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HTF BLU-RAY REVIEW: The Sound of Music (Combo Pack)



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#1 of 90 OFFLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted November 02 2010 - 01:57 PM



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Posted November 02 2010 - 02:50 PM

Fantastic review...thanks for your hard work!

#3 of 90 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted November 02 2010 - 06:26 PM

Thanks for the review Matt!  Glad to see Fox did right by this title.

#4 of 90 OFFLINE   Adam Lenhardt

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Posted November 02 2010 - 06:48 PM

Thanks for the exhaustive review! I especially appreciate the background information you provide in your review of the film itself. But I would argue the flesh tones that occasionally veer toward the brown are a consequence of the way the film was lit and color timed originally, and should not be held against this release specifically. Previous DVD releases got around the problem by white balancing the picture and tweaking the tint, but they sucked the warmth out of the picture too. I especially appreciate you getting this review up so quickly, since I know the review copy was tardy coming in.

#5 of 90 OFFLINE   MatthewA

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Posted November 03 2010 - 01:31 AM

Thanks for your review, and I can't say enough good things about the set, even though I'm still waiting for my copy (and my new PS3 hard drive to boot!)

Enough is enough, Disney. No more evasions or excuses. We DEMAND the release Song of the South on Blu-ray along with the uncut version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks on Blu-ray. I am going to boycott The Walt Disney Company until then. And while you're at it, PLEASE stop dropping DVD/laserdisc extras from Blu-ray releases of other films.


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Posted November 03 2010 - 04:46 AM

Wow!  I had no idea that "R&H: The Sound of Movies" and "R&H: The Sound of American Music" were included as well.  I haven't found them yet.  It's truly an amazing box. Sixteen years later, I must still take my hat off to Michael Mattessino for his magnificent work on the still-step features he assembled for the wonderful 1994 laserdisc box.  I will never part with that laserdisc box and it will always hold a very special place in my heart. But I must say this new BluRay looks and sounds magnificent and brought back memories of all the 70mm screenings I had enjoyed over the years.  And Matt, your synopsis of the story was one of the best I've ever read.  I had tears in my eyes when reading it.  Thanks for a wonderful review!

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Posted November 03 2010 - 06:32 AM

My set is in transit (eagerly looking forward to it).  Thanks for your detailed review!  You've got me curious about the seven unusual trailers.  Unusual, as in not included on past releases, or unusual by comparison to other movie trailers?  (I love the trailers and TV spots for movies I saw as a kid -- they bring back memories that are in some ways even more specific than the ones the movies themselves bring back).

Originally Posted by MattH. 


seven unusual trailers for the film,



#8 of 90 OFFLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted November 03 2010 - 02:36 PM



Originally Posted by WilliamMcK 

My set is in transit (eagerly looking forward to it).  Thanks for your detailed review!  You've got me curious about the seven unusual trailers.  Unusual, as in not included on past releases, or unusual by comparison to other movie trailers?  (I love the trailers and TV spots for movies I saw as a kid -- they bring back memories that are in some ways even more specific than the ones the movies themselves bring back).


I only meant that the trailers aren't original theatrical trailers but trailers for reissues, sing-alongs, and home video releases.



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Posted November 03 2010 - 02:44 PM

Just spot checked and WOW! Rich is the word....absolutely breathtaking! As far as the apron slap, I think all of the sound effects during the song have been mixed lower (i.e. Julie stepping on the stones and throwing pebbles in the stream) compared to the music and effects track. So I feel that maybe it is correct as is.

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Posted November 03 2010 - 07:10 PM

The sound is not correct.  The Apron slap is not there at all. Themusic and effects track is what was done and approved by the director !!!! Again, someone has felt the need to change it - even though there were complaints about this on the last release.  Thanks for listening Fox. In the long run, it doesn't matter to me.  I felt the new picture had constantly wrong colors,  the sound has a puiffed up bass and the high end is either cut off or completely gone. stick withthe 40th anniversary edition, thank you. ( I bought this new box and now regret it.).

