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Genre: Musicals & Classical / Theatrical Release: 1965 / Director: Robert Wise / Actors: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer ... / DVD released 13 November, 2006 at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: Box set, Digital Sound, PAL, Special Edition, Widescreen

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      20.04.2010 13:29
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      Will Maria change the Von Trapp Household?

      This is one movie that I can watch over and over and over again. The delightful blend of music, love, drama, and realistic poignancy of Nazi Germany served to turn The Voice of Music into quite a legendary film. I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the movie, since I really don't know a great deal about the real Von Trapp family- but I do know that this is one of the best movies I have ever seen. The acting was perfect, and that even goes for the small children in the family. The kids songs blended well with the more "grown-up" songs, and I find it quite hard to find some flaws with the movie as a whole. I have to admit that the first Julie Andrews movie I ever watched was Princess Diaries, and I was quite astounded when I saw her younger self in The Sound of Music. Acting really seems to come naturally to her; I was extremely, extremely impressed by her performance of Maria Von Trapp.


      Plot:
      Austria, 1938. Maria is a young aspiring nun at the Nonnberg Abbey. She is kind-hearted and selfless, but seems to have all the wrong qualities for nunnery: A free spirit and fun-loving girl, she spends her time singing and losing track of time. Exasperated with her, the Mother Superior finally sends her to become a nanny for the Von Trapp family. The head of the family is a widowed former commander in the Austrian navy, Captain Von Trapp, and he is extremely strict in disciplining his seven children- even going to the extent of calling them by specific whistle sounds. Maria is astounded at such treatment towards the children and decides to take matters into her own hands...


      Opinion:
      As mentioned before, Julie Andrews was amazing. I have no idea how but she came across the performance of Maria so strongly that one cannot help but link her fun-loving on-screen persona to her real personality. I believe that very few could have pulled off this role without either over-doing it. Frankly speaking, if I had to describe Maria's personality, I would have described her as being a highly irritating individual, but there was something about Andrews that managed to keep her on-screen persona extremely sweet and endearing. Indeed, Maria is definitely one of these characters for whom you very rapidly form an attachment to.


      Captain Von Trapp and the Von Trapp children were as amazing in their performances. I have to say that I was quite impressed by the smaller actors- some of them seemed really, really young and yet had talent that could match the older actors. The musical is supposedly based off the real Von Trapp family but I don't know much about them so I cannot really comment on the realistic factor. I can, however, say that in terms of realism, I don't really think that the Von Trapp family is a relatable one, especially for today's contemporary families. However, while I usually appreciate some realism in my films, I liked this one because it did provide a great deal of escapism- especially considering the darker undertones about Nazism and war. I would say that this film can be partly regarded as a family movie, because the darker thematic features are mentioned, but not fully developed. The escapist factor provided by the Von Trapp lifestyle, songs, dances and music therefore help in somewhat outshining the dark elements- which was a good thing for me since I find war films really too disturbing for me.


      There was quite some on-screen chemistry between Maria and the Captain and that made up for any lack of romance hindered by the plot. I was initially disappointed to see that the movie did not really focus on any romantic factor, but both Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer shared a powerful on-screen bond, as well as a great deal of screen presence and charisma, and this therefore really enhanced the romance factor of it all.


      Of course, no one can mention this film without mentioning the epic song "Sixteen Going on Seventeen." This song is in fact the reason why I bought the DVD in the first place, but I have to say that the film does contain even more wonderful songs. Among the thirty songs, my personal favorites include: "So Long, Farewell", "Something Good", "Sixteen going on Seventeen", "I have Confidence", "Goodbye Maria." While the cast did a marvellous job with the musical scores, Julie Andrews really does blow your mind away with her amazing, amazing talent as a singer. Her voice was simply superb and there are certain songs that she infuses so much intensity to really send chills up your spine. I think that I admire her as a singer, as much as I admire her acting skills!


