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Fox Unveils 'Sound of Music' 50th Anniversary Plans

21 Jan, 2015 By: John Latchem

A new Blu-ray and a theatrical re-release are among the plans 20th Century Fox has in store for a global celebration of the 50th anniversary of acclaimed movie musical The Sound of Music.

The festivities begin March 2 in the United Kingdom and March 10 in the United States with the release of the five-disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition 50th Anniversary Blu-ray boxed set, which also includes the film on DVD and Digital HD. The set includes a remastered version of the film and more than 13 hours of bonus content, including the new documentary The Sound of a City: Julie Andrews Returns to Salzburg, detailing the star’s recent return to the locations where filming took place.

The Blu-ray set will feature an exclusive soundtrack from Legacy Recordings/Sony Music, which includes eight international bonus tracks never-before released in the U.S.

March 26, Turner Classic Movies will pay tribute to Andrews and co-star Christopher Plummer with an opening night screening of the movie at the sixth annual TCM Classic Film Festival (running March 26-29). Film historian Robert Osborne will introduce the remastered version of the film at the opening-night gala and moderate a Q&A session with Andrews and Plummer.

In addition, Fox is partnering with Fathom Events and TCM to show the film in theaters April 19 and 22 in more than 500 theaters across the U.S. Details can be found at FathomEvents.com.

Princess Cruises 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 nine chances to win.

Legacy Recordings/Sony Music will also release, for the first time ever, a special 50th Anniversary soundtrack featuring the full film score. The anniversary also will see at least four new books about the film, which won five Oscars, including Best Picture.

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