Thursday, November 17, 2011
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West Side Story 50th Anniversary 3-disc Blu-ray + DVD (G)
Movie: 4 out of 4 stars
Disc: 4 out of 4 stars
Loosely based on the Shakespeare play "Romeo and Juliet," "West Side Story" is the most honored movie musical of all-time. Winning 10 Oscars including Best Picture, the film quickly caught fire with audiences (read: heterosexual males) generally not fond of the musical genre and spawned the greatest selling album of the 1960s. As a musical with lots of color, action and camera movement, it makes an ideal candidate for a Blu-ray overhaul and the painstaking detail to attention during the transfer shows. No movie this old deserves to look or sound this good.
Technical specs: aspect ratio: Widescreen (1080p/2.20:1), audio: English (DTS-HD MA 7.1, 4.0 Dolby), French and Spanish (Dolby Digital), subtitles: English, French and Spanish.
Special features include:
Song commentary by lyricist Steven Sondheim