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Star Is Born

A Star Is Born

4.7 9
Director: George Cukor

Cast: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson


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The DVD of George Cukor's classic 1954 version of A Star Is Born features not only the footage that was restored to the film in 1983, but a host of extra features that makes it the ultimate experience of this movie. The widescreen anamorphic transfer and Dolby Digital Surround Sound showcase the film's masterly performances and direction, as well as Harold


The DVD of George Cukor's classic 1954 version of A Star Is Born features not only the footage that was restored to the film in 1983, but a host of extra features that makes it the ultimate experience of this movie. The widescreen anamorphic transfer and Dolby Digital Surround Sound showcase the film's masterly performances and direction, as well as Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin's songs. The disc's extra footage adds more insight into just how much talent was involved in A Star Is Born: the three alternate versions of "The Man That Got Away" -- each of which Judy Garland performed in one take -- and the deleted song "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street" give a satisfying, substantial feel to the film's presentation; it's easy to see how difficult it must have been to keep the original version at a three-hour length. Television and newsreel coverage of the film's premiere and post-premiere party is a unique and charming extra, and production notes and trailers from the 1937, 1954, and 1976 versions of this tragic Hollywood tale reaffirm how A Star Is Born manages to be timely and timeless all at once. Short of the impossible -- such as commentaries from the stars and director or a fully restored version -- this disc provides the most complete version of this enduring masterpiece.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The 1954 A Star is Born had better music than the 1937 original, but that's about all that viewers may agree on in assessing one version against the other. On the downside, the music added about an hour to the running time. The film was re-cut and shortened by studio executives after release. Despite the efforts of restoration experts, there are today no complete prints of the original release version. Judy Garland benefits from the increased emphasis on her character, and the film is far more of a star vehicle for her than was the original for Janet Gaynor. To make room for the songs, several supporting characters from the 1937 version were eliminated. The result is a film that, despite the increased length, has less story-telling richness, though the deficiency is compensated by Garland's superb performance. The film was not among the Oscar nominees for Best Picture, though it did receive six other nominations, including for Garland, James Mason, and "The Man That Got Away" as Best Song.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Documentary network telecast of Hollywood premiere and newsreel coverage of post-premiere party; 3 alternate filmings of "The Man That Got Away"; Deleted song "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street"; Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Theatrical trailers fo the 1937, 1954, and 1976 film versions; Interactive menus; Production notes; Scene access; Subtitles: English and Français

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Judy Garland Esther Blodgett/Vicki Lester
James Mason Norman Maine
Jack Carson Matt Libby
Charles Bickford Oliver Niles
Tommy Noonan Danny McGuire
Lucy Marlow Lola Lavery
Amanda Blake Susan Ettinger
Irving Bacon Graves
Hazel Shermet Libby's Secretary
James Brown Glenn Williams
Lotus Robb Miss Markham
Laurindo Almeida Guitarist
Rudolph Anders Actor
Phil Arnold Actor
Nadene Ashdown Esther at age 6
Willis B. Bouchey Director
Chick Chandler Man in Car
Tristram Coffin Director
Samuel Colt Men at Race Track
Rex Evans Master of Ceremonies
Frank Ferguson Judge
Bess Flowers Actor
Wilton Graff Master of Ceremonies--Last Scene
Charles Halton Actor
Jack Harmon 1st Dancer
Stuart Holmes Spectator
Joseph Mell Studio Employee
Pat O'Malley Actor
Leonard Penn Actor
Frank Puglia Bruno
Grandon Rhodes Producer
Emerson Treacy Justice of the Peace
Charles Watts Harrison
Eric Wilton Valet
Joan Shawlee Announcer
Dub Taylor Driver
Louis Jean Heydt Director
Kathryn Card Landlady
Grady Sutton Carver
Richard Webb Wallace
Henry Kulky Cuddles
Olin Howard Charley
Percy Helton Charley
Mae Marsh Party Guest
Strother Martin Actor
John Saxon Premiere Movie Usher

Technical Credits
George Cukor Director
Gene Allen Production Designer
Vern Alves Associate Producer
Harold Arlen Score Composer
Richard Barstow Choreography
Gordon Bau Makeup
Malcolm C. Bert Art Director
Folmar Blangsted Editor
Robert Carson Original Story
David Forrest Sound/Sound Designer
Ira Gershwin Score Composer
Moss Hart Screenwriter
Ray Heindorf Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Craig Holt Editor
George James Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Charles Lang Sound/Sound Designer
Sam Leavitt Cinematographer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Sidney Luft Producer
Mary Ann Nyberg Costumes/Costume Designer
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Michael Woulfe Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

