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DVD of the Week: 'The Sound of Music'

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The Sound of Music

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
G
runtime:
174 minutes
performer:
Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Charmian Carr, Angela Cartwright, Duane Chase, Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies, Kym Karath, Eleanor Parker, Debbie Turner
director:
Robert Wise
distributor:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author:
64017
genre:
Drama, musical

We gave it a B

For ages, fans of the great, gaudy entertainment of The Sound of Music have been clamoring for a DVD version they could call their own. Now, 35 years after the Oscar-winning version of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical cemented the reputation of Andrews as a star nunpareil, comes this deluxe two-disc set. But the wait, I’m sorry to report, may not have been worth it: The new THX-approved wide-screen transfer is bound to disappoint. The anamorphic images are sometimes murky (putting the ”D’oh!” in ”Do-Re-Mi”) and lack the eye-popping crispness of such other DVD musicals as Oklahoma! and My Fair Lady. More puzzling is the Dolby Digital 4.1 soundtrack: The lack of a center channel feed is somewhat strange — the stars, after all, aren’t always singing. Still, I’m grateful that the movie was even given the special-edition treatment. And goodies like a pair of documentaries, audio commentary by director Robert Wise, and deleted scenes (including one in which Nazi boy-toy Rolf snubs poor lovely Liesl von Trapp in the town square) — well, these are a few of my favorite things. B

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