The most beloved movie musical of all time, ‘The Sound of Music’ is being released today in a 45th Anniversary, digitally re-mastered box set for Blue Ray High Definition DVD.
October 28th, Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and the original 7 Von Trapp children reunited to talk about the movie for the first time in 45 years on the ‘Oprah’ show.
Andrews, now 73, and Plummer, now 80, looked incredible. Their admiration for one another still shined as they sat down to speak to Oprah. Andrews, 28 at the time of filming, confessed to being ‘in awe of Christopher Plummer and very nervous about meeting him.’ Plummer admitted, ‘I’d fallen in love with her in ‘My Fair Lady’ on Broadway, so I’d had a crush on her forever.’
The movie was originally released in 1965 and won 5 Oscars that year, including Best Picture. The film originated from the 1949 autobiography of the real Maria Von Trapp. The seven Von Trapp children were cast by Director Robert Wise as unknowns. The actors were: Charman Carr (Liesl), Nicholas Hammond (Frederick), Heather Menzies Urich (Louisa), Duane Chase (Kurt), Angela Cartwright Guillon (Brigita), Debbie Turner (Marta) and Kym Karath (Gretl).
Andrews spoke openly with Oprah about the muscle striation that permanently damaged her voice in 1997. Oprah asked, ‘Was it the greatest loss of your life?’ Andrews replied, ‘I did go into a huge decline. Like Maria says in the movie, when God closes a door, he opens a window. I began to write books.’ And she wrote and published a collection of children’s books with her daughter Emma. Andrews recalled telling Emma how much she missed singing and Emma replied, ‘Mom, you’ve just found a different way of using your voice.’
The pair has published over 30 books. ‘The Fairy Princess’ was on the best seller list for 14 weeks.
Plummer also dabbled in books, by penning his memoir, ‘In Spite of Myself.’
Comedian/talk show host Rosie O’Donnell delivered a heartfelt video message to Andrews and Plummer, calling the ‘Sound of Music’ life-altering. After O’Donnell’s mom died, she said the movie became ‘a dream, a hope, a wish, a fantasy; something to pin my sadness on.’ She also said, ‘It was definitely the best film I’d ever seen and remains so to this day. There are such great morals in it. There are such great lessons about believing in who you are and in destiny and fate…Thank you Julie Andrews. Thank you Christopher Plummer.’
The movie has spanned generations. Parents still share it and sing the songs with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It was released before I was born, my mom shared it with me when I was around eight and the songs and story are embedded in my heart.
The show closed with a gorgeous rendition of ‘Edelweiss’ sung by the 4 real Von Trapp great-grandchildren: Amanda, Sofia, Melanie and Justin.
The box set is full of extras, including an all new Interactive ‘Backlot Tour’ with in-depth featurettes on the Songs, the Stage Show and Movie, Film and Sound Restoration and the real Von Trapp family.
This collection is destined to become one of your ‘Favorite Things’…
Buy the box set in Flint at the Miller Road Best Buy.