Rodgers & Hammerstein, Sony Music Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox proudly honors the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 box office smash and five-time Academy Award®-winning The Sound of Music, with an unprecedented year-long celebration highlighted by theatrical and home entertainment releases, and a spectacular slate of cross-company and promotional partnerships that will bring one of the world’s most ‘favorite things,’ to millions around the globe.
50th Anniversary Blu-ray™/DVD/Digital HD
The unparalleled golden anniversary of the film’s premiere will launch March 2 in the UK and March 10 in the US, with the release of the 5-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition 50th Anniversary Blu-ray™/DVD/Digital HD. Beautifully restored, the 5-disc 50th Anniversary Blu-ray™ features over 13 hours of bonus content highlighted by the all-new documentary “The Sound of a City: Julie Andrews Returns to Salzburg,” detailing Andrews' recent return to the magical city where she filmed her iconic role of Maria half a century ago!
“The Sound of a City: Julie Andrews Returns to Salzburg”
The emotional all-new The Sound of Music documentary “The Sound of a City: Julie Andrews Returns to Salzburg” documentary blends personal memories with fascinating history as Ms. Andrews returns to key sites in the story of the von Trapps including Nonnberg Abbey, Mondsee Abbey, and the “Do-Re-Mi” steps at Mirabell Gardens.
50th Anniversary Soundtrack
Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will celebrate the beloved movie musical with a newly remastered and expanded 50th anniversary edition available March 10. THE SOUND OF MUSIC – 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION will feature previously unreleased orchestral cues from the Academy Award-winning score, and all vocal performances on one CD for the first time.
The new soundtrack will also include new introductory notes from Julie Andrews and Theodore S. Chapin, president and executive director of Rodgers & Hammerstein; and in-depth liner notes written by Laurence Malson, author of The Sound Of Music Companion. The CD package will also include rare photographs and illustrations from the film.
Also, in conjunction with Legacy Recordings and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Analog Spark (an imprint of Razor & Tie) will issue THE SOUND OF MUSIC – 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION on 2 LP 180-gram vinyl, and will also issue the original 16-track Grammy® Hall Of Fame-inducted RCA Victor soundtrack album on 180-gram vinyl. Both titles will be offered on SACD as well.
The treasured film will once again proudly shine on the big screen in commemoration of this special anniversary. Through a Fox partnership with Fathom and Turner Classic Movies, a beautifully restored version of the film will be shown for two days only, April 19th and 22nd, in over 500 theaters across the US.
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Classic Film Festival
The celebration will continue on March 26 with Turner Classic Movies (TCM) paying tribute to the film’s legendary stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer with an opening night screening of the movie at the sixth annual TCM Classic Film Festival (which runs from March 26-29). Famed film historian Robert Osborne will introduce the brilliantly restored film at the opening-night gala and moderate a Q&A session with Andrews and Plummer.
The celebration will continue with a global partnership with Princess Cruises, also celebrating their Golden Anniversary in 2015. The acclaimed line will screen the movie on board multiple sailings throughout the year along with themed events, sing-a-long experiences and more. Beginning in March, fans can enter to win a Princess cruise for two plus a $500 Princess Cruises gift card each month through the end of the year with a total of 9 chances to win.
50th Anniversary Books
Four new books are being published in 2015 to coincide with the anniversary, and focusing on the film. 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).
North American National Tour and United Kingdom Tour
Before it was an Academy Award®-winning film, The Sound of Music was a Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical, and productions of the stage musical continue to be presented all over the world. 2015 will see the launch of a major new stage tour across the US and Canada, directed by Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien, simultaneous with another stage production currently touring the United Kingdom.