Synopsis ~ WEST SIDE STORY 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. 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.
Running Time: 173 minutes
Number of Disks: 2
– 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
*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
*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
Breaking the bonds of its rather bland 1957 initial Broadway run, West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Edition brings to Blu the film that truly set the story on fire; introducing 1961 audiences not yet familiar with its Broadway trappings, to a timeless Romeo & Juliet-esque tale of life, death, family, and the all-too-often blind gaze of love.
A stellar cast including Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, and a gaggle of dancing gang-members provided the moves and Leonard Bernstein provided the music, both of which made West Side Story leap from the screen and onto the pages of legendary musicals.
Plenty of new features set this edition apart from previous offerings, in particular the features, “Pow! The Dances of West Side Story” – which offers great choreographic insight from celebrity dancers and those who contributed to the film – and “A Place for Us: West Side Story’s Legacy”, which combines a rather “unique” take on a cultural retrospective segment with nostalgic interviews with the cast. These two features alone should draw a considerable crowd, but when you couple them with the always enticing commentary of Sondheim the film itself seems only half the draw for nabbing this edition.
Other notable features include “West Side Memories”, a previously released look back, a cache of easy-to-find musical numbers in “Music Machine” giving you the option to play all or just individual songs, and a healthy dose of trailers; both new and old.
So with singin’, dancin’ and tons of forbidden romancin’, West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Edition brings a murderous and musically marvelous bit of Manhattan to Blu-ray.
*Purchase this title and other recent releases locally HERE
Cast: Natalie Wood | Richard Beymer | Rita Moreno | Russ Tamblyn | George Chakiris | Simon Oakland | Ned Glass | William Bramley
Directors: Jerome Robbins | Robert Wise
Central Writers: Ernest Lehman | Arthur Laurents
Theatrical Release: October 18, 1961
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: November 15, 2011
Genre: Crime | Drama | Musical
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE