A STAR IS BORN [1954 / 2010] [Deluxe Limited Edition DigiBook] [Blu-ray + DVD] [USA Release] ‘A STAR IS BORN’ is a Movie of Grand Scope and intimate moments, featuring Judy Garland's possibly Greatest performance!
Judy Garland had no better showcase of her formidable singing and acting talent than as the title “star” of 1954's ‘A STAR IS BORN,’ the moving, memorable classic directed by George Cukor.
One of the most beloved show-business stories of all time, the movie represents a career peak for many involved. Garland is singer Esther Blodgett [Judy Garland], an undeniable talent on the rise. Esther Blodgett catches the eye of Norman Maine [James Mason], an alcoholic actor in career decline. Their intense love transforms them both.
Judy Garland performs one superb song after another (mostly by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin) in a production that exhilarates with its craft and style even as its story moves toward a heart-breaking finale. ‘A STAR IS BORN’ was nominated for six Academy Awards, including "Best Actor" and "Best Actress" nominated for both James Mason and Judy Garland.
FILM FACT No.1: Awards and Nominations: 1954 National Board of Review, USA: Win: NBR Award for Top Ten Film. 1954 New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Nominated: Best Actress for Judy Garland. Nominated: Best Actor for James Mason. 1955 Academy Awards: Nominated: Best Actor in a Leading Role for James Mason. Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Judy Garland. Nominated: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration in Color for Gene Allen, George James Hopkins, Irene Sharaff and Malcolm C. Bert. Nominated: Best Costume Design in Color for Irene Sharaff, Jean Louis and Mary Ann Nyberg. Nominated: Best Music for an Original Song for Harold Arlen (music) and Ira Gershwin (lyrics) for the song "The Man that Got Away." Nominated: Best Music for Scoring of a Musical Picture for Ray Heindorf. 1955 Golden Globes: Win: Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for James Mason. Win: Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for Judy Garland. 1955 Directors Guild of America: Nominated: DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures for George Cukor. 1955 Writers Guild of America: Nominated: WGA Award (Screen) for Best Written American Musical for Moss Hart. 1956 BAFTA Film Awards: Nominated: Best Foreign Actress for Judy Garland [USA]. 2016 Online Film & Television Association: Win: OFTA Film Hall of Fame Award for ‘ A STAR IS BORN’ Motion Picture.
FILM FACT No.2: In December 1952, George Cukor was approached by Sidney Luft, who proposed the director at the helm to make a musical remake of the 1937 film ‘A Star is Born’ with his then-wife Judy Garland in the lead role. Judy Garland previously had portrayed Vicki Lester in a December 1942 Lux Radio Theater broadcast with Walter Pidgeon, and Judy Garland and Sidney Luft, along with several associates, had formed Transcona Enterprises specifically to produce the project on screen. George Cukor had declined to direct the original film because it was too similar to his 1932 ‘What Price Hollywood?’ and the opportunity to direct his first Technicolor film, first musical film, and work with screenwriter Moss Hart and especially Judy Garland appealed to him, and he accepted. James Mason ultimately was signed, and filming began on the 12th October, 1953.
Cast: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, Charles Bickford, Tommy Noonan, Lucy Marlow, Amanda Blake, Irving Bacon, Hazel Shermet, James Brown, Laurindo Almeida (uncredited), Leon Alton (uncredited), Rudolph Anders (uncredited), David Armstrong (uncredited), Phil Arnold (uncredited), Nadine Ashdown (Esther Age 6) (uncredited), Gertrude Astor (uncredited), Jack Baker (uncredited), Richard H. Bauman (uncredited), George Becwar (uncredited), Don Beddoe (uncredited), Rodney Bell (uncredited), Lennie Bluett (uncredited), Norman Borine (uncredited), Willis Bouchey (uncredited), Marshall Bradford (uncredited), Ruth Brady (uncredited), Paul Brinegar (uncredited), Sheila Bromley (uncredited), Benny Burt (uncredited), Kathryn Card (uncredited), John Carlyle (uncredited), Ross Carmichael (uncredited), Chick Chandler (uncredited), Samuel Colt (uncredited), Heinie Conklin (uncredited), Charles J. Conrad (uncredited), Tom Cound (uncredited), Oliver Cross (uncredited), Russell Custer (uncredited), Blythe Daley (uncredited), Havis Davenport (uncredited), Jerry DeCoe (uncredited), Eddie Dew (uncredited), Alan DeWitt (uncredited), Joe Dougherty (uncredited), Alphonso DuBois (uncredited), Robert Dumas (uncredited), Helen Eby-Rock (uncredited), Jack Ellis (uncredited), Rex Evans (uncredited), Frank Ferguson (uncredited), Gordon Finn (uncredited), Elizabeth Flournoy (uncredited), Bess Flowers (uncredited), Nacho Galindo (uncredited), Jack Gordon (uncredited), Wilton Graff (uncredited), Joe Green (uncredited), Robert Haines (uncredited), Jack Harmon (uncredited), Ray Heindorf (uncredited), Louis Jean Heydt (uncredited), Al Hill (uncredited), Stuart Holmes (uncredited), Robert F. Hoy (uncredited), James Hyland (uncredited), Jay Johnson (uncredited), Cele Kirk (uncredited), Nancy Kulp (uncredited), Carl M. Leviness (uncredited), Carey Loftin (uncredited), Frank Marlowe (uncredited), Strother Martin (uncredited), Louis Mason (uncredited), Nita Mathews (uncredited), Ila McAvoy (uncredited), Jack McCoy (uncredited), Philo McCullough (uncredited), Don McKay (uncredited), Heidi Meadows (Esther Age 3) (uncredited), Charles Merton (uncredited), Nolie Miller (uncredited), Patrick Miller (uncredited), Mort Mills (uncredited), John Monaghan (uncredited), Hal J. Moore (uncredited), Monette Moore (uncredited), Charles Morton (uncredited), George Nardelli (uncredited), Tom Nolan (uncredited), Ron Nyman (uncredited), William H. O'Brien (uncredited), Leonard Penn (uncredited), Barbara Pepper (uncredited), Hilda Plowright (uncredited), Mel Pogue (uncredited), Ezelle Poule (uncredited), Grandon Rhodes (uncredited), Don Richards (uncredited), Larry Rio (uncredited), Walter Rode (uncredited), Henry Russell (uncredited), Bobby Sailes (uncredited), John Saxon (uncredited), Don Shelton (uncredited), Charles Sherlock (uncredited), Eileen Stevens (uncredited), Robert Stevenson (uncredited), Kay Tapscott (uncredited), Dub Taylor (uncredited), Wayne Taylor (uncredited), Ted Thorpe (uncredited), Louis Tomei (uncredited), Dale Van Sickel (uncredited), Geraldine Wall (uncredited), Ruth Warren (uncredited), Harte Wayne (uncredited), Josephine Whittell (uncredited), Frank Wilcox (uncredited), Tom Wilson (uncredited), Jean Woodley (uncredited), Stephen Wyman (uncredited) and Mary Young (uncredited)
Director: George Cukor
Producers: Jack L. Warner, Sidney Luft and Vern Alves
Screenplay: Moss Hart (screenplay), Alan Campbell (based on the 1937 screenplay), Dorothy Parker (based on the 1937 screenplay), Robert Carson (based on the 1937 story/screenplay) and William A. Wellman (based on the 1937 story)
Composer: Ray Heindorf (uncredited)
Cinematography: Sam Leavitt (Girector of Photography)
Image Resolution: 1080p (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio: 2.55:1 (CinemaScope)
Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio,
French: 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo Audio
Spanish: 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono
English: 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish
Running Time: 287 minutes
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 2
Studio: Warner Home Video
Andrew's Blu-ray Review: To many of us, okay, to most of us, Judy Garland will always be Dorothy, the wide-eyed, spunky, achingly sincere, and forever appealing heroine of the all-time classic, 'The Wizard of Oz.' But as much as that timeless portrayal, not to mention her sublime and iconic rendition of the Oscar-winning "Over the Rainbow" has firmly cemented itself into our collective consciousness, it's only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the peerless talent of the great Judy Garland. For many singer-actresses, such a monumental film would have been their professional pinnacle, an apex that could never be rivalled or equalled, but not for Judy Garland. For her 'The Wizard of Oz' was merely the point of embarkation for a staggering career unrivalled in its breadth and level of success. Films were only one of the domains Judy Garland conquered. She also made her mark on radio, television, the recording industry, and perhaps most significant of all, the concert stage. The consummate entertainer, who could sing, dance, and act with equal aplomb, Judy Garland often showed off her triple-threat abilities in a variety of memorable M-G-M musicals from 1939 to 1950, but never to such stupendous effect than in director George Cukor's 1954 remake of the definitive Hollywood heartbreak tale, for the film ‘A STAR IS BORN.’
Based on the 1937 drama of the same name starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, which itself was inspired by the 1932 film 'What Price Hollywood?' and of course 'A Star Is Born' tells the story of one film career on the rise and one in decline, and how the excess and narcissism of Tinsel town often lead to isolation, alienation, despair, and destruction. Ironically, Judy Garland, one of Hollywood's most famous casualties, portrays the level-headed rising star, Esther Blodgett, a struggling band singer discovered and groomed by waning matinee idol Norman Maine [James Mason], an alcoholic actor who coasts on charm and whose drunken escapades have made him an unreliable commodity. The two fall in love, but Norman's addiction and mounting insecurities over his slipping career continually test both their relationship and Norman's tenuous hold on a stable existence.
At the time of its release, ‘A STAR IS BORN’ was one of the few films to depict the dark side of Hollywood, proving all that glitters is not gold, and its uncompromising and at times unflattering portrait of an often heartless industry and parasitic culture packed a solid punch. Today, it's widely considered to be the best version of the oft-told tale thanks to George Cukor's sensitive yet straightforward direction, which perfectly balances the script's rich emotional fabric. Though the Moss Hart screenplay still glosses over some of Hollywood's harsher elements (after all, the industry couldn't be expected to expose all its warts), we get enough of an inside look at studio practices and politics, some of which are delightfully lampooned to give us a solid sense of what moviemaking was like in the 1950s.
And in an odd twist of fate, the film gives us far more information about the industry's cutthroat nature than it originally intended. For seeing 'A Star Is Born' today, in its reconstructed state, we learn first-hand how ruthless studio executives could be, and how they often cared more about a movie's bottom line than producing cinematic art. The cavalier manner in which Norman Maine is treated by Oliver Niles Productions in the film seems sympathetic when compared to how Warner Brothers treated 'A Star Is Born' shortly after its premiere. Originally clocking in at just over three hours, the film received rave reviews upon its release. Theatre owners, however, carped that the lengthy running time limited the number of showings per day, thus cutting into box office take. Worried the movie might not recoup its hefty investment; Warner recalled the film and hastily reedited it, lopping off two musical numbers and a critical stretch of plot that helped develop Norman and Esther's burgeoning relationship. Critics roundly condemned the new version, which many feel sabotaged the picture's Oscar chances.
The coveted cut footage was assumed to have been lost or destroyed, but in the early 1980s, film historian Ronald Haver scoured Warner's vaults, uncovering the complete 181-minute soundtrack, along with both deleted musical numbers "Here's What I'm Here For" and "Lose That Long Face" and a host of other snippets. He began to piece together a reconstructed version, inserting production stills over the portions of the soundtrack for which no corresponding film could be found. It was a novel approach, but effective, enabling the film at last to be seen as intended. The effect is a bit jarring at first, but the quality of the material trumps the awkwardness of the presentation. It's this version of ‘A STAR IS BORN’ that appears on this Blu-ray, and it's both a very moving dramatic and musical experience, as well as a tribute to the cause of film preservation and restoration.
Of course, ‘A STAR IS BORN’ has always been a tribute to Judy Garland's brilliance. The fact she didn't win a Best Actress Oscar for her multi-faceted portrayal is one of Hollywood's great travesties. Groucho Marx famously called it "the biggest robbery since Brink's!" Few performances brim with as much raw emotion, tenderness, and vitality as Garland's, and coupled with her virtuoso singing, which both thrills the senses and stirs the soul; it ranks as one of film history's finest tour de forces. James Mason, to his credit, knows when to relinquish the spotlight and when to shine on his own. His work is equally riveting, and nabbed him a well-deserved Best Actor nomination
The score by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin includes the famous torch song "The Man That Got Away," which would instantly become a Judy Garland standard, and though George Cukor had never before directed a musical, he seems comfortable in the genre. The director's sense of rhythm and mood enhance the story and make the film seem much shorter than its three-hour running time.
