A Star Is Born

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Overview

The third remake of the 1932 drama What Price Hollywood?, this adaptation of A Star Is Born moved the story into the mid-1970's and changed the milieu from the movie business to pop music. John Norman Howard Kris Kristofferson is a rock star whose career has peaked; he is numbed by booze and cocaine, his music has lost its edge, and his performances have become painfully haphazard. One night, after a concert, he stumbles into a club where he sees a singing group fronted by Esther Hoffman Barbra Streisand. John ...
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Overview

The third remake of the 1932 drama What Price Hollywood?, this adaptation of A Star Is Born moved the story into the mid-1970's and changed the milieu from the movie business to pop music. John Norman Howard Kris Kristofferson is a rock star whose career has peaked; he is numbed by booze and cocaine, his music has lost its edge, and his performances have become painfully haphazard. One night, after a concert, he stumbles into a club where he sees a singing group fronted by Esther Hoffman Barbra Streisand. John likes what he hears and loves what he sees; he tries picking her up, but soon realizes if he wants to see her, he'll have to ask her out on an actual date. He does, and before long the two become involved, although Esther has trouble with John's rock star lifestyle. One night, a typically burned-out John lets Esther sing a few songs at one of his shows; before long she's the talk of the record business. While Esther's star begins to rise, John's continues to sink, and while she desperately tries get John to clean up and focus on his music, it may be too late to save him. The song "Evergreen" earned this film an Academy Award for Best Song; the credits contain the amusing notice, "Ms. Streisand's Clothes from ... Her Closet."
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Special Features

Commentary by Barbra Streisand; Wardrobe Tests with Commentary by Barbra Streisand; Deleted Scenes/Alternate Takes with Optional Commentary by Barbra Streisand; A Star Is Born Trailer Gallery
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The third screen version of this classic backstage drama -- first produced in 1937 with Janet Gaynor in the lead and remade more famously in 1954 with Judy Garland starring -- showcased Barbra Streisand in what was her best screen work up to that time. Though Elvis Presley was originally envisioned as Streisand's costar in this 1976 hit, singer-songwriter-actor Kris Kristofferson ultimately got the role of John Norman Howard, the past-his-peak rocker who crumbles as his lover becomes a star. He’s riveting in the role of a performer who routinely blows off tour dates, raises hell at the ones he makes, and alienates just about everybody with whom he comes into contact. His lone supporter is Streisand, a big-hearted backup vocalist who becomes his lover, works her way up from obscurity to acclaim, and desperately attempts to salvage the self-destructive Howard. The screenplay, by John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion, unflinchingly focuses on the soul-deadening parade of sex, booze, drugs, and general '70s-era rock-star excesses, while also maintaining the romantic connection that binds the Streisand and Kristofferson characters. The film’s strengths lie in its star performances, Streisand’s superlative musical numbers, and the excellent work of supporting players Paul Mazursky, Gary Busey, and Sally Kirkland.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2013
  • UPC: 883929266029
  • Original Release: 1976
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:20:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 21,287

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbra Streisand Esther Hoffman
Kris Kristofferson John Norman Howard
Paul Mazursky Brian
Gary Busey Bobby Ritchie
Oliver Clark Danziger
Clyde King One of the Oreos
Vanetta Fields One of the Oreos
Marta Heflin Quentin
M.G. Kelly Bebe Jesus
Sally Kirkland Photographer
Joanne Linville Freddie
Uncle Rudy Mo
Stephen Bruton The Speedway
Allison Caine Voice Only
Robert Englund Marty
Tony Orlando Himself
Technical Credits
Frank Pierson Director, Screenwriter
Seth Banks Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Bergman Score Composer
Marilyn Bergman Score Composer
Robert Carson Original Story
Scott Conrad Editor
Joan Didion Screenwriter
John Gregory Dunne Screenwriter
Stu Fleming Asst. Director
Charles Gaspar Special Effects
William Hiney Production Designer
Rupert Holmes Score Composer
Roger Kellaway Score Composer
Ruby Levitt Set Decoration/Design
Kenny Loggins Score Composer
Tom Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Jon Peters Producer
Polly Platt Production Designer
Leon Russell Score Composer
Allan Snyder Makeup
Shirley Strahm Costumes/Costume Designer
Barbra Streisand Score Composer, Executive Producer
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Marvin C. Thompson Makeup
Dan Wallin Sound/Sound Designer
William Wellman Original Story
Paul Williams Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
David Winters Choreography
Peter Zinner Editor
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie

    It's been a long wait for this movie to come out on DVD. I have it on VHS but no longer have a VHS player. I could not find this anywhere on DVD except for Barnes and Nobles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Star Is Born

    Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand deliver knock-out perfomances.
    It is one of Kris Kristofferson's best roles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love this movie

    I have loved this movie since the first time I saw it at the movie's when I was 10 years old.It is still my favorite.It is about time it is on dvd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born Is One Of Barbra's Best Films Ever. Barbra Streisand Is the Very Best Actress Of All Times.

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