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The sound of Blu-ray: classic musicals re-mastered for the digital generation

Posted on November 25, 2010

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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is celebrating the studio’s 75th Anniversary with a remastered musical extravaganza – just in time for Christmas.  This October and November the company released digitally enhanced versions of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, South Pacific, and a special 45th anniversary edition of The Sound of Music, each for the first time on high definition Blu-ray disc. 5006507044_3pa_jpghr

The new releases include digitally remastered picture, 7.1 audio, and a variety of enticing new bonus features, from archival photographs, to cast interviews and sing-alongs. The new Blu-ray discs promise even more exclusive behind-the-scenes content and special features than their previous VHS and DVD incarnations.

The Sound of Music anniversary Blu-ray edition is especially packed with features for audiences old and new. The interactive activities and sing-along in Your Favorite Things: An Interactive Celebration are intended to delight and occupy members of the X-Box generation, while nostalgic footage of musical spoofs from the “Carol Burnett Show” and a moving interview with the real Maria Von Trapp on the “Julie Andrews Hour”, situate the film in the cultural context of its release and allows a “trip down memory lane” for older generations of fans.

The set also includes the first home entertainment release of the full-length documentary Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of American Music, hosted by acclaimed Broadway “Maria”, Mary Martin.  The 45th anniversary edition is available in special collector’s editions with commemorative scrapbooks for the avid enthusiast, and even has a three disc Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack, “perfect for at home or on the go.”

Be on the lookout for more cinematic gems as Twentieth Century Fox celebrates its diamond anniversary.b514956_3pa


Jonathan Gray is editor of Dancing Times. He studied at The Royal Ballet School, Leicester Polytechnic, and Wimbledon School of Art where he graduated with a BA Hons in Theatre Design. For 16 years he was a member of the curatorial department of the Theatre Museum, London, assisting on a number of dance-related exhibitions, and helping with the recreation of original designs for a number of The Royal Ballet’s productions including Danses concertantes, Daphnis and Chloë, and The Sleeping Beauty. He has also contributed to the Financial Times, written programme articles for The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, and is co-author of the book Unleashing Britain: Theatre gets real 1955-64, published in 2005.

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