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A Star is Born (2003)

Barbra Streisand , Kris Kristofferson , Frank Pierson  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (409 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Busey, Oliver Clark
  • Directors: Frank Pierson
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (409 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AYEL1A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,689 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Star is Born" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Additional scenes with optional commentary by Barbra Streisand
  • Wardrobe tests with commentary by Barbra Streisand (includes montage cut to the song "Queen Bee" from the original wardrobe tests)
  • Trailer gallery

Editorial Reviews

The fire of Barbra Streisand. The magnetism of Kris Kristofferson. The reckless world of big-time rock 'n' roll. All three bring a new passion and timeliness to A Star Is Born, one of the screen's classic love stories (previously filmed in 1937 and 1954) and winner of five Golden GlobeO Awards, including Best Picture, Actress and Actor (Musical/Comedy). Paul Williams, Kenny Loggins, Leon Russell and others worked with Streisand on one of the most popular song scores ever, topped by the Streisand/Williams Evergreen winning the Academy AwardO and Golden GlobeO Award as 1976's Best Original Song. Their teamwork resulted in a box-office triumph as well as "a considerable achievement" (Clive Hirschhorn, The Hollywood Musical).

DVD Features:
Additional Scenes:Additional Scenes/Alternate Takes
Audio Commentary:Commentary by Barbra Streisand
Other:Wardrobe Tests
Theatrical Trailer:A Star Is Born Trailer Gallery


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129 of 142 people found the following review helpful
A blockbuster at the time of it's original release (it was the second-highest grossing film of 1976), the third screen version of A STAR IS BORN has always divided critics and fans alike. The film open to scathingly negative reviews, however, $5.6 million-budgeted picture went on to gross over $150 million at the box office and won an Academy Award and five Golden Globes. It's not without some irony that Streisand's most commercially successful film would also remain her most controversial. For every ten fans who state that STAR is Streisand's best film, there are always ten more who claim it is the weakest film in her filmography. Although both sides have some merit to support their claims, it should still be noted that the seventies take on A STAR IS BORN remains one of the most touching and highly entertaining showbiz dramas that Hollywood ever produced. For my money, it's the best version of the often-told tale.

The film is solidly enjoyable and throughly absorbing. Changing the setting from the old Hollywood studio system to the competitive world of the music industry was actually a great idea, and the screenplay forges a realistic contrast between the characters' romance and their careers. This is the main area that the 1976 version of A STAR IS BORN actually surpasses it's classic predecessors. For example, the film is especially successful when depicting the clashing personal and professional difficulties during recording sessions and the never-ending phone calls that interrupt Kristofferson's songwriting attempts. This version of the story is also more believable in it's portrayal of the lead characters. For example, the female leads in the two previous versions were so virtuous and self-sacrificing that they came off as saints.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Star Is Born DVD More Than Satisfies November 14, 2006
Format:DVD
I highly recommend the disc to Streisand fans who will relish Barbra's full-length film commentary, 16 minute of additional scenes (many previously unseen), and original wardrobe test footage. Of course, the movie itself in all of its remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack glory sounds and looks as vibrant and possibly even better than it played in cinemas. The musical numbers and theatrical lighting are exceptional and features some truly classic Streisand singing on stage. With the inclusion of Barbra's complete humming and acoustic guitar rendition of "Evergreen," we finally have the opportunity to enjoy an otherwise unused musical number. Even her commentary is enlightening, revealing that Kristofferson had a first shot at the song's lyrics but didn't submit them until just a few years ago when he sent Barbra a framed copy. Among the deleted footage is Barbra applying lipstick to KK in the bathtub scene where she admits being comfortable enough with him from earlier years to forego anything covering her chest. Indeed, she first met KK at L.A.'s Troubador club escorted by manager Marty Erlichman whose virtues she frequently praises in the commentaries. In her discussion during the film Barbra recalls being certain she wanted to become a film director during A Star Is Born's shooting, as she often made suggestions to KK between takes and thought the movie's director Frank Pierson cut the camera prematurely. After directing three films, Barbra recently declined ASIB producer Jon Peters's recent invitation to direct an upcoming ASIB remake. Her commentary also details her music composing resume back to "Ma Premiere Chanson," admitting that winning an Oscar for composing "Evergreen" is the biggest thrill of her career. Read more ›
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Thirty years after its initial release, the third version of "A Star Is Born" finally comes to DVD in a package that should please the most devoted fans of Barbra Streisand. That would include me since I just saw her in concert singing among other numbers, the feminist anthem "Woman in the Moon" from this 1976 film. Easy to dismiss, the movie's career-polarizing story is such a sturdy pile of Hollywood-style clichés that variations of it exist in other films including Streisand's own "Funny Girl". This time reset to the then-contemporary music scene, the timeworn plot follows self-destructive rock star John Norman Howard on his deep-dive career descent just as he meets club singer Esther Hoffman who is awaiting her big break.

Troubles dog their courtship from the outset, as John Norman (both names please) responds to grasping fans and bloodless DJs with random acts of violence (from which he inexplicably escapes prosecution). To John Norman, Esther represents his last shot at happiness, and in turn, she is drawn to the innately decent, creative musician underneath the façade. In the movie's most pivotal scene, he gives Esther her big break at a benefit concert, and her career takes off. Inevitably, he can't handle the failure of his career in light of her meteoric success, and if you are familiar with any version of this story, you know the rest. Directed by Frank Pierson (although Streisand's budding directorial talents are obviously on display), the film still manages to draw me in, even though I know it is shamelessly contrived and manipulative. It still has a certain emotional resonance despite its numerous flaws.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great songs!
The acting is now and has always been horrible....but this version of A Star Is Born will still be up there among my all time favorites because of the great music! Read more
Published 5 days ago by jane bautch
3.0 out of 5 stars takes me back
Nice packaging but it should have been remastered. Very lacking in the sound quality from that time but it's a nice time capsule to watch.
Published 7 days ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Movie Ever!
I love this movie. I wish I could watch it every day. Thank you much for the rental. I enjoyed it.
Published 10 days ago by fay Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars they need to have more good movies like it
I love this movie. Its one of the best movies ever. I can watch it over and over thats how good it is. Thanks for having it.
Published 13 days ago by Rita Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Favorite movie of all time. I think best film Barbara Streisand ever made. I also have the music CD and it is great.
Published 14 days ago by Gloria
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Loved the story, full of music, self discovery, sacrifice and love. Not the typical characters you find in most movies that include romance.
Published 18 days ago by M. C. Serrano
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie!
I saw this when it first came out at the theaters and cried. The story stayed with me as did the songs. Watching it again was a real treat and it all came back to me. Read more
Published 21 days ago by L. C. MCWILLIAMS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Love her music and acting. Never gets old. She is a great actress and there is no one that can sing like her
Published 21 days ago by Jan Strickland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase
I bought this as a gift for my mom. It's one of her favorite movies. It arrived in perfect condition, and on time, as expected. She is very happy with it.
Published 22 days ago by Brandi
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbra Streisand Can Rock
1976 saw A Star Is Born released starring Barbra Streisand. Luckily I got to see this in the theatre. Liked it so much I went 3 times. Read more
Published 24 days ago by K. Nolting
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