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The Sound of Music is one of the most riveting musicals ever, from the moment the characters are introduced to the end. But this movie is not for everyone, especially those who do not like long features. Despite its length, I refused to leave my seat for a refreshment until intermission came, for fear I would miss a part; then it left me wanting more as it came to an end. The plot is complicated and intense but seemed simple through ingenious use of fantastic cinematography that shows only enough majestic mountains, grove of beautiful trees and fabulous architecture and the use of comedy throughout, to prevent it from swallowing the characters.
As serious as it was during the Nazi occupied Germany, comedic actions and deeds of the Von Trapp children and nuns at the Abbey who supposedly follow the "laws of God" was amusing and lightened what would have otherwise been a very heavy stressful film. The understanding nature of Julie Andrews, as she served as the nanny to the Von Trapp children unleashed pent up resentment the Captain felt towards his children when their mother passed away and left him to care for and bring up his children. With this resentment, laughter and happy songs were forbidden in his presence or in the home. The seven Von Trapp children, in turn, made it their mission to drive away all their nannies.
The challenge for Maria as she served as nanny was minute. Maria automatically understood and fell in love with all seven children. What became a problem was when she discovered that she was falling in love with the Captain and knew that as an aspiring nun, she felt vulnerable and could not give in to her feelings. As each scene is introduced, as the viewer, you could not help but pick and choose which child to pay attention to the most, then changing your attention to the others each time a new scene is introduced.
As we watch Liesel sing and dance around the gazebo with her first love interest, it was heart breaking to watch him turn the Von Trapp family as they were running and hiding from Nazi Germany. Attracted to each other, first because of Maria's genuine love for the children and because the Captain saw Maria for what she was, Maria (Julie Andrews)and Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) could no longer hold their feelings back and finally gave in to the natural attraction.
Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer were definitely the right actors cast because they fit their roles as no one else can. Being a musical, this film has songs that have become embedded into our heads as we sing "Doe, a deer, a female dear; ----", Edelweiss, My Favorite Things, etc. So, as old as this musical is, children as young as four years old today, sing along with the songs as if they were currently made songs.
In my opinion, The Sound of Music, just like Gone With The Wind, should never be remade or recast; to do so would serve great injustice to a movie that is a one-of-a-kind and actors that can never be replaced.
"The Sound of Music" is the best musical I know and maybe the best of the musicals at all. This is a very poetical story based on real facts, with a wonderful producer, and wonderful actors. You will enjoy beautiful songs and beautiful landscapes of Austrian Alps. Sometimes we watch movies to see the play of a star actor, but here all actors are perfect!
This edition (2000) does not contain second DVD with some additional comments. However, this is the case when we really do not need extra comments and are able just to enjoy the movie.
"The Sound of Music" is a movie you will like to keep in your home collection to watch sometimes again and again.
I found an old VHS of a televised showing of Sound of Music, and my wife and two kids were entranced by what we could see amid the commercials and blunt cuts between segments of the abridged version on it. For Christmas, we looked for a DVD, and were able to find this one. We try to find used copies because my 3 and 6 year olds tend to mess up good copies. Anyway, the complete version is a great show with numerous hit songs (Do,Re,Mi, Favorite Things, 16 going on 17, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria, Lonely Goatherd, e.g.) and great mid 20th century cinematic values. When we got tired of watching it, we also got the CD to play in the car, and now we know all the words to all the songs which makes watching it even more fun. Highly recommended for family nights, especially when it's cold and rainy and you need lots of cuddling.
"The Hills are alive with The Sound of Music!"
The 4-Disc set is great! The book is full of interesting pictures, and the musical box is such a nice toy! I love them all, the snapshots fron Zalzburg, and the theatrical souvenier book. If you are a fun of the great movie,
the 45-th Anniversary edition is made for YOU!
The sound of music is the greatest movie ever made for children with a beautiful mind to absorb greatness which is the spirit of the nurturing that Ms. Julie Andrews represents for our world in this respect. With some of the greatest songs ever written and a very nice story to go with it all but mainly the lovely presence of Ms. Andrews and her impression on the children as she imparts a better vision of the world and what it has to offer in a rich existence and with sound meaning for what it really means to be superior thinking in the most intelligently human way. No child should be without this movie, 500 families wait for a copy on a waiting list at the Toronto library. Shame on you is what I say to the likes of Bill Gates et al.