The sounds of six of the most cherished musicals ever filmed come alive once again when the 25th anniversary of "The Sound of Music" is celebrated with the special release of "The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection" on Thursday.
The other five in the CBS/Fox Video series of hits, which are all sold separately, are "The King and I," "South Pacific," "Oklahoma," "State Fair" and "Carousel."
"The Sound of Music," starring Julie Andrews as the spirited young governess, has been acclaimed the most celebrated musical film of all time. It played at New York's Rivoli Theater for a record 93 weeks. Released in 1965, it was nominated for 10 and won five Academy Awards. The hits include: "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "My Favorite Things" and the last one ever written by the prolific team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, "Edelweiss." ($24.98; 2 hr., 53 min.)
"The King and I" (1956) also won five Oscars and was nominated for nine. Yul Brynner won best actor and Deborah Kerr was nominated for best actress. Memorable songs include "Getting to Know You," "The March of the Siamese Children" and "Shall We Dance." ($19.98; 2 hr., 13 min.)
"South Pacific" was released in 1958 with Mitzi Gaynor as the feisty nurse and Rossano Brazzi as the French plantation owner. Directed by Joshua Logan, the enchanting musical featured such memorable songs as "There Is Nothing Like a Dame," "Bali Ha'i," "Younger Than Springtime" "Happy Talk" and, of course, "Some Enchanted Evening." ($19.98; 2 hr., 30 min.)
"Oklahoma" began the most successful creative partnership in the history of musical theater -- Rodgers & Hammerstein. The film was released in 1955 and received Oscars only for best scoring and best sound. The joyous celebration of frontier life set in the days of the Oklahoma land rush had a star-filled cast that included Shirley Jones, Gordon MacRae, Eddie Albert, James Whitmore, Rod Steiger, Gloria Grahame, Charlotte Greenwood and Gene Nelson. Memorable songs included "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top," "People Will Say We're in Love" and "Oklahoma." ($19.98; 2 hr., 26 min.)
"State Fair" (1945) starred Jeanne Crain and Dick Haymes, Vivian Blaine and Dana Andrews and was the only R&H musical written exclusively for the screen. It had such hit songs as "It's a Grand Night for Singing," "That's For Me" and the Oscar-winning "It Might as Well Be Spring." ($19.98, 1 hr. 40 min.)
"Carousel" (1956) starred Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones in a story shot with striking Maine seaside settings to go with such hits as "Soliloquy," "If I Loved You," "A Real Nice Clambake" and "You'll Never Walk Alone." (19.98; 2 hr., 8 min)
Decades have failed to diminish the warmth of these six films. They're still fresh, zesty and enjoyable to watch -- over and over again.