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  • Mary Poppins [DVD] Mary Poppins | DVD | (23/09/2013) from £5.00  |  Saving you £12.99 (72.20%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Mary Poppins is one of Disney's most enchanting fantasies and the motion-picture hit that made 'supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' a household word! Julie Andrews stars as the loveable nanny who soars out of the skies and into the hearts of everyone she encounters. Toting a carpetbag full of magical adventures, Mary and her fun-loving sidekick Bert (Dick Van Dyke) deliver endless joy and surprises to a troubled family.

  • The Sound Of Music [DVD] The Sound Of Music | DVD | (02/03/2015) from £6.49  |  Saving you £13.50 (67.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the most beloved family film of all time! Rodgers & Hammerstein’s cinematic treasure and Winner of five ACADEMY AWARDS® including Best Picture* stars Julie Andrews as Maria the warm-hearted young woman who leaves the convent to bring joy and music to Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) and his children. Experience this magnificent movie musical filled with unforgettable songs including “Do-Re-Mi ” “My Favorite Things” and “The Sound of Music.” Includes All-New 60-Minute Documentary – The Sound of a City: Julie Andrews Returns to Salzburg and more!

  • Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [Region Free] Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Edition | Blu Ray | (18/11/2013) from £7.79  |  Saving you £12.20 (61.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A pioneering film within Animation, Musicals and Fantasy, Walt Disney's Mary Poppins is possibly one of the warmest and dearest films ever made. Based on a story by PL Travers we find Julie Andrews on fine form in her debut lead role (for which she would win the "Best Actress" Oscar). She is practically perfectly teamed with Dick Van Dyke as the lovable chimney sweep Burt, whose cockney accent is endearingly inaccurate. Along with a fine supporting cast, where even the child actors hold their own without appearing like stage school wannabes, Poppins and her crew take you on a magical ride through chalk pictures, the roof tops of London and show you that laughter is not always the best medicine (even with a spoon full of sugar) when you can't get down. In total Mary Poppins clocked up five Academy Awards including Best Song and Best Visual Effects and has made it into the staple diet of family viewing across the world. On the DVD: Mary Poppins has certainly cleaned up a treat, restoring her to 1.85:1 widescreen glory and 5.1 Dolby digital sound--which is guaranteed to be music to your ears. The special features are "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" with the "Sing Along with the Movie" subtitles for all your favourite songs when they appear in the movie and the "I Love to Laugh" game offering Uncle Albert flying high in his parlour once more. "The Movie Magic of Mary Poppins" lets you look behind the scenes at how the magic was done and is fun, informative and easily understandable--pity the same cannot be said about the narrator. "Hollywood goes to a World Premiere" is a warm and amusing reminder about how premieres and stars used to be in 1964. The only disappointment is the lack of commentary--Dick Van Dyke would surely have offered a gem of a cockney voice-over! --Nikki Disney

  • The Princess Diaries/The Princess Diaries 2 - Royal Engagement [2001] The Princess Diaries/The Princess Diaries 2 - Royal Engagement | DVD | (03/11/2008) from £4.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (72.30%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Princess Diaries (Dir. Garry Marshall 2001): Academy Award'' Winner Julie Andrews enchanting newcomer Anne Hathaway and Hector Elizondo (Pretty Woman) lead a charmed cast in Disney's The Princess Diaries a hilarious hip and heartwarming modern day Cinderella story. Mia Thermopolis (Hathaway) is a bright but terribly shy and gawky teenager whose goal in life is to survive each school day with a minimum of attention and embarrassment. Unfortunately her wish to be invisible is thwarted when her estranged grandmother arrives and delivers the shocking news that she's a real-life princess - heir to the throne of Genovia! Furious and incredulous the reluctant royal agrees to take princess lessons and make the biggest decision of her life - in three weeks. And so begins a comical transformation towards poise and princess-ness when she finds herself in the middle of a media storm jealous schoolmates and a plot to take over her country. Funny uplifting and affirming - your entire family will thoroughly enjoy this crown jewel. The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (Dir. Garry Marshall 2004): As a teenager ugly duckling Mia (Anne Hathaway) learned that she was actually a princess. Now that the Princess has completed college in America she is returning to her country Genovia. Since Mia is turning 21 Queen Clarisse (Julie Andrews) plans to step down and give her granddaughter the throne. But evil Viscount Mabrey (Jonathan Rhys-Davies) believes his nephew is the rightful heir and Parliament decides that Mia will have to abide by an age-old Genovian law: no Queen shall rule without a husband. Mia has just thirty days to marry if she is to retain the throne that her family has held for over 500 years. The kindhearted but clumsy princess also has to win over the Genovian people and survive the constant paparazzi. Although a charming Englishman (Callum Blue) seems to fit the arranged marriage bill Mia also finds herself drawn to the very man that is vying for the throne the dashing Nicholas (Chris Pine). But can she trust her foe's intentions? Will Mia follow her heart or sacrifice love for her country?

