A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born

Director: George Cukor Cast: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson
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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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BENNIE QUINCY SHAFT SAYS ... I MADE A MISTAKE. THE CORRECTION: GRACE KELLY'S OSCAR WAS FOR, "THE COUNTRY GIRL," NOT FOR, "HIGH NOON." MS. KELLY'S ACTING IN, "THE COUNTRY GIRL," WAS OUTSTANDING. SHE DESERVED THAT ACADEMY AWARD.