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 Home Entertainment. With a record-breaking ten Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Original Score, the film took home more awards than any other movie-musical in the history of cinema. This monumental production not only featured the timeless lyrics from master American composer Stephen Sondheim, but a brilliant score from Leonard Bernstein, and beautiful direction from Robert Wise. 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 harmonious songs and elaborate dances of the original film.
This "brilliant" (The New Republic) film 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, The Longest Day) falls for Maria (Natalie Wood, Splendor in the Grass), the sister of the Sharks leader, it's more than these two warring gangs can handle. As mounting tensions rise, a battle to the death ensues and innocent blood is shed in a heartbreaking finale.
Featuring the famous songs "Maria," "America," "Tonight," and "I Feel Pretty," West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Edition showcases thrilling performances by Best Supporting Actress winner Rita Moreno (The King and I), Best Supporting Actor winner George Chakiris (Two and Two Make Six) and Russ Tamblyn (How the West Was Won). 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. Prebook is September 7.
West Side Story 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-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
◦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 had 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
West Side Story was released October 18th, 1961 and stars Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Simon Oakland, Ned Glass, William Bramley. The film is directed by Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise.
Sources: Fox Home Entertainment