West Side Story

West Side Story

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Director: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise

Cast: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise, Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer

     
 

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One of the great movie musicals of all time gets a basic but respectful presentation in this DVD edition. West Side Story has been given a pan-and-scan transfer at the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The original English-language soundtrack has been remixed for playback in Dolby Digital 5.1, while the alternate dubbed tracks in Spanish and French are inSee more details below

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One of the great movie musicals of all time gets a basic but respectful presentation in this DVD edition. West Side Story has been given a pan-and-scan transfer at the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The original English-language soundtrack has been remixed for playback in Dolby Digital 5.1, while the alternate dubbed tracks in Spanish and French are in Dolby Digital Mono. The disc also features optional subtitles in English, French, and Spanish. As a bonus, the original theatrical trailer has been included.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Monica McIntyre
A masterpiece of the musical form, West Side Story sizzles with the propulsive rhythms and flash-point energy of New York City's streets in the late 1950s, thanks to the music of Leonard Bernstein, lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, choreography of Jerome Robbins, and direction of Robbins and Robert Wise. An adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet" set in New York's Hell's Kitchen, West Side Story revolves around the ill-fated love affair between Tony (Richard Beymer) and Maria (Natalie Wood). Since Maria's older brother is Bernardo, leader of a Puerto Rican gang called the Sharks, and Tony heads a rival gang, the white ethnic Jets, their romance ignites a smoldering turf war into a full-scale rumble. The tenement fire escapes and chain-link fences of West Side Story are powerful accents to Bernstein's sophisticated score and Robbins's electric choreography. Winner of ten Academy Awards -- including Best Picture, Supporting Actor (George Chakiris's Bernardo) and Supporting Actress (for Rita Moreno, as Bernardo's girlfriend Anita) -- the film burns with intensity, using film techniques to present theatrical set pieces with a jazzy flair that has never been equaled.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
West Side Story is remarkable for its seamless transference from stage musical to screen classic, with the complete Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim song score intact, as well as the choreography of Jerome Robbins. The story, derived from Romeo and Juliet, works on a symbolic rather than realistic level; there is no pretense that this is a true representation of what New York City gangs were like circa 1960. Veteran director Robert Wise is probably the person most responsible for the film's success, and for retaining the best qualities of the stage production, though co-director Robbins, who feuded with Wise throughout the production, would likely disagree. After several weeks of delayed production due to Robbins' insistence on extra rehearsals, Wise tired of the Broadway legend and had him removed from the set. West Side Story swept the Oscars, taking ten awards, including awards for Best Picture and its decidedly non-cordial co-directors. The Academy gave a special choreography award to Robbins, who thanked a great many people in his acceptance speech, noticeably failing to mention Wise.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
UPC:
0027616898807
Original Release:
1961
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:32:00
Sales rank:
16,432

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer; English: 5.1 Surround; French: Mono; Spanish: Mono; English, French & Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Natalie Wood Maria
Richard Beymer Tony
Russ Tamblyn Riff
Rita Moreno Anita
George Chakiris Bernardo
Simon Oakland Lt. Schrank
William Bramley Officer Krupke
Ned Glass Doc
John Astin Glad Hand, social worker
Penny Santon Madam Lucia
Jose de Vega Chino
Jay Norman Pepe
Gus Trikonis Indio
Robert Thompson Luis
Larry Roquemore Rocco
Eddie Verso Juano
Andre Tayir Chile
Tucker Smith Ice
Tony Mordente Action
Eliot Feld Baby John
David Winters A-Rab
Bert Michaels Snowboy
Robert Banas Joyboy
Anthony Teague Big Deal
Thomas Abbott Gee-Tar
David Bean Tiger
Sue Oakes Anybody
Gina Trikonis Graziella
Carole D'Andrea Velma
Yvonne Othon Consuelo
Suzie Kaye Rosalia [The Sharks]
Joanna Miya Francisca
Jimmy Bryant Tony [singing]
Nich Covvacevich Toro
Harvey Hobnecker Mouthpiece
Marni Nixon Maria [singing]
Jaime Rogers Loco
Rudy Del Campo Del Campo
John Zaccaro Actor
Johnny Green Conductor

Technical Credits
Jerome Robbins Director,Choreography
Robert Wise Director,Producer
Leonard Bernstein Score Composer
Saul Chaplin Associate Producer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Daniel L. Fapp Cinematographer
Victor A. Gangelin Set Decoration/Design
Johnny Green Musical Direction/Supervision
Fred Hynes Sound/Sound Designer
Irwin Kostal Musical Direction/Supervision
Fred Lau Sound/Sound Designer
Ernest Lehman Screenwriter
Boris Leven Production Designer
Sid Ramin Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert E. Relyea Asst. Director
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Murray Spivack Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas G. Stanford Editor
Vinton Vernon Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Overture/Main Title
2. Prologue
3. Snowing the Coppers
4. How to Hold Turf/Jet Song
5. Something's Coming
6. Not Giving an Inch
7. Dance at the Gym
8. Love Across the Lines
9. Riff's Challenge
10. Maria
11. America
12. "I Don't Wait"
13. Tonight
14. Gee, Officer Krupke!
15. The War Council
16. Sweet Land of Liberty
17. I Feel Pretty
18. What Anita Can't See
19. One Hand, One Heart
20. Tonight (Ensemble)
21. The Rumble
22. Breaking the News
23. Somewhere
24. "I'm Scared"
25. Cool
26. Gotta Find Tony
27. A Boy Like That/I Have a Love
28. Detaining Maria
29. Anita's Message
30. No Cure From Doc
31. Finale
32. End Credits

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