      Cast List includes:
      Julie Andrews as Maria Von Trapp
      Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp
      Richard Hadyn as Max Detweiler
      Eleanor Parker as Baroness Schraeder
      Charmian Carr as Liesl Von Trapp
      Nicholas Hammond as Friedrich Von Trapp
      Heather Menzies as Louisa Von Trapp
      Duane Chase as Kurt Von Trapp
      Angela Cartwrigth as Brigitta Von Trapp
      Debbie Turner as Gretl Von Trapp
      Peggy Wood as Mother Superior


      DVD Extras includes:
      Sing Along
      Deleted Songs


      Overall, this is quite a highly recommended film, both for the romance and for the strong family bonds depicted all throughout. This film is an epic, and I truly believe that this is the sort of movie that people will still be talking about fifty years from now.


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        05.04.2010 12:49
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        One of the best musical films out there - make sure you sing a long!

        I can still remember the first time I watched this movie, despite having seen it countless times since. I have even been to the sing-a-long version (a must for any fan) and I currently own 2 DVDs (although only by accident not by design)

        I don't know what it is about the movie I love so much. Maybe it's the carefree Maria who believes that singing can cure any troubles, or the tough captain who discovers music and love again thanks to Maria. It could be the "children" (Meant to be aged 5 - 16 in the film but Liesl is quite blatantly played by an adult actress) or the songs.

        The movie starts off quite unusually as silent. The camera pans over some truly spectacular footage of the alps, with only silence and the odd bird song. Gradually the camera moves from the mountains and the snow to a pasture of green, where in the distance is a figure. As the camera moves in, we see Maria, aka Julie Andrews, twirling around in happiness.

        Maria is a nun at the abbey in Salzburg but finds that the abbey life is too restrictive for her and she struggles to obey the strict discipline imposed on her. The mother abbess has received a request for a governess from Captain Von Trapp for his seven children and so Maria is dispatched. Maria is shocked at the strict upbringing that the Captain imposes on his children - he won't even allow them to have play time, insisting that they remain disciplined. Whilst visiting his "friend" in Vienna, Maria takes the opportunity to dress the children in curtains and prance around Salzburg singing.

        The captain is obviously distressed at this turn of events, especially as he has brought his friend, the Baroness back with him, as a potential step mother. After an argument with Maria, he sacks her, only to back down when he hears the children singing. Eventually Maria's love of life and music proves too much and he succumbs to her in a romantic duet. Unfortunately their plans of singing amongst the mountains have been put on hold by the Anschluss and the Nazi's ordering the Captain to report to the German Navy.

        Everyone knows at least one song from the Sound of Music, and it's hard to pick a favourite. "My Favourite Things" is a good one, as is "Solve a problem like Maria". Then there is the more solemn "Edelweiss" and I always shed a tear when the Captain performs it at the festival and breaks down.

        Filmed on location in Salzburg, the scenery of the mountains and the city are amazing and beings the film to life. The background historical content is done well - at the start of the film there are references to Nazis, and after the Anschluss, swastikas appear everywhere.

        Based on the true life Von Trapp family, the film (based on the stage play of the same name) is more or less truthful to the story. [spoiler]The main different being the way in which the family leave Austria. In real life they got one of the last trains to leave Salzburg to Italy, in the film they climb over the mountains.

        I not only love the movie but love the stories and the history associated with the movie. Apparently Christopher Plummer hated it and called it the "Sound of Mucas". It might have something to do with having to cary the youngest girl, who had filled up on one too many cream cakes and was very heavy to carry. The long hours of filming had forged strong bonds between the actors playing the Von Trapp children and they all still stay friends and all 7 meet up even now.

        In her book, Maria's love for the captain shines through even more than Julie Andrew's portrayal in the film - to the point that Maria Von Trapp, when she read the script, got upset because the captain came across as too harsh and her beloved Georg wasn't that nasty. For eagle eyed viewers, Maria has a cameo role in the market place scene during "doh ray me".

