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I think the Blu-ray looks fantastic. I don't think there is much room for improvement within the bounds of the HD format.
 

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I saw SOM in 70mm 2 years ago at the Seattle Cinerama 70mm film festival. (I so hope that event comes back someday.) The color was rich but not Technicolor style. Julie's hair color seemed more consistent than on the blu-ray.
 

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I always have to compensate the color timing on this disc, as the skin tones resemble various shades of "gourds". I haven't missed a theatrical release of this film since 1965, and the color is not right to me.

But any of the R&H blus look better than " The King and I".
 
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The Sound of Music is quite acceptable compared to the tonings in Carousel and The King and I.
I much prefer Carousel to The Sound of Music so would prefer to see that title revisited ...but there's no doubt about which would be the biggest seller in 4K. We'll never see Carousel in that format ... but maybe Oklahoma! will be trotted out one day. The dazzling restoration of the Todd-AO print deserves it.
 
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One of the most beautiful prints I've ever seen is that of SOM in the mid 70s at Radio City when it still included a stage show with the movie. It was a 70mm print and looked as though it had been struck from the original negative which ten years later could still have been in excellent shape. As noted the colors were muted.(My Fair Lady was as well. No surreal Technicolor. Only spare uses of red. Well except for Beaton's astounding Edwardian wraps in the opera house at the beginning of the film.) Yet the blues, greys, greens and browns and blacks were vivid in their clarity and richness. Wise probably told Jeakins and Leven that this was not going to be a Vincent Minnelli or Betty Grable musical. Interestingly the Manhattan ghetto WSS is often richly colored throughout mostly in its costumes but not solely.
I was once told(and I wish I remember by whom. Maybe somebody I worked with at Radio City?) that this print was locked away in a vault at Fox. It's disappointing that the bluray is not up to snuff. I have it but haven't seen it yet. I thought it had an excellent reputation. bluray.com gives it an excellent rating across the board and they are not generous.
 
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One of the most beautiful prints I've ever seen is that of SOM in the mid 70s at Radio City when it still included a stage show with the movie. It was a 70mm print and looked as though it had been struck from the original negative which ten years later could still have been in excellent shape. As noted the colors were muted.(My Fair Lady was as well. No surreal Technicolor. Only spare uses of red. Well except for Beaton's astounding Edwardian wraps in the opera house at the beginning of the film.) Yet the blues, greys, greens and browns and blacks were vivid in their clarity and richness. Wise probably told Jeakins and Leven that this was not going to be a Vincent Minnelli or Betty Grable musical. Interestingly the Manhattan ghetto WSS is often richly colored throughout mostly in its costumes but not solely.
I was once told(and I wish I remember by whom. Maybe somebody I worked with at Radio City?) that this print was locked away in a vault at Fox. It's disappointing that the bluray is not up to snuff. I have it but haven't seen it yet. I thought it had an excellent reputation. bluray.com gives it an excellent rating across the board and they are not generous.
I have always wondered why blu-ray.com has given it a top rate. The blu-ray is not bad, but certainly not for a top rate.
 

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Fox had been releasing this in different configurations about every five years as long as I can remember. I absolutely think that would have continued this year if they were still their own company.
Apparently they had also planned for a UHD release of Patton but apart from Shawn Belston mentioning Patton in an interview I have not heard about this anymore. Too bad as it could have been a great 50th anniversary release.
 
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Apparently they had also planned for a UHD release of Patton but apart from Shawn Belston mentioning Patton in an interview I have not heard about this anymore. Too bad as it could have been a great 50th anniversary release.
This is the other disc I gave up on waiting for an upgrade and bought after Disney bought Fox :(
 
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Mr. Harris gave it a "Very Highly Recommended" (before he started ascribing a numerical value) upon its release. I think it's gorgeous Blu-ray. Hopefully one day we'll get a 4K UHD.

As had the singing voices of nuns, being heard from outside of the Abbey walls, led Maria towards becoming a postulant; so, too, was this voice and review from Robert A. Harris, which led me to my own calling and ascension from DVD to Blu. It was November of 2010 and, prior to my initial reading of RAH’s SoM assessment, I was behind the BD eight-ball and an on-the-cusp Johnny-Come-Lately convert. No doubt, it was going to take one special film and one irresistible transfer before my own transition would become eminent. In short, I was no more different in that period of time than are those folks of today, who have yet to become 4K equipped; as this, both then and now, entails a new player, a new panel, a new set up, and the willingness or resolve to replace a multitude of cherished discs; to which many an investment had already transpired.

