West Side Story

West Side Story

Blu-ray Disc - 2011
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A modern version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, set in the Puerto Rican section of New York City.
Publisher: Culver City, California :, MGM Home Entertainment,, 2011.
Edition: Widescreen (2.20:1) version ; 50th anniversary ed.
Copyright Date: ©1961
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (Blu Ray) (152 min.) :,sound, coloured ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, video, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, rda
2.20:1 widescreen, AVC @ 25 MBPS, rda
1080p HD, rda
Blu-ray, NTSC, rda
video file, Blu-ray, dual layer, 50 GB, region A, rda


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May 25, 2019

Hello, darlings! - "West Side Story" is one of my fave musicals from yesteryear. I like a lot of the songs and some of the choreography is super-duper. And, on top of that - The film's story-line is quite riveting at times, too.

Hillsboro_ElizabethH May 12, 2019

I have always loved older musical films, and this is no exception - amazing vocal & dance numbers, and a wonderful re-telling of Romeo & Juliet.

Nov 19, 2018

I never found the snapping intimidating in parodies; just came off as stupid and pretentious. Here in the source material, I was actually intimidated. Go figure. Choreography was top notch, songs were catchy and fun, and the message and acting were very good. The only things I did not like, was Marni Nixon's dubbing, (Once you watch My Fair Lady w/ Audrey Hepburn all your life, it's unnerving to hear Eliza Doolittle's singing come out of Natalie Wood's mouth) and the fact that the gangs actually agree where to fight. WHY NOT FIGHT THERE? Overall, better than La La Land.

Aug 20, 2018

Can't be topped for musical and dancing performance of the Bernstein score and Jerome Robbins choreography. The over all dramatic effect if a bit off center, RIchard Beymer barely making it under the wire and Natalie Wood radiant but a bit to vanilla to carry it off. However, George Chakiris deserved the Oscar from the second he begins to move and Rita Moreno while moving in "America".
Spielberg is working on his version along with Tony Kushner. That makes me nervous.

Aug 11, 2018

Very good movie and I hope more movies are made like this. This is what dancing and movies are all about. 10+

Jun 26, 2018

I first watched this film when I was very, very young. Watching it again now is still enjoyable. Yes, the video quality of the disc is low due to the age of the film, but as a musical this films stands the test of time. The film can be shortened a bit to tighten up the plot though.

Oct 23, 2017

If your mommy is a commie, you gotta turn her in . . .

Apr 17, 2017

GREAT 1961 film adaption of 1957 Broadway musical. Film won 10 Academy Awards.
Great entertainment to see again and second disc has some fun special features.

Aug 30, 2016

This is a 1961 American romantic musical directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, based on the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name.
Inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, the story focuses on the two gangs---the Jets led by Riff and the Sharks led by Bernardo.
Lieutenant Schrank and Officer Krupke break up a brawl, warning both gangs to stop fighting or they will be arrested.
Despite the warning, the Jets challenge the Sharks to a rumble for neighborhood control.
Bernardo's younger sister, Maria, meets Tony (previous leader of the Jets) at the dance and both fall in love.
Bernardo tells Tony to stay away from Maria, and the tragedy starts.
I love mambo and music!
I think this film remains the most memorable and iconic of all the Shakespeare adaptations for film.

May 23, 2016

this is a great musical. I loved the dancing and the storyline.

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Jul 18, 2012

"Cool Daddy-O!"
Classic :)

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

Riff: [snaps fingers at Bernardo] Come on.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

Riff: Ten.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

Tony: What time?

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

Riff: Look, Tony, I've never asked the time of day from a clock but I'm asking you, come to the dance tonight. I already told the gang you'd be there. If you don't show I'll be marked lousy.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

Tony: Well end your suffering little man. Why don't you pack up your gear and clear out of here?

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

Riff: A-rab, I'm gonna make nice with him! I'm only gonna challenge him!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

A-Rab: But the gym's neutral territory

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

Riff: He'll be at the dance tonight at the gym

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

Gee-tar: Where you gonna find Bernardo?

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

The film opens in the streets of Manhattan in the late summer of 1957. There is a mounting tension set to music ("Prologue") between a white American gang, the Jets, led by Riff Lorton (Russ Tamblyn), and a rival gang of Puerto Rican immigrants, the Sharks, led by Bernardo Nunez (George Chakiris). The Jets harass the Sharks and vice versa, culminating in a free-for-all throughout the streets. Eventually, the Sharks catch the youngest member of the Jets, Baby John (Eliot Feld) on the playground. As they begin to "bloody" him, all the other Jets and Sharks rush in and start brawling. Soon, Lieutenant Schrank (Simon Oakland) and Officer Krupke (William Bramley[1]) arrive and break up the melee. Schrank orders the Sharks off the playground and the Jets "to make nice with them Puerto Ricans" or there'll be a price to pay. Once Schrank and Krupke are gone, the Jets discuss challenging the Sharks to an all out rumble that will decide who gets control of the streets. They decide to deliver the challenge to the Sharks at a dance later that night, because it is neutral territory. Riff also explains to the Jets that they have seen other gangs (the Emeralds and the Hawks) come and go, but the Jet members state that the Sharks are different compared to the other gangs. However Riff eases the statement, that no matter the odds or the situation the Jets will always pull through.

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