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directed by Robert Wise
USA 1965

 

Other than The Wizard of Oz, no Hollywood musical is as familiar, reassuring, and beloved of all ages as The Sound of Music. The loosely fact-based story has its earliest origins in the memoirs of Baroness Maria von Trapp, and was turned into a stage musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein in their final collaboration (and their only joint effort to rival their first collaboration, Oklahoma!).

In bringing the musical to the screen, director Robert Wise made spectacular use of magnificent mountain landscapes and shooting locations in Germany and Austria. He also found in Julie Andrews the quintessential Maria, radiantly joyful, earnest and energetic, clear of diction and powerful in song. Her performance anchors the film: Any flicker of condescension or insincerity on her part, and the whole thing would have collapsed into treacle and camp. But cynics will search her face in vain: Her sincerity is absolute, and she sells the role and the film.

 

Excerpt from Decent Films - faith on film [Steven D. Greydanus] HERE

 

Theatrical Release: March 2, 1965

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Comparison:

20th Century Fox (5-star 2 disc double Keep Case) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. 20th Century Fox (2 disc SE Digipak and 5 Star Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. 20th Century Fox (2 disc - 40th Anniversary Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC s. 20th Century Fox (3 disc - 45th Anniversary Edition) - Region FREE - Blu-ray

NOTE: 2 disc NTSC Digipak and 2 disc NTSC Double Keep case (5-star) editions are identical (except for the cover and case)

1) 20th Century Fox (2 disc SE Digipak and 5 Star Edition - same) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) 20th Century Fox (2 disc SE- 40th Anniversary Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) 20th Century Fox (3 disc - 45th Anniversary Edition) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

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Distribution

20th Century Fox (5 star)

Region 1 - NTSC 

20th Century Fox

Region 1 - NTSC

20th Century Fox (Anniversary)
Region 1 - NTSC
20th Century Fox (45th Anniversary)
Region FREE -
Blu-ray

There is also a Limited Edition with Vintage Rodgers & Hammerstein The Sound of Music programs and much more...

              

Runtime 2:54:24 2:54:24 2:54:24 2:54:41.429
Video

2.26:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.88 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.26:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.88 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.20:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.80 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Disc Size: 46,161,558,411 bytes

Feature Size: 45,278,035,968 bytes

Average Bitrate: 22.88 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC 1080P

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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20th Century Fox (5 star) (thick keepcase)

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20th Century Fox (2 disc SE Digipak and 5 Star Edition)

 

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20th Century Fox (40th Anniversary)

 

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20th Century Fox Blu-ray)

 

Audio DD 4.1 English, DS 2.0 English, DUB:  French DD 4.1 English, DS 2.0 English, DUB: French

English (Dolby Digital 5.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), DUBS: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 4418 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 4418 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS Audio French 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio English 448 kbps 4.0 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / DN -4dB
Subtitles English, Spanish, none English, Spanish, none English, Spanish, none English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.26:1

Edition Details:
• Commentary by Director Robert Wise
• Original 1965 documentary: Salzburg Sight and Sound (14')
• The Sound of Music: From Fact to Phenomenon documentary (87')
• 6 Trailers
• 2 TV Spots
• 4 Radio Spots
• Audio supplements:
• 1973 Reissue Interview-Julie Andrews & Robert Wise (8')
• On Location Interviews with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Peggy Wood
• A Telegram from Daniel Truhitte (13')
• Ernest Lehman: Master Storyteller (35')
• Booklet
• Gallery (stills, storyboards and sketches)
• DVD ROM content
• THX Certified

DVD Release Date: August 21st, 2000
Double thick Keep case

Chapters 61

Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.26:1

Edition Details:
• Commentary by Director Robert Wise
• Original 1965 documentary: Salzburg Sight and Sound (14')
• The Sound of Music: From Fact to Phenomenon documentary (87')
• 6 Trailers
• 2 TV Spots
• 4 Radio Spots
• Audio supplements:
• 1973 Reissue Interview-Julie Andrews & Robert Wise (8')
• On Location Interviews with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Peggy Wood
• A Telegram from Daniel Truhitte (13')
• Ernest Lehman: Master Storyteller (35')
• Booklet
• Gallery (stills, storyboards and sketches)
• DVD ROM content
• THX Certified

