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Format: DVD
Sku: 40227134
UPC: 027616898807
UPC 14: 00027616898807
Rating: NR
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Unlike other musicals 'West Side Story' grows younger!|"Winner of 10 Academy Awards, Including Best Picture (1961)."
Musical about two youngsters from rival nyc gangs who fall in love.

"A cinema masterpiece!  The New York Times
"...astonishingly powerful...  At-A-Glance Film Reviews
"...a world unlike any other, a phenomenal filmmaking achievement.  David Cornelius, eFilmCritic.com
"The dance choreography endures as some of the most energetic ever captured on film.  Shay Casey, Film Written Magazine
"...[a] groundbreaking combination of toe-tapping tunes and wailing pathos...a truly arresting musical.  Stella Papamichael, BBC
"Powerful! Electrifying! Breathtaking!  Variety

Editor's 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.
Features
Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), English, French, Spanish
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MGM
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/1/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 152 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1961
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1005613
Video UPC UPC: 00027616898807
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Natalie Wood
Video Cast Info Richard Beymer
Video Cast Info Rita Moreno
Video Cast Info Russ Tamblyn
Video Cast Info William Shakespeare - Adapted From Play By
Video Cast Info Arthur Laurents - Based On Play By
Video Cast Info Jerome Robbins - Based on Play By
Video Cast Info Jerome Robbins - Choreography
Video Cast Info Robert Wise - Director
Video Cast Info Leonard Bernstein - Musical Score
Plot 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.

Awards


Oscar (1962)
Video Award Name Daniel L. Fapp, Winner, Best Cinematography-Color
Video Award Name Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins, Winner, Best Director
Video Award Name Robert Wise, Winner, Best Picture
Video Award Name Fred Haynes, Gordon Sawyer, Winner, Best Sound
Video Award Name Thomas Stanford, Winner, Best Film Editing
Video Award Name Boris Leven, Victor A. Gangelin, Winner, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color
Video Award Name Daniel L. Fapp, Winner, Best Cinematography, Color
   Video Award Name Ernest Lehman, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Video Award Name George Chakiris, Winner, Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Video Award Name Irene Sharaff, Winner, Best Costume Design, Color
Video Award Name Rita Moreno, Winner, Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Video Award Name Saul Chaplin, et. al., Winner, Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture

Golden Globe (1962)
Video Award Name West Side Story, Winner, Best Motion Picture - Musical

Professional 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

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 7 of 10
...[West Side Story] still represents a brave and effective fusion of serious and fantasy elements, and offers two and one-half hours of solid entertainment. Admittedly, there are times when West Side Story strikes a campy or discordant note, but those instances are overbalanced by the more frequent moments when it offers its own brand of cinematic magic. - James Berardinelli

ReelViews 9 of 10
By the late 1950s and early 1960s, the musical had become one of the most popular motion picture genres. The list of past hits was impressive, including titles like Singin' in the Rain, South Pacific, The King and I, Oklahoma!, An American in Paris, My Fair Lady, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Carousel. Consequently, Hollywood moguls were always on the lookout for new source material, regardless of whether it was original or adapted. So, whenever a new Broadway musical captured the public's attention, an attempt was usually made to transform it into a screen event...Of course, as is always the case with a musical, West Side Story is at its best when the characters are singing and dancing. Bernstein's score is rich and memorable, and of the roughly twelve songs on the soundtrack, three are standouts. Two of them, the romantic ballads "Tonight" and "Somewhere," are instantly recognizable standards. The third, arguably the most energetic number, is the six-minute "America." In addition to being a favorite, the song also includes West Side Story's strongest element of social commentary...Until Baz Luhrmann attempted a highly unusual take of Romeo and Juliet using snatches of Shakespeare's original dialogue in a radical setting, West Side Story remained the best known and most atypical modernization of the Bard's tale. And, even though the movie version of the stage production does not play quite as well today as it once did, it still represents a brave and effective fusion of serious and fantasy elements, and offers two and one-half hours of solid entertainment. Admittedly, there are times when West Side Story strikes a campy or discordant note, but those instances are overbalanced by the more frequent moments when it offers its own brand of cinematic magic. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
Although "West Side Story" was named the best picture of 1961 and won 10 Academy Awards, it is not much mentioned by movie fans these days, and the old warhorse "Singin' in the Rain" is probably more seen and certainly better loved..."West Side Story" was the kind of musical people thought was good for them, a pious expression of admirable but unrealistic liberal sentiments, and certainly its street gangs at war -- one Puerto Rican, one the descendants of European immigrants -- seem touchingly innocent compared to contemporary reality...I hadn't seen it since it was released in 1961, nor had I much wanted to, although I've seen "Singin' in the Rain," "Swing Time," "Top Hat," "My Fair Lady" and "An American in Paris" countless times during those years. My muted enthusiasm is shared. Although "West Side Story" placed No. 41 in the American Film Institute's list of the greatest films of all time, the less industry-oriented voters at the Internet Movie Database don't even have it in the top 250...What I loved during "West Side Story," and why I recommend it, is the dancing itself. The opening finger-snapping sequence is one of the best uses of dance in movie history...So the dancing is remarkable, and several of the songs have proven themselves by becoming standards, and there are moments of startling power and truth. "West Side Story" remains a landmark of musical history. But if the drama had been as edgy as the choreography, if the lead performances had matched Moreno's fierce concentration, if the gangs had been more dangerous and less like bad-boy Archies and Jugheads, if the ending had delivered on the pathos and tragedy of the original, there's no telling what might have resulted. The movie began with a brave vision, and it is best when you sense that vision surviving the process by which it was turned into safe entertainment. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Wood,Natalie
Product attributeLabel:   Mgm Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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