A Star is Born courtesy of Warner
Warner Home Entertainment have announced the Region 2 DVD release of the 1954 production A Star is Born. This Hollywood musical starring Judy Garland and James Mason will be presented in a 2-disc special edition with a retail price of £24.99 on November 25th 2002.
This digitally remastered DVD presents the film in 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen with English DD5.1 Audio and includes the following special features...
- Theatrical Trailers x 3
- Jack Warner Promo (6:20 mins)
- Pantages Premiere TV Special (30 mins)
- Three Alternate Versions of "The Man Who Got Away" (13 mins)
- Deleted Musical Number "When My Sugar Walks Down The Street" (1:45 mins)
- Hollywood Premiere Newsreel (1:08 mins)
- Coconut Grove Premiere Party (5 mins)
- Oliver's Audio Outtakes (1:35)
- Norman & Esther Audio Outtakes (3:30)
A Star is Born marked Judy Garland's return to movies after a four year absence, director George Cukor's first musical and first colour film, and a showcase for the great Harold Arden/Ira Gershwin songs in state-of-the-art stereo.
One of the most beloved show business stories of all time it represents a career peak for many involved. Garland is singer Esther Blodgett, an undeniable talent on the rise. She catches the eye of Norman Maine (James Mason), an alcoholic actor in a career decline. Their intense love transforms them both. Only one will survive Hollywood's slings and arrows.
Shortened after its premiere, the movie underwent one rebirth in 1983 when film historian Ronald Haver found almost all the cut sequences and supervised a reconstruction to near its original length. Its new DVD rebirth is this breathtaking digital surround stereo track and incorporating picture and musical material recently found in the vaults. Star always had a shine to it. Now watch it sparkle as never before.