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Star Is Born, a

Barbra Streisand , Kris Kristofferson , Frank Pierson    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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This film actually began with the idea of remaking A Star Is Born with the then-hot couple James Taylor and Carly Simon. Eventually, it evolved into this vanity production for Barbra Streisand, with Kris Kristofferson as the designated stud muffin. The story remains the same: A superstar on the decline meets a young singer on the way up. They marry as their career trajectories intersect, and his eventual demise is meant as a sacrifice to further boost her career by ridding her of the burden of him. Kristofferson's rock & roll numbers are decidedly lousy--Hollywood's idea of rock music--and Streisand looks good and always sounds fine (she won an Oscar for cowriting the song "Evergreen"). But you can feel her heavy hand guiding every shot; she seems to serve as puppet master for director Frank Pierson, framing every image of herself for maximum glow. The ultimate date flick (if the guy can sit still through it). --Marshall Fine

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2.0 out of 5 stars This star's a bomb Feb. 26 2002
By tmp
Format:VHS Tape
Although, as reviewer Sean R. Scheiderer has pointed out, "Evergreen" is a beautiful song, beautifully sung (and a beautiful scene), the rest of this 70's era ego-fest has to be seen to be believed. A remake of a remake of a remake, it's not only dated by its hideous 70's outfits (Bab's are credited to "her closet"), sets (their desert retreat looks like the first adobe garden shed), and hair, but by the ridiculous conceit that Barbra's "totally Vegas" style of performing would be considered rock. The scene where she performs "Woman in the Moon" to an at first annoyed, then lifted-off-their-feet crowd is such hilarious- I am here to tell you, they would have thrown things. Imagine a stadium full of people expecting Limp Bizkit and getting the Captain and Tenille. Or the scene where she ask fo a blanket to cover the blanket covered body of Kristofferson- it's like she wanted to make sure that he wouldn't detract from her performance by being seen.
This isn't even cheese- it's cheez whiz.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Memories! Sept. 27 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Two people from different spectrums of the music industry. A Rock and Roller at the end of his career and trying to hang on falls in love with and helps an up and coming Pop Star Diva, who is willing to do anything for the man that she loves. Romantic.
Yes, a remake. This was based on a story done in two other versions, however the story line varies in each (Star is Born with Frederic March and Janet Gaynor; the other featuring Judy Garland and James Mason. But, how great that in a wonderful, but CRAZY time of the 70's that someone should remake this story in the view of the music industry (which was changing in all direction), instead of the movie industy as it had been in the past. Kris Kristofferson portraits Norman Main as character close to his own career and life. Barbra Streisand is fantastic with her wonderfully amazing voice that moves an suprises you in so many ways in her portrail of Ester. Both do a wonderful job. Barbra's waredrobe from her closet is fantastic. Only, if I had her closet.
I remember the first time I saw the movie; that New Years Eve so many years ago. Still enjoying it to this day. A wonderful time the 70's.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear. April 4 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Just finished watching this. OK, here's the news, for all you 1970's nostalgia-freaks, for all of you who thought the Seventies were "cool", for all of you who love *That 70's Show*: THIS movie was the REAL Seventies. THIS is what was going on in the cultural mainstream. Yeah yeah, some teenage stoners were listening to Zep and such, but Zep and such wasn't on the Billboard charts, baby (said charts are referred to more than once in this movie). Flip to any Top 40 AM station, and the terrible music in Streisand's *A Star is Born* is similar to what you would've actually heard. I was laughing at her wardrobe as I giddily viewed this movie, and then sobered when I recalled that people actually WORE similar clothes. That mahhvelous permanent hairdo on her head was also all of a piece for the era. My point is, don't assume that Streisand made this movie in some sort of pop-culture vacuum; she merely presented the current fashions. I think it was the Amazon reviewer who opined that if she had simply held off till the early Eighties and the emergence of the "soft rock era", this film might have made more sense. Wrong. The Seventies were, after all, the decade of Bread, of Diana Ross, of Helen Reddy, of Carly Simon, of . . . you get the idea.
There is a perfectly adequate version of this movie, made in the Fifties, starring Judy Garland and James Mason. Needless to say that Kris Kristofferson and Barb are not Judy and James. This project could only have been the brainchild of a colossal egomaniac, who, it seems, hoped to top her idol. And I must disagree with the general consensus that Kris K. should be let off the hook, here. This is a horrible performance, worse than Streisand's.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth one scene! Dec 16 1998
Format:VHS Tape
When I was still in elementary school, Streisand's and Kristofferson's A Star Is Born (1976) was then old enough to be on television and yet new enough (and successful enough I suppose) to be a big deal. I remember watching it with my parents and even then being fascinated with the contrasting musical performances: Kristofferson provided moments of torture and humor while Streisand offered annoying kitsch and occasional moments of shear aural ecstasy.
Of course I now know how seminal her performance in this film is, influencing all divas since (Toni Braxton even mimics her dress and god-awful hairdo in a video). The leads play their two-dimensional characters as well as can be expected in a musical vehicle meant to showcase two singing stars. Most of the 2  hour film is musical numbers from one or the other, and the plot (hackneyed even then as this was the third version) can be ignored except as it provides the frame for one of the most effective music videos I have ever seen.
This gem lies a little under half way through the film and is probably a very famous scene since it features the Academy Award-winning "Evergreen." It is set in the recording studio where Streisand character is cutting her first tracks ever with the help of her superstar hubby Kristofferson. They have just instructed his rock-n-roll backing band ("Speedway") to change their tune to fit the music that Streisand "hears in her head." Streisand and producer Gary Busey are having a heated exchange in the studio box and Busey has just said "God damn it, women!".
Quick cut to a tight shot of just a microphone on which Streisand rests an arm and her other hand holding an earphone while the guitar plucking intro of the song begins.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my very favourite movies of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie
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Published 13 months ago by bcjoslin
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice package together
One of my wife's favorite movies the book was very nice, happy wife happy life. Would recommend to a friend.
Published 14 months ago by Robert Renneboog
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Blu ray
A oldie that never grow old, it is still and awsome movie !!!
The book and extra scene are a great adds.
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Published 17 months ago by Lucie Tetreault
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Published on July 18 2004 by KELLY RITCHIE
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Ok!
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Published on March 4 2004 by Thebookwoman
4.0 out of 5 stars A Star is Born for the 70's Generation!
The Classic James Mason and Judy Garland version of "A Star Is Born will never be topped. And I don't believe that they tried to in 1976. Read more
Published on June 22 2003 by Phillip B. Tursky
1.0 out of 5 stars About as much fun as a...........
... I tried to like it , I really did, but just can't. Miss Streisand is so full of herself from shot to shot she makes me sick. How can anyone love themselves so much? Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2002
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