If the news about the reinvestigation of Natalie Wood’s untimely demise is unsettling and strangely timed, the news that OC actress Terri Mowrey’s delightful one-woman homage to “West Side Story” is being reprised early next year is welcome news indeed. “West Side Terri” will be performed Feb. 10-Mar. 4 at Hunger Artists Theatre in Fullerton.
Poor Natalie looks better than ever in last week’s beautifully restored Blu-ray release of “West Side Story,” of course, though we can’t say she sounds better—now that we can hear what she sounded like before Marni Nixon dubbed her. Nonetheless MGM Home Entertainment’s 50th anniversary edition 3-disc Blu-ray+DVD offers all sorts of special features, including 7.1 digital audio, song-specific commentary by Stephen Sondheim, an analysis of the film’s dance sequences by cast members, dancers and choreographers, a storyboard-to-film comparison montage, and four trailers.
Let’s not forget the original special effects—the iconic score by Leonard Bernstein, including “Maria,” “America,” and “I Feel Pretty,” and the Oscar-winning performance by Rita Moreno (Best Supporting Actress). As if anyone could. The Romeo and Juliet story set in 1950s New York City, which won a record-breaking ten Academy Awards including Best Picture, will also 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.
Also new on Blu-ray from MGM is “The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three,” the original 1974 suspense film—not the recent remake—starring Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw and Martin Balsam. This race-against-time thrill ride, based on the best seller by John Godey, features a gang of thugs who hijack a subway train near New York’s Pelham Station and threaten to kill one hostage per minute. Leonard Maltin called it “heart-stopping” and gave it three and one-half stars; Matthau, one of the late 20th century’s top movie clowns, proves his dramatic ability here.
“Incident In An Alley,” a recent MGM Limited Edition DVD release, would be easy to miss with no star names attached to the cast. However, this intriguing 1962 feature—in which a cop “mistakenly” kills a 14-year-old boy during a robbery and is haunted by the crime—is based on a short story by Rod Serling of “The Twilight Zone” and is worth checking out.
“The Legacy Collection: Kirk Douglas,” new on DVD from Inception Media Group, is a welcome 3-disc release comprised of five full-length feature films, notably including Douglas’ debut in “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers” (1946), a rarely seen episode of TV’s “The Colgate Comedy Hour (1952), and a guest appearance on “The Jack Benny Program” (1954). As a bonus, we get original film trailers charting Douglas’ and son Michael’s careers.
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