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5.0 out of 5 stars BAD BLU RAY MANUFACTURE, November 10, 2011
This review is from: West Side Story (50th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
There are known issues on this blu ray release. The studio says it will fix the problems ONLY in future manufacturing. Don't buy this one right away. It's a great film and it's opening moments were accidentally mutilated by the blu ray mfr. I am surprised a mass distributor like Amazon is moving forward and shipping this bad pressing.
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Initial post: Nov 13, 2011 8:11:02 AM PST
Pragmatist says:
You should have sourced this or described the error. It is irresponsible not to do so.
Here is the information which sounds stunnigly trivial to me:

Film historian and archivist Robert Harris has detailed a flaw in the upcoming West Side Story Blu-ray. As his October 25th Home Theater Forum posting indicates, Harris obtained the UK Blu-ray release and noted that what was originally a dissolve transition from designer Saul Bass' skyline pattern to the main title now appears as a fade-to-black/fade-in transition. According to Harris, this mistake occurred in the HD master of the film; it went unnoticed and eventually appeared in the Blu-ray.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2011 3:48:54 PM PST
j in boston says:
"Stunningly trivial"? Not to anyone who regards this film as one of the supreme examples of the art of the motion picture musical. As one of the most popular and critically acclaimed movies in history "West Side Story" and it's fans deserve the best product possible. It is inexcusable that the blu-ray disc is being issued with so many easily avoided and correctable issues. Certainly some people who don't really care won't notice, but others will. Besides the problem in the Overture, there are also problems with dupes scattered throughout the film and with the mix used for the sound. The iconic whistles during the opening sequence are now, apparently, coming from the wrong direction. How important these things are depends on how seriously you take motion pictures as an art form and how much you think we have a right to expect when we pay our hard earned money for a blu-ray disc. With the apparently unstoppable switchover to streaming in the future it is possible that these blu-rays will be the last disc versions of many of our most beloved films and it is shameful that they are being treated with so little respect.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2011 2:13:25 AM PST
R. Flores says:
I cannot possibly agree more to the comments made here by "j in boston". More care should be taken in respecting these monumental works of art. There is this unfortunate slipping down effect happening to the world at large, where you simultaneously get the universe literally at your fingertips, and also not caring about any of it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2011 3:17:56 AM PST
Pragmatist: "Irresponsible"? An extreme response. I'll say it was "less helpful", but hardly irresponsible.

"Stunningly trivial". Your opinion of course. Why was it allowed to be changed at all, is the larger question. I'm sure your response is music to the ears of those at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 1:33:58 PM PST
Techman says:
Refusing to buy or accept such inferior Blue-rays is the only was an industry driven by money will ever respond to these issues. If these errors can happen with classics like "West Side Story", lesser films don't stand a chance. The mastering of some of the best films ever made should be supervised, or at least approved by a film archivist, such as Robert Harris, before they are pressed. The current defective Blue-rays should be recalled and replaced as a show of good faith.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2011 1:55:50 PM PST
Techman says:
"Stunningly trivial"?
Only when compared to MAJOR problems, like exist in the newly released Blu-ray of "My Fair Lady". It's not too much to ask for a sharp and faithful copy of the original film when buying a newly released Blu-ray of a film that's already available on DVD without these problems. That's the reason people that already own a DVD copy buy the same title on Blu-ray in the first place.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2012 7:12:01 PM PDT
mplo says:
I'd love to believe that, Techman, but, unfortunately, the industry's so into making money hand over fist that they don't care about the public's feelings! I don't have a Blu-ray DVD, but, even if I did, from what I've read/heard about the Blu-ray DVD copy of West Side Story, I wouldn't go out and buy it, nor would I want anybody to purchase it for me as a present. Robert Harris had it exactly right.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2012 9:17:38 PM PDT
Techman says:
I'm a little confused, what did I say that you would love to believe?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2013 11:42:25 AM PST
usrunnr says:
There are other negative issues with this Blu-Ray including unsynchronized sound in various scenes.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 17, 2013 12:28:14 PM PST
Techman says:
usrunnr, can you post the time on a couple of the scenes that are out of sync so I can check my disk? When I checked the disk I didn't notice a problem, but then again I wasn't really looking for that.
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