A Star Is Born (Blu-ray Book Packaging)
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As a band singer guided to heights of show-business success by an alcoholic ex-matinee idol, Judy Garland performs one superb song after another (most by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin) in a production – also starring James Mason and directed by George Cukor – that exhilarates with its craft and style even as it moves toward a heartbreaking finale. Shortened after its 1954 premiere and reconstructed to near its original length in 1983, A Star Is Born endures as one of Hollywood’s supreme triumphs.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.55:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches; 9.6 Ounces
- Item model number : 7305519
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Restored, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 4 hours and 47 minutes
- Release date : June 22, 2010
- Actors : Judy Garland, James Mason
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B001A5HG24
- Number of discs : 2
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I wish I had known this going in. Very disappointed. To add insult to injury: There is no clear path to a refund for this purchase. Should I reiterate? Yeah: Uncool, man.
The pairing of March and Gaynor, offers a more sentimental and rather schmaltzy portrayal of the characters. Even the musical background in the scene where Esther Boldgett's grandma sees her off at the train station was Old Lang Syne, and I used half a box of Kleenex before half the movie was over....
Judy Garland and James Mason's characters are little more complex and the film is very 50's. I thought Judy Garland looked great in all of her scenes and of course her musical numbers are fantastic...I particularly loved her in the after hours club scene singing The Man that got Away. For years Judy looked emaciated and strained in the face, but here she looks of average weight and her acting is perfection as always.
James Mason's portrayal of Norman Maine seemed a bit staid at first, but then you become accustomed to his vocal cadence and become immersed in the story completely. Jack Carson adds some humor as the sarcastic press agent Libby. There are snippets of film missing in several of the scenes which have been replaced with movie stills and the audio dialogue is heard in the background corresponding with the missing frame action.
This worked for me and didn't detract from the overall film. If you are a fan of Judy Garland you will definitely enjoy this film.
It has historical significance because James Mason delivered Garland's eulogy.
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A Star is born is a genuinely dramatic tale of two people united and separated by the changing fortunes that Showbusiness can bring.
The blu ray edition is pretty remarkable, rich of extras and with an excellent HD transfer