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 Posted:   Sep 27, 2023 - 12:11 PM   
 By:   Mike Matessino   (Member)

That sounds very fortuitous to us listeners Mike.
Can you tell us what condition the materials you worked with were in?
I imagine some of those old score tracks hadn't been touched in decades?


Overall condition was great. The back-ups made at 20th in 1994 to 2-inch were laid off high resolution for me and well as the 3-track RCA Victor master. Today's tech made a big difference. There were a few small problem spots with damage, some of which I got Chris Malone to help with, and here-and-there bits that needed some careful finessing, but overall it's rock solid.

 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2023 - 12:13 PM   
 By:   Mike Matessino   (Member)

Absolutely amazing!!!!

Will the super deluxe $100 edition be widely available from retailers like Amazon?

Or is it limited and safer to pre-order it right now from Craft's website?


I don't think the SDE is limited and I expect it will be on all major outlets. Big difference coming from a major label (with resources to hire a PR film). It's kind of overwhelming to see.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2023 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

Wow!
Sounds amazing Mike.
It must feel pretty cool working on some of THE biggest musical expansions/restorations (FIDDLER...TSOM) AND being John Williams' go-to guy for his film score expansions too.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2023 - 12:24 PM   
 By:   deepscan   (Member)

Congratulations Mike, on this upcoming new release!

Now that we are clear on Disney/20th’s partial ownership of the film (or we would not even have gotten this new release in the first place), it is time to start saving up for this definitive music collection.

I once owned the 20th LaserDisc box set of the film with the expanded CD soundtrack that you had worked on…but never until now has there been a complete release of this material.

This set will now go alongside my Blu Ray of the film which I play every Christmas season, as well as the perfect companion to the annual ABC airings.

First SUPERMAN from La La Land, and now this. Look forward to hearing the sound of THE SOUND OF MUSIC again!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2023 - 1:13 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

Absolutely amazing!!!!

Will the super deluxe $100 edition be widely available from retailers like Amazon?

Or is it limited and safer to pre-order it right now from Craft's website?


I don't think the SDE is limited and I expect it will be on all major outlets. Big difference coming from a major label (with resources to hire a PR film). It's kind of overwhelming to see.


Thanks!

I'll definitely be buying this! smile

I can only imagine how exciting it was to finally create a definitive release of such an iconic soundtrack! Only you could have done it! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2023 - 1:16 PM   
 By:   MikeyKW   (Member)

That's exciting and I'll be glad to retire my several versions of this soundtrack (including the old Gold release), now made redundant. I'll settle for the 2-CD Deluxe Edition, as I don't listen to alternates, although I'm glad they've been preserved and made available for those that do.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2023 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   Big X   (Member)

Excellent release, 4 disc set for me, hopefully it will be available via Amazon uk in the coming weeks. Great work, Mike.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2023 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I take it that the SDE comes in an LP-sized box, correct? How are the CDs/BR housed within?

 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2023 - 1:47 PM   
 By:   Mike Matessino   (Member)

I take it that the SDE comes in an LP-sized box, correct? How are the CDs/BR housed within?

I haven't held it physically yet, but it's a coffee-table type hardcover book with pockets for the discs inside the covers. Something in the neighborhood of 9" x 20" from the looks of it. And in between something like 30,000 words of my ramblings.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2023 - 1:50 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

I take it that the SDE comes in an LP-sized box, correct? How are the CDs/BR housed within?

I haven't held it physically yet, but it's a coffee-table type hardcover book with pockets for the discs inside the covers. Something in the neighborhood of 9" x 20" from the looks of it. And in between something like 30,000 words of my ramblings.


Amazing!!

I never dreamed we'd get something this all-encompassing!!! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2023 - 1:51 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

Oddly enough this is not a Disney/20th title in terms of music rights. They have a distribution partnership on the movie, so they were involved in reviewing copy & providing photos, but Robert Wise shares copyright on the movie and I represented that side of it on the project. It's all owned by Rodgers & Hammerstein, which was acquired by Concord in 2017 when they bought Imagem. The RCA Victor/Sony Music rights needed to expire and revert to R&H on January 1, 2021 in order to make it possible for me to merge album master material with studio scoring elements, which of course I was in the ideal position to do and be a one-stop shop for the whole thing.

Have the feature film distribution rights also reverted to R&H? Is that something you're able to address?

The movie was removed from Disney+ and all streaming services a few months back, and the Blu-Rays and DVDs seem to be out of print now.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2023 - 1:56 PM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

When we visited Austria (St Wolfgang...one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to) there was a channel on the TV in the hotel room and it just showed the film on repeat all day and night.
We visited Salzburg twice during our stay and did most of the movie sites and locations.
Fun memories.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2023 - 2:03 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

When we visited Austria (St Wolfgang...one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to) there was a channel on the TV in the hotel room and it just showed the film on repeat all day and night.
We visited Salzburg twice during our stay and did most of the movie sites and locations.
Fun memories.


I did a "Sound of Music" package tour with my German class when we went to Europe years ago. We saw a bunch of the locations too, the film does a masterful job of showing off the glorious sights of Salzburg! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2023 - 2:19 PM   
 By:   Phil567   (Member)

Does this set include the songs with the vocals removed? E.g., do we get Climb Every Mountain with only the music?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2023 - 2:33 PM   
 By:   TacktheCobbler   (Member)

A magnificent set to be sure, for one of my favorite movie musicals of all time. Currently torn between the Deluxe Edition and the regular version with the complete score (I take it Dixit Dominus is the full version found on the Gold CD rather than the abbreviated version used in the film and OST).

Not to be that person, but I wonder if it’s possible if the other R&H films with surviving tapes could get similar treatment (I’ve read that the tapes for Oklahoma! are lost, and Mike mentioned elsewhere that South Pacific was MIA).

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2023 - 2:51 PM   
 By:   jskoda   (Member)

This looks magnificent, and I pre-ordered today.

So glad they kept the iconic painting on the front cover. Our whole school (a Catholic school, of course) took us to see the movie when I was in first grade and it was still in roadshow. I may be mistaken, but I seem to remember being overwhelmed by a wall-size reproduction of that in the lobby.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2023 - 3:17 PM   
 By:   Reeve   (Member)

WOW!!!

I screamed out like I was cheering!!!
I am so thrilled to finally have this released in its entirety!

What I am mostly excited about; is to hear the orchestral tracks without the vocals…
As there are too many people who will look weirdly at you; if they heard the absolutely gorgeous vocals of Julie Andrews!
(Sigh)

Thank You A Billion Zillion Times!!!

 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2023 - 3:23 PM   
 By:   Mike Matessino   (Member)

Have the feature film distribution rights also reverted to R&H? Is that something you're able to address?

The movie was removed from Disney+ and all streaming services a few months back, and the Blu-Rays and DVDs seem to be out of print now.


It always reverts to R&H periodically, and has done so since 1977. It requires renegotiation each time and over the years there was a good cooperative built between them and 20th. We're just in one of those moments right now but it will be hashed out as it always is.

 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2023 - 3:24 PM   
 By:   Mike Matessino   (Member)

Does this set include the songs with the vocals removed? E.g., do we get Climb Every Mountain with only the music?

It does include them on the Super Deluxe CD & digital.

 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2023 - 3:25 PM   
 By:   Mike Matessino   (Member)

I wonder if it’s possible if the other R&H films with surviving tapes could get similar treatment (I’ve read that the tapes for Oklahoma! are lost, and Mike mentioned elsewhere that South Pacific was MIA).

You've got some albums on Capitol, so those would have to be a UMG/Concord/Disney cooperative. Not impossible, but more challenging.

 
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