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          20.02.2010 03:29
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          You have to watch it at least once.

          I've been watching The Sound of Music (film) from as far back as my memory goes. I do not remember the first time I watched this movie but what I do remember is watching it again and again and again. There used to be a video casette version in my grandparent's house, one with a terrible print with white specks that ate up the first song completely. Some of my earliest memories involve pretending to be the von Trapp children and acting out the So Long, Farewell sequence from the movie. In the vacations spent at my grandparents I would watch The Sound Of Music religiously every afternoon. Yes. EVERY afternoon. It is a trend I have let go of only recently and that too because now I am the proud owner of the DVD version.

          Originally a musical, The Sound of Music takes us to Austria where Maria, a young nun-in-training, has the abbey worried by her lack of decorum and her love for laughter, singing and the outside world. Maria is a spirited young woman who while being devoted to God cannot bring herself to give up worldly pleasures. She loves life, nature and most of all singing and dancing. Deeming her unsuitable for life in the abbey the Mother sends her off to be the governess for the seven children of Captain von Trapp. The death of his wife has left him cold and in his grief he has become a strict father, concentrating on discipline above all. Music, play or laughter is not allowed and everything is to be done on its own time and in a fixed pattern in the von Trappe house. As a reaction and in hopes of getting attention from their father the children drive away one governess after the other by playing all sorts of pranks on them. I do not want to give too much away but happy-go-lucky Maria's entry into the household creates quite a few sparks in the household as she clashes with the Captain and wins the children over with her kindness and charm.

          Julie Andrews is a perfect Maria, beautiful and full of fun. Captain von Trapp is handsome in his strict, serious demeanor and the kids, specially little Gretl and Marta, adorable. Since this is a musical, no discussion about it is complete without talking about the music of course. There are several incredibly famous songs in this movie. Some which are specially attractive to children sung by kids all over the world at home, in school, with friends such as the evergreen Do, A Deer, A Few of My Favourite Things and The Lonely Goatherd. Then there are the more mature songs like Edelweiss (my personal favourite) and Climb Every Mountain.

          Not everyone likes this movie as much as I do and I have been made fun of by quite a few people for being as addicted to it as I am. Strangely enough I have not seen the musical so I cannot really compare the two. What I can say though is that it is a classic with great music and one that definitely should be seen at least once. Watching it on DVD proved to be an entirely different experience for me since I had been so used to watching it on a poor print. I did not know this movie could look like that. Even if you don't want to spend the money though, definitely watch it.

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          18.09.2009 14:48
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          A governess falls for her employer, teaches them all to sing and then has to flee the Nazis

          I fell in love with this film when I was 10 years old (I even think I considered being a nun at the time) and have loved it ever since. Sadly I can sing along to the film with out the words turned on or the lyrics book, a fact that draws much dersion from my husband. I think that the other reason I have such an afinity with this film was that if was made the year I was born and was my Gran's favourite film.

          The story is lovely, about a beautiful but not very good nun wh is sent to look after a grim Baron's children to discover herself and her relgious path. Said children at first play tricks on her and then grow to love her. She clashes with their Father on how to raise them, he sacks her then reinstates her and them falls in love with her and marries her. They all discover they can sing. The Nazis take over Austria and then The Von Trapps have to flee but get caught fleeing and pretend to be entering the singing festival which they win, then they flee, with several near misses and escape to live in America. That was obviously the very much edited version, but this is such a beautiful romance, peppered by much loved classic musical songs. There is the element of Jane Eyre with the governess falling for the dour father/Uncle/guardian with a little bit of a war story escape thrown in. This makes it so perfect. It is set in and around the Austrian town of Saltzburg and the area is stunningly beautiful, which the director of photography on this film has captured perfectly. The scenery is so good it is almost an actor in the film itself.

