Home Video: Five Great Musicals and Where to Buy, Rent, or Stream them

Next week sees the release of Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story. Following the release of In the Heights and Tick, Tick… Boom! here are four classic musicals for you to enjoy.

West Side Story (1961)

Winner of 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director for Robert Wise, the original classic is just as vibrant now as it was in 1961.

A Hard Days Night (1964)

The movies that The Beatles made are light-hearted comedy romps that are also showcases for the band playing some great tunes. If you haven’t checked this one out in a while, you definitely should now; it’s a ton of fun.

The Blues Brothers (1980)

I read once that some people think that The Blues Brothers is a little too over the top for its own good, but for me, that’s part of the charm. Either way, it’s also a ton of fun, and there are some electric musical numbers.

Sing Street (2016)

I feel like many people overlooked this film in 2016, but it’s a beautiful coming of age story about a boy trying to impress a girl by forming a band. Sure, you could look up the best numbers (Drive It Like You Stole It is one of my favourites) on youtube, but the whole movie is excellent.

Rocketman (2019)

Taron Egerton won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Elton John (and was, if you ask me, snubbed by the Oscars). Unlike some other musical biopic musicals that came out around the same time, Rocketman mixes the music into the narrative and creates something more dreamlike and poignant.


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