One of the best movie musicals in history is finally coming to Blu-Ray this week, as the West Side Story 50th Anniversary Edition hits the shelves today, November 15, in gorgeous high definition. Not only is the film restored to gorgeous quality, but the disc includes a ton of bonus features, like a piece about the film's legacy, song-by-song commentary from legendary lyricist Stephen Sondheim, and a series of featurettes about the dances in the film. We've got an exclusive clip from one of those featurettes to show you, in which several choreographers retell the story of how choreographer and co-director Jerome Robbins incorporated classical dance movement in the Rumble scene, even after he had been fired from the production. Check out the clip below.



The dance-fighting style from West Side Story has become so iconic that it's hard to remember how revolutionary it was at the time, or how gritty and realistic the film's depiction of gang warfare seemed-- it looks stylized now, but no movie musical had ever before literally taken its story to the streets. Even though West Side Story is based around the gang violence issues that were in the headlines in 1961, it's a real testament to the musical's genius that it remains incredibly relevant and touching today.

The Blu-Ray is available in stores today. Check out the photo below to get an idea of what to expect when you open the box, and my apologies if you spend the rest of the day with "The Jet Song" stuck in your head. Really, there are worse things.

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