Blu ray screencaps of The Sound Of Music.
The Sound Of Music has been lovingly restored for it's blu ray release, they scanned the 65mm interpositive at 8K and then downconverted this to make a 4K master from which this release is taken, the original camera negatives were in much too fragile a state to risk hence using the interpositive. Twentieth Century Fox took their time with this release and they took the right decisions with the transfer to blu ray.
The film itself is a wonderful musical, it's based on a true story but how much of that is featured in the movie is open to debate, you can check out the real story of the Von Trapp family online by doing a Google search, do remember though that not all information found online is correct, i was captivated by the film in a way i never expected to be, the musical numbers are great especially My Favourite Things and i can't fault the direction by Robert Wise, cinematography by Ted D. McCord is visually impressive, he really uses the frame well and the colours and lighting of each scene is among the best i have seen, McCord started out in the silent era of movies and this was his second last film, a true great of cinematography, today cinematographers all too often compromise the frame with tv in mind.
It really is true when they say they don't make them like this anymore, i suspect if they did remake this it would feature much teenage angst and it would try and make a statement about Nazi Germany, the charm and innocence of the film would be replaced by heavy handed moral dilemmas.
Twentieth Century Fox received a lot of criticism a while back for their awful handling of Predator, that film was treated appallingly and among other things it had too much digital noise reduction applied to it, for this classic Fox have spared us the overuse of DNR and it looks truly filmlike, no real issues to speak of, possibly a few scenes with minor halo's but i'm not at all convinced that they have applied sharpening to those scenes and it's likely just the opticals at play.
The image here is one of the best available, there is a huge amount of detail on display, film grain is intact and the movie looks absolutely superb, on larger screen projection systems you are in for a treat, the movie was shot on 65mm Todd AO and then 70mm film prints were made for cinema's, the extra 5mm accounted for the 6 channel magnetic sound, on The Sound Of Music this meant five front speakers and one rear mono speaker, the sound has been re-mixed into dts-hd master audio 7.1, reports are suggesting there is no subwoofer channel, not a problem since most systems will still route low frequencies to the subwoofer.
Regarding the sound quality, i checked out the French dts track on music only sequences such as the opening titles to the film and the music only scenes from Chapter 15, i felt the French track sounded more airy and alive, instruments which sounded more in the background of the new re-mix were at the front of the old French dts track, with the French track it felt like the orchestra was with me in my room whereas with the new 7.1 track it felt more conservative as if the orchestra was not so near, It should be noted that i have read that the high end frequencies are the first to go on 65mm shot films with magnetic soundtracks, this may well account for what i am hearing, vocals have been improved on the new re-mix but perhaps at the expense of some of the higher end, it's hard to say since i am not an audiophile with golden ears, no doubt the music on the French track has it's own problems but it did sound better to me, this is still a good re-mix though.
The Sound Of Music is one of the best blu ray releases on the format, it's been treated to a fabulous restoration and my only minor concern is the new sound mix.
View blu ray screencaps of The Sound Of Music below. Click twice for the full HD image.