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Blu-ray Release: West Side Story

November 15, 2011

In honour of the film’s 50th anniversary, 20th Century Fox is releasing West Side Story for the first time on Blu-ray today.  Violence between two rival gangs in New York City sets the backdrop for this story of a forbidden romance between Tony (Richard Beymer) and Maria (Natalie Wood), as things lead to a heartbreaking conclusion worthy of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

With excellent music by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story remains one of the greatest movie musicals of all time.  This is solidified by the fact that the film won a total of ten Oscars in 1961, including Best Picture.  The first time it has ever been available in beautiful high definition, this 50th anniversary edition Blu-ray would make a great gift, especially for serious fans of the film.

The Blu-ray includes featurettes on the dancing and lasting legacy of the film, song specific commentary with Sondheim, as well as a storyboard to film comparison montage and a feature that allows viewers to go straight to the musical numbers.  Also included is a DVD of the film.

West Side Story is 152 minutes and rated PG.

-John C.

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