November 25th, 2011

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18 Must-Have DVDs and Blu-rays
From anniversary editions (''Breakfast at Tiffany's,'' ''Willy Wonka'') to collections (''Harry Potter,'' ''Toy Story'') to favorite miniseries (''Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,'' ''Band of Brothers''), discs to delight anyone on your list

By Chris Nashawaty

West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Edition

The timeless love story looks better and brighter than ever on this sparkling, four-disc Blu-ray box set, which includes eye-opening (and toe-tapping) featurettes about the making of a true Hollywood classic. Even if you don't like musicals, you'll love this one. (amazon.com; $44.99)
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Interviews: Stars of ‘West Side Story’ on its 50th Anniversary

By PATRICK McDONALD
Senior Staff Writer
HollywoodChicago.com

CHICAGO – The legend of the 1961 film version of the Broadway sensation “West Side Story” grows as the years go by. Who better to remember that legend 50 years later than three of the stars of that Academy Award winning Best Picture – Rita Moreno (Anita), George Chakiris (Bernardo) and Russ Tamblyn (Riff).

The film version of “West Side Story” had it all. There was controversy – star Natalie Wood (Maria) was neither Puerto Rican nor sang her own songs. There was art – the classic, unforgettable songs of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, plus the athletic and graceful choreography of Jerome Robbins. And finally, there were the awards. TEN Oscars including Best Supporting nods for both Moreno and Chakiris, in addition to the first shared Best Director award for Robbins and co-director Robert Wise.

HollywoodChicago.com got the privilege last year of interviewing three of the main stars of West Side Story – Rita Moreno, George Chakiris and Russ Tambyn – as they reminisced on their participation in one of the most iconic movie musicals ever put to screen. The good, the bad and the ugly came out of these sessions, in accordance with the hindsight and perspective of 50 years.
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