West Side Story ~ Bring It Home Today!

West Side Story ~ Bring It Home Today #MySillyLittleGang

Have you seen Steven Spielberg’s Masterful Reimagining of West Side Story? Either way, you can now bring it home! Keep reading to find out more about it and my thoughts.

West Side Story ~ Bring It Home Today #MySillyLittleGang

West Side Story ~ Bring It Home Today

West Side Story has been one of my favorite movies since I first saw it freshman year of high school. I must admit that I wasn’t sure I would like this remake. Many times whenever I’ve seen a remake it’s never as good as the original. This time I was totally proven wrong! Steven Spielberg’s Masterful Reimagining of West Side Story is every bit as wonderful and engaging as the original. I definitely love it just as much as I love the original. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend you do! Better yet bring it home today on DVD, Blu-Ray, Digitally, or 4K UHD.

West Side Story ~ Bring It Home Today #MySillyLittleGang

Nominated for 7 Academy Awards® including Best Picture! 

Bring Home Steven Spielberg’s Masterful Reimagining of West Side Story

Now on Digital and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD March 15

Acclaimed filmmaker Steven Spielberg presents an inspired reimagining of the beloved musical West Side Story. The film that critics celebrate as “electrifying” (Alonso Duralde, The Wrap) and “a total triumph” (Matt Goldberg,Collider) has been nominated for 7 Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress, and 11 Critics’ Choice Awards.

West Side Story ~ Bring It Home Today #MySillyLittleGang

© 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

West Side Story is also Certified-Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes™. Rejoice in the spectacular new choreography alongside the iconic songs – plus see astonishing all-new footage of Spielberg at work in documentary filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau’s revealing  “The Stories of West Side Story” – by adding 20th Century Studios’ West Side Story to your musical collection on Digital and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, and DVD March 15. West Side Story is also now available on Disney+.

Film Synopsis

WEST SIDE STORY

Ariana DeBose as Anita and David Alvarez as Bernardo in 20th Century Studios’ WEST SIDE STORY. Photo by Niko Tavernise. © 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Directed by Academy Award® Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner Tony Kushner, “West Side Story” tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. This reimagining of the beloved musical stars Ansel Elgort (Tony); Ariana DeBose (Anita); David Alvarez (Bernardo); Mike Faist (Riff); Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino); with Rita Moreno (as Valentina, who owns the corner store in which Tony works); and introducing Rachel Zegler (Maria.) Moreno – one of only three artists to be honored with Academy®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, Tony®, and Peabody Awards – also serves as one of the film’s executive producers. 

WEST SIDE STORY

Ansel Elgort as Tony and Rachel Zegler as Maria in 20th Century Studios’ WEST SIDE STORY, directed by Steven Spielberg. Photo by Niko Tavernise. © 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Bringing together the best of both Broadway and Hollywood, the film’s creative team includes Kushner, who also served as an executive producer; Tony Award® winner Justin Peck, who choreographed the musical numbers in the film; renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor and GRAMMY Award® winner Gustavo Dudamel, who helmed the recording of the iconic score; Academy Award®-nominated composer and conductor David Newman (“Anastasia”), who arranged the score, Tony Award®-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (“Fun Home,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie”), who supervised the cast on vocals; and GRAMMY®-nominated music supervisor Matt Sullivan (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Chicago”), who serves as executive music producer for the film. The film is produced by Spielberg, p.g.a., Academy Award®-nominated producer Kristie Macosko Krieger, p.g.a. and Tony Award®-winning producer Kevin McCollum. “West Side Story” has been adapted for the screen from the original 1957 Broadway show. Original choreography by Jerome Robbins, based on the stage play, book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, play conceived, directed, and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, music by Leonard Bernstein.

West Side Story Bonus Features*

The Stories of West Side Story

Opening – Director Steven Spielberg begins the journey of one of his career goals – to direct his own cinematic version of the iconic musical. Doing so means he will embrace enormous challenges.

Prologue – From the iconic finger snaps to the complex choreography, we are introduced to the film’s opening scene and explore its setting. We begin to see Spielberg’s vision take shape.

Sharks & Jets – Meet the actors who play the Sharks and the Jets. Go behind the scenes of “La Borinqueña,” the song of the Puerto Rican Revolution, which was added into this vision of the story. Discover the deeper meaning of “Jet Song.”

Dance At The Gym – Mambo your way through “The Dance At The Gym” and Justin Peck’s choreography, as it leads to the pivotal moment when Tony and Maria meet for the first time.

The Romance – Explore the budding romance of Tony and Maria with the songs “Maria” and “Tonight” as Rachel Zegler (Maria) and Ansel Elgort (Tony) talk about the casting process, and what led them to this career-defining film.

America – During a sweltering New York heatwave, the cast and crew take the production to the streets for one of the biggest dance numbers in the film, “America,” featuring Ariana DeBose, who plays Anita.

Gee, Officer Krupke – Spielberg and the Jets make “Gee, Officer Krupke” their own through a new setting, vocal direction, and choreography, while they explore the meaning of Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics. Get to know Iris Menas (Anybodys) and the significance of their role.

Cool – During the first week of production, Spielberg and the cast nervously jump into filming on the elaborate and challenging set of the musical number “Cool.”

From Quintet to The Rumble – Spielberg and his team navigate the intertwining scenes of “The Quintet” and “The Rumble.” Once there, they take a scene that is traditionally stylishly choreographed and instead bring a more visceral authenticity to the fight between the two gangs.

I Feel Pretty – Screenwriter Tony Kushner sheds new light on “I Feel Pretty.” We see how, in Spielberg’s film, the beloved song by lyricist Stephen Sondheim is given a new vision, as it is set and performed within Gimbel’s department store.

Somewhere – Hollywood Legend Rita Moreno, who won acclaim for playing Anita in the 1961 film, returns as Valentina, a shopkeeper’s widow, as well as an executive producer. She brings extraordinary experience and emotion to the film and sings the song “Somewhere.”

Finale – In a moving testament to the talented cast and crew of WEST SIDE STORY, Spielberg reluctantly wraps “one of the best filmmaking experiences” of his career.

Tribute – The late Stephen Sondheim reflects on his career and experience making WEST SIDE STORY in this dedication to the esteemed lyricist.

The Songs

Go directly to your favorite musical numbers from WEST SIDE STORY.

Prologue

La Borinqueña

Jet Song

Something’s Coming

The Dance At The Gym

Maria

Balcony Scene (Tonight)

America

Gee, Officer Krupke

One Hand, One Heart

Cool

Tonight (Quintet)

The Rumble

I Feel Pretty

Somewhere

A Boy Like That/I Have A Love

*bonus features vary by product and retailer

Cast

Ansel Elgort as Tony

Rachel Zegler as María

Ariana DeBose as Anita

David Alvarez as Bernardo

Mike Faist as Riff

Josh Andrés Rivera as Chino

Ana Isabelle as Rosalía

Corey Stoll as Lieutenant Schrank

Brian d’Arcy James as Officer Krupke

Rita Moreno as Valentina

West Side Story Feature Run Time

Approx. 156 Minutes

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