West Side Story was one of the first musicals that I was introduced to in school and I fell in love with it. Because of its Latin characters and love story/tragedy, it has remained one of my favorites. We own the DVD edition that came in this cool red box and has a booklet inside with all kinds of West Side Story info. Our four year old has watched it and enjoyed the singing and dancing. I am so happy to see that it has been remastered and I can’t wait to see it in it’s Blu-ray glory this weekend.
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Five decades after its historic debut, a timeless classic returns to dazzle audiences young and old. Based on the hit Broadway musical of the same name, the iconic film WEST SIDE STORY returns in brilliant Blu-ray form November 15, 2011 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. With a record-breaking ten Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Scoring of a Musical Picture, the film took home more awards than any other movie-musical in the history of cinema. This monumental production, conceived and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, features the timeless lyrics of master American composer Stephen Sondheim, magnificent score by Leonard Bernstein and heartfelt book by playwright Arthur Laurents. WEST SIDE STORY: 50th Anniversary Edition boasts hundreds of hours of restoration, new 7.1 digital audio, and a collection of bonus features spotlighting the thrilling songs and iconic dances of the original film.
This “brilliant” (The New Republic) film under the direction of Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, sets the ageless story of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of gang warfare in 1950’s New York. A love affair is fated for tragedy amidst the vicious rivalry between two street gangs – the Jets and the Sharks. When Jets member Tony (Richard Beymer) falls for Maria (Natalie Wood), the sister of the Sharks leader, it is more than these two warring gangs can handle. As tension mounts, a battle to the death ensues and innocent blood is shed in a heartbreaking finale.
Featuring the beloved songs “Maria,” “America,” “Tonight,” and “I Feel Pretty,”
WEST SIDE STORY: 50thAnniversary Edition showcases rousing performances by
Best Supporting Actress® winner Rita Moreno, Best Supporting Actor®winner George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn. The Blu-ray will be available in a Limited Edition 4-Disc Boxed Set featuring 2 disc Blu-ray, newly-restored DVD, Tribute CD and collectible memorabilia, as well as a 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray + newly-restored DVD. Prebook is September 7.
WEST SIDE STORY 50thAnniversary EditionBlu-ray Special Features
- ALL-NEW: Pow! The Dances of West Side Story – cast members, contemporary filmmakers, dancers and choreographers analyze and illuminate the film’s famous dance sequences.
- Dance At the Gym
- Tony and Maria’s Cha Cha
- The Rumble
- Maria’s Roof Dance
- ALL-NEW: A Place for Us: West Side Story’s Legacy – a look back at the iconic film and the impact it has all over the world
- Creation and Innovation
- A Timeless Vision
- Song Specific Commentary by Lyricist Stephen Sondheim
- The Jet Song
- Something’s Coming
- Dance At the Gym
- Gee, Officer Krupke
- I Feel Pretty
- One Hand, One Heart
- A Boy Like That / I Have A Love
- Music Machine –allows viewers to go straight to their favorite musical numbers
- West Side Memories
- Storyboard to Film Comparison Montage
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Original Issue Trailer
- Reissue Trailer
- Animated Trailer