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, West Side Story stars Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as the star-crossed lovers from different neighbourhoods--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, colourful 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. --Tom Keogh [show more]
A great musical with a fantastic soundtrack. You'll laugh at the great songs (Officer Krupke, I'm So Pretty); and you'll cry (There's A Place For Us). I recommend putting the 'Pop' mode on, which gives you an insight from some of the choreographers and dancers from the film and present day, of the dance sequences.
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Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-ray player in order to play. A triumph on every level this magnificent achievement set a standard for modern movie musicals that remains unsurpassed to this day. Featuring an unforgettable score (“Maria ” “America ” “Somewhere ” “Tonight”) and groundbreaking choreography the film sets the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet against the backdrop of gang warfare in 1950s New York. Starring Natalie Wood Richard Beymer Russ Tamblyn Rita Moreno and George Chakiris West Side Story is a stunning piece of visual entertainment and the best film musical ever made! West side story won 10 Oscars including Best Picture.
Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer star in this classic musical drama adapted from the Broadway stage show. A neighbourhood in Manhattan, New York, provides the setting for a love affair between Tony (Beymer) and Maria (Wood), a young man and woman caught on opposite sides of a gang war. Maria is the sister of Bernardo (George Chakiris), leader of the Sharks, and Tony is the best friend of Riff (Russ Tamblyn), leader of the Jets. The two gangs are sworn enemies, and nothing Maria or Tony can say will dissuade them from the violence which leads to the film's heartbreaking finale. The film won ten Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Score.