DVD Release Date: October 14, 2003
Digipack

Chapters 61

Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.20:1

Edition Details:
• Commentary by: director Robert Wise and isolated score
• Commentary by: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Charmian Carr, choreographer Dee Dee Wood, and Johannes Von Trapp
• Introduction by Julie Andrews on both discs
• Separate chapter list for songs only with Play All feature
• English, French, and Spanish sing-a-long subtitles
• A Few of My Favorite Things: A retrospective documentary
• Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer: A Reminiscence
• Charmian Carr on location with The Sound of Music
• From Liesl to Gretl: A 40th Anniversary Reunion
• When You Know the Notes to Sing: A Sing-Along Phenomenon
• Biography: The Von Trapp Family--• Harmony and Discord
• Restoration comparison
• Storyboard gallery
• Behind-the-scenes stills
• Lobby cards and one-sheets
• Screen test: Mia Farrow
Trailers and TV spots: Theatrical teaser, Theatrical trailer, 1st • Anniversary trailer, Academy Award trailer, 1973 reissue trailer, testimonial trailer, TV trailer
 

DVD Release Date: November 15th, 2005
Slim Keep case

Chapters 60

Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox

 

Disc Size: 46,161,558,411 bytes

Feature Size: 45,278,035,968 bytes

Average Bitrate: 22.88 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC 1080P

 

Edition Details:
Disc 1 Blu-ray:
• Feature Film Remastered in 1080p Hi-Def with 7.1 DTS-HD Sound
• Your Favorite Things: An Interactive Celebration — All-New Immersive Viewing Experience with Behind-the-Scenes Images, On-Screen Lyrics, Trivia Track and Location Quiz
Music Machine Sing-Along
• Audio Commentaries with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Director Robert Wise
• BD-LIVE: Live Lookup™ Powered by IMDb®
 

Disc 2 Blu-ray:
• Musical Stages: Creating The Sound of Music — All-New Interactive “Backlot Tour” with In-Depth • Featurettes on the Songs, the Stage Show & Movie, the Film and Sound Restoration and the Real-Life von Trapp Family
• A City of Song — Virtual Map of Filming Locations in Salzburg, Austria
Vintage Rodgers & Hammerstein and The Sound of Music Programs
Screen Tests, Rare Treasures, • Interviews, Photo Galleries & More!
 

Disc 3 DVD:
• Feature Film In Standard Definition
Newly Remastered Picture and Sound
• Optional Sing-Along Track
• Music Machine Sing-Along
• The Sound of Music Tour – A Living Story
 

Blu-ray Release Date: November 2nd, 2010
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters 60

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: 20th Century Fox - Region FREE - Blu-ray - October 2010: With the previous editions having the 3-hour, color film, housed on a SD-DVD - there were obvious compression issues. The new 1080P transfer on a dual-layered Blu-ray disc is a significant improvement. Colors are more vibrant, detail and contrast improve immensely and while the DVD resembled video the Blu-ray looks more like actual film with grain highly visible and it gives the image quality a textured appearance. There isn't a lot of depth but the beauty of the cinematography and locales with tighter lines produces sumptuous, rich, awe-inspiring visuals. There appears to be a bit of information cropped from the two sides - although nothing significant. Hopefully the screen captures will indicate the overwhelming improvement in color and detail. 45-years old? - wow - hard to believe.

While the video is a giant leap forward - what would concern many with The Sound of Music is the audio. Thankfully, this is a second area where the Blu-ray shines. We get a DTS-HD Master 7.1 at a dynamic 4418 kbps and these song standards never sounded better for your home theater. I couldn't find a flaw anywhere - I was expecting a lot and was still blown away - it is incredibly crisp and impressive. There are French/Spanish DUB and multiple subtitle options and my Momitsu has verified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

Extras are packed to the rafters with disc one of the three supporting the interactive 'Your Favorite Things' Blu-ray feature with Behind-the-Scenes Images, On-Screen Lyrics, Trivia Track and Location Quiz. There is a Music Machine Sing-Along with the words onscreen like a Karaoke. Included are the two previous audio commentaries with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and the other with Director Robert Wise. There is a second Blu-ray - single-layered, disc with (described as) "Musical Stages: Creating The Sound of Music — All-New Interactive “Backlot Tour” with In-Depth - Featurettes on the Songs, the Stage Show & Movie, the Film and Sound Restoration and the Real-Life von Trapp Family - A City of Song — Virtual Map of Filming Locations in Salzburg, Austria Vintage Rodgers & Hammerstein and The Sound of Music Programs - Screen Tests, Rare Treasures, Interviews, Photo Galleries" etc. Lastly you get an SD-DVD with some extras. The disc is BD-LIVE ready with a 'Live Lookup' powered by IMDb.