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Posted November 03 2010 - 11:46 PM


Originally posted by MattH.   These are the vintage featurettes repeated from previous releases of the film or previous disc releases relating to the movie. All of the following featurettes are in 480i. 


"Salzburg:Sight & Sound" featurette is now in HD actually. It appears to be a brand new transfer & it looks quite beautiful.


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Posted November 04 2010 - 03:52 AM



Originally Posted by Joe Caps 


The sound is not correct.  The Apron slap is not there at all.

Themusic and effects track is what was done and approved by the director !!!!

Again, someone has felt the need to change it - even though there were complaints about this on the last release.  Thanks for listening Fox.

In the long run, it doesn't matter to me.  I felt the new picture had constantly wrong colors,  the sound has a puiffed up bass and the high end is either cut off or completely gone.

stick withthe 40th anniversary edition, thank you.

( I bought this new box and now regret it.).


As I haven't memorized every snap crackle pop and color in this movie, can someone be more specific on what this apron situation is?


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Posted November 04 2010 - 04:22 AM

During the opening number, when julie sings "My heart wants to sing every song it hears"  Her handis behind her hand and she drops it to her sound and yu could always hear it very loudly.  Until the 40th anniversary DVD when it just was not there. It still is not there on thenew dvd, however it IS there on all the foreign dubs and the isolated music and effects track. whats the big deal. Those of us who know every frame of this film and now seeing changes being made for no reason.

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Posted November 04 2010 - 05:10 AM

Even with the slap gone, this issue is light years ahead of the previous dvd editions.  Thank you, Fox!  My favorite release of the year so far, and I didn't expect it to be.

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Posted November 04 2010 - 05:33 AM

On a side note, the bonus book version I purchased at a local Target store is a packaging disaster.  One literally cannot unfold the cardboard panels without at least one disc falling out of the spindleless pockets.
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Posted November 04 2010 - 05:48 AM

I've watched it, and it does indeed look and sound splendid. Two caveats. The dark scenes are... dark. Perhaps my plasma isn't correctly configured? "I Have Confidence" begins under a dark arch, and I can't see Julie's face at all. If this is how the movie really looked, then so be it, but it seems new to me. There is one shot which seems to have come from a sub-par print, when Trapp and Elsa and Max are first seen riding in the car.

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Posted November 04 2010 - 06:22 AM

for the first time but solid as a rock with not a hint of moiré to be seen, something that could have been a nightmare in careless hands. Additionally, there’s no aliasing in those cobblestones in the abbey courtyard, another potential problem area that is rock (no pun intended) solid.



The was aliasing on many an occassion - Max's jackets, the bushes in the party scene, Maria's arpon etc.


The contrast also seemed a bit bright leaving whites and light colors with a loss of detail



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Posted November 04 2010 - 08:05 AM

The apron slap is still on the track, but it is mixed very low on the track, along with the other sound effects during that song. They said that they used the print master for the very first time. Why then was the slap so low 5 years ago and still low if this is a new mix?

#19 of 90 OFFLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted November 04 2010 - 08:21 AM



Originally Posted by GMpasqua 

for the first time but solid as a rock with not a hint of moiré to be seen, something that could have been a nightmare in careless hands. Additionally, there’s no aliasing in those cobblestones in the abbey courtyard, another potential problem area that is rock (no pun intended) solid.



The was aliasing on many an occassion - Max's jackets, the bushes in the party scene, Maria's arpon etc.


The contrast also seemed a bit bright leaving whites and light colors with a loss of detail



 Not on my display, and I was looking for it because I was seeing patterns there I had never seen before.



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Posted November 04 2010 - 09:24 AM

I am having  major playback problems with the SOM on my Pioneer BDP120 bluray player. I can get to the menu,but when I hit play, nothing happens. Worse than that, all the controls on the player and remote freeze  and I have to uplug the unit. I have tried other discs and have none of these problems.





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