A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born

DVD - 2010
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As a band singer is discovered and guided to heights of show-business success by an alcoholic ex-matinee idol, she performs one superb song after another in a production that exhilarates with its craft and style even as its story moves toward a heartbreaking finale. Special features include alternate filmings of four musical numbers and one dramatic sequence, and much more.
Publisher: [United States] : Warner Home Video, 2010, c1954.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
ISBN: 9781419880797
1419880799
Branch Call Number: STAR
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 176 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Mason, James
Garland, Judy

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ManMachine
Oct 01, 2015

Lights! Camera! Action!.... Yes. And once again a star is born, Hollywood-style - While another spirals down into the gutter.... And the wheels (of celebrity fame & fortune) go round and round.

I'm just guessing about this - But, I'd say that 1954's "A Star Is Born" is probably looked upon as being Hollywood at its absolute zenith when it comes to the genre of big-budget musicals of yesteryear.

Though its storyline was obviously fabricated to some point - This particular film does (quite clearly) define the star-making machinery as it existed in Tinseltown in its by-gone days.

Containing some very sincere performances from its all-star cast - "A Star Is Born" certainly had its share of faults, which not only included its gruelling 3-hour running time, but, also some outlandishly awful musical numbers that completely wasted Judy Garland's versatility as an all-round performer, as well.

artificialintelligence Aug 10, 2014

This film suffers from a couple of interminable musical numbers that were a waste of Garland's talent. That said, the movie's a masterpiece owing in no small way to the finest acting of Garland's career, high production values, and an iconic performance by James Mason. I couldn't take my eyes off him. Whether suavely prowling at the Coconut Grove or poignantly using affectatious deception to blow off Nile's token offer in the sanitorium, Mason invests his character with a complexity that's chillingly real, raw and physical. In an important early scene for instance, everything about his backstage lipstick-writing-on-wall sequence  is uncannily stunning, from the thin line he walks between dashing grace, intoxicated giggles, and obnoxious belligerence to his heady grip of Esther's hand and the spin he gives the words. And he is not just convincing as a drunk.  He is just as effective implying hidden depths of decency, compassion, and vulnerability to love, a love that comes too late. These two actors were robbed of their Academy Awards.

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Alexorama
Feb 20, 2014

I returned this title to the countertop with three other titles last week. The other titles were Pulling, Full Metal Jacket and Midnight in Paris.

Janedith Jan 25, 2014

Judy Garland gives a great performance.

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Ellington4
Nov 20, 2011

A masterpiece! Judy Garland, at the height of her singing and acting skills, gives one of the great performances in movie history. James Mason is also extraordinary as her troubled husband, Judy's singing causes shivers and the relationship between the now-legandary characters Norman Main and Esther Blodgett/Vicki Lester goes right to the heart. You never tire of seeing this movie.

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