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The Sound Of Music
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11.25.2010 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Robert Wise

Actors:
Julie Andrews
Christopher Plummer

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In late 1930ís Austria, a novice nun named Maria (Julie Andrews) leaves her convent to the Governess of widowed Captain Von Trappís (Christopher Plummer) seven children. The initially unruly brood eventually grows to love Maria, as does the Captain. The two are married, but their bliss is shortlived, as the Nazis have begun their rise, and the virulently anti-Hitler Von Trapp is unwilling to see his family torn apart by war- leading to a climactic escape.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
THE SOUND OF MUSIC is a film that I feel like Iíve seen numerous times solely due to the way itís seeped into pop culture, and feels so familiar. However, Iíve somehow managed to go twenty-nine years without ever seeing the full film. Perhaps my initial aversion to the film has to do with my overall dislike of musicals, and the fact that the great Christopher Plummer (my fellow Montrealer) has repeatedly referred to this film as THE SOUND OF MUCUS, or in his autobiography, S&M.

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
Hereís where this blu-ray gets utterly ridiculous, as this might be one of the most jampacked special editions Iíve ever seen. This is a 3-disc set, with two BD-50ís, one for the film, the other for the majority of the extras. Thereís also a DVD version of the film included- not that youíll need it.

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.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
THE SOUND OF MUSIC blu-ray is probably one of the best special editions Iíve ever seen, and a no-brainer for both hardcore, and casual fans. And, if like me, youíve never seen it- do yourself a favor and BUY THIS!!!
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