Fascinating from many standpoints, as an unflinching portrait of a beloved film medium; and also a tribute to George Cukor’s directors vision; and the ultimate showcase for one of the most spectacular talents ever to grace the screen. ‘A STAR IS BORN’ is riveting entertainment from start to finish. Aspects of its story may be a bit dated, but its performances remain timeless. Most of all, the film stands as a testament to the enduring brilliance of Judy Garland, who, as one critic so bluntly, and correctly, put it, gives "just about the greatest one-woman show in modern film history." After viewing ‘A STAR IS BORN’ for the first time or the hundredth, it's impossible not to agree.
A STAR IS BORN MUSIC TRACK LIST
GOTTA HAVE ME GO WITH YOU (uncredited) (Music by Harold Arlen) (Lyrics by Ira Gershwin) [Performed by Judy Garland with Jack Harmon and Don McKay]
THE MAN THAT GOT AWAY (uncredited) (Music by Harold Arlen) (Lyrics by Ira Gershwin) [Performed by Judy Garland]
HERE’S WHAT I AM HERE FOR (uncredited) (Music by Harold Arlen) (Lyrics by Ira Gershwin) [Performed by Judy Garland]
LOSE THAT LONG FACE (uncredited) (Music by Harold Arlen) (Lyrics by Ira Gershwin) [Performed by Judy Garland]
SOMEONE AT LAST (uncredited) (Music by Harold Arlen) (Lyrics by Ira Gershwin) [Performed by Judy Garland]
IT’S A NEW WORLD (uncredited) (Music by Harold Arlen) (Lyrics by Ira Gershwin) [Performed by Judy Garland]
TRINIDAD COCONUT OIL SHAMPOO (uncredited) (Music by Harold Arlen) (Lyrics by Ira Gershwin) [Commercial jingle performed by Judy Garland]
BORN IN A TRUNK (uncredited) (Music by Roger Edens) (Lyrics by Leonard Gershe) [Performed by Judy Garland]
SWANEE (uncredited) (Music by George Gershwin) (Lyrics by Irving Caesar) [Performed by Judy Garland as part of the "Born in a Trunk" medley]
I’LL GET BY (As Long as I Have You) (uncredited) (Music by Fred E. Ahlert) (Lyrics by Roy Turk) [Performed by Judy Garland as part of the "Born in a Trunk" medley]
YOU TOOK ADVANTAGE OF ME (uncredited) (Music by Richard Rodgers) (Lyrics by Lorenz Hart) [Performed by Judy Garland as part of the "Born in a Trunk" medley]
BLACK BOTTOM (uncredited) (Music by Ray Henderson) (Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown) [Performed by Judy Garland as part of the "Born in a Trunk" medley]
THE PEANUT VENDOR (El Manicero) (uncredited) (Written by Moïse Simons) (English lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert and Marion Sunshine) [Performed by Judy Garland as part of the "Born in a Trunk" medley]
MELANCOLONY (aka "My Melancholy Baby") (uncredited) (Music by Ernie Burnett) (Lyrics by George A. Norton) [Performed by Judy Garland as part of the "Born in a Trunk" medley]
Blu-ray Image Quality – ‘A STAR IS BORN’ is a dark film, both thematically and visually, so it's especially gratifying to see such a gorgeous 1080p rendering that maximizes the film's colour palette without pushing it too far, and pumps up clarity and contrast to, at times, breath-taking degrees. Meticulously restored at high resolution, for ‘A STAR IS BORN’ underwent a painstaking process to remove chemical staining and correct colour. The result is a superior transfer that nicely juggles the various film stocks and still sequences to produce as seamless a viewing experience as possible given the picture's unique circumstances and mixture of elements. Of course the brief carhop sequence looks grainy and a bit battered, but we're lucky it exists at all. On the whole, however, the image is clean, crisp, and sports a pleasing grain structure that lends the story vital warmth and texture. Contrast is solid and clarity is surprisingly good, especially when one factors in the primitive nature of CinemaScope at that time. Sure, there are some soft moments, but on the whole, the picture remains vivid and sharp. Close-ups look beautiful and you can see the perspiration glistening on Judy Garland's face during the "Born in a Trunk" number and flesh tones remain stable and true throughout, from Judy Garland's alabaster skin to James Mason's olive complexion. Fans have waited years for a high-definition upgrade of this classic film, and Warner delivers a beautiful product that will satisfy even the most critical eyes. Here's hoping more of the studio's catalogue film musicals come our way...and soon.
