This is one of the greatest of all Hollywood musicals and one of the greatest of all Hollywood movies. It represents a confluence of virtuosity in a number of different disciplines, principally songwriting, screenwriting, cinematography and directing.
It is not perfect by any means. The choreography is often merely serviceable, some of the numbers are indifferently staged, some of the acting and singing is acceptable at best. The brilliance of the other contributions, however, far outweighs the film’s flaws.
Forget your prejudices, if you have them, against musicals, against Rodgers and Hammerstein, against Julie Andrews, and surrender to their collective genius. Forget your prejudices, if you have them, against simplicity and implausible redemption, and surrender, at least for a few hours, to hearts that are lighter and brighter than yours is.
The Blu-ray of The Sound Of Music belongs in every civilized home.