          The Actors chosen for the parts were just brilliant. I have always liked Christopher Plummer and after seeing him in this I always wanted to marry him. I also wanted to be like Julie Andrews (unfortunatly I have neither the voice, the figure or the looks.) Even the children acting were superb. Elanor Parker was a wonderful love rival Baroness Von Screader, beautiful, but bad enought to hiss at when she gets the upper hand and Richard Haydn was brilliant as the avaricious, but likeable Max Detweiler.

          I went to see this on stage, but I have to say I was quite dissapointed. It did not seem to quite resemble the film and the amount of time that Maria and The Baron were on stage together was so little that is seemed impossible that she could fall in love with him let alone remember his name.

          However back to the film. I think that my favourite song is How do you solve a problem like Maria. I just love all the little comments in it from the Nun's who all have conflicting view of what she is. My favourite sequence from the film is when Baron Von Trap follows her to the garden at night and tells her he loves her or is it when the dance the Lendler. I can never quite decide.

          If you are a musical fanatic, but have not yet watched this (and I would find that hard to believe that you hadn't) then it is a must see and a must own. It is repeated on TV a lot, but not nearly enough.

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            11.06.2009 23:39
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            Portfolios of film watching are not complete without this.

            When I was younger the Sound of Music and the Wizard of Oz were the two regailed films as always being on at Christmas and that impression left a dent which meant I left the film unviewed for many years. My interest for it was re-ignited through my daughter after she heard one of the songs from the film.

            What I loved about this film, the great cinematography of the scenery, the wisdom in the film, the romance, the fantastic singing of Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer and the children, and the layering effect of this film. You think you know what the film is going to be about but then it turns and goes deeper - and it takes you on to watch it more, the length of the film disappears as you become engrossed in the era of the film, which is set in Austria during World War Two and follows the story of the Von Trapp Family and their new governess Frauline Maria. The story is told so gently and yet at times the tension unbearable.

            I think whether you can recall watching this film or not you will know some of the songs, my personal favourite is Climb Every Mountain - I find it extremely powerful.

            I love the fact that in making the DVD the original intermission from its cinema days remains and the stills immediately proceeding this.

            The film is crisp and clear, the spoken word is delivered clearly as it should be spoken, and is entirely watchable as family entertainment, even for men.

            This film has also transcended well into an actual stage musical

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            18.05.2009 09:01
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            Maria is given the job of looking after the Von Trapp children and fining them a new mother

            As my film education from my hubby is continuing last night I had the pleasure of watching for the first time ever The Sound of Music.

            The film is about a Nun called Maria who is always getting into trouble at the convent so she is given a job to go and do to see if she really does want to become a Nun or go out into the real world. Maria is given to job of becoming a Nanny to the Von Trapp family.

            Maria arrives at the Von Trapp house to find 7 children and their father who runs the house like he is Captain on one of his ships and the children all answer to a whistle call and have their days structured and they run like clockwork. Since the death of the Captain's wife there has been no music or fun in the house but Maria is determined to change this.

            The children finally accept Maria and start to warm to her. The Captain is away in Vienna again spending time with his new lady friend so the children and Maria are free to spend their time as they wish and Maria teaches them all how to sing. The Captain returns to find his children are happier than when he left and they are all introduced to his new love. The children sing to her and the Captain soon realises how much he has missed out on with his children as a result of being too strict. Of course Maria did have words with him and spoke her mind to help him see this!

            Maria feels that her job is to find the children a new mother and is delighted with the arrival of the Captain's new love but things start to go wrong when she finds she has feelings for the Captain herself and when the Captain's love warns her off she runs back to the convent.

            The Captain and the children are devastated about her leaving but will they be able to get her to go back? What will become of the Maria's feelings for the Captain and will she find them a new mother?

            Some of you may be shocked to find that in all my 28 years I have never seen this film but I have to say that now I have it was very good and enjoyable. The storyline was a bit predictable but I still really enjoyed it and was not expecting it to end how it did. I was expecting it to finish a least 30 minutes before it did. I found it was nice that they carry on the story after what should have been the ending.