Blu-ray Audio Quality – When it comes to classics, many of us tend to care more about picture quality than the sound quality, but in the case of ‘A STAR IS BORN,’ audio plays a vital role. And hearing ‘A STAR IS BORN’ in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio is a totally thrilling experience. Without question, Judy Garland possessed one of the greatest singing voices in history, and here she is at her absolute peak. This superior track perfectly showcases her peerless instrument. Pure, controlled, and bursting with unbridled power, Judy Garland's vocals are crystal clear, with every warm tone, delicate nuance, and euphoric climax perfectly balanced to achieve maximum impact. The musical numbers possess a marvellous fullness, flooding the room with well-mixed, dynamic sound. Most of the audio is front-based, with some mild stereo separation widening the field somewhat. Surround activity is slight, but some crowd scenes possess a bit of wrap-around. Dialogue is always clear and comprehendible, and isolated accents, such as a trolley bell and the ignition of carbon arc klieg lights, are marvellously distinct. There's not much low-end action to involve the subwoofer, but bass tones during the songs supply some nice weight. Best of all, the track is clean, with no pops, crackles, or hiss mucking up the works. Faint bits of distortion occasionally crop up during Judy Garland's vocals, but you really have to listen closely to catch them. By far, this is the best 'A Star Is Born' has ever sounded, and fans of this classic film will be more than satisfied with this vibrant, immersive track.
Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:
Special Feature: Introduction  [480i] [1.37:1] [3:00] This all-too-short behind-the-scenes documentary provides a lightning-quick overview of the production and the tireless efforts that made the film everything it is.
Special Feature: Audio Vault [Dolby Digital Stereo and Mono]  [107 minutes] A treasure trove of audio recordings include outtakes of "Oliver on the Phone with the Director Discussing Norman" and "Norman and Esther on the Roof of the Hotel Lancaster," a 1942 Cecil B. DeMille produced "Lux Radio Theater Broadcast" with performances by Judy Garland and Walter Pidgeon, a "Judy Garland Promotional" interview, rehearsals for “Born in the Trunk” and “Someone at Last,” an Extended Playback of Someone at Last, and amusing rehearsals of My Melancholy Baby, Black Bottom and Swanee.
Special Feature: "The Man That Got Away" Deleted Scenes  [480i] [1.37:1] [22:00] A number of alternate takes employing two different costumes and setups show just how seriously George Cukor took this particular number. Split-screen effects show subtle variations between various takes, and make one admire Garland's stamina, commitment, and artistry all the more.
Special Feature: Alternate Takes  [480i] [1.37:1] [11:00] Here we get to view alternate takes of "Here's What I'm Here For," "Lose That Long Face," "Trinidad Coconut Oil Shampoo," and "Norman Maine's Finale." A helpful narrator helps set the stage and the context for each scene.
Special Feature: When My Sugar Walks Down the Street "Outtake"  [480i] [1.37:1] [1:00] A short cut snippet from the 'Born in a Trunk' sequence resurfaces here.
Special Feature: Pantages Premiere TV Special  [480i] [1.37:1] [30:00] This archive black-and-white television special and the nation's first live telecast of the film premiere of ‘A STAR IS BORN’ and documents the excitement surrounding showing of the film at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. Described by various participants as the biggest world premiere in memory, even bigger than the Academy Awards. Contributors included: George Fisher (Host #1), Rosemarie Stack (Host Assistant), Paula Raymond (Host Assistant), Amanda Blake (Host Assistant), Ann Robinson (Host Assistant), Louella Parsons, Jimmy McHugh, Mamie Van Doren, Kevin Delroy, Dean Martin, Jeanne Martin (Mrs. Dean Martin), Gloria Grahame, Cy Howard, Edward Arnold, Cleo Arnold (Mrs. Edward Arnold), Jon Hall, Hedda Hopper, Raymond Burr, Evelyn Russell, Frank Vitti, Jean Hersholt (Mrs. Jean Hersholt), Edward G. Robinson, Katherine Anderson, Jack Carson (Host #2), Donald Crisp, Virginia Mayo, Marilyn Maxwell, Jerry Davis, Katy Jurado, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Wilding, Liberace, Frances Liberace, Ann St. John, Dennis Morgan, Karen Sharpe, John Smith, Debbie Reynolds, Joey