  • Despicable Me [DVD + UV Copy] [2010] Despicable Me | DVD | (30/09/2013) from £4.57  |  Saving you £15.42 (77.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Three orphan girls cause the deplorable Gru to rethink his plan to steal the moon. Special Features: Theatrical Feature Commentary Despicable Me Minion Mania App Trailer Despicable Me The Game Trailer A Global Effort Gru's Rocket Builder Game Super Silly Fun Land Games Despicable Beats The World of Despicable Me Voices of Despicable Me Despicable Me Mini-Movies (Home Makeover Orientation Day and Banana) Hop Teaser Trailer Universal Family Blu-ray Trailer Thank You Anti Piracy Trailer

  • Classic Christmas Box Set [DVD] Classic Christmas Box Set | DVD | (07/11/2011) from £11.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (40.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A Christmas Carol:Academy Award Winner George C. Scott gives a powerful performance as Ebenezer Scrooge in this truly heartwarming telling of Charles Dickens' beloved drama. At first, miserable, greedy old Scrooge can't tolerate the revelry of Christmas, much less comprehend its meaning. But visits from his former business partner's ghost and three cautionary specters from past, present and future force the man to soul-search. Grappling with his own losses, Scrooge recognises the repercussions of heartlessness in this classic, timeless story that also stars Susannah York and David Warner. The Sound of Music:The magical, heart-warming story, which has become the most popular family film of all time, tells the story of a spirited young woman, Maria (Julie Andrews), who leaves the convent to become governess to the seven children of the autocratic Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer). Miracle on 34th Street:In this new miracle based on the 1947 classic, a little girl discovers dreams can come true if you really believe. Six-year old Susan Walker has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle - Santa Claus. Her mother told her the secret about Santa a long time ago, so Susan doesn't expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special department store Santa who's convinced he's the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all - something to believe in. This uplifting and joyous film will make believers out of the entire family! Chitty Chity Bang Bang:Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls - start your engines. You're about to take an incredible ride with one of the most wonderful family films of all time! With its clever tunes (including the OSCAR-Nominated title song), marvellous cast and enchanting storyline, this delightful romp is lots of fun and simply toot sweet to pass up! Dick Van Dyke stars as eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts, who creates an extraordinary car called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It not only drives - but also flies and floats - as it leads him, his two children and his beautiful lady friend, Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes), into a magical world of pirates, castles and endless adventure.

  • The Sound Of Music [1965] The Sound Of Music | DVD | (08/03/2004) from £3.99  |  Saving you £12.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The most widely seen movie produced by a Hollywood studio, The Sound of Music grows fresher with each viewing. Though it was planned meticulously in pre-production (save for the scene where Maria and the children take a dipping in an Austrian lake that nearly cost a life), on each viewing one is struck anew by the spontaneous almost improvisatory air of the acting, notably of Julie Andrews under Robert Wise's direction. There are also the little human touches he brings to, for instance, the scene where Maria leads the children to the hills, over bridges and along tow paths where the smallest boy trips up and momentarily gets left behind: it creates a feeling that most of us have encountered. From the opening pre-credit sequence of muted excitement as the camera roves over the Austrian Alps (photographed in magnificent colour), where little phrases from the wind instruments on the soundtrack are flung as if on the breeze, foreshadowing the title song to follow, the production never puts a foot wrong. On the DVD: On the first disc the film itself has never looked or sounded better since its original presentation in Todd AO (prints of which are said to have disappeared forever). The disc also contains a separate audio guide that takes the viewer through the film sequence by sequence, with director Robert Wise commenting on the weather, the production design by Boris Leven, the sequences filmed on location and in Hollywood (like the interiors of the Von Trapp villa), and the naming of other actors who were eager for the lead roles, notably Doris Day and Yul Brynner. On the second disc there are the documentaries. "Salzburg Sight and Sound" was Charmian Carr's own record of her time on location in the summer of 1964, playing Liesl, the eldest Von Trapp daughter. "From Fact to Fiction", running two hours, begins with the birth of Maria in 1905 who inspired the film, charts her subsequent marriage to Captain Von Trapp, their escape from Nazi Germany not across the Alps but via a train across the Italian boarder, their home in Vermont and thence to the German film of the family that was brought to the attention of Rodgers and Hammerstein as an ideal vehicle for a stage musical. A second group of documentaries covers previews, television and radio commercials and a 1973 interview with Wise and Andrews. Overall, this is a marathon package but in its way is as compelling as the film itself. --Adrian Edwards

