"West Side Story" Film Released on Blu-ray Nov. 15, With Bonus Commentary by Stephen Sondheim

By Andrew Gans
November 15, 2011

On Nov. 15 Twentieth Century Home Entertainment releases the classic film musical "West Side Story" on Blu-ray.



"West Side Story: 50th Anniversary Edition" boasts hundreds of hours of restoration, new 7.1 digital audio, and a collection of bonus features spotlighting the songs and elaborate dances of the original film.

The Blu-ray is available in a Limited Edition Four-Disc Boxed Set featuring two-disc Blu-ray, newly restored DVD, Tribute CD and collectible memorabilia, as well as a two-disc Collector's Edition Blu-ray.

Blu-ray special features follow:

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
Cool

A Place for Us: West Side Story's Legacy – a look back at the iconic film and the impact it has had all over the world
Creation and Innovation
A Timeless Vision

Song Specific Commentary by Lyricist Stephen Sondheim
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
A Boy Like That / I Have A Love

Music Machine –allows viewers to go straight to their favorite musical numbers

West Side Memories

Storyboard to Film Comparison Montage

Trailers

Original Theatrical Trailer

Original Issue Trailer

Reissue Trailer

Animated Trailer

Featuring a score by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Arthur Laurents, the Broadway musical premiered in 1957. The film features a screenplay by Ernest Lehman adapted from Laurents' book.