There always seems to be that one film, that one restoration, that one disc; which seals our fate and delivers us to a new order and technology. Apparently, “The Sound of Music” had became my litmus test and lightning rod; as the same thing had occurred with SoM when moving from VHS to DVD.

So, with that bit of biased history, I would still strongly contest that the SoM BD of 2010 took a mountainous leap from all of its prior incarnations. It set a new standard; but, consequentially, led our eyes and ears towards becoming further attuned and sophisticated as to how and where the technology could go next and amazingly further.

I would dare say that “The Sound of Music” is on the shortest of short lists as being that go-to must-have film, whenever a newer format of home entertainment was unveiled. “The Sound of Music” is the rarest of films where color and audio specialists, home theater aficionados, surviving Roadshow projectionists and the general populace all meet and converge. Indeed and in droves, everyone wants the latest elevations of SoM; and even now, after 55 years.

For my money, all logic and economics says that Disney knows full well that to sit on this multi-generational family favorite and indefinitely not supply the consumers with a 4K/UHD of “The Sound of Music” would be tantamount to also denying the very existence of a mouse, a duck and a dwarf.
 
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The Two Bobs' comedy team has so mismanaged Disney in the last few years while accruing for themselves major fortunes that the existence of a mouse, a duck and a dwarf means little to them.
 

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If Disney wants to back out on physical media they will not be getting very much money from me! This would mean that other studios that offer movies on physical media will be getting more of my money while Disney gets less! I will continue to purchase Fox titles already released on Blu-ray disc and other titles getting 4K Blu-ray releases. Let's see what Disney does between now and middle of next year!

I was fortunate enough to be treated to a screening of Sound Of Music back in 2017 that was from a 70mm print with six track stereo. I just remember it looking very good but I do not remember it being super vivid.
 

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If Disney wants to back out on physical media they will not be getting very much money from me! This would mean that other studios that offer movies on physical media will be getting more of my money while Disney gets less! I will continue to purchase Fox titles already released on Blu-ray disc and other titles getting 4K Blu-ray releases. Let's see what Disney does between now and middle of next year!
No more purchases of new Disney titles from me and no Disney+ subscription. Obviously Disney can do what the want with the Fox library and their catalog but we can also do what we want with our money.

I will resume my normal purchase behaviour and I may even resubscribe to Disney+ when Disney somehow makes it possible to purchase HD and UHD discs of Fox titles that still get released in a regular fashion through them or other entities but I first want to see proof of that.
 
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No more purchases of new Disney titles from me and no Disney+ subscription. Obviously Disney can do what the want with the Fox library and their catalog but we can also do what we want with our money.

I will resume my normal purchase behaviour and I may even resubscribe to Disney+ when Disney somehow makes it possible to purchase HD and UHD discs of Fox titles that still get released in a regular fashion through them or other entities but I first want to see proof of that.
Stop buying physical media from Disney. If that won’t show them that there’s still a market for movies on disc, nothing will! /s
 

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Stop buying physical media from Disney. If that won’t show them that there’s still a market for movies on disc, nothing will! /s
The concept of giving studios money for product that I do not really want or care for to get the titles that I do want and care for has proven to be both futile and expensive - I speak from experience.
 

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The concept of giving studios money for product that I do not really want or care for to get the titles that I do want and care for has proven to be both futile and expensive - I speak from experience.
I’m not suggesting you buy titles you don’t want. You seemed to suggest that you were wholesale boycotting Disney, even if they did release something you would want, until they totally reverse course on physical media ala Paramount.
 

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A few of the Disney bluray titles I got on ebay say made in Mexico on the outside of the plastic wrap. I point this out only because it seems unusual. Anybody know if it is simply a case of outsourcing and the quality is exactly the same as those which don't have this on the back?
 

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A few of the Disney bluray titles I got on ebay say made in Mexico on the outside of the plastic wrap. I point this out only because it seems unusual. Anybody know if it is simply a case of outsourcing and the quality is exactly the same as those which don't have this on the back?
Shouldn't be a problem.

I haven't paid attention to whether Disney did this in the past, but plenty of titles from other studios are made in Mexico w/ such a stamp on the wrapper. Mexico is apparently a very large supplier of movie discs across many/all diff studios/labels...

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I also the film 5 times in 70mm during the 1973 re-release and found the color subtle and delicate. Later that summer I saw it in 35mm and color intensity was increased and it seemed to garish to me.
Agreed - saw it in ‘73 and it was never a typical colorful musical- surely toned down due to the seriousness of the Anschluss.
 

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