Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has officially announced the five-time Academy Award-winning The Sound of Music for Blu-ray release on November 2. This 45th Anniversary Edition, "meticulously restored and remastered" with 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio sound, will be presented in a three-disc (2 BDs, 1 DVD) combo edition, and also in an individually numbered Limited Collector's Set.
Special features include:
Audio commentaries with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and director Robert Wise
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
Live Lookup Powered by IMDb
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, including a parody with Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews, and an interview with the real Maria von Trapp on The Julie Andrews Hour
Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of American Music, hosted by Mary Martin
Screen tests, rare treasures, interviews, photo galleries and more
The Limited Collector's set adds the following:
45th Anniversary soundtrack
100-Page "My Favorite Things" scrapbook
Snapshots from Salzburg
Reproduction of the original 1965 Souvenir program
Exclusive "My Favorite Things" Music Box with letter of authenticity
Talk about head-on: Fox's TSoM is going up day-and-date against Sony's Bridge on the River Kwai for the title of first pre-1970, non-WB Best Picture on U.S. BD. That makes Nov. 2 a budget-busting day for classic BD lovers. (Oh, and did I mention Toy Story 3 is *ALSO* dropping that day?)
What I am most looking foward to is the newly remastered version. In the 2 disc that came out a couple of years ago you can see this rip in the film right at the beginning of the movie. If any "classic" needed help and deserved to fully restore it was this one. Sound should be great too. This one is gonna be a favorite to play for all the fam and friends during the Holidays!
Incredible. My all-time fave film, finally!!!!! And by the way Bookcase, it isn't junk that's being offered. A 45th anniversary CD from the music stems, a reproduction of the souvenir book, and a 100-page hardback book do not add up to junk. Many of the fans of this movie, and there are many many many of them, will be quite thrilled to own these items. But I agree with your "other" point that it should be offered both as the gift set and regular edition.
The Technicolor they used when they shot this is about as accurate color scheme wise as it really looks in the Salzburg area of the Alps. I was amazed to see how vividly they were able to capture that with the tech they used back in the day. It really is that green! I can't wait to see what they do with the restoration but I hope they don't get rid of the rich colors that are in the original film because that would be a shame. The Alps are beautiful and this film captures the landscape so perfectly. I am not a big fan of musicals but Julie Andrews has a great voice and this movie is a classic, I will be getting it for the wife but I like it too. Great movie, must buy!