  • Shrek 2: Single Disc Edition Shrek 2: Single Disc Edition | DVD | (01/11/2004) from £3.81  |  Saving you £17.51 (76.20%)  |  RRP £22.99

    The lovably ugly green ogre returns with his green bride and furry, hooved friend in Shrek 2. The newlywed Shrek and Princess Fiona are invited to Fiona's former kingdom, Far Far Away, to have the marriage blessed by Fiona's parents--which Shrek thinks is a bad, bad idea, and he's proved right: the parents are horrified by their daughter's transformation into an ogress, a fairy godmother wants her son Prince Charming to win Fiona, and a feline assassin is hired to get Shrek out of the way. The computer animation is more detailed than ever, but it's the acting that make the comedy work--in addition to the return of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz, Shrek 2 features the flexible voices of Julie Andrews, John Cleese and Antonio Banderas, plus Jennifer Saunders as the gleefully wicked fairy godmother. --Bret Fetzer

  • Thoroughly Modern Millie [1967] Thoroughly Modern Millie | DVD | (26/07/2004) from £3.35  |  Saving you £4.40 (44.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Julie Andrews stars as Millie an innocent country girl who comes to the big city in search of a husband. Along the way she becomes the secretary of the rich and famous Trevor Graydon (John Gavin) befriends the sweet Miss Dorothy (Mary Tyler Moore) fights off white slaver Mrs. Meers (Beatrice Lillie) and hooks up with a lively paper clip salesman Jimmy (James Fox). In the end it takes a rich and nutty jazz baby like Muzzy (Carol Channing) to unravel all these complications give

  • Despicable Me [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2010] [Region Free] Despicable Me | Blu Ray | (30/09/2013) from £3.19  |  Saving you £21.80 (87.20%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Three orphan girls cause the deplorable Groo to rethink his plan to steal the moon. Special Features: Theatrical Feature Commentary Despicable Me Minion Mania App Trailer Despicable Me Game Trailer A Global Effort Miss Hattie's Top Secret Cookie Recipes Gru's Rocket Builder Game Super Silly Fun Land Game Despicable Beats The World of Despicable Me The Voices of Despicable Me Despicable Me Mini-Movies (Home Makeover Orientation Day and Banana) Gru Control Hop Teaser Trailer Thank You Anti Piracy Trailer

  • The Sound Of Music [1965] The Sound Of Music | DVD | (28/11/2005) from £3.89  |  Saving you £11.10 (74.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Share the magical heartwarming true-life story that has become the most popular family film of all time - Rodgers and Hammersteins The Sound Of Music. Julie Andrews lights up the screen as Maria the spirited young woman who leaves the convent to become governess to the seven children of Captain von Trapp an autocratic widower whose strict household rules leave no room for music or merriment. Winner of five Academy Awards including Best Picture this timeless cla

  • The English Patient [DVD] The English Patient | DVD | (30/05/2011) from £4.95  |  Saving you £15.04 (75.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Winner of an outstanding nine Academy Awards The English Patient is the sweeping World War II romantic epic that's being compared to such legendary films as Casablanca and Doctor Zhivago. After a badly burned pilot (Ralph Fiennes) is pulled from the wreckage of his plane in the Sahara Desert he's placed in the care of an army nurse (Juliette Binoche) and identified only as the English patient. As his memory slowly returns a passionate and consuming love affair with a married woman (Kristin Scott Thomas) is unveiled and lives from both the past and the present become inextricably altered. Set against breath taking backdrops in North Africa and Italy this film is a riveting cinematic masterpiece that stirs the heart and touches the soul like no other film in years!

