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West Side Story (50th Anniversary Edition) [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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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)


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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5.0 out of 5 stars WEST SIDE STORY THE HIGH WATER MARK IN CINEMA May 23 2005
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Less Than Perfect Sound May 23 2003
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise's West Side Story May 15 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This overrated classic musical lifts Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" storyline, and muddles it with a cold romance and gangs that were dated even at the film's world premiere.
Riff (Russ Tamblyn) is the leader of the Jets, who are constantly having run-ins with Bernardo's (George Chakiris) Puerto Rican gang, the Sharks. Planes and fish don't mix, and things come to a head when the gangs are at a dance when Bernardo's sister Maria (Natalie Wood) meets the Jets' cofounder and Riff's best friend, Tony (Richard Beymer).
Tony is trying to clean up his act, backing away from all the street dancing, but he is immediately smitten with Maria. A jet and a shark cannot be lovers, and since no one in the film has read "Romeo and Juliet," no one knows what will happen...P>Eventually, the film does ape Shakespeare, partially. ...
The positives are what made the film a classic. The songs are excellent, using Stephen Sondheim's lyrics to carry the emotions of the characters. The dancing and ballet choreography are superb. It may seem silly to have street gangs dance-fighting, but the pure athleticism on the part of the dancers is fantastic. Rarely have dance numbers been so physical, and so grand.
On the downside, the main romance takes place waay too quickly. This is quicker than a whirlwind romance, this is a tornado wrapped in a cyclone being blown by a wind machine. The mere speed of the relationship (a day) takes any sympathy for Tony and Maria away from the viewer...P>Leonard Bernstein's music is good in the songs, but not as incidental background noise. He thinks he is scoring a bombastic Broadway song even in quiet moments...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great songs and story line
Published 21 days ago by David
4.0 out of 5 stars classic movie
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 2 months ago by Wesley
5.0 out of 5 stars REVIEW ON WEST SIDE STORY
Published 5 months 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 6 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 10 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 13 months ago by norm
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Musicals Ever Made
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. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Aaron B.
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

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Published on Jan. 13 2007 by bernie
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