West Side Story

West Side Story

DVD - 1998
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A modern version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, set in the Puerto Rican section of New York City.
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : MGM Home Entertainment, c1998
ISBN: 0792829269
Branch Call Number: DVD MUSICALS WEST
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (152 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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ThomasJWhiting
Apr 17, 2017

GREAT 1961 film adaption of 1957 Broadway musical. Film won 10 Academy Awards.
Great entertainment to see again and second disc has some fun special features.

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akirakato
Aug 30, 2016

This is a 1961 American romantic musical directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, based on the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name.
Inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, the story focuses on the two gangs---the Jets led by Riff and the Sharks led by Bernardo.
Lieutenant Schrank and Officer Krupke break up a brawl, warning both gangs to stop fighting or they will be arrested.
Despite the warning, the Jets challenge the Sharks to a rumble for neighborhood control.
Bernardo's younger sister, Maria, meets Tony (previous leader of the Jets) at the dance and both fall in love.
Bernardo tells Tony to stay away from Maria, and the tragedy starts.
I love mambo and music!
I think this film remains the most memorable and iconic of all the Shakespeare adaptations for film.

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tinybookworm
May 23, 2016

this is a great musical. I loved the dancing and the storyline.

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Mister_AKA
Jan 09, 2015

Yep. Even though I'm not a big fan of this particular genre of film, I found West Side Story to be so impressively produced that it somehow transcended far beyond being just a mere Musical.

West Side Story is literally bursting at the seams and filled to capacity with vivid imagery. This highly-energized film clearly captures the vibrant atmosphere of the late 1950s, where rival youth gangs get their prejudiced, little noses out of joint and prepare to rumble in the streets of NYC.

With its memorable music and songs, dazzling choreography, striking sets, and superb direction by Robert Wise, West Side Story is truly a triumph on every level.

A magnificent achievement, this film set a whole new standard (back in 1961) for modern-day movie Musicals.

Aka_Aka_Aka Dec 20, 2014

"There's a place for us.... A time and a place for us."

You know, everytime I watch West Side Story I always end up getting a little teary-eyed. I can't help it.

With all of the hatred and anger that's going on around them, it's the sad tragedy that befalls the two star-crossed lovers, Tony and Maria, that tugs so deeply on my emotions and starts the tears to falling.

"Someday - We'll find a new way of living - We'll find there's a way of forgiving - Someday."

West Side Story is an emotionally-charged tale of young-adult angst, bitter racism, and ill-fated love, all played out so brilliantly on the backstreets, and in the alleyways, of New York City.

"Hold my hand and we're half way there.... Hold my hand and I'll take you there."

I've yet to see another Musical of this one's beauty, scope, and heart-rending greatness. West Side Story stands tall, in a league all of its own.

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Nursebob
Dec 06, 2014

Shakespeare’s fair Verona is transported to a seedy Manhattan housing project where the reigning street gang of good Irish Catholics, “The Jets”, are preparing for a final showdown with rival Hispanic gang “The Sharks” whom they view as nothing more than a bunch of lousy Puerto Ricans. Complications arise however when former Jet and all-round nice guy Tony falls in love with Maria, the newly immigrated sister of Shark leader Bernardo. As tensions between the competing groups of hoodlums escalate Tony and Maria plan their escape; but fate deals the young lovers a nasty hand and tragedy is never far behind them. Winner of ten Academy Awards including “Best Picture” and “Best Director(s)” this rollicking musical is one of the most successful Broadway adaptations in movie history. Exploring such prickly (for the time) topics as racism, delinquency, and premarital sex, all that singing and dancing actually carries a surprising amount of dramatic weight. True to its theatrical roots, West Side Story’s muscular choreography and operatic performances are nicely showcased by gritty urban sets backlit in shades of red and blue; apparently a neighbourhood demolition in New York City was postponed for weeks so that the directors could shoot key scenes on location. And despite Natalie Woods’ horrible Spanish accent and the fact that few of the main actors could actually sing, the jazzy musical score still remains vibrant fifty years later while those beautiful classic songs are dubbed almost seamlessly. Loud and energetic with a heartbreaking finale, it’s Romeo & Juliet set to a bongo beat.

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garycornell
Jul 07, 2014

West Side Story won an Oscar for Best Picture. The story of two gangs facing off in a territory war to music, who would have thought that would be the makeup of a play. It works wonderfully though, and the songs are great. "Maria" is my favorite from the score. If you like musicals, then this is a great musical to bring home.

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readatyeg
Jan 27, 2014

Best Picture of 1961 -- one of only a few musicals to ever win. This Blu-Ray disc is beautiful---shows the Chagall-like intense use of colour perfectly. The songs and dancing are always a treat, and, unfortunately, the anti-violence theme is still relevant. Enjoy!

West Side Story is phenomenal. I cried so much, but the film is so well-produced! The dancing, the singing, everything! I highly recommend it for those who love musicals and romantic films.

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ostwald
Nov 07, 2012

I saw the start of the movie
and I didnot like it I saw other musical
movies that were better this is not for children to watch

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Marcell_Murray
Jul 18, 2012

"Cool Daddy-O!"
Classic :)

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

Riff: [snaps fingers at Bernardo] Come on.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

Riff: Ten.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

Tony: What time?

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

Riff: Look, Tony, I've never asked the time of day from a clock but I'm asking you, come to the dance tonight. I already told the gang you'd be there. If you don't show I'll be marked lousy.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

Tony: Well end your suffering little man. Why don't you pack up your gear and clear out of here?

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

Riff: A-rab, I'm gonna make nice with him! I'm only gonna challenge him!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

A-Rab: But the gym's neutral territory

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

Riff: He'll be at the dance tonight at the gym

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

Gee-tar: Where you gonna find Bernardo?

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 21, 2012

The film opens in the streets of Manhattan in the late summer of 1957. There is a mounting tension set to music ("Prologue") between a white American gang, the Jets, led by Riff Lorton (Russ Tamblyn), and a rival gang of Puerto Rican immigrants, the Sharks, led by Bernardo Nunez (George Chakiris). The Jets harass the Sharks and vice versa, culminating in a free-for-all throughout the streets. Eventually, the Sharks catch the youngest member of the Jets, Baby John (Eliot Feld) on the playground. As they begin to "bloody" him, all the other Jets and Sharks rush in and start brawling. Soon, Lieutenant Schrank (Simon Oakland) and Officer Krupke (William Bramley[1]) arrive and break up the melee. Schrank orders the Sharks off the playground and the Jets "to make nice with them Puerto Ricans" or there'll be a price to pay. Once Schrank and Krupke are gone, the Jets discuss challenging the Sharks to an all out rumble that will decide who gets control of the streets. They decide to deliver the challenge to the Sharks at a dance later that night, because it is neutral territory. Riff also explains to the Jets that they have seen other gangs (the Emeralds and the Hawks) come and go, but the Jet members state that the Sharks are different compared to the other gangs. However Riff eases the statement, that no matter the odds or the situation the Jets will always pull through.

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