Monday, 24 October 2016

Giveaway #591 : Win 3 x The Von Trapp Family: A Life Of Music on dvd - closed - winners Karl Borowy, Jo Carroll, Samantha O' Donnell


I have to admit, I was slightly dubious when I saw that a new movie had been released featuring the Von Trapp family, made famous in the iconic 1965 film, The Sound of Music. As a child of the seventies, I watched the original film innumerable times as it was shown on TV pretty much every year, and, in the hearts and minds of the international viewing audience, Julie Andrews is singing-nun-turned-governess-turned-stepmum Maria, so I wasn't sure who would be able to step into her shoes. While the chirpy, feel-good movie has a special place in people's hearts, it is also incredibly dated, so how would a remake, so to speak, actually work?

Well, the answer is, it's pretty well done. The film starts with a bit of festive schmaltz with the typical all-American family decorating the Christmas tree, but my fears of an overly-saccharine story were totally unfounded - the 20-something daughter has a strop and stomps out of the cinnamon-and-candy-cane-scented living room to go back to her mum's, shattering the image of the perfect family into a million pieces. Kind-hearted granny rips a strip off her insensitive son and heads out into the snow to find her granddaughter at the station and have a heart-to-heart with her.

And so begins a refreshingly honest and less-idealised retelling of the story made famous by The Sound of Music. The benevolent grandmother is Agathe Von Trapp, the eldest daughter of the singing family, immortalised in the "You are sixteen, going on seventeen" song, and, as she reveals to her stunned grandchild, she knows a lot about trying to get on with an unwanted stepmother.


Her trip down memory lane begins with events before the period covered in The Sound of Music, and we discover the children's devoted mother, in her sick bed, then being carted off to hospital never to return. Enter Maria, not portrayed by Julie Andrews but by fresh-faced Yvonne Catterfeld. That's only the first of many readjustments that fans of The Sound of Music will have to face though.

It turns out that life in the Von Trapp home wasn't as happy and carefree as the original movie would have you believe, and there was a lot of tension, jealousy and bitterness between Agathe and Maria, with Agathe feeling pushed out of her role as eldest daughter and stand-in mother by the new arrival.

 The Von Trapp Family: A Life Of Music also offers a much grittier and more realistic representation of life in Nazi Austria, with an oppressive sense of impending doom, menace and horrific violence that was completely lacking in the 1960s version. Maybe it was because I was watching it with the eyes of a child, but I didn't pick up on the very real threat to their lives that the Von Trapp family were facing when they donned their backpacks and lederhosen and ambled off across the mountains.

I was slightly surprised by the end - the new film is based on Agathe's autobiography “Memories Before and After The Sound of Music”, so I was expecting to follow the family as they embarked on a new life in America, but the only nod to their future is a line of text explaining that they emigrated, just after the escape to the mountains scene and before the final credits roll.


Overall, it's an enjoyable and enlightening film that viewers will appreciate whether or not they've seen the original Sound of Music film. Yvonne Catterfeld manages to fill the enormous shoes left behind by Julie Andrews and presents a sassier, more rounded and realistic Maria that modern audiences will empathise with. 



On Digital Download now and DVD 31st October

Starring:
 Matthew MacFadyen (Ripper Street, Pride & Predjudice, Spooks)
Eliza Bennett (Broadchurch, Nanny McPhee)
Rosemary Harris (Spider-man)

THE VON TRAPP FAMILY: A LIFE OF MUSIC Disc Information:
Certificate: 12
Disc: Single disc DVD
Featurettes: About the Family / About the Story



I have three dvd copies of The Von Trapp Family: A Life Of Music to give away to lucky Madhouse Family Reviews readers. Fill in your entries via the rafflecopter widget below.



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110 comments:

  1. I'm entering as the hills will be alive here x

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  3. Edelweiss is my favourite, although I love them all.

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  4. I love Edelweiss. My cousin used to sing it beautifully when I was a young child.

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  5. Edelweiss, i have a jewellery box that plays the tune

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  6. I like Edelweiss best

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  7. How do you solve a problem like Maria?

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  8. I Am Sixteen is my favourite song from the sound of music! I remember the first time I watched it with my gran when I was about 5 and I still love that film!

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  9. I love these are a few of my favourite things.x

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  10. Spencer Broadley26 October 2016 at 08:08

    I am 16 going on 17

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  11. Love Edelweiss , but like them all really

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  12. Rachel Griffiths26 October 2016 at 10:49

    Edelweiss is my favourite, such a beautiful song.

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  13. I love Do Re Mi because all the children are singing in it and its so easy to join in at home :)

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  14. Thanks for telling me about this film, I'm a huge fan of The Sound of Music but I never realised this 'drama' version had been made so I can't wait to see it. My fave song from the Musical version is 'So Long Farewell' which gets an airing twice in the original...so that's a bonus!

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  15. My favourite is Edelweiss. It's such a lovely, heartfelt song. I quite often find myself singing it.

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  16. Edelweiss always leaves me an emotional mess.

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  17. How do you solve a problem like Maria? - leanne w

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  18. My favourite song is So Long, Farewell

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  19. 'I Have Confidence'

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  20. How do you solve a problem like Maria ... as my name is Maria and everyone used to sing it to me when I was a kid lol

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  21. Climb Every Mountain, amazing song

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  22. The Lonely Goatherd. It's so catchy, and it always reminds me of the cute puppets and the family having fun.

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  23. So Long, Farewell is my favourite song xx

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  24. How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria.

    Rachel Craig

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  25. The lonely goatherd is only one of my favourites

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  26. Maria (@PeanutHog)

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  27. Do-Re-Mi but love all the music in this classic musical

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  28. I absolutely love the sound of music, went to Salzburg a couple of years ago was magical. I love Edelweiss!

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  29. Something Good is my favourite :) The Sound of Music is my mum's all time favourite film!

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  30. Love The Sound Of Music! I think my favourite song is 16 going on 17

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  31. My Favourite Things

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  32. My Favourite Things

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  33. One of my all time favourite movies x

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  34. my favourite song is my favourite things from this movie.x

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  35. 16 going on 17, in memory of the Singer who has just died ie Charmian Carr who was actually 21 when she sang the song in the film.

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  36. My Favorite Things. My cousins and I often used to reenact scenes from the film when we were little

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  37. Always more interested in the real story than the famous film,so here's hoping.

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  38. doe a deer a female deer , love that song gets me singing all the time x

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  39. Oh fab would love this. I love The Sound of Music. Would love to see more about the real Von Trapp family.

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  40. My favourite song is Climb Every Mountain.

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  41. Sixteen Going On Seventeen although love The Lonely Goatherd as well. :)

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  42. I love all of them, but The Lonely Goatherd is probably my favourite. By the way thanks for publicising this film - I'd never heard of it and I'm a massive SoM fan!

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  43. doh a deer it has to be. The Scottish football fans chant it!

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  44. I have all the Sound of Music songs on my iPod favourites list (blushes.) If I absolutely have to choose it would be 16 going on 17.

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  45. Doh a dear :) My daughter sings it xx

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  46. @yauflower

    Edelweiss

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  47. I love So Long Farewell - love the way the children all line up and sing

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