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West Side Story

A young couple falls in love despite the fact they have ties to opposing gangs who are fighting for the same piece of New York's west side. This modernized (and musical) version of Romeo and Juliet won numerous awards. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B+
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: B-
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 152
Theater Release: 23 Dec 1961
Video Release: 15 Nov 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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Robert Wise, the producer and co-director of this film, also directed The Sound of Music. Other retellings of this Shakespeare -inspired tale include: Romeo & Juliet, Gnomeo & Juliet and Letters To Juliet.

Home Video Extra Features

Home Video Notes: West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Edition

Release Date: 15 November 2011

On November 15, 2011, West Side Story releases as a 50th Anniversary Edition. This 2-disc Blu-ray set includes:

- Pow! The Dances of West Side Story   cast members, contemporary filmmakers, dancers and choreographers analyze and illuminate the film’s famous dance sequences (Prologue, Dance At the Gym, Tony and Maria’s Cha Cha, America, The Rumble, Maria’s Roof Dance and Cool).

- A Place for Us: West Side Story’s Legacy   a look back at the iconic film’s impact (Creation and Innovation, and A Timeless Vision).

- Song Specific Commentary by Lyricist Stephen Sondheim (for Prologue, The Jet Song, Something’s Coming, Dance At the Gym, Maria, America,  Tonight, Gee Officer Krupke

I Feel Pretty, One Hand - One Heart, Quintet, Somewhere, Cool and A Boy Like That / I Have A Love).

- Music Machine navigate straight to specific musical numbers.

- West Side Memories

- Storyboard to Film Comparison Montage

- Trailers (Original Theatrical Trailer, Original Issue Trailer, Reissue Trailer and Animated Trailer)

A Limited Edition Collector’s Set for the West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Edition is also available. It offers:

- Two-Disc Blu-ray

- Newly-Restored DVD

- Tribute CD

- Photo Book and Other Collectibles

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