  • Shrek/Shrek 2/Shrek The Third/Shrek: Forever After - The Final... [Blu-ray] Shrek/Shrek 2/Shrek The Third/Shrek: Forever After - The Final... | Blu Ray | (01/09/2014) from £11.99  |  Saving you £42.00 (77.80%)  |  RRP £53.99

    ShrekYou've never met a hero quite like Shrek winner of the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The endearing ogre sparked a motion picture phenomenon and captured the world's imagination with... the Greatest Fairy Tale Never Told! Critics are calling Shrek 'not just a brilliant animated feature but a superb film on any level' (USA Today). Relive every moment of Shrek's (Mike Myers) daring quest to rescue the feisty Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) with the help of his loveable loudmouthed Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and win back the deed to his beloved swamp from scheming Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow). Enchantingly irreverent SHREK is an ogre-sized adventure you'll want to see again and again! Shrek 2Everyone's favourite larger-than-life hero returns in Shrek 2 the #1 comedy of all time hailed by critics and audiences alike as even better than its Oscar -winning predecessor! 'There are so many jokes and jests not even a jelly-bellied ogre could consume them all in one sitting' proclaims USA Today. Happily ever after never seemed so far far away when a trip to meet the in-laws turns into another hilariously twisted adventure for Shrek and Fiona. With the help of his faithful steed Donkey Shrek takes on a potion-brewing Fairy Godmother the pompous Prince Charming and the famed ogre-killer Puss In Boots a ferocious feline foe who's really just a pussycat at heart! Shrek The ThirdGet ready for Thirds in this hilarious comedy of royal proportions. When his frog-in-law suddenly croaks Shrek embarks on another whirlwind adventure with Donkey and Puss In Boots to find the rightful heir to the throne. Everyone's favourite cast of characters is back along with a magical misguided Merlin an awkward Arthur a powerful posse of princesses and a bundle of unexpected arrivals. Only Shrek can tell a tale where everyone lives happily ever laughter! Shrek Forever AfterIt started with a loveable ogre... who befriended a talking donkey' and rescued a beautiful princess in the original 'un-fairytale' that broke the mould for all animated films to come. Now a decade of Shrek comes to a hilarious halt with Shrek Forever After the fitting final chapter to this record-breaking Oscar-winning movie phenomenon. Longing for the days when he was a 'real ogre' Shrek signs Rumpelstiltskin's magical contract and poof! - in an instant everything and everyone he knows has changed. Donkey suddenly can't remember his best friend; Fiona is now a tough warrior princess; and Puss In Boots is one fat cat! Together they have just 24 hours to reverse the contract to save Far Far Away and restore happily Forever after to close the final chapter in this 'fine family film!' (Mark Adams Sunday Mirror).

  • Avanti [1972] Avanti | DVD | (07/06/2004) from £5.39  |  Saving you £7.60 (58.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The complete obscurity of Avanti is a cinematic injustice that needs to be rectified. Jack Lemmon and director Billy Wilder made their share of hits together (Some Like It Hot and The Apartment, for starters), but this wry, melancholy comedy was completely out of touch with its time (which recalls a Wilder one-liner from the 1970s: "Who the hell would want to be in touch with these times?"). It may have flopped badly in 1972, but it wears well in retrospect. Lemmon plays a jerk American businessman called to Italy to pick up the body of his father, who died while enjoying a secret (and, it turns out, annual) liaison with a mistress. With the help of a delightful Englishwoman (Juliet Mills) who happens to be the daughter of the "other woman", Lemmon finds himself stepping in a few of dad's footsteps, and falling under the sway of the beguiling Italian atmosphere. It's a very leisurely movie, but that's part of the effect. Clive Revill delivers a gem of a performance as a heroic hotel manager, and Juliet Mills (sister of Hayley, daughter of Sir John) had her finest screen hour here. As a director, Wilder spent much of his early career camouflaging his romantic streak under a cynical front; here, despite many acerbic touches and the presence of death as the central plot device, the romance is in full flower under the rich Italian sun. --Robert Horton, Amazon.com

