It's the night after Christmas and all through the house, the family gathered to watch 1965's The Sound of Music. It's a yearly tradition for my Mom and Kristin, but I haven't seen this family favorite for about 18 years! I have to admit I was kind of wondering if it would be so sweet I would fall over from film diabetes, but it holds up a lot better than I thought it would. We all know the story, with Julie Andrews as Maria, sent as a governess to Captain Von Trapp's seven children, where she finds much happiness and sings some of the most beloved musical songs of all time. Christopher Plummer is great as the Captain and Julie Andrews is excellent as Maria. The Rodgers and Hammerstein score features some of their best, including the title track, Climb Every Mountain, Do Re Mi, you know all these. Watching this film on a new 45th Anniversary Blu-Ray edition, the photography is amazing, the DTS 7.1 sound makes the film seem like it was made yesterday. With fond memories of dressing up in our best clothes and seeing this in the balcony of the Fox theatre in downtown Phoenix 45 years ago, seeing it again after all these years was a lot of fun. Holds up a lot better than I thought it would and a great one to share with your family on a holiday evening! A film classic, one of the biggest hits of the sixties and a surprising A.
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