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West Side Story (50th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]

 NR (Not Rated)   Blu-ray
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Bd feature film bd bonus features dvd Studio: Tcfhe/mgm Release Date: 11/15/2011 Run time: 153 minutes Rating: Nr


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
VIDEO:

According to the studio, West Side Story has undergone hundreds of hours of restoration for this Blu-ray release - a fact that shines through in the Blu-ray's sumptuous 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 2.20:1 encode. This new restoration excels with the film's combination of thick grain, waxy colours and ultra-deep blacks. Most telling of all is the gym dance (Chapter 7), a particularly troublesome sequence with heavily-saturated reds, which are rendered perfectly stable in this Blu-ray encode, with even Maria's virginal white dress unaffected by bleed. But there are fade issues with Saul Bass' credit sequence that the studio has prompted to release corrected discs in the future (no specific date yet). No doubt, this version is much better than the previous DVD edition, but somehow lacks the slam-dunk transfer it should be. (4.5/5)

AUDIO:

The audio comes with DTS-HD MA 7.1 lossless mix. Unsurprisingly, it's the musical numbers get the best out of the enhanced frequency range and tonal precision offered by this lossless presentation. And while the track is clearly more expansive that the original sound design, it never feels artificial or forced. Use of the rears is actually pretty subtle and atmospheric rather than overtly aggressive. A fine example is the opening of the song Maria (Chapter 10), where the echoes carry into the rears before the rest of the music opens up across the entire soundfield. You can all sing along with most of the songs, like Maria, Tonight, America, I Feel Pretty and Somewhere. The total score (music, Leonard Bernstein and lyrics, Stephen Sondheim) also sounded perfect.

It should be noted that the original six-track mix of West Side Story was found early last year (it has been lost for decades). Good news, right? Well, not really.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WEST SIDE STORY THE HIGH WATER MARK IN CINEMA May 23 2005
Format:DVD
It's too bad that younger generations of viewers of WEST SIDE STORY, when viewing the scenes of superb ensemble choreography will at once think of certain fashionable brands of chinos. In our society, where nothing is sacred, it's a shame that our most elevated moments of artistic achievement end up being shanghaid for commercial exploitation.
That aside, WEST SIDE STORY has it all. A love story with a timeless and universal appeal. A pulsating energy from beginning to end. A fantastic libretto and Leonard Bernstein's outstanding score, with performances to match. Brilliant cinematography that captures the flavour of NYC circa 1960 with its decaying neighbourhoods and smoldering juvenile gang tension. It really is a climax to such worthy precursors as "The Blackboard Jungle" of 1955.
WEST SIDE STORY also features some fine acting performances, although curiously not from the leads. The Supporting Oscars bestowed on Rita Moreno and George Chakiris were well deserved as it was they who supplied the Latino passion in spades. Natalie Wood looks gorgeous as usual but uses her eyes rather than her body to express her emotions, which is not very Puerto Rican at all. Richard Beymer is rather wooden and there is a lack of chemistry between him and Natalie. Not surprising, considering that Ms Wood was not pleased with his selection to play opposite her and subsequently gave him the cold shoulder throughout the production.
What really energates WEST SIDE STORY is the brilliant choreography of Jerome Robbins. From the long opening gang ballet scene to it's tragic but inevitable ending, this film never lags. Much more than a Musical, this masterpiece satisfies all the senses and it remains unsurpassed in its achievement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Less Than Perfect Sound May 23 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This magnificent film is truly ageless. I won't bother discussing the plot as so many others have. I simply wish to call your attention to the sound quality of the otherwise perfect
DVD. In a word, the sound "stinks." Far more attention should have been paid to such a crucial element of this film. It's muddy and poorly mixed, especially during the musical numbers. Or perhaps it's just a sloppy digital transfer. Happily, the picture quality is excellent. So, why was so little attention paid to sound? It's a mystery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Musicals Ever Made March 11 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film is a masterpiece. From the music, dancing, acting and the message about hate! This is more than just a story about Romeo and Juliet or about love. It is about how hate can ruin everything that is beautiful. I recommend this to anyone who likes musicals but also dramatic pictures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's a place for us Jan. 13 2007
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
"There's a place for us, A time and place for us. Hold my hand and we're halfway there."

Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

And there is a movie for us. "West Side Story" is a classic on too many levels to describe here. Everything from the music to the choreography to the actors to...

One big plus is even if the story line is a classic they did not try to duplicate `Romeo & Juliet" with modern clothing. The movie still maintains the feel and action of the play.

Just on the chance that you missed this movie the first time around, it is the story of two people (Tony and Maria) from adverse backgrounds who fall in love. They must cope with their new feelings. And to complicit things they have trouble from their families and society. Will thy overcome these things or will fait and circumstance thwart their efforts and tragedy arise?

I could write a book on what makes this movie great but it is best that you watch and judge for yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars REVIEW ON WEST SIDE STORY
WINNER OF 10 ACADEMY AWARDS TO CELEBTRATE THE TRIUMPHS AND TRAGEDIES OF THE GANGS ENGAGED IN CONSTRUCTIVE AND DESTRUCTIVE ASPECTS OF THEIR LIVES. Read more
Published 1 month ago by RAZ BHIMANI
4.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary Romeo & Juliet.
In spite of Marnie Dixon's voice substituting for Natalie Wood's it's still
one of my favorite musicals. Lennie Bernstein was a genius.
Published 2 months ago by Guy Charlebois
3.0 out of 5 stars Blue Ray but Not Quite HD
I was expecting HD quality viewing but was quite disappointed. The price is certainly very good. I bought another classic My Fair Lady before and the quality is superb. Read more
Published 5 months ago by homeM
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY VERY TERIFIC MOVIE
the dancing is terrific, the music is fabulist, and overall a very entertaining show. only exception is that there was no digital copy for downloading on our computer.
Published 9 months ago by norm
5.0 out of 5 stars Totalement satisfaite
Je considère que vous avez bien rempli le mandat de me faire parvenir un produit en bonne condition et dans les délais requis. A la prochaine transaction... Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2011 by homme-auto
5.0 out of 5 stars There's a place for us
"There's a place for us, a time and place for us. Hold my hand and we're halfway there."
Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

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Published on Nov. 25 2007 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars There's a place for us
"There's a place for us, A time and place for us. Hold my hand and we're halfway there."

Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

And there is a... Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2006 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars There's a place for us
There's a place for us, A time and place for us. Hold my hand and we're halfway there."

Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

And there is a movie... Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2006 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars There's a place for us
"There's a place for us, A time and place for us. Hold my hand and we're halfway there."

Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

And there is a... Read more
Published on June 18 2006 by bernie
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