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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.55:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001A5HG24
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,833 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Mr D E Bassett on 27 Feb. 2003
Format: DVD
Those who say that 'Star' is the performance of Garland's career are not exaggerating - this is, undoubtedly, one of the greatest musicals of all time.
It has a whole array of cracking songs, from the opening dance number 'Gotta Have Me Go With You' to the marvellous 'Born in a Trunk' ensemble and, of course, the classic 'The Man That Got Away', of which Garland's recording is undoubtedly the definitive version. By and large I'm not a huge fan of Ira Gershwin's lyrics, but this film proves that a great song is about great emotion, and some of these provocative numbers will surely get your heart pounding.
What sets 'Star' apart from other classic musicals is that, despite having great songs, these aren't what the film is about. This is a genuinely moving tale of tragedy, sublimely acted by the two leads; Garland displays real vulnerability and yet also power, while Mason shows the depth of a man on the edge of oblivion, fighting with alcoholism and his inner demons. Some of these incredibly heartfelt scenes bring a tear (or more) to the eye.
So, a fantastic film, but it’s immeasurably enhanced by this two-disc 50th anniversary edition. The version of the film included here is the completely restored 169 minute cut, containing original scenes and stills lost over the years in various re-releases. Of course, it’s been digitally remastered and is presented in beautiful 2.55:1 widescreen format with 5.1 digital sound – the perfect presentation of Warner Bros’ first Cinemascope production. The second disc is devoted entirely to extras, and there’s a marvellous selection here.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James Hayes on 26 Mar. 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Even if you have already seen the 1954 version of 'A Star Is Born' on TV, take this opportunity to watch it again in its latest DVD incarnation, because the quality of the original production dazzles in a way that has been absent since the original theatrical release 50 years ago. Judy Garland excels of course, but the contributions of so-stars James Mason, Charles Bickford, Jack Carson, and Tom Noonan should also be highly appreciated. George Cukor's directorial hand is largely assured on this somewhat troubled production (his tendency to long takes now seems odd compared to the current cinematographic trends for cutting-away every four seconds; it might have been because Cukor just didn't have time or budget for multiple set-ups). If possible, I recommend that you get hold of Ronald Haver's book 'A Star Is Born: The Making of the 1954 Movie and Its 1983 Restoration', and read it before or after seeing the movie - you'll get more out of the experience for doing so. In fact, the lack of information about the restoration is my only carp with this DVD issue: anyone who doesn't know about it might wonder why some scenes run only as a series of rostrum'd stills images, while the original soundtrack remains. The other DVD extras all add to the appreciation and atmosphere 'A Star Is Born' whipped-up, and the alternative takes fascinate. Recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Brecher on 28 Dec. 2013
Format: DVD
Though a serious film fan, I'd never seen 'A Star is Born' (because I'm not big on musicals) until I succumbed to an impressive snippet in a trailer for a George Cukor retrospective season. The snippet was one of James Mason's big scenes. The version screened was the 1980s reconstruction, adding back a number of long-deleted scenes. That is the basis of this DVD, though if the Amazon stats are correct, they seem to have re-trimmed about 8 minutes from the full reconstruction for the DVD.

The history of this movie is well-known. As originally cut by Cukor, it ran 196 minutes, but was re-cut by the studio to 182 minutes for its premiere. After that, it was further cut to 154 minutes for its commercial release, and that is the version that was widely seen at the time and for the next thirty years. In response to the desire of Garland fans and movie buffs for the 'full' version, an attempt was made in the '80s to restore the missing premiere footage. Beginning with every piece of uncovered audio, the restorers matched it to whatever extra video they could find, and used production stills to cover for missing footage.

This may make for an interesting curio for completists, but as the new 'standard' version it is misconceived: even the restored audio is of very variable quality (almost INaudible in patches), and most of the replaced video is distinctly ropey. After the first couple of sections of stills, the use of them becomes a serious irritation. The songs added back are all filler.

Indeed, the entire film seems ill-conceived to a modern viewer -- or at least it seems not to have stood the test of time.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Anderiesz on 30 Aug. 2006
Format: DVD
Of course, the movie itself is a classic. James Mason gives his best-ever performance, making a mockery of the studio's original first choice for Norman Maine - Clark Gable (and can you imagine how wooden THAT would have been?) Garland has probably never sung better, but what really surprises is her acting - which is both disarmingly charming and achingly powerful

However...

While the restoration of lost footage is a film-buff's dream, and expertly done, to simply plonk whole minutes of still-frames in the middle of the movie is nonsensical and largerly destroys the narrative flow of the whole. By all means, include it as a DVD extra - but this is geekness run amok and should be discouraged - especially as there is no warning that the movie has been doctored in this way.

If you love the movie as we all remember it, buy an earlier version or wait for the inevitable 'special special edition' that features a proper 'making of' featurette to fill up a largely wasted second disc, and a decent cut of the movie-proper.

Sorry. I really wanted to like this, but the extras simply don't justify sabotaging a real Hollywood classic.
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