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3.0 out of 5 stars a broken classic - beware!, 30 Aug 2006
This review is from: A Star Is Born - 2 Disc Special Edition [DVD] [1954] (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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Showing 1-4 of 4 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 18 Feb 2009 02:08:40 GMT
R. Cabral says:
you're so right! the still-frames in the middle of the movie were a very unpleasant surprise. i wish i knew that before buying this dvd.

Posted on 15 Apr 2009 10:53:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Apr 2009 10:53:49 BDT
Totally agree with you about the still frames. I was totally thrown by them and kept waiting for more to re-appear. It certainly took away some of my enjoyment of this film. And your review was spot on.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2009 11:49:10 BDT
Mr Happy says:
There is a cheap region one version that does not have the stills, it is 0 region too BUT the quailty is not 100%

Posted on 21 Feb 2012 19:25:02 GMT
honeymonster says:
I'm glad I read the reviews before buying - still frames in the middle of the film? Sounds an awful idea.
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