Gift Idea: The Sound of Music 45th Anniversary Edition

I adore The Sound of Music.

No, I MORE than adore it... I think it is fantastic. A classic. Brilliant. A vital part of life.

Seriously I love this movie.

I have been a fan of The Sound of Music for as long as I can remember. I remember my mom, aunt and Grandma singing the songs at family gatherings and I am fairly certain that all of my cousins and I were joining in as soon as we were able. I knew The Sound of Music was thoroughly ingrained in me when I started randomly bursting forth in song to my children ... my grandma would be so proud :).

Julie Andrews is brilliant in everything she does but I think her role as Maria is my favourite. And Christopher Plummer was just dreamy as Captain Von Trapp. Plus he is Canadian :).

Just in case you have lived a deprived life and not had the pleasure of seeing The Sound of Music here is a brief description of the film taken from


Experience the world's most beloved family film as never before with this 3-disc 45th Anniversary Edition of Rodgers & Hammerstein's® THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Winner of five 1965 ACADEMY AWARDS®, including Best Picture!*

In this true-life story, Julie Andrews lights up the screen as Maria, a spirited young woman who leaves the convent to bring love and music to the home of Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) and his seven children.

As I've already mentioned I think the Sound of Music is one of the best movies of all time but the 45th Anniversary Blu-ray/ DVD combo version is even better because of all the super-cool extras!!

Disc 1 Blu-ray:

* *   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
* *   BD-LIVE: Live Lookup™ Powered by IMDb®

Disc 2 Blu-ray:

* *   Musical Stages: Creating The Sound of Music — 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!

Disc 3 DVD:

* *   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

Audio: English: 7.1 DTS HD Master Audio / Spanish: Dolby Surround / French: 5.0 Dolby Surround
Language: Dubbed: English, French & Spanish / Subtitled: English, French & Spanish
Theatrical Aspect Ratio: Widescreen: 2.20:1

 As I write this review I am watching the " Your Favorite Things: An Interactive  Celebration " which is beyond cool. I am learning so much that I never knew about the film and the actors with the pop-up facts and the sing-a-long words are just plain fun.

I've also really enjoyed watching " A City of Song - Virtual Map of Filming Locations in Salzburg, Austria". It makes me want to visit Austria :).  The audio commentaries with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Director Robert Wise add a whole new dimension to the film.

I asked my kids what they thought of the movie and here is what they said :

Aiden (age 8): I like it because it has really cool songs. I like the people in it especially Maria.

Owen ( age 7 ): I wish we lived in a mansion.

Olivia ( age 3... almost 4): I like it because of the music and the dancing in the glass house (aka when Liesel dances with Rolfe in the gazebo) and they wear pretty dresses.

The 45th Anniversary Edition of The Sound of Music would make a fabulous gift for any fan - or for someone who desperately needs to be introduced to the magic that is this film!

Thanks so much to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment for sending me a copy of this film to review.


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