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English actress Gertrude Lawrence reviews her musical career as a London and Broadway stage star.

Special Features

  • "Star! The Sound of a Legend": original 1968 production featurette
  • "Silver Star": 25th anniversary featurette
  • Julie Andrews and Daniel Massey screen test
  • Still galleries, trailers, and TV spots

Product Details

  • Actors: Julie Andrews, Richard Crenna, Michael Craig, Daniel Massey, Robert Reed
  • Directors: Robert Wise
  • Writers: William Fairchild
  • Producers: Saul Chaplin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 176 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001FR54I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,111 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Feverish debate always surrounds the true merits of this controversial 1968 musical. Thoughts seem to be continually divided as to whether "Star!",was the "the film that deservedly sank the career of Julie Andrews", or that it was "the greatest piece of work Julie Andrews has ever done on film". From the moment of this film's original release in 1968 they are the two most hotly contested viewpoints about this Robert Wise production that reteamed him with his "The Sound of Music", leading lady Julie Andrews. I tend to think after repeated viewings that "Star!",contains some of the best work by a musical comedy actress in the whole 1960's decade and certainly is one of the crowning achievements in the acting career of Julie Andrews despite the films lack of financial success. Why wasn't this film then the success many feel it ought to have been? Firstly by late 1968 the musical genre was definately going out of style with the advent of much more permissive "socially questioning" dramas such as "Midnight Cowboy", and "Easy Rider", and the period saw a very high number of big budget movies like "Paint Your Wagon", and "Sweet Charity", not being successful at the Box Office. Also the role of the feisty, foul mouthed Gertrude Lawrence was a big departure from the usual type of role that had endeared Julie Andrews to movie goers. While different from her roles in "The Sound of Music", and "Thoroughly Modern Millie", "Star!", needs to be judged on its own individual merits and is a marvellous showcase for the multi talents of Julie Andrews.Read more ›
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Julie Andrews portrays British musical theatre star Gertrude Lawrence in "Star!" (1968). Because it was crafted by the same team responsible for "West Side Story" and "The Sound of Music," most notably director Robert Wise and producer Saul Chaplin, great things were expected of "Star!" Dismissed by most critics and overshadowed by Barbra Streisand's "Funny Girl," released the very same year, "Star!" is a wonderful movie musical soley due to the performance of Julie Andrews, who delivers a stunning, tour-de-force. Andrews performs a dozen major musical numbers, ranging from seedy music halls circa WWI to Lawrence's stage triumph in the Kurt Weill-Ira Gershwin musical play "Lady in the Dark" in 1941. The score represents some of the best of the Gershwins, Cole Porter, and Noel Coward, the latter winningly played by Coward's godson, Daniel Massey. His performance alone is reason enough to watch the film. However, it the skilled, winning performance of Julie Andrews that makes this long (3 hours) musical biography worth watching. Julie not only sings but dances and acts to perfection, displaying ample versatility. This film would be most appealing to those who love Julie Andrews and the by-gone era of the musical theatre between the two world wars. The film suffers from being somewhat overblown and poorly paced - the thin screenplay gives the viewer little or no insight into what made Gertrude Lawrence really tick, but Julie Andrews delievers the goods - and then some.
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Fans of STAR! who were impressed with the laserdisc should not let go of it yet....

The Laserdisc of STAR! was mastered from the original 65mm camera negative. (the History notes in the laserdisc say the original version wasn't lost, just untouched in a vault, however a Fox employee later admitted that same negative actually was lost sometime after the laserdisc was done) The picture and sound on the LD transfer were supervised by people who knew the film well. That is clearly not the case with the new DVD.

The DVD looks like it's from a 35mm element that has been cropped at the sides to simulate the 2.20 aspect ratio of the laserdisc. Comparison with the Laserdisc will reveal the DVD is missing picture info on all four sides. The pale color in the DVD is nowhere near the saturated, accurate color of the LD, evidenced by the added brown hue in the documentary footage, which was never intended. Someone doing this transfer apparently decided to imitate the sepia tone of the B&W sequences in WIZARD OF OZ, ignoring the detail that the "documentary" within STAR! is a new film in the 1940 sequences that bookend the picture. Just one of the many details in which the Fox DVD team's ignorance of this film is obvious.

The Intermission title, Entracte, and final Cast of Characters, are all inexplicably gone, along with the nice added visual and audio enhancements they had on the laserdisc. This is yet another bit of evidence that home video folks have no idea how to handle a roadshow film. Fox also cut the Intermission/Entracte sequence on the DVD of ANNE FRANK, but they left it on HELLO, DOLLY! So clearly they are just not paying attention to such things.

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