‘West Side Story’ Coming to Blu-ray8 Jul, 2011 By: Ashley Ratcliff
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will bring time-honored musical 'West Side Story' to Blu-ray Disc Nov. 15 (order date Sept. 7), commemorating the film’s 50th anniversary.
A spin on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story (1961) is set against the backdrop of gang warfare in the 1950s in New York, with Jets member Tony (Richard Beymer, The Longest Day) falling for Maria (Natalie Wood, Splendor in the Grass), the sister of the rival Sharks’ leader.
Bonus material includes brand-new featurettes “Pow! The Dances of West Side Story” and “A Place for Us: West Side Story’s Legacy,” a song-specific commentary by lyricist Stephen Sondheim, storyboards and more.
The West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Edition comes in a limited-edition four-disc boxed set with a two-disc Blu-ray, a remastered DVD, a tribute CD, a photo book and other collectible memorabilia. The film also will be released as a two-disc collector’s edition Blu-ray.
Directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, West Side Story earned 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Original Score.