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The von Trapp Family: A Life Of Music (2015/Lionsgate DVD)

Picture: B Sound: C Extras: C Telefilm: B

From the sensational film/musical story The Sound of Music comes the story from Agathe von Trapp point of view, a little different than the story we all know. Years later on a snowy Christmas Eve, Agathe retells the tale of her family to her young runaway niece at the train station. As she recounts how the war shattered their lives and how music save theirs in Ben Verbong's The von Trapp Family: A Life Of Music (2015).

Based on a true story, Agathe von Trapp retells the tale of The Sound of Music; it began when her Mother died. Maria entered their lives as a nanny and then became their step mother, while Agathe resented her and her father for his remarriage the war approached their quiet lives. The von Trapps were considered incredibly wealthy found themselves penniless after the collapse of the European Banks, but through their music they showed their hope, defiance and forgiveness to the Nazis order, that even after the Nazis stripped them of their wealth, friends, family and country, as long as they still had each other that was all they need.

This telefilm os based on the the true story and autobiography of Agathe von Trapp's "Memories Before and After The Sound of Music"; A Life of Music tells the tale of The Sound of Music through the eyes of the the eldest von Trapp children. It is a story of lost a child's loss of their mother, her father's remarriage and a daughter's resentment and then recovery. It is about how both her and her father learned to let go their pride, it is ironic how humans race only learns what they truly love after they lose it, that all the material wealth in the world is nothing without family.

Of course, this is never going to look as good as a 70mm-filmed musical, but the anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is not bad for the format, though the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is uneven throughout. Extras include about the family and story featurette. Guess the 4K Blu-ray of the hit film is not far behind.

- Ricky Chiang


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