West Side Story (Blu-ray)

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Specifications

Studio Tcfhe/mgm
SKU 228352919
UPC 883904245681
UPC 14 00883904245681
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 4/1/2014
Rating NR
Keywords
Classic
Essential Cinema
Gangs
Love Story
Recommended
Stage Play
Theatrical Release
Tragedy
Editors Note
Note Considered one of the most popular musicals of all time, WEST SIDE STORY earned director Robert Wise an Oscar for Best Director as well as nine other Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Realistically portrayed characters and their surroundings and expert editing complementing innovative dance sequences mark this highly stylized modern-day Romeo and Juliet tale. The stage is set in New York's Upper West Side in the 1950s, where the area's slums are plagued by racial tensions acted on by two rival gangs: the Puerto Rican Sharks and the Caucasian Jets. In the middle of this mess is young, innocent Maria (Natalie Wood), a Puerto Rican seamstress whose brother, Bernardo (George Chakiris), is the leader of the Sharks. Despite the warnings of Anita (Rita Moreno), Bernardo's fiery girlfriend, Maria falls in love with a young, hopeful Polish boy, Tony (Richard Beymer), who used to belong to the Jets, now headed by Riff (Russ Tamblyn). When Tony, on Maria's urging, tries to stop a rumble between the gangs, tragedy ensues, marking their dedicated love affair with violence and desperation. The infectious, lyrical landmark score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim help round out one of the greatest musical experiences ever captured on film.
Plot Summary
Summary A Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim score backdrops this landmark Broadway musical in which a modern-day Romeo and Juliet are involved in New York City street gangs. Academy Award Nominations: 11, including Best (Adapted) Screenplay. Academy Awards: 9, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor--George Chakiris, Best Actress--Rita Moreno, Best Scoring of a Musical Picture.
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly "..Incredibly cool..." 04/04/2003 p.83
Total Film "...You'd be a fool not to buy it and once more savour the muscular song-and-dance numbers..." 07/01/2003 p.134
Uncut "[E]very Bernstein song's a humdinger with sizzling Sondheim lyrical gags. Cosily cool." 12/01/2003 p.160
Directors
Robert Wise
Jerome Robbins
Actors
Richard Beymer
Natalie Wood
Cast & Crew
Richard Beymer - Star
Natalie Wood - Star
George Chakiris - Star
Rita Moreno - Star
Eliot Feld - Star
Tony Mordente - Star
Russ Tamblyn - Star
Simon Oakland - Star
Boris Leven - Production Designer
Thomas Stanford - Editor
Daniel L. Fapp - Director of Photography
Ernest Lehman - Screenwriter
Leonard Bernstein - Composer
Johnny Green - Composer
Robert Wise - Producer
Robert Wise - Director
Jerome Robbins - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1961
UPC 00883904245681
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 153 minutes
Color Color
Awards
Name George Chakiris
Award Category Best Supporting Actor
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1961
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Rita Moreno
Award Category Best Supporting Actress
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1961
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Johnny Green
Award Category Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1961
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Robert Wise
Award Category Best Director
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1961
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Irwin Kostal
Award Category Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1961
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Saul Chaplin
Award Category Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1961
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Jerome Robbins
Award Category Best Director
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1961
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Sid Ramin
Award Category Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1961
Award Giver Academy Awards
Features
Widescreen, English, Spanish, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
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