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  • Actors: Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Busey, Oliver Clark
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Dec 6 2005
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AYEL1A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,121 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Star Is Born, A (1976) (DVD)

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A STAR IS BORN [1976] [Deluxe Limited Edition DigiBook] [Blu-ray] [US Import] The fire of Barbra Streisand! The magnetism of Kris Kristofferson! The reckless world of big-time rock 'n' roll! All three bring a new passion and timeliness to `A Star Is Born' one of the screen's classic love stories (previously filmed in 1937 and 1954). A rock star on the decline, John Norman Howard [Kris Kristofferson] has given in to drugs and excessive drinking, and his music has suffered as a result. Wandering into a club one night, John watches singer Esther Hoffman [Barbra Streisand] perform and is smitten. The two begin dating, and soon John Norman Howard [Kris Kristofferson] lets Esther take the spotlight during his concerts. However, even as Esther Hoffman finds fame and success with her singing, John continues his downward spiral.

FILM FACT: The film won the Academy Award® for Best Original Song for "Evergreen" with the award shared by its songwriters, Barbra Streisand and Paul Williams, and was also nominated in the categories of Best Cinematography for Robert Surtees, Best Sound for Robert Knudson, Dan Wallin, Robert Glass and Tom Overton and Original Music Score for Roger Kellaway. It won five Golden Globe® Awards for Best Motion Picture for Musical or Comedy, Best Actress for Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Barbra Streisand, Best Actor for Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Kris Kristofferson, Best Original Score for Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher and Best Original Song for Barbra Streisand and Paul Williams for "Evergreen."

Cast: Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Busey, Paul Mazursky, Joanne Linville, Oliver Clark, Venetta Fields, Clydie King, Sally Kirkland, Marta Heflin, Rita Coolidge, Tony Orlando, M. G.
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By tmp on Feb. 26 2002
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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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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By Scrivener on 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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