Dad of Divas' Reviews: DVD Review - The Von Trapp Family - A Life Of Music

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

DVD Review - The Von Trapp Family - A Life Of Music

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About the Movie
The hills come alive when The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music arrives on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and On Demand April 5 from Lionsgate. Follow Agathe von Trapp’s incredible real life journey to develop her own voice and pursue her musical dreams despite tremendous hardship. The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Based on the autobiography Memories Before and After the Sound of Music by Agathe von Trapp, this unforgettable movie follows the von Trapp family’s incredible journey from the perspective of Agathe, the eldest daughter. As war encroached upon her family and friends, Agathe embarked on an adventure filled with remarkable twists and turns, joys and disappointments. But despite the struggles through the dark times, there was always the saving grace of music.


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  • Eliza Bennett - Inkheart, The Prince & Me
  • Yvonne Catterfeld - Beauty and the Beast
  • Cornelius Obonya - TV’s “White Beauty”
  • Johannes Nussbaum - TV’s “Tatort”
  • Annette Dasch - TV’s “The Metropolitan Opera HD Live”
  • and Rosemary Harris - Spider-man, This Means War

My Take on the Movie
For those of you who have seen the movie THE SOUND OF MUSIC, you probably know it is based on the Von Trapp family and their flight from Austria when the Nazis were invading Europe. This particular story is told by Agathe Von Trapp, the oldest child, in the Von Trapp family.
The movie shows the family with Agathe as a young child and her mother is gravely ill. The mother eventually dies and the captain and his children move to Salzburg , Austria.

The movie spans a period more than ten years. Within that period of time Maria enters as the new nanny and marries the captain. I am sure this all sounds familiar. However you will see more in depth the feelings of Agathe as the oldest and conflicts with her father and new step mother. There are resolutions to the conflicts as the movie progresses. The love of the family, the love of their country, and their desperation to keep everyone safe become more apparent as they escape Austria.

In all aspects of the movie you will see how important music was in their lives. Everyone sang including Maria .

There are differences between Agathe's recollections and the movie of course. You will see though, how THE SOUND OF MUSIC became the story of the Von Trapp family.

I really think you will enjoy this movie. I feel it is a movie for a family to watch although maybe not very young children. The acting is well done, the scenery is beautiful and you truly get a glimpse into the life the Von Trapp family had in Austria.

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