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zmu| The Sound of Music
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1965
Comments:
Director: Robert Wise
Screenplay: Ernest Lehman, Howard Lindsay, Maria von Trapp, Russel Crouse
Producer: Robert Wise, Peter Levathes, Richard D. Zanuck
Cast: Christopher Plummer, Julie Andrews
Genre: Musical

Running Time: 174
Aspect Ratio:  2.20:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: AC-3
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Features:
Studio:  20th Century Fox Home Entertainment DVD Region:  1 G
DVD Release:  Nov 2010 Discs:  3 (Blu-ray) [$34.99]
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Reviews:  When Julie Andrews sang "The hills are alive with the sound of music" from an Austrian mountaintop in 1965, the most beloved movie musical was born. To be sure, the adaptation of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's Broadway hit has never been as universally acclaimed as, say, Singin' in the Rain. Critics argue that the songs are saccharine (even the songwriters regretted the line "To sing through the night like a lark who is learning to pray") and that the characters and plot lack the complexity that could make them more interesting. It's not hard to know whom to root for when your choice is between cute kids and Nazis.
It doesn't matter. Audiences fell in love with the struggling novice Maria (Andrews), the dashing Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer), and, yes, the cute kids, all based on a real-life World War II Austrian family. Such songs as "My Favorite Things," "Do Re Mi," "Climb Every Mountain," and the title tune became part of the 20th century Zeitgeist. In addition, The Sound of Music officially became a cult hit when audiences in London began giving it the Rocky Horror Picture Show treatment, attending showings dressed as their favorite characters and delivering choreographed comments and gestures along with the movie. --David Horiuchi


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