WEST SIDE STORY: 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION on Blu-ray/DVD Review & Giveaway

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Limited Edition Collector’s Set Available Featuring Two-Disc Blu-ray, Newly Restored DVD and Tribute CD Along With Photo Book and Other Collectibles
Five decades after its historic debut, a timeless classic returns to dazzle audiences young and old.  Based  on the hit Broadway musical of the same name, the iconic film WEST SIDE STORY returns in brilliant Blu-ray form November 15, 2011 from Twentieth Century Home Entertainment.  With a record-breaking ten Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Original Score, the film took home more awards than any other movie-musical in the history of cinema.  This monumental production not only featured the timeless lyrics from master American composer Stephen Sondheim, but a brilliant score from Leonard Bernstein, and beautiful direction from Robert Wise.  WEST SIDE STORY: 50th Anniversary Edition boasts hundreds of hours of restoration, new 7.1 digital audio, and a collection of bonus features spotlighting the harmonious songs and elaborate dances of the original film.

This “brilliant” (The New Republic) film sets the ageless story of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of gang warfare in 1950’s New York.  A love affair is fated for tragedy amidst the vicious rivalry between two street gangs – the Jets and the Sharks.   When Jets member Tony (Richard Beymer, The Longest Day) falls for Maria (Natalie Wood, Splendor in the Grass), the sister of the Sharks leader, it’s more than these two warring gangs can handle.  As mounting tensions rise, a battle to the death ensues and innocent blood is shed in a heartbreaking finale.

Special Features-

  • ALL-NEW: Pow! The Dances of West Side Story – cast members, contemporary filmmakers, dancers and choreographers analyze and illuminate the film’s famous dance sequences.
  1. Prologue
  2. Dance At the Gym
  3. Tony and Maria’s Cha Cha
  4. America
  5. The Rumble
  6. Maria’s Roof Dance
  7. Cool
  • ALL-NEW: A Place for Us: West Side Story’s Legacy – a look back at the iconic film and the impact it has had all over the world
  1. Creation and Innovation
  2. A Timeless Vision
  • Song Specific Commentary by Lyricist Stephen Sondheim
  1. Prologue
  2. The Jet Song
  3. Something’s Coming
  4. Dance At the Gym
  5. Maria
  6. America
  7. Tonight
  8. Gee, Officer Krupke
  9. I Feel Pretty
  10. One Hand, One Heart
  11. Quintet
  12. Somewhere
  13. Cool
  14. A Boy Like That / I Have A Love
  • Music Machine –allows viewers to go straight to their favorite musical numbers
  • West Side Memories
  • Storyboard to Film Comparison Montage
  • Trailers
  1. Original Theatrical Trailer
  2. Original Issue Trailer
  3. Reissue Trailer
  4. Animated Trailer
      When you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way…even in the middle of Times Square!

50 professional dancers spontaneously burst into WEST SIDE STORY choreography in Times Square on Friday, November 11, 2011 to mark the 50th anniversary of the film and upcoming release on Blu-ray for the first time on November 15th.

The flash mob was organized by YouTube partnership network DanceOn (www.YouTube.com/DanceOn) with help from choreographer Joshua Bergasse (Smash, NBC) who re-created the film’s iconic choreography (originated by Jerome Robbins) with this dance tribute. Some of the dancers taking part in the flash mob have performed in productions of “West Side Story” and/or currently performing in the Broadway productions of “Follies,” “Chicago,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Rock of Ages” and “Wicked.”

Check it out below!

I distinctly remember the first time I saw West Side Story.  It was my ninth grade year of high school and we had just finished studying Romeo & Juliet.  Isn’t this standard curriculum in schools across the country?  I loved Romeo & Juliet, but I was not so sure about this modernized version of the story at first.  It wasn’t until the dancing and singing progressed that I found myself being completely pulled in.  Sure, it can be sort of cheesy, but there is no doubt the singing and dancing is superb.  West Side Story is a classic musical and won ten Academy Awards in 1961.   I challenge you not to have this song stuck in your head for the rest of the day after listening. Check it out below!

This new Blu-Ray/DVD set allows us to watch this musical like never before.   The movie is all-new digitally remastered and has all-new master audio.  This isn’t one of those movies you have pre-view before watching it with your family.  This is as family friendly as they come!  Natalie Woods performance is my personal favorite as she has a real old-time movie star feel in the musical.

Never seen it before?  This is the perfect time!  I highly recommend checking out the new 50th Anniversary Edition set!

West Side Story: 50th Edition is available from Amazon for $19.99 includes three discs- one Blu-Ray, one Blu-Ray with special features, and one DVD.

One lucky Mama Report reader will win their own copy of the 50th Anniversary Edition of West Side Story!

Please use the Rafflecopter entry method provided.

Winner will be verified.

 

I received the above mentioned product for review purposes, all opinions are my own.

Comments

  1. Thank you! I havent seen this movie in a long time and would love to see it again!

  2. Michelle Hayden says

    Thank you SO MUCH for the chance to win this! I know the entire show by heart…when I was little I used to put the record (!?!) on and dance around my room pretending to be Maria 🙂

  3. I LOVE WEST SIDE STORY.WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I USE TO WATCH IT EVERYTIME IT WAS ON.
    I CAN’T BELIEVE ITS OUT ON DVD.I JUST HAVE TO SEE IT AND HERE THE GREAT MUSIC.

  4. I would love this for my dad thank you

  5. christina gunderson says

    I just watched this for the first time a month ago and am absolutely in love with it!

  6. katklaw777 says

    Thanks!

  7. I love this video and would love to win it! Thank you.

  8. One of my favorite musicals of all time!

  9. I would love to win!

  10. Thanks!

  11. Hope I win!

  12. Suzanne Deleon says

    This musical is the same age as me. I remember as a child, how much I loved the music. I would truly love to own this! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  13. Hope I win this, thanks! 🙂

  14. great movie

  15. Marinel Tingcang says

    I love the WEST SIDE STORY!

  16. Richard Breidenbach says

    Name and address are in the info box 🙂 thanks for making my day better with these little videos 🙂

  17. renee walters says

    Happy holidays! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
    Renee Walters
    Bored2quickly@hotmail.com

  18. Thanks and Happy Holidays to you and your family!! This is one of my favorite movies of all time!

  19. Salleefur/JesselynJesstinger says

    Both my hubby/huney and me adore West Side Story. In fact one of our Christmas gifts to each other was splurging to buy ticket to a wide screen showing of film accompanied by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra playing of the music. It was out of this world marvelous!

  20. LOVE this movie! Thanks!

  21. Kim Ellison says

    Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah!!

  22. This is just a great story who would not want to have it, GOD BLESS YA’LL AND MERRY CHRISTMASS

  23. barbara hunt says

    Thanks for the great contest!
    bahjeep@aol.com

  24. grat film ty.

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