West Side Story  [DVD] 
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DVD Special Features
Newly restored from the original 65mm elements
New Dolby Digital 5.1 Soundtrack
Original Theatrical Trailer
Collectable booklet containing exclusive behind-the-scenes trivia and production notes
Interactive menu screen & chapter search
Subtitles: English/Dutch/French/Spanish/Potuguese/English for the Hard of Hearing
The winner of 10 Academy Awards, this 1961 musical by choreographer Jerome Robbins and director Robert Wise (The Sound of Music) remains irresistible. Based on a smash Broadway play updating Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to the 1950s era of juvenile delinquency, West Side Story stars Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as the star-crossed lovers from different neighbourhoods--and ethnicities. The film's real selling points, however, are the highly charged and inventive song-and-dance numbers, the passionate ballads, the moody sets, colourful support from Rita Moreno, and the sheer accomplishment of Hollywood talent and technology producing a film so stirring. Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim wrote the score. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Well I would be less than honest if I didn't admit that some aspects of this film have become a bit dated. However, this is an absolute classic musical and there is so much to savour and enjoy. The music is magnificent as is the dancing and choreography.
The main purpose of this review is to pass comment on the quality of the new Blu-ray release. Is it worth the upgrade? My answer would be an emphatic `Yes'! The new release is superb. The colour palette is much improved with generally rich colours and good blacks and the picture is much sharper with better overall clarity. The sound quality is also excellent with a couple of options for the English listener. I chose the 7 track DTS default version which provided a very satisfying sound quality.
The new release comes with a modern picture in picture menu system and the useful `bookmark' feature so that you can personally mark all your favourite pieces. The film is presented in its original theatrical release complete with the intermission music. There are a whole host of extras which I have yet to view and my first impressions of this release are very favourable.
No film musical has reached these heights since. For all its theatricality, I defy anyone to remain unmoved by the closing sequence. This is one of the indisputable classics of American cinema.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
FUN FACT: did anyone know natalie wood is dubbed by a 'ghost voice' ? ever wondered why deborah kerr in 'the king and I' musical ever sounded the same? Read morePublished 18 days ago by becky
Unfortunately there was a massive scratch on the disc and it only played for half an hour. Very disappointed.Published 22 days ago by Emily Arnold
Pleased to have a DVD of this, my favourite musical. The double DVD set gave a tremendous amount of extra information about the film. This was well worth the price. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Doughty