The hills are alive ... with the sound Julie Andrews and the rest of the Von Trapp family, now in 7.1-channel, uncompressed DTS-HD Master Audio. Yes, for its 45th anniversary, The Sound of Music can now be enjoyed in high-definition with a high-res Blu-ray soundtrack as well, part of a pretty strong week for releases.
Expect a solid transfer of the 1965 Academy Award-winning family favorite, which is presented in its original 2.20:1 wide aspect ratio. There’s also a collector’s edition gift set, just in time for the start of holiday shopping season.
If that’s not enough to get the family together for a fun movie night over the holidays, this week also gives us Pixar’s Toy Story 3, as well as a Toy Story box set, and the classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Blu-ray as well, for some good multigenerational fun.
A couple of opposite ends of the spectrum music releases could be fun for you as well this week—Phil Collins: Going Back has the former Genesis front man playing Motown tunes in New York City, while metal mainstays Metallica, Slayer, Megadeath and Anthrax can be heard with their concert from Sofia, Bulgaria.
For those 80s nostalgia fans, a couple of releases might pique your interest as well this week—The Goonies and Highlander, undoubtedly two fan favorites from the decade.
Plus, if you want to optimize your display so you can get the most out of your new Blu-ray discs, look for Disney’s WOW World of Wonder calibration disc that’s being released this week. It has plenty of tests to help you calibrate like a pro.
Click here to view our Top 10 Blu-ray Releases for November 2. Here’s the full schedule for the week (schedule and slideshow synopses courtesy of Blu-ray.com):
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Cars Toon: Mater’s Tall Tales
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Come Hell or High Water
Dinosaurs Alive! 3D
Disney’s WOW World of Wonder
Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk 3D
Highlander II: The Quickening
Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax: The Big 4 - Live from Sofia, Bulgaria
Phil Collins: Going Back
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concerts
The Sound of Music
Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage
Toy Story 3
Ultimate Toy Box 3-Movie Collection (Toy Story / Toy Story 2 / Toy Story 3)
V: The Complete First Season
Van Gogh: Brush with Genius
Wild Ocean 3D
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