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West Side Story [Blu-ray]

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GANG UP Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood in West Side Story

Poor Natalie Wood. The heartbreakingly beautiful actress, who drowned mysteriously in 1981, isn’t around to defend herself from the aging Sharks and Jets on the new Blu-ray of West Side Story (1961, Not Rated, 2 hrs., 31 mins.). On the otherwise toe-tapping set’s EXTRAS, we’re told that the star was insecure about her dancing and had zero chemistry with costar Richard Beymer when they kissed. Then we’re treated to her weakly warbling “I Feel Pretty” before it was overdubbed by Marni Nixon. Yes, Story looks crisper than ever in high-def, but did it really have to muddy up Wood’s memory in the process? B

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