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NEW Garland/mason - Star Is Born (Blu-ray)
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In 1983, a partially restored, 170-minute-long version of A STAR IS BORN hit first-run movie screens after long and loving archival and editorial struggle. It was a matter of using anything available to make up for the scenes Warner Bros. had hacked out--stills, amateur home movies made from the set, audio tracks--anything. Most significantly, the restoration reinstituted the entire portion of the movie which appear in the DVD as all of Chapters 14, 15 and 16 in which Garland's character takes a long-shot chance at an acting career; but although that enhanced plot-line was reintegrated into the movie, the static and museum-like restoration was in many ways more admirable than lovable. Still, it gets across the idea that Judy Garland's character--singer Esther Blodgett--faced her own trials and tribulations on the way to becoming "Vicki Lester" the film star.Read more ›
Surely one of Hollywood's most melodramatic love stories, 'A Star is Born' follows the lives of Esther Blodgett (Garland), a talented star on the rise, and Norman Maine (James Mason), a once-major talent in fast alcoholic decline. They suffer the slings and arrows of the Hollywood machine, and in the end, only one career can survive.
What's truly unique about 'A Star Is Born' is the palpable sincerity and tenderness with which Mason and Garland play their parts. Mason is on top form as Norman maine, and gives a wholly believable account of a man seeking redemption through nurturing a new talent. He's a perfect match for Judy in every way - where her performance is big and larger-than-life, so is his. The actors have a delightful chemistry, a believable bond that fixes us to their story.
Garland gives what must be the greatest performance of her career, imbuing the realtively ordinary part of Blodgett with a luminosity and innocence rarely portrayed in film. When she cries, we truly believe she is sad. When she smiles, we are happy for her. But when she sings, she opens up her character to the audience in a way quite unlike any other. Even in her big, blowzy numbers like 'Swannee' and 'You Gotta Have Me Go With You', she lets her vulnerability and frailty shine through, and we are truly in awe of her.Read more ›
Garland's private life was difficult, and in 1950 she made a highly publicized suicide attempt. When she proved unable to recover herself quickly, she was fired by MGM amid much negative publicity, and it was assumed her career was over. But within a few years Garland reemerged as a powerful concert performer, and momentum began to build toward a screen comeback. Garland, who recalled her radio presentation with fondness, suggested A STAR IS BORN.
The production was plagued with problems. A number of leading actors turned down the male lead before James Mason accepted. A considerable portion of the film was shot when Warner Brothers decided to present it in Cinemascope, and this entailed scrapping all previous footage reshooting from scratch. Garland herself proved typically highstrung, and her temperament led to numerous delays. The budget ran out of control, and by the time A STAR IS BORN arrived on the screen it had become the single most expensive film made up to that time.
The film's opening seemed to justify all the difficulty and expense. Critics were positive and the public was eager. But Warner Brothers remained concerned about the film's length--and although director George Cukor offered to recut the film gratis, the studio hacked it apart.Read more ›
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In the movie, Judy Garland, George Cukor, sings "The Man that got Away" in one take LIVE on
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Good performance by Judy Garland. I am glad to be able to obtain this classic movie; it is one for which I have been looking a while.Published 10 months ago by Karl Waltz
A STAR IS BORN  [Deluxe Limited Edition DigiBook] [Blu-ray] [US Import] There Has Been No Performance like Judy Garland! There Has Been No Picture like A Star Is Born! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
The 50's spells the birth of television, which drained movie houses of their audiences as everyone stayed home to watch tv with Lucy and Milton Berle, and some good programming, so... Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2012 by Anthony Marinelli
I don't have time to give a review that it at least 20 words long. What's wrong with just giving a star rating?Published on Nov. 29 2011 by Richard B. Young
This movie never looked so good. Excellent transfer to BluRay. I'll skip the movie itself - too many critics in the world anyway. Oh okay, 10 outta 10 star film. Read morePublished on July 28 2010 by Bill S
Meant as a vehicle for Judy Garland's come back, it did and does showcase her extrordinary talents especially in set pieces like her rendition of "The Man Who Got Away" however as... Read morePublished on July 25 2010 by Michael Ratcliffe