By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
HOLLYWOOD—A half-century ago, movie audiences were introduced to the singing von Trapp family in big screen adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical “The Sound of Music.” The musical, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, has since become a beloved movie musical classic, and continues to delight generation after generation of audiences.
To commemorate the five-time Academy Award winning film, Twentieth Century Fox honors the 50th anniversary of the 1965 box office smash with an unprecedented year-long, company-wide celebration highlighted by theatrical and home entertainment releases, and a slate of cross-company and promotional partnerships that will bring one of the world’s most “favorite things” to millions around the globe.
The deluxe golden anniversary of the film’s premiere launched Tuesday, March 10, with the release of the five-disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition 50th anniversary Blu-ray combo pack, which includes a DVD and digital HD versions.
Beautifully restored, the five-disc 50th anniversary Blu-ray features more than 13 hours of bonus content highlighted by the all-new documentary “The Sound of a City: Julie Andrews Returns to Salzburg,” detailing Andrews’ recent return to the magical city where she filmed her iconic role, Maria.
The celebration continues on Thursday, March 26 with Turner Classic Movies (TCM) paying tribute to the film’s legendary stars, Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, with an opening night screening of the movie at the sixth annual TCM Classic Film Festival (which runs from March 26-29) in Hollywood. Famed film historian Robert Osborne will introduce the brilliantly restored film at the opening-night gala and moderate a Q&A session with Andrews and Plummer.