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Julie Andrews’ ‘The Sound of Music’ to celebrate 50th anniversary with expanded high-def reissues

‘The Sound of Music’ celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2015.
‘The Sound of Music’ celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2015.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, for years the most popular film ever made, celebrates its 50th anniversary in March with several high-definition reissues on home audio and video.

The 1965 film, which co-starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, premiered March 2, 1965, at the old Rivoli Theatre in New York City. It won five 1966 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and in 1967 temporarily surpassed Gone With the Wind (1939) as the the top-grossing film of all time, according to Variety.

Adjusted for inflation, The Sound of Music has grossed $2,366,000,000, according to the Guinness World Records, behind Gone With the Wind, Avatar (2009), Star Wars (1977) and Titanic (1997).

In March, The Sound of Music will have yet another release on Blu-ray and DVD, along with several new 50th anniversary audio releases, including several audiophile editions.

Here’s the news release:

RAZOR & TIE’s new audiophile imprint ANALOG SPARK will launch with the vinyl release of The Sound of Music – 50th Anniversary Edition. The score from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 5-time Academy Award-winning moviemusical will be available in a newly-remastered and expanded two disc version on 180-gram vinyl. The original 16-track Grammy® Hall Of Fame-inducted RCA Victor soundtrack album will also be available on 180-gram vinyl and super audio CD (SACD), and include the eight-page booklet which accompanied the original vinyl release. All releases will be available on March 10.

As part of an extensive half-century celebration, The Sound of Music – 50th Anniversary Edition will feature previously unreleased orchestral cues from the score, and all vocal performances in one set for the first time. Led by Julie Andrews, whose work in the film earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination, the soundtrack rings out with heartwarming, iconic standards. From the title composition, “The Sound of Music,” to “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Edelweiss,” “So Long, Farewell,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” and of course, “My Favorite Things,” The Sound Of Music is a treasure for all time.

Nominated for ten Academy Awards and winner of five (including “Best Picture” and “Best Director”), The Sound of Music stands as the most successful movie musical of all time. The soundtrack is a classic in its own right, having spent its first four years on the Billboard Top Albums chart, including fourteen weeks at number one. It has subsequently sold over 20 million units to date.

In addition to the previously unreleased material, the 50th anniversary edition will also include new introductory notes from Julie Andrews and Theodore S. Chapin, president and executive director of Rodgers & Hammerstein.

The standard compact disc will be available through Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will release The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary Blu-ray, a 5-disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition. Included in the package will be an exclusive 50th Anniversary CD featuring the original soundtrack album expanded with eight exclusive international bonus tracks from the Spanish, French and Italian-language versions of the film and never-before-released in the United States. Four new books are being published in 2015 to coincide with the anniversary. They are: The Sound of Music Companion – 50th Anniversary Edition (Laurence Maslon, Pavilion/Rizzoli); The Sound of Music Story (Tom Santopietro, St. Martin's Press); Sound of Music FAQ (Barry Monush, Applause Books); and The Sound of Music: BFI Film Classics (Caryl Flinn, BFI).

THE SOUND OF MUSIC – 50th Anniversary Edition – Double LP Track List

1. Prelude / The Sound of Music (**)

2. Overture / Praeludium / Dixit Dominus / Morning Hymn / Alleluia (*)

3. Maria

4. I Have Confidence

5. Sixteen Going on Seventeen (**)

6. My Favorite Things / Salzburg Montage (**)

7. Do-Re-Mi

8. The Sound of Music

9. The Lonely Goatherd

10. Edelweiss

11. Grand Waltz (*)

12. Laendler

13. So Long, Farewell

14. Processional Waltz (*)

15. Goodbye Maria / How Can Love Survive Waltz (*)

16. Edelweiss Waltz (*)

17. Entr’acte

18. Climb Ev’ry Mountain (**)

19. My Favorite Things (reprise)

20. Something Good (**)

21. Processional / Maria (The Wedding)

22. Sixteen Going on Seventeen (reprise)

23. Do-Re-Mi (reprise)

24. Edelweiss (reprise)

25. So Long, Farewell (reprise)

26. Nuns And Nazis / Escape / Climb Ev’ry Mountain (reprise) / Finale (**)

27. End Titles (*)

* indicates previously unreleased

** includes previously unreleased material

THE SOUND OF MUSIC – 50th Anniversary Edition – SACD / Single LP Track List

1. Prelude / The Sound of Music

2. Overture / Preludium (Dixit Dominus)

3. Morning Hymn / Alleluia

4. Maria

5. I Have Confidence

6. Sixteen Going on Seventeen

7. My Favorite Things

8. Climb Ev’ry Mountain

9. The Lonely Goatherd

10. The Sound of Music

11. Do-Re-Mi

12. Something Good

13. Processional / Maria

14. Edelweiss (Reprise)

15. So Long, Farewell

16. Climb Ev’ry Mountain (Reprise)