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The Sound of Music (1965)

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NOTE: The director commentary is available on all DVD releases, but the cast/choreographer/Von Trapp commentary is only available on the 40th Anniversary Edition.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Robert Wise Rating:6.3/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by am1001 on June 5th, 2004:Find all reviews by am1001
Pretty good commentary but a bit labored. Worth it if you're a big fan of the film otherwise avoid and watch the documentary instead. There's music (without lyrics) as well on this commentary when there's one of the songs playing (nice touch).
Reviewed by Uniblab on June 11th, 2009:Find all reviews by Uniblab
A kind of peculiar track, mixture of isolated music score and commentary, and the listener has to fast-forward all the songs if he wants to listen to the commentary only. It's always great to have the opportunity to listen to a commentary by a Golden Era "dinosaur", especially by Robert Wise, who has died recently. The track is by no means wonderful, but fans of the movie will be pleased by the reminiscences and production trivia that Wise mostly talks about.
Commentary 2: Actors Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, and Charmian Carr, choreographer Dee Dee Wood, and Johannes Von Trapp Rating:4.7/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Uniblab on June 11th, 2009:Find all reviews by Uniblab
This commentary has all the well known defects that heavily edited, multi-speaker commentaries have, and is disappointingly below what the movie would deserve. Julie Andrews and Charmian Carr, who, again, could do much better on individual tracks, repeat some of the information of the TV documentary "From Facts to Phenomenon", present on the previous DVD; but they are pleasant to listen to. Cristopher Plummer, on the other hand, seems cold and detached, but his commentary too could possibly seem better if we had the opportunity to listen to it on its entirety. The biggest fault of the track is that Johannes von Trapp, who on an individual track would certainly be able to impart some great insights about the real story behind the movie, had his participation reduced almost to nothing; but his commentary allow the listener to catch a glimpse of what it could have been.
Despite all that, fans of the movie will enjoy the track anyway, to a certain extent.
Reviewed by ipatrick on November 14th, 2013:Find all reviews by ipatrick
this comment is pretty embarrassing for such an epic film, it stops one hour into the film and then you're pretty much stuck watching the movie for the 105th time. commentaries last about 30 minutes altogether, which seems trite for a three hour film with five commentators nonetheless. Andrews' comments are somehow interesting minus all the praising of course - people need to stop doing commentaries just for indiscriminate praise of all cast and crew. christopher plummer comes off as crass and petulant and he adds nothing to the commentary except a clear picture of how annoying it must have been to have him on set for months, drinking and flirting with his on-screen daughter lisl. skip it.