Nun to be Maria (Julie Andrews), who prefers to spend her day
singing in the hills rather than praising god, is sent by her
fellow nuns to play nanny to the children of the wealthy and
close hearted Captain Georg Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer).
The pair clash immediately over how to raise the Captain’s
children, the Captain preferring strict discipline whilst Maria
wants to let the children run free singing throughout Salzburg
dressed in former curtains no less! Naturally they are hot for
one another, but they must overcome jealous Baroness Eberfeld
(Doris Lloyd) and Maria’s indecision wether to Nun or not to
Nun. And when they do find happiness they must overcome the
most insidious obstacle of all – Nazis!
The Sound Of Music is a masterpiece of cinema no matter your
opinion on musicals. The cast mesh together beautifully,
Plummer and Andrews have a fine onscreen chemistry, and their
coupling is believable and engaging. The children are
annoyingly cute and chipper – not to mention great singers – and
all in one family, who would have thought! Indeed the songs are
all catchy numbers you will find yourself humming along to
despite your better judgement.
Even if you are not a fan of musicals you will be able to enjoy
the visual splendour of the film, from the grand architecture to
the sweeping mountain landscapes. The Sound Of Music will draw
you in, and make you easily forget the 3 hour run time; the DVD
even gives you an intermission just like the original
screening! Mountains, music and Nazis who would have thought
they would go so well together?
Special features on include a sing-along option wherein you can
sing along to the songs on screen much like karaoke; or select
them individually to sing-along to. Two audio commentaries are
included, one with director Robert Wise and the other with the
cast and crew (comprising interviews edited together rather than
the participants sitting in a darkened room watching the film
together). Love it or hate it the Sound of Music is an enduring
classic, beautifully restored so that all can enjoy for
generations to come.