The Sound of Music: 40th Anniversary Edition

The Sound of Music

On DVD: 
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Running Time: 
174 Minutes

The beloved musical that had everyone wanting to climb mountains and sing about whiskers on kittens has now been released in an impressive 2 disc set to celebrate the 40th Anniversary. The movie has been beautifully restored giving it a fresh look. Julie Andrews introduces both discs and lends her thoughts to the commentary along with Christopher Plummer, Charmian Carr (Liesl in the film), Johannes Von Trapp, and Dee Dee Wood (choreographer). There is also commentary by Director Robert Wise with isolated score. Also for you and your family to enjoy you can choose the Sing-along and have Karaoke subtitles run along the bottom of songs from the movie.

Moving on to disc 2. My Favorite Things is a documentary that is a little over an hour long giving you a basic look at the making of the film. You can join Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer by a fire as they look back at the movie. Charmian Carr takes off on a journey to revisit some of the location of the movie in Salzburg Austria. The seven actors that played the von Trapp children take a look back at the movie in the feature From Liesl to Gretl. Still wanting more? Well there is also the Mia Farrow screen test, restoration comparison, photo galleries, trailers & TV spots, a look at the sing-along event at the Hollywood Bowl, and the A&E Biography “The Von Trapp Family: Harmony and Discord”.

Some of theses you have seen on other releases or parts of them like the commentary by Robert Wise, and some of the stories are repeated from the commentary to the making of & other documentaries. Left off of this release that was on some of the other releases are radio programs, the original visit Charmian Carr took to Salzburg, and the making of is shorter on this release than on previous. Even though it doesn’t quite have everything this is a wonderful collection for fans to enjoy this adored film all over again.

Review by Lisa Wincott