Monday, December 6, 2010

The Sound Of Music (45th Anniversary Special Edition) [2010]

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

Directed by Robert Wise and co-starring Christopher Plummer, the film garnered five Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director. A heartwarming story full of cherished songs such as “My Favorite Things,” “Sixteen Going On Seventeen,” “Edelweiss” and the title song, the film graces six different Top 100 lists by the American Film Institute including Musicals, Songs and Movies.


01. Maria - Prelude And The Sound Of Music 02:46
02. Orchestra And Nuns Chorus - Overture And Preludium 03:15
(Dixit Dominus
03. Nuns Chorus - Morning Hymn And Alleluia 02:04
04. Nuns Chorus - Maria 03:18
05. Maria - I Have Confidence 03:27
06. Rolf And Liesl - Sixteen Going On Seventeen 03:19
07. Maria - My Favorite Things 02:19
08. Maria And The Children - Do-Re-Mi 05:34
09. The Children And The Captain - The Sound Of Music 02:12
10. Maria And The Children - The Lonely Goatherd 03:12
11. The Captain And Liesl - Edelweiss 02:17
12. Orchestra - Laendler 02:28
13. The Children - So Long, Farewell 02:55
14. Orchestra - Entr'acte 02:09
15. The Mother Abbess - Climb Ev'ry Mountain 02:18
16. Maria And Children - My Favorite Things (Reprise) 01:17
17. Maria And The Captain - Something Good 03:19
18. Organ, Orchestra And Nuns Chorus - Processional And Maria 02:28
(The Wedding
19. Maria And Liesl - Sixteen Going On Seventeen (Reprise) 03:06
20. Maria, The Captain And The Children - Do-Re-Mi (Reprise) 01:20
21. The Captain, Maria, The Children And Chorus - Edelweiss 01:51
22. The Captain, Maria, The Children And Chorus - So Long, 01:59
Farewell (Reprise
23. Chorus And Orchestra - Climb Ev'ry Mountain (Reprise) 01:21
24. Orchestra - Finale 00:45
25. Lea Michele - My Favorite Things (Bonus Track) 01:21


You can find in Amazon Limited Edition Collector’s Set of “Favorite Things” Debuts November 2
Including an Exclusive Hand Painted Music Box, 100-Page Scrapbook,
45th Anniversary Soundtrack and More!

Also available in 3-Disc Blu-ray and DVD Combo Packs

The Sound of Music: 45th Anniversary Limited Edition Collector's Set artwork and contents

Check out two of these songs with lovely movie scenes.

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