THE SCREENING ROOM: West Side Story Film Is Remastered for 50th Anniversary (Video)

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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the film adaptation of West Side Story, the film has been remastered and will be released in high definition (HD) for the first time on Blu-ray, DVD and limited edition box set Nov. 15.

Also, NCM Fathom and Turner Classic Movies will re-release the film in movie theatres nationwide Nov. 9 for one night only. Roughly 400 theatres across the U.S. will present the 7 PM screening of the 1961 film.

The screening will be preceded by a special pre-taped conversation with Academy Award winner George Chakiris, who played Bernardo; Marni Nixon, who served as Natalie Wood's voice double; as well as Walter Mirisch of The Mirisch Company, which produced the film. TCM host Robert Osborne moderates the talk.

West Side Story has lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, music by Leonard Bernstein and a book by Arthur Laurents. The film, which credits Ernest Lehman as screenwriter, was co-directed by original Broadway director Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise. It stars Wood as Maria, Richard Beymer as Tony and Rita Moreno as Anita. It earned ten Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Before the remastered version hits theatres and shelves, DanceOn offers a preview of the "Prologue," the opening sequence in the film and the first face-off between the Jets and the Sharks.

To watch the "West Side Story" prologue in HD, look below:

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