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West Side Story-Any News?

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Posted January 16 2010 - 11:44 AM

I would love to see and hear this on blu-ray disc. Were the film's 65mm elements restored? Also, was there originally an intermission when the film premiered and then went into 70mm roadshow release? I have heard and read conflicting reports.

#2 of 4 OFFLINE   MatthewA


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Posted January 16 2010 - 12:40 PM

I imagine this and all other MGM-owned titles will have to wait until after the bankruptcy sale. But with the 50th anniversary coming in 2011 and the current Broadway revival, this should be a no-brainer.

Enough is enough, Disney. No more evasions or excuses. We DEMAND the release Song of the South on Blu-ray along with the uncut version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks on Blu-ray. I am going to boycott The Walt Disney Company until then. And while you're at it, PLEASE stop dropping DVD/laserdisc extras from Blu-ray releases of other films.

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Posted January 16 2010 - 01:53 PM

I saw a brand new 70 MM print last year at the Castro theatre in San Francisco, and the picture quality was absolutely out of this world. There was no intermission.

I will get the Blu-ray if its transferred from the restored 65 MM elements.

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Posted January 16 2010 - 04:59 PM

The original intention for WSS by the filmmakers was to have no intermission... BUT.... the film was designed to give the exhibitor the choice to have one anyway, just before the "I FEEL PRETTY" number.  The most recent dvd gives you this option and as the entre acte music is "I FEEL PRETTY" it seems a bit repetitive.  I don't know how many engagements incorporated the intermission.  There may be more info on the recent dvd release.

Would love to see that new 70mm print on a big screen.  

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