            Julie Andrews played the role of Maria and I think that she did a wonderful job and she worked very well with all of the children and they all seemed to have a wonderful chemistry together. Christopher Plummer played the role of Captain Von Trapp and he too did a wonderful job. I thought that all of the child actors and actresses did justice to their characters and all managed to bring them alive on the screen. All of the other characters and actors all worked well together and managed to give a little more depth to the film and story.

            The film was set in Austria in the last 1930's and I found that all of the settings and scenery were wonderfully done and all looked very authentic. There were a few very bad back drops and some effects which left a lot to be desired but I can forgive this as the film was made a very long time ago. I did really enjoy some of the views which we were treated to when Maria was in the mountains and thought they were wonderful.

            The film is classed as a musical and I have to say that I did not find the song irritating or annoying at all and did enjoy all of them. I found that despite not seeing this film before I did in fact know the majority of the songs. I found them to all be very catchy and easy to follow and try to sing along to. The vocals on all of the songs were wonderful and I have to say that Julie Andrews does have a wonderful voice. The dance routines which accompanied some of the songs were not too my liking but they all did fit in very well with the story.

            The DVD which we have is a special one which has an optional sing along feature which means that the song words do come up on the screen so you can sing along but hubby would not let me have this on. There are also some special features on the DVD which include:-

            Sing Along Subtitles and Lyric Booklet
            Commentaries by Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer and Director Robert Wise

            I have not watched any of the commentaries but the DVD did start with an introduction by Julie Andrews which I found to be quite pleasant and enjoyed hearing her talking about this film which she still holds so close to her heart.

            The running time of the film is 167 minutes which I did find to be quite long and as I said before I think they could easily have ended the film a good 30 minutes before they did without the film loosing anything. The certificate on this film is a Universal which means that it is suitable for all ages and I do agree with this.

            This DVD is available for just a few pounds on Amazon and I do recommend it to all as it is a wonderful film which all the family can sit and watch together as long as your are prepared for the 167 minutes!

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              04.04.2009 02:56

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              A lovely movie everyone should have the dvd

              What a classic! I first saw this movie when I was a little girl and I have never got sick of seeing it. Its one of those classic films that draws you into the plot and scenery and fabulous acting, Julie Andrew and Christopher Plummer have amazing chemistry and I love the scene where at the house ball they go outside and dance with the children watching.
              The scenery you see through the whole film is breath taking and apparantly the real Maria is actually in the film! in the scene where Julie Andrew takes the children out for the day and you see them go under a bridge behind them you see a chubby lady walk across the path! Thats the real Maria Vontrap.
              the children are excellent actors and actresses and have such sweet voices. I love the scene when captain Vontrap sings adelveis and the way he and Maria look at each other its a captivating film a truly lovely family classic. The move is set in Austria and is all about a nun-to-be Maria, (Julie Andrews) The sisters of the nunnery know Marie well and maybe her place isnt as being a nun?
              Maria is sent to work as a nanny at the huge home of Captain Vontrap and his rather large family,
              The children are very well behaved due to the Captains strict instructions, he is bringing his children up more like an army regiment than a family.
              But when the captain isnt looking they behave more like children should (especially with Maria)
              The widower soon finds himself attracted to Maria as is Maria to him.
              With world war 2 looming over them and the captain being handed the threat of being sent off to war, The family must make a choice!
              A thoroughly exhillerating movie for the young and the old alike.

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              09.01.2009 02:12
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              A fabulous film, Julie Andrews at her best

              When someone mentions Julie Andrews, the first thing that always comes to my mind is The Sound of Music.
              I remember watching this when I was a little girl, and thinking it was soooo long, but sticking with it, because the songs were soooo good!
              Well, it's 20 years down the line, and I don't think my opinions have changed too much at all!

