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A Star is Born / Penny Serenade

4 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

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Double feature DVD - with A Star is Born (1937 color version - 111 minutes) starring Janet Gaynor and Freric March and Penny Serenade (1941 B&W version -115 minutes) starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunn.

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  • Actors: Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Cary Grant, Irene Dunn
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Krb Music
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 226 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0007P7YW0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,773 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Two of the finest examples of drama from Hollywood's fledgling golden age, William Wellman's 'A Star Is Born' (1937) and George Stevens' 'Penny Serenade' (1941), are showcased in this double feature from Catcom. Each earns 4 1/2 stars, boasting superb performances by lead and supporting cast to complement truly absorbing storytelling by director and screenwriters, respectively. The transfer of 'Star'-- an early color production which appears faded and somewhat out of focus-- is as good as any I've seen in the public domain (3 stars), while picture and audio clarity on 'Penny'-- from an obviously more blighted source-- is slightly below average (2-plus stars). The quality of the prints, unrestored as they are, isn't a deal-breaker, however, as it affords very watchable versions of two excellent films in one economical package. 4-minus stars overall.
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