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  • Actors: Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Busey, Oliver Clark
  • Directors: Frank Pierson
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Feb. 5 2013
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B009NQXXZ6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,101 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Star Is Born, A (Blu-ray Book)

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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 --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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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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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 ½ 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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It seems to me as though most of the reviewers are anti-Barbra rather than against this movie. I've read reviews that criticize the wardrobe, the songs.... sorry to point this out, but the clothing and hairstyles WERE in style when the movie was made. As another review pointed out, this was the era of Carly Simon, James Taylor, etc., so to say that Esther's songs wouldn't have been accepted by a "stoned-out" crowd is not necessarily true.
It's completely camp, but still fun to watch. I wish Kristofferson would've done a better job singing, but I thought he was effective portraying a man out of control. Like Esther, I was repelled by his actions but felt I could like the person. In that respect, he's spot-on. The film has decidedly too many close-ups of Barbra, which can be annoying, but I recommend it to anyone who wants a little cheese with their wine.
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