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Star Is Born
     

A Star Is Born

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Director: Jack Conway, William Wellman, Janet Gaynor, Fredric March

Cast: Jack Conway, William Wellman, Janet Gaynor, Fredric March

 

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The original cinematic version of A Star Is Born, directed by William Wellman, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither supplemental materials nor closed captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a

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The original cinematic version of A Star Is Born, directed by William Wellman, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither supplemental materials nor closed captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a copy of the original lobby poster, a trivia quiz, a vintage newsreel, and a collection of outtakes. This is a fine disc from Madacy, especially when considering the inexpensive list price.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
A Star is Born showcased Janet Gaynor's last great performance and established one of the screen's most enduring tales of tragic love. A triumph of top-grade production values, writing, and acting, it represented the zenith of efforts from United Artists in the late 1930s, and remains entertaining and relevant when viewed by current-day audiences. This is one of the best films of the 1930s, particularly notable for the acting and the high level of technical work, as director William Wellman adroitly combines a rich visual style with the luminous performances of the film's stars. An honorary Oscar selected by a panel of cinematographers went to Howard Greene's Technicolor work, helping to change Academy rules two years later to recognize color cinematography as a separate category from Black & White. The film received seven Oscar nominations overall, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress for Gaynor, and Best Actor for Fredric March, winning for Wellman and co-scripter Robert Carson as "Best Original Story."

Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2001
UPC:
0056775070694
Original Release:
1937
Rating:
NR
Source:
Madacy Records
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:51:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Janet Gaynor Esther Blodgett
Fredric March Norman Maine
Adolphe Menjou Oliver Niles
May Robson Lettie
Andy Devine Danny McGuire
Lionel Stander Matt Libby
Elizabeth Jenns Anita Regis
Edgar Kennedy Pop Randall
Owen Moore Casey Burke
Clara Blandick Aunt Mattie
A.W. Sweatt Esther's Brother
Peggy Wood Miss Phillips, a clerk
Arthur Hoyt Ward
Vince Barnett Otto Friedl
Irving Bacon Station Agent
Jane Barnes Waitress
Wade Boteler Cop
Helene Chadwick Actor
George Chandler Delivery Boy
Billy Dooley Painter
Carlton Elliott Griffin Cameraman
Robert E. Homans Actor
Ken Howell Actor
Eddie Kane People at Burke's Party
Ursula Kent Actor
Claude King Actor
Marshall Neilan Bert
David Newell Actor
Lee Phelps Bailiff
Adrian Rosley Actor
Fred "Snowflake" Toones Black Prisoner
Gayne Whitman Announcer at Chinese Theater
Charles Williams Assistant Cameraman
Clarence H. Wilson Justice of the Peace
Leonard Walker Orchestra Leader at Hollywood Bowl
J.C. Nugent Theodore Smythe
Guinn "Big Boy" Williams Posture Coach
Pat Flaherty Cuddles
Francis Ford Prisoner
Trixie Friganza Waitress
Jonathan Hale Night Court Judge
Harry Hayden Makeup man
Carole Landis Girl in beret (Santa Anita bar)
Chris-Pin Martin Prisoner
Edwin Maxwell Voice Coach
Ferdinand Munier Headwaiter
Robert E. O'Connor Bartender at Santa Anita
Franklin Pangborn Billy Moon
Jed Prouty Artie Carver
Paul Stanton Academy Awards Speaker
Lana Turner Marion (Santa Anita bar)
Olin Howland Rustie
Dennis O'Keefe Party Guest
Billy Coe Actor
I. Stanford Jolley Actor

Technical Credits
Jack Conway Director
William Wellman Director,Screenwriter
Ben Hecht Screenwriter
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
Alan Campbell Screenwriter
Robert Carson Screenwriter
Jack Cosgrove Special Effects
W. Howard Greene Cinematographer,Screenwriter
Lansing C. Holden Production Designer
Hal Kern Editor
Omar Kiam Costumes/Costume Designer
Ring Lardner Screenwriter
John Lee Mahin Screenwriter
James Newcom Editor
Dorothy Parker Screenwriter
Budd Schulberg Screenwriter
David O. Selznick Producer,Screenwriter
Adela Rogers St. John Screenwriter
Eric Stacey Asst. Director
Max Steiner Score Composer
Anson Stevenson Editor
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Direct Scene Access
1. Chapter 1 [11:58]
2. Chapter 2 [11:13]
3. Chapter 3 [15:23]
4. Chapter 4 [12:58]
5. Chapter 5 [13:09]
6. Chapter 6 [13:39]
7. Chapter 7 [9:10]
8. Chapter 8 [14:44]
9. Chapter 9 [5:38]
10. Chapter 10 [2:50]

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