This is my wife's very favorite film - and I admit to enjoying it... once it is on. For people who appreciate The Sound of Music this is an easy must-own - or the more lavish Limited Edition Blu-ray with all the extra accoutrement bells and whistles. The film has somehow gravitated to be a winter Holiday favorite - so be it. It's about as wholesome a film as ever made and brims over with warmth. It has made it a target for cloying "Sound of Mucous" comments but really - you only need to watch it to get enjoyment. It's a masterpiece. There is no better way to view it than on Blu-ray. You will easily get your money's worth out of owning this package AND it's a great gift. It can melt the coldest hearts. 

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ON THE DVDs - NOTE: The Anniversary edition has forced advertisements, a trailer and the Julie Andrews introduction - which almost made me throw this package in the garbage can. You cannot watch the film or any of the 1st disc extras without this almost 4 minute intrusion.

Firstly, the Fire Star cover and the Digipak are the same editions, only with different labeling. The first The Sound of Music was issued under the "Five Star" label with a sliver jacket and in a double disc plastic case. Although a nice name, the idea never "took off". Fox came back with reinventing the packaging in a two disc digipack and then adding a numbering system on the spine. Perhaps in the same fashion as Criterion's spine numbers or the Classic Fox movies. Okay now that matter is cleared up...

Well, the new 40th Anniversary release - we've been down this road before. In a nutshell - to remove the minor digital artifacts of the 5-star edition - the new release looks softer (black levels were slightly boosted in the old edition). The improvement in the new edition (and it is improved on many fronts) becomes most noticeable when projected larger than about 60-70 inches. It is at this juncture than the digital noise and artifacts of the 5-star release become more prevalent. The 40th has had manipulations and anamorphic molding (smoothing) and, possibly excessive, digitization. Brightness may have been slightly manipulated but it is very negligible and in most sequences colors are the very similar in both releases (see last capture for most prominent example). Occasionally skin tones look redder in the old 5-Star edition. The 5-star is slightly cropped on the left, top and even less so on the bottom edge.

Subtitles and chapter stops are the same.

Audio on the 40th Anniversary has a new 5.0 that sounds very nice. Both still have the 2.0. The new has also added a Spanish DUB along with the existing French one.

Extras on the new edition are relentlessly extensive. They go on and on and on. I'm a fan of the film but I can only imagine a The Sound of Music fanatic immersing themselves in all of them. Still it is nice to have a choice. I liked the old commentary (still included) but the new one (although less technical) is a unique slant on the production. 

BOTTOM LINE: If you own a tube or less than 60 inch system - upgrade only for the extras (and audio). If you have a higher end system, that can detect the flaws of the 5-star, upgrading makes more sense.

Interpolating these images on the web makes the new edition softer than it really is, or more accurately the 5-Star looks sharper and artifacts less invasive. Blown up and the differences seem to cross an axis - we noted it at around 60 inches. I suspect that the 40th anniversary may be a head of the times, but as system improve it will be the definitive until HD or Blu-ray improves it beyond its present state.

Gary Tooze

 

 


 

NOTE: 2 disc NTSC Digipak and 2 disc NTSC Double Keep case editions are identical (except for the cover and case)


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1) 20th Century Fox (2 disc SE Digipak and 5 Star Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

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3) 20th Century Fox (3 disc - 45th Anniversary Edition) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) 20th Century Fox (2 disc SE Digipak and 5 Star Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) 20th Century Fox (2 disc SE- 40th Anniversary Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) 20th Century Fox (3 disc - 45th Anniversary Edition) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) 20th Century Fox (2 disc SE Digipak and 5 Star Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) 20th Century Fox (2 disc SE- 40th Anniversary Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) 20th Century Fox (3 disc - 45th Anniversary Edition) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) 20th Century Fox (2 disc SE Digipak and 5 Star Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) 20th Century Fox (2 disc SE- 40th Anniversary Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) 20th Century Fox (3 disc - 45th Anniversary Edition) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) 20th Century Fox (2 disc SE Digipak and 5 Star Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) 20th Century Fox (2 disc SE- 40th Anniversary Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) 20th Century Fox (3 disc - 45th Anniversary Edition) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) 20th Century Fox (2 disc SE Digipak and 5 Star Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) 20th Century Fox (2 disc SE- 40th Anniversary Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) 20th Century Fox (3 disc - 45th Anniversary Edition) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


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20th Century Fox (5 star)

Region 1 - NTSC 

20th Century Fox

Region 1 - NTSC

20th Century Fox (Anniversary)
Region 1 - NTSC
20th Century Fox (45th Anniversary)
Region FREE -
Blu-ray

There is also a Limited Edition with Vintage Rodgers & Hammerstein and The Sound of Music programs and much more...

              




 

 

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