              The Sounds of Music is a classic musical, set in Austria at the start of the war. It stars Julie Andrews as the main character, a student nun who is sent to look after a huge family of children after their mother dies, and ends up falling in love with the children and their father, despite having a very shaky start with him.
              Obviously the story is interspersed with fabulous, unforgettable songs, including the title track '(The Hills Are Alive With) The Sound of Music, Eidleweis, Do-Rae-Me and So Long, Farewell.
              In my opinion, these are what make the film, and Julie Andrews, along with the children in the family really make them something special.

              This Collectors Edition double DVD set was brought out for the 40th Anniversary of the musical.

              The only thing that slightly ruined the film for me as a child, and, although not such a problem now, still worth mentioning, is the length of the film. The running time is longer than most musicals, and it feels as though the film should finish a lot earlier than it does. It gets to a point when the story seems to ramble on slightly, after passing a couple of perfect points to finish.

              However, in my opinion, a fabulous musical, one of the best ever made. This is certainly due to Julie Andrews in part, who plays her role as the naive young nun exceptionally well, as does Christopher Plummer, as the intimitading but loving Captain Von Trapp.

              This musical is a classic, loved by both children and adults for the past 40 years, and will be for years to come!

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                A great film for a Sunday afternoon snuggle on the sofa!

                I have seen The Sound of Music so many times now, and it is still one of my favourite films of all time. This film is a timeless classic; the score is absolutely fantastic, with many well-known songs, such as 'Edelweis' and 'I Am Sixteen Going On Seventeen'. The acting in the film is superb; Julie Andrews plays the part of the innocent nun Maria very convincingly, as does Christpher Plummer in his role as Captain Von Trapp. The scenery is gorgeous as is the house used as the Von Trapp family home, and by the end of the film you feel you really care about the characters and how their lives will turn out. The opening scene of this film is one of the best known in cinema history, with the main female character Maria singing and dancing in the Austrian Alps. Maria is not really settling into life at the abbey so she goes to work as a nanny for the strict Captain Von Trapp's seven unruly children,. Rather predictably the songs and the scenery work their magic on the pair, and they end up falling in love!

                The film is set during the Nazi invasion of Austria during the Second World War, and it really makes you think about what it must have been like for the Austrian people to have their home nvaded like that. I would recommend this film to most people, though obviously if you don't like musicals it's not really going to appeal! It is unbeatable as a feel good family film and will get you dancing in the aisles!

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                  09.12.2008 19:00
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                  A lovely family movie

                  The Sound of Music is quite simply a timeless classic that is loved by the majority. I bought the DVD of this wonderful family film a couple of weeks ago and sat down to watch it. My dad however came home thirty minutes into the film and was gutted that I hadn't waited for him - I never knew he liked it so much. This meant I had to start all over again, I mean you can't have a grumpy dad in the house can you.

                  The Sound of Music tells the heart-warming story of Maria who leaves the convent in which she is living to become a governess to Captain von Trapp's seven children. The Captain is a very strict man who runs his household exactly how he would run his ship. This of course leaves no room for merriment and music, which shocks Maria from the start. Can her warm heart and spirited sense of life lift the sentiments of the widowed Captain and help him and his family reconnect.

                  The idea of the story is very simple, as you can see yet as is often said it is this simplicity that becomes its beauty. Everything about the film seems so right from the start and the placing of everything contained within it perfect. The acting is of an exceptionally high standard and cannot in my opinion be faulted at all. Julie Andrews simply lights up the entire screen when she appears as Maria and the second she opens her mouth to sing you feel yourself being pulled into the wonderful story on-screen.

                  Christopher Plummer is also wonderful as Captain von Trapp, as he captures wonderfully how difficult it must have been for somebody that is and therefore views himself as being Austrian to the core to deal with the Nazi 'invasion' of his country. The ideas surrounding Hitler's increase presence and leverage over Austria however isn't allowed to take over the entire film and this is certainly a credit to the director Robert Wise, as it would have been so simple to allow the film to slip into becoming more like a documentary on coping with German presence in Austria.

