Star Is Born

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Product Overview

She's a starlet on the rise. He's an actor on the skids. And their love can't cope with the fickle fortunes of hollywood. Special features: interactive menus, filmographies, scene access, and much more.


Studio Warner
SKU 40197623
UPC 085391758822
UPC 14 00085391758822
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Love Story
Rags To Riches
Tear Jerker
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A STAR IS BORN was conceived as a comeback vehicle for Judy Garland, who gives a fascinating and heartrending performance in perhaps the finest work of her career. This film was director George Cukor's first musical and first color picture; the tale of a doomed Hollywood couple, it was a remake of the 1937 William Wellman movie with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. Garland plays young singer Esther, who saves Norman Maine (James Mason), a famous star, from making a fool of himself onstage. Maine is an alcoholic whose career is on the wane but who manages, nonetheless, to acknowledge Esther's talent and help her jump-start a career in Hollywood. But as her star rises and his declines, Maine's misery grows. Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin provided Garland with songs that would become standards in her concert repertoire, including "The Man That Got Away," which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Song. A STAR IS BORN is also based on the earlier Cukor picture WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD?
Plot Summary
Summary First remake of the classic that was one of Judy Garland's greatest hits, and director George Cukor's first color picture, this musical includes Garland's well-known songs "The Man That Got Away" and "Born In a Trunk." The film garnered six Academy Award nominations, including Best Actress and Actor for Garland and James Mason.
USA Today "...Arguably director George Cukor's greatest movie..." 09/22/2000 p.10E
Sight and Sound "...[Garland's] personal struggles imbue her performance as the successful partner of a failing alcoholic actor with an unnervingly raw edge..." 04/03/2003 p.61
Total Film "[A]n accurate take on Hollywood histrionics..." 02/01/2004 p.121
Premiere 3 stars out of 4 -- "A bona-fide classic in the old Hollywood tradition. It's got glitz, glamour, boisterous musical numbers, and a tragic undertone." 06/21/2010
George Cukor
Judy Garland
Cast & Crew
Charles Bickford - Star
Irving Bacon - Star
Tommy Noonan - Star
James Mason - Star
Jack Carson - Star
Lucy Marlow - Star
Judy Garland - Star
Amanda Blake - Star
Moss Hart - Screenwriter
Ira Gershwin - Lyricist
Sam Leavitt - Director of Photography
Gene Allen - Production Designer
Sidney Luft - Producer
Harold Arlen - Composer
Charles Lang - Sound
Folmar Blangsted - Editor
George Cukor - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1954
Catalog ID 17588
UPC 00085391758822
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 176 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
DVD, Interactive Menu, Digital Audio, Widescreen, Dual Layer
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