Forman, Kim Novak, Suzan Ball, Richard Long, Gordon MacRae, Sheila MacRae, Dorothy Lamour, William Ross Howard III, Andy Devine, Dorothy Devine (Mrs. Andy Devine), Peggy Lee, Tommy Noonan, Ray Bolger, Gwendolyn Bolger, Gordon Scott, Mitzi Gaynor, Danny Thomas, William Bendix, Sophie Tucker, George Jessel (Host #3), Joan Crawford, Cesar Romero, Marie Wilson, Jack Palance, Doris Day, Martin Melcher, Vera-Ellen, Victor Rothschild, June Haver, Fred MacMurray, Judy Garland, Sidney Luft, Jack L. Warner, Van Heflin, Pat O'Brien, Eloise Taylor (Mrs. Pat O'Brien), Larry Finley (Host #4), Ben Alexander, Leslie Alexander, Shelley Winters, Sonja Henie, Ann Sheridan, Jacques Mapes, Lauren Bacall, Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis, Sue Carol, Alan Ladd, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Claire Trevor, Greer Garson, Sheilah Graham, Earl Wilson, James Dean (in the crowd), Virginia Baker with Jack Palance (uncredited), Jack Bean with Mitzi Gaynor (uncredited), Robert Fallon with Marie Wilson (uncredited), Clark Gable (in the crowd) (uncredited) and Frances Langford with Jon Hall (uncredited)
Special Feature: Newsreel Montage  [480i] [1.37:1] [8:00] Shot in 16mm by a number of cameramen, this original black-and-white promotional reel was used by Warner Bros. to spread the news of the Hollywood Pantages Theatre Premiere and hyped publicity for the 1954 film ‘A STAR IS BORN’ release.
Special Feature: ‘A STAR IS BORN’ Premiere in CinemaScope  [480i] [1.37:1] [2:00] This secondary documentary in which a narrator identifies notable celebrities and attendees at the ‘A STAR IS BORN’ film's Hollywood Pantages Theatre Premiere.
Special Feature: Vintage Short: A Report by Jack L. Warner  [480i] [1.37:1] [6:00] Executive Producer Jack L. Warner address's viewers and provides a brief glimpse at scenes from ‘A STAR IS BORN’ in this vintage promotional short film.
Special Feature: Film Effects Reel  [480i] [1.37:1] [1:00] Early test footage, shot at the 20th Century Fox Premiere of the film ‘The Robe,' where George Cukor used to compare traditional Technicolor photography with the new Eastman Color and Warner Scope processes.
Special Feature: Warner Bros. Vintage Cartoon: A Star is Bored  [480i] [1.37:1] [7:00] ‘A Star Is Bored' is a Warner Bros. animated cartoon of the Looney Tunes series, directed by Friz Freleng. The cartoon is mainly made up of reused footage from earlier cartoons to expand upon the rivalry depicted between Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in such films as Chuck Jones' Rabbit Fire,’ this time placing the action in a show-biz setting. In this 7-minute short, Daffy Guck must double for Bugs Bunny in any slapstick that Warner Bros. deems too dangerous for its top star.
Theatrical Trailers [480i] [1.37:1] [10:00] Here we get to view three trailers. One for the original 1937 version of ‘A Star is Born’ starring Janet Gaynor, one for the 1954 ‘A STAR IS BORN’ remake starring Judy Garland and James Mason, and one for the maligned 1976 adaptation of ‘A Star is Born’ starring Barbra Streisand (with her ghastly permed hair) and Kris Kristofferson.
Finally, ‘A STAR IS BORN’ joins a long list of catalogue titles that have been granted new life in high definition. Blessed with a faithful, technically proficient image transfer and itself the product of a magnificent restoration, a very solid 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track, compiled from multiple sources no less, this is a totally handsome and beautiful Deluxe Limited Edition DigiBook packaging with a worthwhile essay on this classic Hollywood film, and a decent set of special features makes this 2-disc release really worth every penny. Did I mention the film holds up quite well for a fifty-six-year old musical and it must be said that this has to be the finest version of one of the all-time great Hollywood tales, the 1954 ‘A STAR IS BORN’ features one of the all-time great performances by one of the all-time great talented actress, Judy Garland. George Cukor's film combines a compelling dramatic story with an excellent score to create an emotionally powerful, thoroughly entertaining experience. Warner Home Video's Blu-ray presentation is top-notch, featuring a stunning 1080p transfer, dynamic audio, and hours of absorbing extras, and it is such an honour to add to my ever increasing Judy Garland Blu-ray Collection. Very Highly Recommended!
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