West Side Story

The screen achieves one of the great entertainments in the history of motion pictures
West Side Story
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DVD Features:

  • Run Time: 2 hours, 33 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: October 9, 2012
  • Originally Released: 1961
  • Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Music machine
  • Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
    • Subtitles - English, Spanish

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Edited by
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Screenplay by
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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1961 - Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score
Academy Awards 1961 - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Color)
Academy Awards 1961 - Best Costume Design (Color)
Academy Awards 1961 - Best Director: Jerome Robbins & Robert Wise
Academy Awards 1961 - Best Film Editing
Academy Awards 1961 - Best Picture
Academy Awards 1961 - Best Sound
Academy Awards 1961 - Best Supporting Actor: George Chakiris
Academy Awards 1961 - Best Supporting Actress: Rita Moreno
Academy Awards 1961 - Honorary Awards

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh93%

Total Count: 70


User Ratings: 168,848
West Side Story is a beautifully-mounted, impressive, emotion-ridden and violent musical which, in its stark approach to a raging social problem and realism of unfoldment, may set a pattern for future musical presentations. Full Review
Feb 20, 2013
Rating: 4/5 -- Special mention, though, should go to Boris Leven's neo-expressionist production design and Daniel L Fapp's forceful cinematography: the crooked angles, pointed shadows and great swashes of red all heighten the mood of rabid fury. Full Review
Time Out
Nov 16, 2011
Rating: A+ -- [VIDEO ESSAY] Indisputably the greatest musical ever made, "West Side Story" (1961) has sadly proven socially timeless regarding America's eternally troubled immigrant experience. Full Review
Aug 4, 2012
Robert Wise hits the mark in creating an interesting and dramatic environment, with ordinary observations about immigrants. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
Jul 17, 2019
..Incredibly cool...
Entertainment Weekly
Apr 4, 2003
A radiant and touching performance by Natalie Wood as a Puerto Rican beauty in a New York slum is only one of the many strong points of this superb musical drama... Full Review
Maclean's Magazine
Dec 2, 2019
Jerome Robbins' choreography was as good as the critics said it was, but I was bothered by its unresolved discord with the "real" story. Full Review
Esquire Magazine
Jul 30, 2019

Product Description:

Considered one of the most popular musicals of all time, WEST SIDE STORY earned director Robert Wise an Oscar for Best Director as well as nine other Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Realistically portrayed characters and their surroundings and expert editing complementing innovative dance sequences mark this highly stylized modern-day Romeo and Juliet tale. The stage is set in New York's Upper West Side in the 1950s, where the area's slums are plagued by racial tensions acted on by two rival gangs: the Puerto Rican Sharks and the Caucasian Jets. In the middle of this mess is young, innocent Maria (Natalie Wood), a Puerto Rican seamstress whose brother, Bernardo (George Chakiris), is the leader of the Sharks. Despite the warnings of Anita (Rita Moreno), Bernardo's fiery girlfriend, Maria falls in love with a young, hopeful Polish boy, Tony (Richard Beymer), who used to belong to the Jets, now headed by Riff (Russ Tamblyn). When Tony, on Maria's urging, tries to stop a rumble between the gangs, tragedy ensues, marking their dedicated love affair with violence and desperation. The infectious, lyrical landmark score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim help round out one of the greatest musical experiences ever captured on film.

Plot Synopsis:

A Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim score backdrops this landmark Broadway musical in which a modern-day Romeo and Juliet are involved in New York City street gangs. Academy Award Nominations: 11, including Best (Adapted) Screenplay. Academy Awards: 9, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor--George Chakiris, Best Actress--Rita Moreno, Best Scoring of a Musical Picture.


Production Notes:

  • WEST SIDE STORY was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1997.

Product Info

  • UPC: 883904284307
  • Shipping Weight: 0.13/lbs (approx)
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