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West Side Story Decades Collection-60s

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This "brilliant" (The New Republic) film sets the ageless story of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of gang warfare in 1950s New York. Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins and scripted by Ernest Lehman, the film combines Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's unforgettable score ("Maria," "America," "Somewhere," "Tonight") with Robbins' own exuberant choreography to achieve an exhilarating "work of art" (Saturday Review).

A love affair is fated for tragedy amidst the vicious rivalry of two street gangs -- the Jets and the Sharks. When Jets member Tony (Richard Beymer) falls for Maria (Natalie Wood), the sister of the Sharks leader, it's more than these two warring gangs can handle. And as mounting tensions rise, a battle to the death ensues and innocent blood is shed in a heartbreaking finale.


Studio Fox Home Entertainment
SKU 205820474
UPC 027616089830
UPC 14 00027616089830
Format DVD
Release Date 9/23/2008
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Name Wood,Natalie
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Cast & Crew
Boris Leven - Production Designer
Daniel L. Fapp - Cinematographer
Ernest Lehman - Screenplay
Jerome Robbins - Director
Natalie Wood - Actor
Richard Beymer - Actor
Rita Moreno - Actor
Robert Wise - Producer
Robert Wise - Director
Russ Tamblyn - Actor
Thomas Stanford - Editor
Walter Mirisch - Executive Producer
William Shakespeare - Based On Play By
Winner (1962) Oscar, Daniel L. Fapp, Best Cinematography, Color,Oscar, Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise, Best Director,Oscar, Robert Wise, Best Picture,Oscar, Fred Haynes, Gordon Sawyer, Best Sound,Oscar, Thomas Stanford, Best Film Editing,Oscar, George Chakiris, Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Rita Moreno, Best Actress in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Boris Leven, Victor A. Gangelin, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color,Oscar, Irene Sharaff, Best Costume Design, Color,Oscar, Saul Chaplin, et. al., Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture
Oscar (1962) Boris Leven, Victor A. Gangelin, Winner, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color,Daniel L. Fapp, Winner, Best Cinematography, Color,Ernest Lehman, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium,Fred Haynes, Gordon Sawyer, Winner, Best Sound,George Chakiris, Winner, Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Irene Sharaff, Winner, Best Costume Design, Color,Rita Moreno, Winner, Best Actress in a Supporting Role,Robert Wise, Winner, Best Picture,Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins, Winner, Best Director,Saul Chaplin, et. al., Winner, Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture,Thomas Stanford, Winner, Best Film Editing
Golden Globe (1962) West Side Story, Winner, Best Motion Picture - Musical
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review 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.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review 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.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Sensormatic, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
At-A-Glance Film Reviews ...astonishingly powerful...
David Cornelius, ...a world unlike any other, a phenomenal filmmaking achievement.
Shay Casey, Film Written Magazine The dance choreography endures as some of the most energetic ever captured on film.
Stella Papamichael, BBC Online ...[a] groundbreaking combination of toe-tapping tunes and wailing pathos...a truly arresting musical.
The New York Times A cinema masterpiece!
Stella Papamichael, BBC ...[a] groundbreaking combination of toe-tapping tunes and wailing pathos...a truly arresting musical.
Variety Powerful! Electrifying! Breathtaking!
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