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Star Is Born (1954)

Director: George Cukor     Starring: Judy Garland
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40197623
UPC: 085391758822
UPC 14: 00085391758822
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.
Editor's 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?
Features
Video Features DVD, Interactive Menu, Digital Audio, Widescreen, Dual Layer
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/3/2001
Video Play Time Running Time: 176 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1954
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 17588
Video UPC UPC: 00085391758822
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Charles Bickford
Video Cast Info Irving Bacon
Video Cast Info Tommy Noonan
Video Cast Info James Mason
Video Cast Info Jack Carson
Video Cast Info Lucy Marlow
Video Cast Info Judy Garland
Video Cast Info Amanda Blake
Video Cast Info Moss Hart - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Ira Gershwin - Lyricist
Video Cast Info Sam Leavitt - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Gene Allen - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Sidney Luft - Producer
Video Cast Info Harold Arlen - Composer
Video Cast Info Charles Lang - Sound
Video Cast Info Folmar Blangsted - Editor
Video Cast Info George Cukor - Director
Plot 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.

Professional Reviews

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

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