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The Sound of Music

Released

Latest Home Video

Mar 10, 2015

MPAA Rating:

G


Run Time:

177

Director

Robert Wise

Cast

Julie Andrews

Christopher Plummer

Studio

2000 Twentieth Century Fox

Still shot from the movie: The Sound of Music.

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Overall A
ViolenceA
SexA
LanguageA
Drugs/AlcoholA-
Run Time177

Making the Grades

The Sound of Music is considered to be one of the greatest movies of all time. Based on a true story, the film follows the plight of a young woman named Maria (Julie Andrews), who wants to become a nun. Although it is obvious to everyone except her, she really isn't cut out for the strict routines of convent living. Hoping to help the novice find a vocation more suited to her impulsive personality, a kindly Mother Superior (Peggy Wood) suggests Maria take a temporary job as a governess and use her time away to seriously contemplate the path God would have her take.

Maria is, of course, less than enthusiastic when she discovers her charges are the seven unruly offspring of Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer). A retired naval officer, the widower has had a devil of a time keeping a governess in his house. But any faith he may have had in receiving heavenly help from the apprentice nun is quickly dashed shortly after their first interview. Less than obedient to his military style of child rearing, Maria is as well late for meals and casual about bedtimes (especially during thunderstorms). However, a previous engagement with a beautiful Baroness (Eleanor Parker) in Vienna forces him to leave the children in her care while he is away from Salzburg.

In his absence, Maria takes the liberty of introducing his family to playtime, picnics, fieldtrips and music (the later of which has been forbidden in the von Trapp home since the death of the children's mother). In short order, she has fallen in love with the kids, and they with her. However, when Captain von Trapp returns with his lovely fiancée in tow, he is horrified by the changes she has instituted in his domestic routine.

Meanwhile the rumors of war and the rise of Hitler's regime are threatening the peaceful Austria they all call home. Fears of being pulled into the conflict against political conscience also hound the family's hopes for happiness.

With frequent pauses for musical numbers from the score composed by Rogers and Hammerstein, The Sound of Music has sung and danced its way into the hearts of generations of moviegoers. Combining the beauty of the European countryside with a story about prevailing over opposition, this 1965 masterpiece is and ever will be, an inspiration for all audiences.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about The Sound of Music.

Maria helps the children deal with stress and anxiety by having them “simply remember [their] favorite things.” How does focusing our attention on the good improve our chances to not “feel so bad?” Do you think this advice would work in real life situations?

Mother Superior tells Maria that the love between a man and a woman is holy. What things can a husband and wife do that could be considered honorable in the Lord’s eyes? How could her council to “Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow, ‘til you find your dream,” be applicable to struggles you might be facing?

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
Not Rated
AB G
MB Not Rated
ON Not Rated
QC G
NB
NS
NL
PE
G

Canadian Home Video Rating: G

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Details on home video releases of The Sound of Music...

Home Video Notes: Sound of Music: 50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition
Release Date: 10 March 2015
Sound of Music releases to home video (Blu-ray/DVD) in a 50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition. The 5-Disc package features:

Blu-ray Disc 1:
- 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

Blu-ray Disc 2:
- Musical Stages: Creating The Sound of Music, an 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!

Blu-ray Disc 3:
- NEW hour-long documentary THE SOUND OF A CITY: JULIE ANDREWS RETURNS TO SALZBURG

DVD Disc 4:
- 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

Disc 5
– Exclusive 50th Anniversary Soundtrack (featuring a selection of international performances of SOM musical favorites)

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Home Video Notes: Sound of Music: 50th Anniversary
Release Date: 10 March 2015
Sound of Music is also available in on home video (DVD) in a 50th Anniversary Edition. This single-disc DVD includes:
- 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

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