                  The performances of all the von Trapp children must also be commended as each and every one of them adds something to the film as a whole. Without the different characters of the children the film would not be anywhere near as popular as it is.

                  I have already briefly mentioned the voice of Julie Andrews but it is the singing side of things that I would now like to take about. Julie Andrews is of course the lead actress within the film and therefore the quality of her voice and her singing performance is very important. The quality of the performance she gives however is nothing short of outstanding in my opinion. She sings each song with a great sense of pride, conviction and genuine love, which is infectious to the audience.

                  Christopher Plummer and all of the other actors and actresses with singing roles must also be given a mention here, as all of them give more than credible vocal performances when needed. The harmonisation between the children is pitched wonderfully and is refreshing to listen to.

                  The songs themselves are ones that I'm sure we have all heard at some point in our lives. 'Doe a Deer' is probably my favourite piece but 'The hills are alive', 'Edelweiss' and '16 going on 17' are all well up there. Each musical interlude offers something different to the film and is perfectly placed so as to draw in the audience and enhance their experience of watching the film.

                  The film is itself 165 minutes in duration and the DVD has subtitles in English, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese and Swedish. On top of this my DVD version also as a commentary by the director, which is quite interesting.

                  All in all The Sound of Music is a film that I would recommend exceptionally highly without any hesitation what so ever. It is perfect for watching on a Sunday afternoon in with the family and due to its rating of 'U' is suitable for all the family.

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                    a classic! packed with romance, great music, witty comedic lines

                    The Sound of Music is a classic film that still delights all ages, and is most likely one of the most - if not THE most - well known musical ever made. Julie Andrews plays a nun who is sent to work as a governess for the dysfunctional and unhappy Von Trap family. Within days, Andrews has taught the seven children to sing, upbeat songs including "Favorite Things" and "Do Re Me". The songs are lively and easily remembered, so by the end of the film you will find yourselves singing along.

                    The Rogers and Hammerstein's written score does not disappoint, and you've probably heard them all before anyway! The film is very well suited for family entertainment, and the comedy and songs will excite all from children to adults. This musical is on every Christmas, so I'd be surprised if you haven't already seen it. But there is no shame in having a copy at home to watch at your pleasure.

                    Andrews makes the film for me, her witty banter with other characters, and her clumsy, high-spirited character makes her a real loveable, rememberable character. This is a very nice, family-orientated film that won't disappoint

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                    10.08.2008 23:24

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                    Best film I've ever seen!

                    The Sound of Music has to be one of my all time favourite films.

                    I remember watching it as a young girl on the video that we had recorded from the television one Christmas and I still love it now that I have the DVD.

                    Julie Andrews is simply fabulous and she has such a great voice. Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp is absolutely gorgeous, especially in his uniform!

                    Not only is it a feel good film with a singing family but it also covers real life issues that occurred at the time, which is educational as well as enjoyable.

                    All of the songs are brilliant (my personal favourite is I Have Confidence) and you can sing along to them all.

                    I always wanted to be Liesl in the gazebo, dancing and singing with Rolf!

                    I must say that I do end up feeling sorry for the Baroness but obviously only for a few seconds!

                    Brilliant film, just too good for words!

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                    31.07.2008 23:14
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                    "Which brings us back to Doe Doe Doe Doe..." Sing it with me

                    Now I am not the biggest musical fan in the world. They really irritate me. Why would someone just break into song like that? Why do other people not look at them strangely when they do so? Nobody has ever been able to answer me. But there is something about the Sound of Music that enchants me, not that I would ever admit it to anyone... Ooops. Anyway, it's basically about a nun called Maria who is sent to look after something like a thousand kids (okay I think it might be seven. Wait a minute... Doe Ray Me Fa Sol la Tee Doe... maybe it's eight) and falls for their father, who is a widow as far as I remember. Controversy about widows ever loving again if they are good Catholics and Nuns fancying people... it's also set in Austria during the war (why do these people have so much to be cheery and singing about)... God now I have deconstructed this movie I am trying to remember why I love it so much... But I still do.

