However, when the review copy of the blu-ray arrived in the mail last week, I thought that I might as well sit my ass down and give the film a shot. Having finally seen the entire film, I can admit that yes, SOUND OF MUSIC is truly a wonderful film. Thereís something about it, be it the wonderfully effervescent performance by Julie Andrews, the charisma of Christopher Plummer, or the skillful mixing of fact (The Trapp family & WW2) and fiction (pretty much everything else- the real Maria was no Julie Andrews). Most of all, itís just the tone of the thing which is unbelievably pleasant.
In order to truly enjoy THE SOUND OF MUSIC you just need to surrender to it. If you do, you canít help but get swept up in the pure joy of the film. I really loved it, and I can see why itís touched generations of moviegoers. My only regret is that I didnít give it a chance sooner.
The extras get started with an audio commentary by Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, and Robert Wise . Thereís also an interactive Your Favorite Things mode including karaoke mode, trivia tracks, PiP.
Disc two is where things get really crazy. We start of with Musical Stages which is an interactive mode that gives you access to about ninety minutes of mini-docs, including features on the real Von Trapps, Roger & Hammerstein who wrote the original stage version, and features on each song.
Next up is A City of Song which is an interactive video tour of the locations where the film was shot. Next, all the previous special features from the previous DVDs. This includes many long form docs, including the ninety minute, The Sound of Music: From Fact to Phenomenon , and the hour long My Favorite Things: Julie Andrews Remembers . Plummer fans will be happy to see that despite his apparent hatred of the film, heís not above reminiscing, in Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer: A Reminiscence , and From Liesl to Gretl a doc on all the child actors. Thereís also not one, but two more feature-length documentaries, on Rodgers & Hammerstein Rodgers and Hammerstein: The Sound of American Music and Rodgers and Hammerstein: The Sound of Movies . Other than that, thereís still half a dozen other short featurettes , the theatrical trailers , TV Spots , Radio Spots, deleted scenes, screen tests, footage of Julie Andrews singing with the real Maria Von Trapp , and more. Thereís probably about 7 hours worth of documentaries here. Itís so comprehensive itís almost ridiculous.