chic flick

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A timeless musical classic.

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    This movie is a classic!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    if you like the movie, this is the edition to have!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Why Didn't You Tell Me To Bring Along My Harmonica?"

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 12, 2013

    This movie is so beautiful to watch.  To this day I still cannot

    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

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 26, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Cpt. Von Trapp was my first love. When I was in early elementa

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2010

    DON'T BELIEVE SHIPPING INFO

    Barnes and Noble says it will ship within 24 hours, well guess what, after you order they tell you it ships in 20 days.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted November 2, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    one very amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    one very amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Sound of Music

    Maria Rainer (Julie Andrews), a candidate to become a nun at the Nonnberg Abbey in Austria, is a bit of a problem for the nuns. So to help her determine if she's truly ready to become a nun she's sent to be the governess for the stern Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) and his seven children, who've driven away all of their former governess's. Soon they warm up to Maria, though, as does the Captain, and together they change the way the von Trapp household is run.

    Based on the true story of the von Trapp Family Singers, The Sound of Music was the last musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein as Oscar Hammerstein II died of cancer in 1960. Originally conceived as a Broadway musical that opened up in 1959, the rights changed hands several times before the film was eventually made. Since then The Sound of Music has become the third highest grossing movie of all time when it's grosses are adjusted for inflation (just behind Gone With the Wind and Star Wars respectively) and saved 20th Century Fox from bankruptcy after the flop of 1963's Cleopatra.

    Surprisingly, considering I'm not typically a big fan of musicals with a few exceptions, I actually have to say that I did enjoy The Sound of Music. Of course, this has less to do with the music than the fact that the characterizations are full and complete, allowing you to lose yourself in the characters and feel for their plights and passions. The plotting is also quite taut for a film that's almost three hours long, keeping you on the edge of your toes with the character's personal crises as well as with the outward crises that lands in Austria with the Nazis in the latter parts of the film.

    The acting is very well done, as that's what really gets you invested in the characters. At the time The Sound of Music went into production Julie Andrews was largely unknown as Mary Poppins hadn't been released, but she nails the part of the innocent and free spirited Maria. Christopher Plummer, who famously didn't enjoy working on the film (later referring to it as The Sound of Mucus) doesn't let on on screen his displeasure with the film, and still you feel the characters distaste for the Nazi regime and his love for Maria as well as his transformation from stern father figure to hands on patriarch.

    The biggest problem with The Sound of Music is that its a little too sweet, dripping with saccharine. This also means that some of the musical sequences can come off a bit to extremely cheesy, but even through that the film still feels genuine. And while I understand the need to make changes to a real life story in a film, every once in a while a filmmakers choices of change can be a little insulting to the subject of the film. The real Captain von Trapp, as stated by his children and his wife Maria, was not a stern man, and did not run his family like a military platoon as depicted in the film. Despite the pleadings of Maria and his children, the filmmakers decided to keep the characterization in the movie, which seems to me a little insulting to his memory.

    Overall, though, I do have to say that I enjoyed this movie. It gives an interesting depiction, especially towards the end of what Austrian citizens had to go through after the Nazi invasion. If you like musicals, or want to be transported to a more innocent time I highly recommend this movie. Just be careful after watching the movie or you could find yourself humming Rodgers and Hammerstein's songs for the next several weeks!

    4/5

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    The Sound of Music

    The best movie ever. Who doesn't walk through the house humming the soundtrack, flitting from here to there in the grass on a beautiful spring day. Anyone who sees this film is inspired. Growing up on musicals and seeing almost every classic, I have to say that this is one of my top 3.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Happy

    Great feel good movie!! It will keep you in a positive mood!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Sound of Music

    This is a classic musical. It is a worldwide favorite that occurs in Austria during World War II. It opens with "The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music." My younger children love it, and are entranced by the puppet show. They enjoy the song "My Favorite Things." Julie Anderson is wonderful then and still wonderful now when she stands up to Captain Von Trapp. This is a classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical which can be watched over, and over and over again. The plot is great, the music, is great, and the acting is great. It has two separate love stories in it. The scenery just in the opening scene is breathtaking. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone that enjoys great musicals.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Talented Movie

    This movie was great and fun... it provides emotional effects and drama effect which makes it terrific!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Sound of Music Movie

    My six year old granddaughter loves this movies.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    "The Sound of Music" is a timeless, absolutely fantastic movie, great entertainment for any time of year.

    For the past several years I have plugged "The Sound of Music" into the VCR player during the Christmas season, particularly while decorating my Christmas tree. I know the story because I've seen the movie so many times. I do not need to sit and watch the movie to be reminded of its splendor, but the music always delights and has been a wonderful background and distraction during the process of decorating. I ordered my DVD for the movie a month or so ago(in February) and of course couldn't resist plugging it into the DVD player the first opportunity I had. It is one of the best movie purchases I have ever made. This is a two-disc package. One disc is an introduction by Julie Andrews, a singalong, the movie and commentary. The second disc is loaded with extras, added in celebration of the 40th anniversary edition of the movie. What a treat! I have had several nights of viewing pleasure and will go back to this again and again!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic

    It is wonderful to own this DVD. In addition to the movie, the special features and commentaries are great.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Amazing True Story

    This astounding movie starring Julie Andrews tells the true story of the Van Trapp family who were forced to flee Austria after the nazi occupation. The movie has great scenery, music and a terrific cast thanks to the talent of West Side Story director, Robert Wise.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's the Sound of Music

    It's the movie the Sound of Music... perfect for what it is!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A classic! We love it!

    We never tire of watching the Sound of Music. The scenery, music, costumes and interaction between the characters is perfect. A great addition to our DVD library!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 149 Customer Reviews