The Sound of Music (DVD)

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Captain von Trapp is an autocratic widower whose strict household rules leave little room for music and merriment, that is until Maria (Julie Andrews) arrives. After leaving the convent Maria takes the job as governess to Captain von Trapp's sevenchildren, and brings light and merriment into their lives.This heart-warming true story features some of the world's best-loved songs and went on to win five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Product Details

Barcode
7321919010519
Department
Movies & TV
Released
14 Sep 2015
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Musicals
Region
Region 2
Year
1965
Language
English
Sound Format
Stereo
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Studio
20th Century Fox
Extras
  • Chapter Selection/Audio Commentary by Robert Wise and Isolated Score/Documentaries/Broadcast Promotions and Interviews/Audio Supplements/Presented in 2,35
  • 1 Aspect Ratio/
Runtime
160 min
Age Restriction
A
Supply Source
South Africa

Movie

Title
Sound of Music
Release Year
1965
Running Time
175 min
Language
English
Categories
Musical & Performing Arts / Musicals / Classic / Clergy / Essential Cinema / Family (General) / Family Interaction / Recommended / Romance / Theatrical Release / True Story
Official Website
http://www.foxhome.com/soundofmusicdvd/index_frames.html
Ratings
IMDb
8.0
Rotten Tomatoes®
85% 91%
Metacritic
63
Synopsis
Shot in Salzburg against the majestic Bavarian Alps, THE SOUND OF MUSIC is considered one of the greatest screen musicals ever made. Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director (Robert Wise), the film, based on a real family and their true events, tells the story of a young postulate, Maria (Julie Andrews), who, after proving too high-spirited for the Mother Abess and other nuns, is sent off to work as a governess to seven unruly children. The Von Trapp family is run, in military style, by the seemingly cold-hearted Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer), a lonely widowed naval officer. Seeing how badly he and his children need companionship, he proposes to the Baroness Schraeder (Eleanor Parker), a calculating, mutual friend of beloved family friend Max Detweiler (Richard Haydn). It is the baroness who soon realizes that it's Maria--with her warmth and love for the children--the captain really loves. It is nearly bliss for the newly formed family who loves to sing together--except for the cloud looming over their beloved Austrian horizon: Hitler is ascending to power, forcing Von Trapp to decide whether to join the Nazi party--which he loathes--or force his family to leave their home forever. One of the most memorable scores ever written (by Rodgers and Hammerstein) and breathtaking performances by Andrews, Plummer, and the seven children mark this classic as one of the world's most favorite films.
Notes
Much of the footage was shot in Salzburg, where director Robert Wise spent 11 weeks filming against the backdrop of the majestic Bavarian Alps.

The performance scene at the Salzburg Festival was shot in the spectacular Felsenreitschule, or the Rocky Riding School.

The musical ran on Broadway for three and a half years, starring Mary Martin
as Maria.

Marni Nixon, who plays Sister Sophia in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, has lent her vocal cords to many film stars. Nixon's singing voice was used in place of Audrey Hepburn's in MY FAIR LADY, for Natalie Wood's in WEST SIDE STORY, and for Deborah Kerr's in THE KING AND I. Her brief role as Sister Sophia in this film marks her first onscreen appearance.
Poster
Poster for Sound of Music
Cast & Crew
Director
Robert Wise
Star
Julie Andrews / Angela Cartwright / Nicholas Hammond / Richard Haydn / Heather Menzies / Eleanor Parker / Christopher Plummer / Norma Varden / Peggy Wood / Ben Wright
Composer
Irwin Kostal / Richard Rodgers
Producer
Boris Leven / Robert Wise
Special Effects
L. B. Abbott / Emil Jr. Kosa
Editor
William H. Reynolds
Costume Designer
Dorothy Jeakins
Set Designer
Walter M. Scott
Cinematographer
Ted McCord
Choreographer
Dee Dee Wood
Writer
Ernest Lehman
Associate Producer
Saul Chaplin
Movie Critics
Empire
5 stars out of 5 -- "Julie Andrews' 1965 heroine is hard to beat...combining innocent enthusiasm with comic timing and a soaring soprano voice."
Anna Smith (1 Oct 2007, p.58)
Entertainment Weekly
"...Beloved..." -- Rating: A
Steve Simels (20 Jan 1995, p.61)
Premiere
4 stars out of 4 -- "[T]he collaboration takes on a serious edge, making it one of the precious few old-school musicals in which the action doesn't grind to a screeching halt every time a song starts."
Peter Debruge (1 Dec 2005, p.184)
Total Film
"[I]t's wonderful....Julie Andrews is irresistible..."
Daniel Webb (1 Feb 2004, p.120)

Awards

Academy Awards
Best Picture
Winner: 1965
Best Director
Winner: 1965 - Robert Wise
Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score
Winner: 1965 - Irwin Kostal
Best Costume Design (Color)
Winner: 1965
Best Film Editing
Winner: 1965
Best Sound
Winner: 1965