  • Despicable Me (4K UHD+2D BD+UV) [Blu-ray] [2017] Despicable Me (4K UHD+2D BD+UV) | Blu Ray | (05/06/2017) from £19.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    4x SHARPER THAN HD In a happy suburban neighbourhood with its well-kept gardens and white picket fences, sits a black house with a dead lawn! This is the secret hideout of Gru (Steve Carell), who, with his army of excitable little yellow minions, plans to TAKE OVER THE WORLD. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze guns and battle ready vehicles for land and air, Gru is accustomed to defeating all who stand in his way. But the arrival of three little orphaned girls, and their determination to make him their Dad, threatens his reputation as a SUPER-VILLAIN! DISC ONE 4K ULTRA HD MOVIE + 3 MINI-MOVIES FOR THE ULTIMATE MOVIE WATCHING EXPERIENCE, THIS DISC FEATURES: 4X sharper picture than HD HDR (HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE) for brilliant brights and deepest darks IMMERSIVE AUDIO for a multi-dimensional sound experience DISC TWO BLU-RAYâ?¢ MOVIE + BONUS FEATURES 3 MINI-MOVIES STARRING THE MINIONS THE WORLD OF DESPICABLE ME DESPICABLE BEATS GRU'S ROCKET BUILDER MISS HATTIE'S TOP SECRET COOKIE RECIPES COMMENTARY WITH THE DIRECTORS & THE MINIONS THE VOICES OF DESPICABLE ME SUPER SILLY FUN LAND POCKET BLU BD-LIVE AND MORE!

  • Shrek/Shrek 2/Shrek The Third/Shrek: Forever After - The Final... [DVD] Shrek/Shrek 2/Shrek The Third/Shrek: Forever After - The Final... | DVD | (01/09/2014) from £14.99  |  Saving you £20.00 (57.20%)  |  RRP £34.99

    ShrekYou've never met a hero quite like Shrek winner of the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The endearing ogre sparked a motion picture phenomenon and captured the world's imagination with... the Greatest Fairy Tale Never Told! Critics are calling Shrek 'not just a brilliant animated feature but a superb film on any level' (USA Today). Relive every moment of Shrek's (Mike Myers) daring quest to rescue the feisty Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) with the help of his loveable loudmouthed Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and win back the deed to his beloved swamp from scheming Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow). Enchantingly irreverent SHREK is an ogre-sized adventure you'll want to see again and again! Shrek 2Everyone's favourite larger-than-life hero returns in Shrek 2 the #1 comedy of all time hailed by critics and audiences alike as even better than its Oscar -winning predecessor! 'There are so many jokes and jests not even a jelly-bellied ogre could consume them all in one sitting' proclaims USA Today. Happily ever after never seemed so far far away when a trip to meet the in-laws turns into another hilariously twisted adventure for Shrek and Fiona. With the help of his faithful steed Donkey Shrek takes on a potion-brewing Fairy Godmother the pompous Prince Charming and the famed ogre-killer Puss In Boots a ferocious feline foe who's really just a pussycat at heart! Shrek The ThirdGet ready for Thirds in this hilarious comedy of royal proportions. When his frog-in-law suddenly croaks Shrek embarks on another whirlwind adventure with Donkey and Puss In Boots to find the rightful heir to the throne. Everyone's favourite cast of characters is back along with a magical misguided Merlin an awkward Arthur a powerful posse of princesses and a bundle of unexpected arrivals. Only Shrek can tell a tale where everyone lives happily ever laughter! Shrek Forever AfterIt started with a loveable ogre... who befriended a talking donkey' and rescued a beautiful princess in the original 'un-fairytale' that broke the mould for all animated films to come. Now a decade of Shrek comes to a hilarious halt with Shrek Forever After the fitting final chapter to this record-breaking Oscar-winning movie phenomenon. Longing for the days when he was a 'real ogre' Shrek signs Rumpelstiltskin's magical contract and poof! - in an instant everything and everyone he knows has changed. Donkey suddenly can't remember his best friend; Fiona is now a tough warrior princess; and Puss In Boots is one fat cat! Together they have just 24 hours to reverse the contract to save Far Far Away and restore happily Forever after to close the final chapter in this 'fine family film!' (Mark Adams Sunday Mirror).

