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Sunday, November 20, 2011

West Side Story (50th Anniversary Edition) Blu-Ray Review

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West Side Story (50th Anniversary Edition) Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: The greatest love story ever the most acclaimed musical of all now on Blu-ray! Experience every sensational song, dazzling dance number and magical movie moment of "West Side Story" in sparkling high definition with pure 7.1 digital sound - along with fascinating special features created exclusively for this 50th Anniversary Edition! Winner of ten Academy Awards(R), including Best Picture, this electrifying musical sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of gang warfare in 1950s New York. Featuring an unforgettable score, exuberant choreography and powerful performances by Natalie Wood, Russ Tamblyn, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris, "West Side Story" will forever resonate as a true cinematic masterpiece

Review: West Side Story maintains its place as one of the best musicals ever brought to the big screen.  The characters are fantastic and the songs are legendary.  This is the first time that this one has ever been released on blu-ray and it looks amazing for the age.  The color really pops and the sound during the musical numbers is fantastic.  Coupled with all the great extras, this one is an absolute essential.  It'd make a fantastic Xmas gift.

The special features include: "Pow! The Dances of 'West Side Story' In-Movie Viewing Mode", Song-Specific Commentary by Stephen Sondheim, Music Machine, "A Place for Us: 'West Side Story's' Legacy", "Creation and Innovation", "A Timeless Vision", "West Side Memories", Storyboard-to-Film Comparison Montage, Standard DVD Version of "West Side Story".

Interest Range: Musical, Classic