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                      02.07.2008 16:08
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                      This movie is about how music can change lives, and about the World War and how it affected families

                      Every year on ABC family they have a Sound of Music marathon during Easter Weekend where they show this movie every night. Every year I groan when I hear they are doing this. And every year I do the same thing: I watch it every night, and when the weekend is over I am upset that I cannot watch it again.

                      I have a love hate relationship with this movie. The fact that I've seen it so many times turns me away from watching it. But once I do get started watching it I can't stop.

                      This is an amazing movie. The acting is fantasitc, the singing is phenomenal, and the plot is a very serious topic.

                      This movie is based on a true story of the VonTrapp family is Austria. It shows the progress of a lively woman warming up a stone cold family and helping them live life again.

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                        15.05.2008 16:08
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                        Just how do you solve a problem like maria

                        The plot
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                        In Salzburg, Austria, Maria is studying to become a nun but is not sure if convent life is right for her. She is sent from her abbey to be the governess to seven children of a widower naval commander, Captain von Trapp. Maria and the Captain immediately disagree on the way the children are raised; the Captain has been treating them as if they are in the military, and have very strict rules, while Maria wants them to enjoy life as children while they can. The children range in age from sixteen to five: Liesl (16), Friedrich (14), Louisa (13), Kurt (11), Brigitta (10), Marta (7), and Gretl (5).
                        The children are mischievous and initially hostile to Maria, as they do not like the idea of having a governess, but they eventually come to love her when she introduces them to the pleasures of music and singing. Once the Captain discovers this, he feels very remorseful for his rigidity. He apologizes to Maria for being so strict with the children, asks her to stay for a while, and starts to enjoy his life more himself. One of the Captain's friends, Max tries to convince the Captain to let the children perform in his concert. Maria finds herself falling in love with the captain, who is engaged to Elsa, a very wealthy baroness. The Baroness becomes jealous of Maria and convinces her to leave during a grand party at the house.

                        Although the Captain announces his intention to marry the Baroness Elsa, she does not have a good way with the children. . She tries to make them happy, but it is clear she is not very family minded, or maternal towards the children, and they do miss Maria terribly. After a talk with the Mother Abbess, Maria decides to return to the Trapp family. The story goes on, but what will be the outcome of the film, will the captain fall in love with Maria, or will he marry the Baroness. The Nazis start to take over Austria, so what will become of the Von Trapp family, well watch the film and find out.

                        The main cast
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                        Julie Andrews as Maria
                        Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp
                        Charmian Carr as Liesel
                        Peggy Wood as Mother Abbess
                        Richard Haydn as Max
                        Nicholas Hammond as Freidrich
                        Heather Menzies as Louisa
                        Duane Chase as Kurt
                        Debbie Turner as Marta
                        Angela Cartwright as Bridggita
                        Kym Karath as gretl
                        Eleanor Parker as baroness Elsa
                        Daniel Truhitte as Rolfe

                        My opinion
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                        Ok time to be honest loll. Now yes I did love this film when I first watched it, even though to me it was an old film. My mother had watched it when it first came out in the cinemas, and had watched it several times since. She absolutely loved it, and introduced me to it. So I sat and watched it the first time, and I did really enjoy everything about the film, the acting was superb. The soundtrack was fantastic and very catching song that was well known in a lot of households. I loved the do-re-me song. Doe a deer a female deer and so on. Now for my I will be honest part loll.

                        When I watched this when I was younger, my mother would continually watch it any chance she had, so when it got to about 7pm, I used to ask her if we could watch it, I only did this as the film is 3 hours long, so it meant I got to stay up late. She fell for this every time I asked her. I did like the film and did enjoy watching it, but it probably is something I would normally only watch once, but I have watched it several time. I am sure if you like musicals then you would really enjoy this. Even though it's an old film it is still well known to this day and well worth watching.

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