Sound of Music 50th Anniversary

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Sound of Music 50th Anniversary Edition

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

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  1. Tyson
    624 of 651 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Blu-Re-Mi!, November 3, 2010
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    After years and years and years of watching The Sound of Music on VHS and DVD, I thought I knew every blade of grass and every gust of wind visible in the movie. How wrong I was! You don’t realize how much picture is lost with standard 480p releases until a monumental blu ray transfer like this comes along and provides a home viewing experience that literally feels like seeing the movie for the first time.

    As far as I’m concerned, this is the best blu ray I own – and not just because The Sound of Music is probably the greatest movie ever made, but because the picture quality is truly that beautiful. And that makes sense, considering the movie was filmed in 70mm and could contain so much more data than ordinary 35mm. Also, from what I understand, the restoration process was taken extremely seriously and done with the highest technology possible. There’s a reason why so many artists are pushing blu ray, and it’s because for the first time people can experience their creativity and attention to detail, as it was meant to be seen. There is SO much detail in this movie. Seriously, if you loved this movie before you will have your mouth dropped open the entire time you sit through it in high definition.

    And the Audio quality! I didn’t even know it was possible to make ancient audio files sound brand new, but it clearly is. Every song sounds 1000000x better than my old CD soundtracks. Add in surround sound… heavenly.

    OVERALL: I don’t care how many VHS or DVD copies you have of this movie sitting around, you NEED this blu ray. It’s not just a restoration, it’s a transformation. You cannot have truly experienced The Sound of Music at home until seeing it in 1080p. Not to mention it’s cram packed with amazing extras that are actually watchable. In case you can’t tell, this BD just makes me so happy. If you appreciate the movie (or bless you, never seen it before) you MUST experience it on BD!

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  2. Dennis A. Amith
    596 of 629 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Blu-ray: Magnificent! The definitive release of “Sound of Music”, November 5, 2010
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    Dennis A. Amith (California) –
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    “The Sound of Music”, the 1965 20th Century Fox musical which would capture the world with its memorable music and it’s touching storyline and continues to have thrived through various generations and will continue to thrive for many generations hereafter.

    The film is an adaptation of a popular Broadway play which is based on the memoir “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers” written by Maria von Trapp. The von Trapp family are known for escaping from the Nazis in Austria after the Anschluss (the annexation and occupation of Austria by Nazi Germany in 1938).

    The original musical based on the book featured music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II (both Rodgers and Hammerstein were known for their music for “Oklahoma!”, “Carousel”, “State Fair”, “South Pacific”, “The King and I” to name a few) which led to the book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. The Broadway production began in 1959 starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel and would later inspire a film adaptation in 1965 which was loosely based on the Broadway production and memoir.

    The film would become an ultimate success as director Robert Wise (known for “West Side Story” and “The Haunting”) would win five Academy Awards for Best Director, William Reynolds for Best Film Editing, Irwin Kostal for Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment, Best Picture and Best Sound.

    The film would be best known for its wonderful location of Salzburg, Austria (which has inspired an actual “Sound of Music” tour which has been functional for the last 30-years) but most of all, known for its music which include “The Sound of Music”, “Edelweiss”, “My Favorite Things”, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” and “Do-Re-Mi”.

    The film which was budgeted at $8.2 million would go on to gross $163 million worldwide. The film would break the record held by “Gone with the Wind” for box office revenue and would also be a film that would be in circulation in theaters for three straight years.

    “The Sound of Music” would also continue to become a hit on video as it was released as a five star DVD release in 2000 to celebrate the film’s 35th Anniversary, released in 2005 to celebrate the film’s 40th Anniversary and now in 2010 on Blu-ray, a limited edition box set and a digital iTunes release to celebrate the film’s 45th Anniversary.

    VIDEO:

    “The Sound of Music: 45th Anniversary Edition” is presented in 1080p High Definition (Widescreen 2:20:1), AVC@22 MBPS. This is where “The Sound of Music: 45th Anniversary Edition” literally looks amazing. For those who have owned previous versions of the film on DVD, back in 2005, the film went through restoration using a backup negative of the original 70 mm print. At the time, the original 70mm 6-Track print was so damaged, there was no way to even use the original negative at that time and most of us who watched the 40th Anniversary Edition felt that the film looked absolutely beautiful compared to it’s earlier 2000 DVD release.

    With that being said, technology has changed within the last five years since the release of the 40th Anniversary. The damaged original 70 mm print that couldn’t be used in the restoration of the film in 2005 can now be used for the film with new hardware and software and is now receiving 8K digital scanning by 20th Century Fox for perfect restoration.

    No longer is the film hazy, no longer is the film more on the pinkish side. “The Sound of Music: 45th Anniversary Edition” is vibrant. The grass…you can see the various grains of grass, the strands in green, yellow and detail of the mountains over looking Salzburg. I was amazed! Another example, Maria splashing the water before she heads to the von Trapps, you can see the water droplets flying in the air, another one is the von Trapp’s uncle and his coat, you can see the wool in his jacket. There is so much detail in this latest version of “The Sound of Music”, it’s incredible! I am literally speechless because I own previous versions of this film on video and never before have I seen this much clarity in the film ever!

    And I find it quite funny for each review I have done for the film, I mention of how the cinematography of William Reynolds was captured perfectly but watching it on Blu-ray, the cinematography… may it be the shots of Maria on the mountain, Maria with the kids on the mountain, the wedding ceremony, etc., I just feel that the cinematography as seen on the 45th Anniversary Edition via the new restoration really captures the beauty of “The Sound of Music” than ever before. Absolutely breathtaking!

    Once again, the crew who restored this film…I give your crew a standing ovation…what you were able to accomplish with this film on Blu-ray is absolutely fantastic!

    AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

    “The Sound of Music: 45th Anniversary Edition” is presented in English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio,…

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  3. poseidonboy "poseidonboy"
    165 of 176 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Hills are Alive in Blu, November 2, 2010
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    WOW…that’s all I can say. I’ve been waiting for this one to come out on Blu-ray for quite awhile…and I can truly say, it was worth the wait. Finally, this movie looks like it did in the theater…the colors, details and clarity are amazing…This movie has never looked good on VHS, Laserdisc OR DVD…Finally Blu-ray does it justice. Kudo’s to FOX for giving this such a nice treatment. I just bought my copy and watched it all the way through…was only going to watch bits but got caught up all over again in the magic. I even put in the DVD and jumped back and forth to compare…and there just wasn’t anything to compare…the Blu-ray blows the old copy away. Just watch the scenes of Do-Re-Mi or the Church Wedding scene and be amazed by what Blu-ray can do…the details in the church are stunning…every detail from the carpet to the candles and gold backgrounds just stand out perfectly…looks as close to the print I saw in the theater last year as I’ve ever seen…For all those that think only new movies can look good on blu-ray, just look at how wonderful this 45 year old movie looks!!! If you have any doubts about this one…Don’t…Run right now and pick it up…you will be glad you did.

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