  • Rodgers And Hammerstein Rodgers And Hammerstein | DVD | (03/04/2006) from £14.99  |  Saving you £55.00 (78.60%)  |  RRP £69.99

    A barnstorming box set of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musicals! Carousel (Dir. Henry King 1956) Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones are reunited in this second classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. In this bittersweet love story Billy Bigelow (MacRae) a smooth-taking carny barker falls in love with a mill worker (Jones) in a little town on the coast of Maine. Although Billy is killed during a robbery before the birth of his daughter years later he is allowed to return

  • The Muppet Show - Series 2 The Muppet Show - Series 2 | DVD | (05/11/2007) from £9.69  |  Saving you £21.30 (68.70%)  |  RRP £30.99

    Kermit the Frog is the manager of a cabaret-style theatre house which invariably has more drama behind the stage than actually on it! He has to contend with wannabe-comedian bears the smothering advances of Miss Piggy crabby regular theatre patrons homicidal chefs livestock not to mention making the weekly guest star feel welcome.

  • The Sound Of Music/ South Pacific/ West Side Story [DVD] The Sound Of Music/ South Pacific/ West Side Story | DVD | (13/04/2009) from £3.99  |  Saving you £6.00 (60.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Sound Of Music (Dir. Robert Wise 1965): Share the magical heartwarming true-life story that has become the most popular family film of all time - Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'The Sound Of Music'. Julie Andrews lights up the screen as Maria the spirited young woman who leaves the convent to become governess to the seven children of Captain von Trapp an autocratic widower whose strict household rules leave no room for music or merriment. Winner of five Academy Awards including Best Picture this timeless classic features some of the world''s best-loved songs. South Pacific (Dir. Joshua Logan 1958): Blessed with a treasure of timeless songs South Pacific combines the passionate heartwarming romance of a naive young Navy nurse (Mitzi Gaynor) and an older French plantation owner (Rossano Brazzi) with South Seas splendour and a world at war while the breathtaking score is highlighted by some of the most romantic songs ever written. West Side Story (Dir. Robert Wise Jerome Robbins 1961): Garnering a total of ten Academy Awards - including Best Picture of 1961 - West Side Story set a brilliant standard for movie musicals that remains unsurpassed to this day. Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins from Ernest Lehman's spectacular screenplay the film combines the unforgettable score of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim with Robbins' exuberant choreography to create a transcendent fusion of realism and fantasy that will forever be a feast for the eye the ear and ultimately the heart. A triumph on every level this electrifying musical sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of gang warfare in the slums of 1950's New York.

  • The Sound Of Music - 2 disc Special Edition [1965] The Sound Of Music - 2 disc Special Edition | DVD | (09/04/2001) from £7.95  |  Saving you £5.01 (25.10%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The most widely seen movie produced by a Hollywood studio, The Sound of Music grows fresher with each viewing. Though it was planned meticulously in pre-production (save for the scene where Maria and the children take a dipping in an Austrian lake that nearly cost a life), on each viewing one is struck anew by the spontaneous almost improvisatory air of the acting, notably of Julie Andrews under Robert Wise's direction. There are also the little human touches he brings to, for instance, the scene where Maria leads the children to the hills, over bridges and along tow paths where the smallest boy trips up and momentarily gets left behind: it creates a feeling that most of us have encountered. From the opening pre-credit sequence of muted excitement as the camera roves over the Austrian Alps (photographed in magnificent colour), where little phrases from the wind instruments on the soundtrack are flung as if on the breeze, foreshadowing the title song to follow, the production never puts a foot wrong. On the DVD: On the first disc the film itself has never looked or sounded better since its original presentation in Todd AO (prints of which are said to have disappeared forever). The disc also contains a separate audio guide that takes the viewer through the film sequence by sequence, with director Robert Wise commenting on the weather, the production design by Boris Leven, the sequences filmed on location and in Hollywood (like the interiors of the Von Trapp villa), and the naming of other actors who were eager for the lead roles, notably Doris Day and Yul Brynner. On the second disc there are the documentaries. "Salzburg Sight and Sound" was Charmian Carr's own record of her time on location in the summer of 1964, playing Liesl, the eldest Von Trapp daughter. "From Fact to Fiction", running two hours, begins with the birth of Maria in 1905 who inspired the film, charts her subsequent marriage to Captain Von Trapp, their escape from Nazi Germany not across the Alps but via a train across the Italian boarder, their home in Vermont and thence to the German film of the family that was brought to the attention of Rodgers and Hammerstein as an ideal vehicle for a stage musical. A second group of documentaries covers previews, television and radio commercials and a 1973 interview with Wise and Andrews. Overall, this is a marathon package but in its way is as compelling as the film itself. --Adrian Edwards

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