This brilliant (The New Republic) film sets the ageless story of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of gang warfare in 1950s New York. Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins and scripted by Ernest Lehman, the film combines Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's unforgettable score ( Maria, America, 'somewhere, 'tonight ) with Robbins own exuberant choreography to achieve an exhilarating work of art (Saturday Review). A love affair is fated for tragedy amidst the vicious rivalry of two street gangsthe Jets and the Sharks. When Jets member Tony (RichardBeymer) falls for Maria (Natalie Wood), the sister of the Sharks leader, it's more than these two warring gangs can handle. And as mounting tensions rise, a battle to the death ensues, and innocent blood is shed in a heartbreaking finale.
The winner of 10 Academy Awards, this 1961 musical by choreographer Jerome Robbins and director Robert Wise (The Sound of Music) remains irresistible. Based on a smash Broadway play updating Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to the 1950s era of juvenile delinquency, the film stars Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as the star-crossed lovers from different neighborhoods--and ethnicities. The film's real selling points, however, are the highly-charged and inventive song-and-dance numbers, the passionate ballads, the moody sets, colorful support from Rita Moreno, and the sheer accomplishment of Hollywood talent and technology producing a film so stirring. Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim wrote the score. The DVD release has a widescreen presentation, Dolby sound, optional French subtitles. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Always was a great show...Fascinating to see how the cops dealt with cases then and now...still very racially biased!!! Some things still need to change in society..Published 11 months ago by Fiona Hoey
Leonard Bernstein's masterpiece of musical theatre has had a boost with blu-ray and 5.1 sound. The story is still very much appropriate to today's society. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Pierre Aubin
Excellent classic with a good message. Must see for even today's youth. Nice to keep the classics in our livesPublished 11 months ago by Deborah Adelaide Cervo
This product arrived sooner than anticipated. Condition is exceptional. I have used this several times. Will watch it many more times. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Marlene
loved the movie the first time i saw it. so when i found it was on sale on amazon, i bought it. it is good and in blue ray. very good :)Published 15 months ago by Wesley
WINNER OF 10 ACADEMY AWARDS TO CELEBTRATE THE TRIUMPHS AND TRAGEDIES OF THE GANGS ENGAGED IN CONSTRUCTIVE AND DESTRUCTIVE ASPECTS OF THEIR LIVES. Read morePublished 18 months ago by RAZ BHIMANI