November 15th, 2011

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by Pat Cerasaro

WEST SIDE STORY is definitely back in a big way - in the last two weeks alone it has had its very own tribute episode on GLEE featuring four of the show’s most famous songs, and, also, Fathom re-released the new HD remastering of the film in movie theaters nationwide for a one-night-only showing - so, given its 50th anniversary, the time has definitely come to pay tribute to one of the finest American movie musicals ever manufactured, which itself was based on one of the most innovative, controversial and progressive Broadway shows in history. From “A Boy Like That” to “Tonight” to “Somewhere” and beyond, this is a score that has enraptured two or three entire generations - with very, very good reason; these songs are simply musical and lyrical magic. Truly, this is as good as musical theatre gets, and, furthermore, the 1960 film version by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise is just as good. The combination of the two? Transcendent. No, never before has WEST SIDE STORY presented the power, potency, prescience and put forth the plosive overall “pow!” to the system - heart, mind and body - than it does, here, now, on the absolutely sensational new 3-disc 50th Anniversary Blu-ray edition, which will be released on Tuesday. I was lucky enough to get a copy early and I was simply blown away in every single imaginable way. A red, hot and blue all-American movie masterpiece given its full, magnificent, ecstatic due on Blu-ray. Be prepared to be blown away. Bam!
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'West Side Story' one-night theatrical screening, Blu-ray release
Rita Moreno, George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn will attend Grauman's Chinese Theatre ceremony honoring the musical's 50th anniversary.

"West Side Story" is celebrating its 50th anniversary in a big way Wednesday. NCM Fathom and Turner Classic Movies is bringing back the newly restored movie version of the Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim musical to theaters around the country for one night only. The Blu-ray arrives Nov. 15, the same day three of the film's stars, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris, who won supporting actor Oscars, and Russ Tamblyn will be honored with a hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, "West Side Story" won 10 Academy Awards, including director and best picture.,0,845099.story