Also available ina two-disc Five Star Collection edition.
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Without question, the anamorphically enhanced 2.25:1 DVD is no comparison to the so-blurry-your-eyes-hurt LaserDisc (both transferred from 65mm elements) reviewed in Issue 24. Any improvement over the LaserDisc is welcomed. Viewed alone, the DVD picture, for its age, looks pretty good. Despite some apparent edge enhancement, images are generally sharp and detailed. Colors, though dated are nicely balanced. There are many scenes, in which compression pixelization can be a bit annoying. Instead of appearing solid, backgrounds seem very busy with distracting movement. The smaller your display, the less annoying you will likely find the pixalization to be. Fine film grain is revealed throughout. While bearing the same image quality score as the LaserDisc, it should be clear that the DVD picture far surpasses the LaserDisc visually. Otherwise, the picture will surely please fans of this classic musical, which has never looked better on video. (Suzanne Hodges)
This two-disc release by Twentieth Century Fox has the same installation as the others I have come across. The components needed for each disc can be found on either disc, if that makes sense. From each disc, you are able to access the Wallpaper images and Weblinks, but can only play the game from the second disc and the movie from the first. Six very colorful desktop images can be found by clicking the Wallpaper link. These are extremely well presented, with three different resolution sizes to choose from for each photo. After clicking on the resolution size of your choice, the picture is enlarged into your favorite browser window, giving you instructions on how to set each as your desktop image. Links to five different Web sites can be found in the Weblinks section. You must be connected to the Internet to view any of these sites. The Melody Maker Game is a very interesting game, which is perfect for this title's target audience. You are given the notes to three of the main songs in the film, and must then place the notes in the correct spot on the bars. Since I am one of the most "musically challenged" person on this planet, I have no chance of ever completing this game without cheating. Fortunately for me, I am a very good cheater. After getting each of the notes correct, all I received was a message saying "Good Try." After that disappointment, I decided not to continue guessing the notes, leaving it for those of you with actual talent. To play the movie from the PCFriendly software, go back to disc one, and select Play Movie. You are then brought directly to the opening credits of the film. Have fun! There really is not much to this title, but what is here is geared towards its target audience, which I like a lot. I have never watched the movie (I know, I know), but I would imagine a script would probably be out of the question for a musical anyways. It would have been nice to maybe see some biographies, but I am still pleased with what I see. Also, I think the fact that this is the first game I have not been able to beat that gives The Sound of Music the ultimate score. (Danny Richelieu)
Reason #114 Why Readers Love Widescreen Review:
I appreciate the technical nature of your DVD reviews; that is, the way you rate the sound and picture quality of newly released DVDs. The reviews in most other magazines are concerned not with how good the DVD is, but with just the film itself: quality of the script, actors' performances, etc., all of which are subject to the critic's personal tastes, which may be wildly different from my own.