0. Scene Selections
1. Dedication. [:22]
2. Overture and Credits. [2:05]
3. Night of Stars. [3:17]
4. Maine Backstage. [2:42]
5. Feeling No Pain. [2:27]
6. Gotta Have Me Go With You. [3:45]
7. Sealed in Lipstick. [3:48]
8. On the Prowl. [3:10]
9. The Man That Got Away. [4:33]
10. Star Quality. [3:19]
11. A Big Dream. [5:54]
12. Restless Night. [2:40]
13. Fool's Decision. [3:35]
14. Waterlogged. [3:12]
15. TV Commercial; All Burgered. [3:52]
16. Rooftop Reunion. [2:05]
17. Her New Look. [2:21]
18. Makeover and Pep Talk. [3:02]
19. Full Circle. [4:24]
20. In the Picture; Vicki Lester. [3:01]
21. Getting Oliver's Ear. [3:15]
22. Preview Jitters. [1:50]
23. Swanee (A). [1:05]
24. Born in a Trunk. [5:26]
25. You Took Advantage of Me. [1:14]
26. Black Bottom. [1:32]
27. The Peanut Vendor, My Melancholy Baby. [2:55]
28. Swanee (B). [2:08]
29. Born in a Trunk Finale. [:54]
30. Not Too Late. [3:38]
31. Here's What I'm Here For. [2:59]
32. A Public Proposal. [1:58]
33. Any Bets? [2:22]
34. Blodgett/Gubbins Nuptials. [3:14]
35. Motel Serenade: It's a New World. [4:50]
36. The Wheel Goes Round. [5:48]
37. Helpful Artie. [1:24]
38. Dining In. [2:49]
39. Someone at Last. [7:26]
40. Mr. Lester. [2:13]
41. The Winner Is... [3:44]
42. I Need a Job. [2:40]
43. Lose That Long Face. [4:34]
44. Love Isn't Enough. [5:06]
45. The Sanitarium. [4:44]
46. Bad Day at the Races. [4:21]
47. Night Court. [5:41]
48. Goodbye, Vicki Lester. [4:52]
49. One Last Look. [3:36]
50. Sunset Swim (It's a New World). [1:40]
51. The Way the World Ends. [2:52]
52. Danny's Diatribe. [4:46]
53. Mrs. Norman Maine. [3:03]
54. Cast List and End Credits. [:50]


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A Star Is Born 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BENNIE QUINCY SHAFT SAYS ... OUTSTANDING! WOW! This is one great movie. We originally had the 1983 restoration on VHS-HIFI, and, while the sound was excellent, the picture left much to be desired on a 27 inch screen. Let's fast forward to this BD release, based on a further, smaller restoration in 1999. The BD picture is, of course, much, much better, with a sharp, crisp image that has NOT been DNRed. Thus, it still has a film "look," complete with the grain that film should have. On a 50 inch HDTV, the wide screen image is spectacular. The sound is even better than it was on that old tape, very clear, with the songs, especially, just blowing the viewer away. Warner Brothers should be commended for this restoration and for this BD. VERY WELL DONE! As for the film itself, I can add virtually nothing more to the praise that I've read here. The performance of Judy Garland was stunning. Her, "The Man That Got Away," sequence has to be seen to be believed. How Grace Kelly beat out Judy Garland for the 1954 Best Actress Oscar is beyond me. I've seen, "High Noon," and my vote goes to Judy Garland. Buy this BD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here is a film that still takes one by surprise if you only know Garland from her sunny childhood roles like Dorothy...It has drama, tragedy, some good musical numbers...and a very interesting history. Thirty minutes of song and story have been shoehorned back in, and none of it seems expendable. Just compare this to lovely Grace Kelly's close-but-no-cigar Oscar winning turn in COUNTRY GIRL...there is little doubt for her fans that Judy was 'robbed'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie, while it has its flaws, shines most of the way through. Its not a happy-go-lucky musical by any means, so don't expect it to be. Its tragic. But there are stand-out scenes such as some of Esther's stage performances and of course the wonderful screen moment of Judy singing "The Man That Got Away" in an empty club. It gives me chills every time and is worth buying the dvd for ALONE.
GAwsumb More than 1 year ago
In 1954 Elia Kazan filmed his landmark realistic drama ON THE WATERFRONT. It won Oscars for Marlon Brando as Best Actor, Karl Malden as Best Supporting Actor, Eva Marie Saint as Best Supporting Actress and a host of others. The Best Actress Oscar went to the future Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly for her attempt at drabness in the black and white and mostly gray THE COUNTRY GIRL. George Cukor's musical drama A STAR IS BORN, a re-make of a 1930's weeper without music, was not even nominated for Best Film. But there was a real race between Kelly and Judy Garland who played Esther Blodget/Vicki Lester, the lead character in A STAR IS BORN. Garland had been fired by MGM at the end of the previous decade after starring in a string of classic musicals, particularly THE WIZARD OF OZ and MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS. Her personal demons, including her bouts with alcohol and drug abuse, had diminished her physically and emotionally, but by 1953 Garland was ready to attempt a screen comeback. The difficulties with the shoot are legendary, but the result is a screen classic. Using the American Songbook and new songs by Ira Gershwin and , Cukor developed a sharp, almost despairing look at the corrosive star-making and star-breaking studio system that had dominated Hollywood since its inception. James Mason plays Norman Maine, an alcoholic matinee star whose best days are behind him. He discovers Esther Blodgett and helps turn her into a new musical super star Vicki Lester. Garland's musical numbers are among the finest in film history and run the gamut from "Sewanee" to the torch classic "The Man Who Got Away." Mason's performance may be his finest in a great career. Beneath his cocky, handsome demeanor is a shell of man who knows he is beyond hope. There are also sharp performances from Jack Carson and Charles Bickford. A STAR IS BORN is full of drama, great singing, and the best performances Garland and Mason ever gave.
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