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One-day only film hits 47 screens at same time

The Sound of Music is coming back for a final big-screen showing.

Nevil Gibson
Tue, 30 Oct 2012

The country’s cinemas will this weekend ring again to The Sound of Music as the popular musical returns for a single screening.

In what is described as a "one-shot saturation release”, the film will hit 47 screens nationwide at the same time this Sunday afternoon.

It is believed this is a first for a movie exhibited in New Zealand.

The release, also billed as the “last time on the big screen”, comes as the theatrical rights are due to expire.

Dunedin classics film specialist Cinevista negotiated the one-off screening rights and then arranged for release through two cinema chains, Event and Reading, as well as independent cinemas.

Cinevista’s Richard Weatherly says cinemas from Kaitaia to Invercargill are participating, with only one location, Levin, missing out because of prior commitments.

The remastered and fully restored digital film will screen in its original 174-minute version and is not the cut singalong version.

The 1965 production was based on a Broadway musical and for five years displaced Gone With the Wind as the highest-grossing film of all time (it is now Avatar).

• The Sound of Music will screen at 1.30pm on November 4

Nevil Gibson
Tue, 30 Oct 2012
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One-day only film hits 47 screens at same time