‘The Sound of Music’ Getting 40th Anni DVD Release

Get ready to 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.

Twentieth Century Fox climbed every mountain, forged every stream and created the definitive DVD version of the Oscar-winning film, The Sound of Music. Releasing worldwide November 15th in the U.S., The 2-disc 40th Anniversary Edition DVD brings together the entire cast for the first time in twenty years to mark this important celebration with new memories of the making of this timeless family classic. In addition to the 2-disc set, a single disc Sing-Along version will also be available internationally. Winner of five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Music, Best Film Editing and Best Sound, the beloved The Sound of Music was produced and directed by Robert Wise (West Side Story, The Day The Earth Stood Still). It chronicles the real-life story of the seven von Trapp children and their widowed father (Christopher Plummer — A Beautiful Mind), and the free-spirited governess (Julie Andrews) who brings music and joy back into their lives. The Sound of Music 40th Anniversary Edition DVD will be available for $26.98 U.S./$37.98 Canada. Pre-book is October 19.

Julie Andrews serves as host of the 40th Anniversary Edition DVD, which features several hours of all-new documentary material created especially for this milestone, presented by arrangement with The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, and produced by Emmy Award nominee Michael Kantor (PBS’ “Broadway: The American Musical”). Viewers are taken from the Hollywood Hills to the Austrian Alps and along the way will get to hear the fascinating story behind The Sound of Music, as told by Julie Andrews and others; drop in on a warmhearted chat between Andrews and Plummer; travel back to Salzburg with Charmian Carr (Liesl) to revisit the movie’s locales; join all seven of the children in a boisterous family reunion; and even tag along to an unforgettable “sing-a-long” Sound of Music at the Hollywood Bowl.

Disc one of the set offers two ways to view the film · the fully restored original theatrical feature and a brand new interactive version with a Sing-Along function allowing viewers to watch, listen and sing-along, based on the wildly popular internationally touring show. Disc two is fully loaded with several hours of all-new special features and bonus materials.

DVD Special Features:


· ALL NEW! – A special anniversary introduction by Julie Andrews

· Commentary by Robert Wise taken from the original laserdisc

· ALL NEW! – commentary by Andrews and Christopher Plummer

· ALL NEW! – Sing-along subtitles in English, French and Spanish


· ALL NEW! – “My Favorite Things: Julie Andrews Remembers” · Julie Andrews recalls the von Trapp family, and how their true-life story became a Broadway triumph and a Hollywood legend; she is joined by Christopher Plummer, Johannes von Trapp, Charmian Carr, director Robert Wise and others, plus rarely-seen footage and a few surprises. (63:00)

· ALL NEW! – “Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer: A Reminiscence” · They fell in love on screen 40 years ago, and have been dear friends ever since. Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer sit down for an intimate fireside chat. (20:00)

· ALL NEW! – “On Location With The Sound Of Music” featurette · Salzburg, Austria is one of the stars of the film, and in this travelogue, Charmian Carr takes us back to that magical city to revisit the locales made famous in the film. (23:00)

· ALL NEW! – From “Liesl To Gretl: A 40th Anniversary Reunion” · 40 years ago they forged a bond that has never been broken; all seven of the von Trapp “children” reunite in this touching, hilarious and even revelatory family reunion. (34:00).

· ALL NEW! – “When You Know The Notes To Sing” · You have to see it to believe it: 18,000 people at the Hollywood Bowl, singing with Julie, cheering the children and hissing the villains; the Sing-a-Long-Sound of Music phenomenon is a worldwide event, but no place does it quite like the Hollywood Bowl. And the winner of the highly coveted costume contest…? (13:00)

· “The von Trapp Family: Harmony & Discord” · This 1998 A&E Biography tells the true story of the von Trapp family, immortalized in The Sound of Music. (50:00)

· Storyboard gallery

· Behind-the-scenes photos

· Lobby cards, one-sheets, trailers and TV spots

The state-of-the-art DVD is presented in a widescreen format and features English 5.0 Surround, as well as Spanish Mono and French Surround sound and Spanish subtitles.


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