The Sound of Music was not certainly one of my mother and father’ favorite issues so, consequently, I should not have any fond childhood reminiscences of it as I’ve for the Wizard of Oz or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which have been all the time Christmas perennials in our home. As a teen I can keep in mind at any time when the movie got here on tv the channel being modified quickly earlier than Julie Andrews belted out the primary line of the title tune. It is easy to know why as a result of The Sound of Music didn’t look good in pan and scan on a 24 inch display screen and it definitely did not sound good by way of small Mono audio system.
It is protected to say that the movie is usually readily dismissed as being too schmaltzy and terribly outdated even for the time it was made in 1965, after all of the stage present had first been successful in 1959 and it will be Rodgers & Hammerstein’s final collectively. After I lastly obtained round to seeing it all through in my early 20s I had the benefit of seeing it on DVD on a 32 inch widescreen TV and I used to be completely enthralled by it. Director Robert Sensible, who edited Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane, managed to inform the story of the Von Trapps with all the songs however not one of the saccharine. He additionally captured the truth of The Anschluß with out preaching or oversimplifying the politics of Nazi Germany and its occupation of Austria in 1938.
Now we come to the forty fifth Anniversary Blu-ray version and I’m completely stunned by the film once more and this time I take pleasure in watching it with my son who’s 5 and I’m amazed that he sits enraptured by the whistle-stop tour of Salzburg that’s Do-Re-Mi, the beautiful 70mm digitally restored print filling the 50 inch Plasma display screen with a wonderful 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 switch which has to rank amongst the very best I’ve ever seen. Every observe resonating clear as crystal in immaculate 7.1 DTS-HD high quality and also you realise that what you noticed squeezed onto previous TV units rising up within the Nineteen Eighties might by no means do the 1965 Greatest Image Oscar winner justice and have to be partially accountable for the dangerous fame the movie had for thus a few years.
The package deal comes with a second Blu-ray full to the brim with extras the very best of which, for my style, is Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Films a function size retrospective charting all the historical past of their profitable artistic collaboration hosted by the unique stage Maria Von Trapp, Mary Martin. There may be additionally an extended interview with screenwriter Ernest Lehman, who additionally wrote Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, through which he recounts the method of bringing his imaginative and prescient of The Sound of Music to cinema audiences, he’s largely to thank for eradicating a number of the sentimentality from the libretto and injecting it with authenticity and real wit.
I hope that now it has been restored to its former glory future audiences could have the fortuity of rising up with this glorious story of 1 household’s wrestle by way of tune to journey over the Alps and much past the clutches of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich that includes a few of the greatest widespread songs written within the twentieth century; not solely the title tune and Do-Re-Mi but in addition My Favorite Issues, Lonely Goatherd and Edelweiss replete with standout performances from the indefatigable Julie Andrews and dryly humorous flip as the strict patriarch from the redoubtable Christopher Plummer. The Sound of Music seems to be as sharp and vibrant as a brand new pin on Blu-ray and as a testomony to its lasting attraction, my son has requested me to place Do-Re-Mi on day by day this month!