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Sound Of Music: 50th Anniversary [2 Disc] (Blu-ray)
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A dream is born
20th Century Fox’s story begins in a tiny theater on New York’s Lower East Side. In 1904, fresh from Hungary, 25-year-old William Fox amazed audiences with his magical hand-cranked films. The beginnings were humble – folding chairs, a painted wall for a screen – but the desire to entertain and move people has been at the core of what 20th Century Fox has been doing ever since. By 1915 Fox’s five-cent movie shows were wildly popular and his single screen grew first into a chain of 25 theaters around New York City and then into a movie making business.
Share the magical, heartwarming true-life story that has become the most popular family film of all time - Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound Of Music. Julie Andrews lights up the screen as Maria, the spirited young woman who leaves the convent to become governess to the seven children of Captain von Trapp, an autocratic widower whose strict household rules leave no room for music and merriment.
Genres: Family | Musical/Dance
PG | 176 minutes
Cast and crew
- Robert Wise
- Julie Andrews
- Christopher Plummer
- Ben Wright
- Angela Cartwright
- Evadne Baker
- Nicholas Hammond
- Doris Lloyd
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The plot is that of a family man choosing to walk away from all his worldly possessions for the sole (soul) purpose of NOT joining the Nazis. He follows his moral compass firmly, refusing to take part on any level in hurting the innocent, and without a moment's hesitation treks off with his family into an unknown future with nothing but his family and the clothes on their backs.
This movie offers us an opportunity to examine what it would take for us, the viewer, to do the same thing if we ever found ourselves in a situation where our jobs depended on us looking the other way or enabling a predator to harm the innocent for selfish purposes. It's something you really have to prepare for. More and more, we see in the new these days, the teams of enablers that support predators who get away with "murder" for decades before anyone has the balls to blow a whistle...i don't get it.
This is just a movie. The true story is quite different. But still a Great movie and it's also great to see, in the news, so many people standing up for themselves and others who are not able to defend themselves. Let's hope it continues.
....and if YOU are the predator or enabler- stop today and make it the first day of the rest of your life. People will support your selfless change.
Because there are 5 discs in this set, I'm going give each one it's own rating and give thoughts on each one.
Blu ray disc one: The movie--***** The movie looks and sounds better than ever. The 7.1 Audio mix is wonderful. The songs sound even better in this mix. They have cleaned up every frame of the picture which is a time consuming task-esp for a 3 hour movie. The colors are more vibrant than ever. This is like watching the movie again for the first time!
Blu ray disc 2: Special features--***** I never had the 40th anniversary edition, so most of the stuff here is new to me. I do have the 5 gold star collector's edition that was released in 2002-which is out of print-this was a two disc set and had a couple of things that are included here--the 87 min documentary "The Sound of Music: From Fact to Phenomenon" and the 13 min feature: "Salzburg Sight and Sound" and some trailers if I remember correctly. It took me 2 days to watch all this. There are hours of stuff here and I enjoyed every minute of it!
Blu ray Disc three--*** "The sound of a City: Julie Andrews returns to Salzburg" this was Ok. It's only 60 minutes and it's the only thing on this disc. It was nice seeing Julie Andrews in something new-but really--after watching the stuff on disc 2-it just feels like Been there-done that.
DVD---(no rating)I feel no need to watch this on DVD. it does say on the label that it has been remastered for this release and I suppose if something was to go wrong with my Blu ray player-it would be handy-despite my having the already mentioned release from 2002.
CD Soundtrack--***this is an admittedly goofy CD. One reviewer claimed that the songs are sung in German. This is partially correct. Most of it is in English, however there are several bonus tracks(The last 20 minutes)with German versions of some songs. Why did 20th century fox include the German portion of the sound track? It makes no sense at all.
Overall-I'm very happy with this release-and we'll see how they try to top this in 5 or 10 years.
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