A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born

Director: George Cukor Cast: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson


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Product Details

Release Date: 06/22/2010
UPC: 0883929065837
Original Release: 1954
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:56:00
Sales rank: 216

Special Features

A dazzling assemblage of rarities, many previously unreleased; Deleted scenes and altnerate filmings of four musical numbers and one dramatic sequence; Over an hour of rare recording session music and a vitage radio show; Plus, Hollywood Premiere Telecasr and Newsreel; 1954 Studio Exhibitor Reel and Expanded Post-Premiere Coconut Groove Party footage; Trailers of all three A Star Is Born versions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Judy Garland Esther Blodgett/Vicki Lester
James Mason Norman Maine
Jack Carson Matt Libby
Charles Bickford Oliver Niles
Tommy Noonan Danny McGuire
Lucy Marlow Lola Lavery
Amanda Blake Susan Ettinger
Irving Bacon Graves
Hazel Shermet Libby's Secretary
James Brown Glenn Williams
Lotus Robb Miss Markham
Laurindo Almeida Guitarist
Rudolph Anders Actor
Phil Arnold Actor
Nadene Ashdown Esther at age 6
Willis B. Bouchey Director
Chick Chandler Man in Car
Tristram Coffin Director
Samuel Colt Men at Race Track
Rex Evans Master of Ceremonies
Frank Ferguson Judge
Bess Flowers Actor
Wilton Graff Master of Ceremonies--Last Scene
Charles Halton Actor
Jack Harmon 1st Dancer
Stuart Holmes Spectator
Joseph Mell Studio Employee
Pat O'Malley Actor
Leonard Penn Actor
Frank Puglia Bruno
Grandon Rhodes Producer
Emerson Treacy Justice of the Peace
Charles Watts Harrison
Eric Wilton Valet
Joan Shawlee Announcer
Dub Taylor Driver
Louis Jean Heydt Director
Kathryn Card Landlady
Grady Sutton Carver
Richard Webb Wallace
Henry Kulky Cuddles
Olin Howard Charley
Percy Helton Charley
Mae Marsh Party Guest
Strother Martin Actor
John Saxon Premiere Movie Usher

Technical Credits
George Cukor Director
Gene Allen Production Designer
Vern Alves Associate Producer
Harold Arlen Score Composer
Richard Barstow Choreography
Gordon Bau Makeup
Malcolm C. Bert Art Director
Folmar Blangsted Editor
Robert Carson Original Story
David Forrest Sound/Sound Designer
Ira Gershwin Score Composer
Moss Hart Screenwriter
Ray Heindorf Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Craig Holt Editor
George James Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Charles Lang Sound/Sound Designer
Sam Leavitt Cinematographer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Sidney Luft Producer
Mary Ann Nyberg Costumes/Costume Designer
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Michael Woulfe Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- A Star Is Born
1. Dedication [:22]
2. Credits [2:05]
3. Night of Stars [3:17]
4. Maine Backstage [2:42]
5. Feeling No Pain [2:27]
6. Gotta Have Me Go With You [3:45]
7. Sealed in Lipstick [3:49]
8. On the Prowl [3:09]
9. The Man Thaty Got Away [4:33]
10. Star Quality [3:19]
11. A Big Dream [5:54]
12. Restless Night [2:40]
13. Fool's Decision [2:14]
14. Waterlogged [1:18]
15. TV Commercial; All Burgered [3:14]
16. Rooftop Reunion [3:52]
17. Her New Look [2:05]
18. Makeover and Pep Talk [2:21]
19. Full Circle [3:02]
20. In the Picture; Vicki Lester [4:24]
21. Getting Oliver's Ear [3:01]
22. Preview Jitters [3:15]
23. Swanee (1) [1:50]
24. Born in a Trunk [1:05]
25. You Took Advantage of Me [5:26]
26. Black Bottom [1:14]
27. The Peanut Vendor, My Melancholy Baby [1:32]
28. Swanee (2) [2:54]
29. Born in a Trunk Finale [2:08]
Disc #1, Side B -- A Star Is Born
30. Not Too Late [3:37]
31. Here's What I'm Here For [2:59]
32. A Publin Proposal [1:57]
33. Any Bets? [2:23]
34. Blodgett/Gubbins Nuptials [3:14]
35. Motel Serenade; It's a New World [4:50]
36. The Wheel Goes Round [5:48]
37. Helpful Artie [1:24]
38. Dining In [2:49]
39. Someone At Last [7:26]
40. Mr. Lester [2:13]
41. The Winner Is... [3:44]
42. "I Need a Job" [2:40]
43. Lose That Long Face [4:33]
44. Love Isn't Enoufh [:50]
45. The Sanitarium [4:16]
46. Bad Day At the Races [4:44]
47. Night Court [4:21]
48. Goodbye, Vicki Lester [5:41]
49. One Last Look [4:51]
50. Sunset Swim (It's a New World) [3:36]
51. The Way the World Ends [1:40]
52. Danny's Diatribe [2:53]
53. Mrs. Norman Maine [4:46]

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A Star Is Born 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BENNIE QUINCY SHAFT SAYS ... OUTSTANDING! WOW! This is one great movie. We originally had the 1983 restoration on VHS-HIFI, and, while the sound was excellent, the picture left much to be desired on a 27 inch screen. Let's fast forward to this BD release, based on a further, smaller restoration in 1999. The BD picture is, of course, much, much better, with a sharp, crisp image that has NOT been DNRed. Thus, it still has a film "look," complete with the grain that film should have. On a 50 inch HDTV, the wide screen image is spectacular. The sound is even better than it was on that old tape, very clear, with the songs, especially, just blowing the viewer away. Warner Brothers should be commended for this restoration and for this BD. VERY WELL DONE! As for the film itself, I can add virtually nothing more to the praise that I've read here. The performance of Judy Garland was stunning. Her, "The Man That Got Away," sequence has to be seen to be believed. How Grace Kelly beat out Judy Garland for the 1954 Best Actress Oscar is beyond me. I've seen, "High Noon," and my vote goes to Judy Garland. Buy this BD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here is a film that still takes one by surprise if you only know Garland from her sunny childhood roles like Dorothy...It has drama, tragedy, some good musical numbers...and a very interesting history. Thirty minutes of song and story have been shoehorned back in, and none of it seems expendable. Just compare this to lovely Grace Kelly's close-but-no-cigar Oscar winning turn in COUNTRY GIRL...there is little doubt for her fans that Judy was 'robbed'.
GAwsumb More than 1 year ago
In 1954 Elia Kazan filmed his landmark realistic drama ON THE WATERFRONT. It won Oscars for Marlon Brando as Best Actor, Karl Malden as Best Supporting Actor, Eva Marie Saint as Best Supporting Actress and a host of others. The Best Actress Oscar went to the future Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly for her attempt at drabness in the black and white and mostly gray THE COUNTRY GIRL. George Cukor's musical drama A STAR IS BORN, a re-make of a 1930's weeper without music, was not even nominated for Best Film. But there was a real race between Kelly and Judy Garland who played Esther Blodget/Vicki Lester, the lead character in A STAR IS BORN. Garland had been fired by MGM at the end of the previous decade after starring in a string of classic musicals, particularly THE WIZARD OF OZ and MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS. Her personal demons, including her bouts with alcohol and drug abuse, had diminished her physically and emotionally, but by 1953 Garland was ready to attempt a screen comeback. The difficulties with the shoot are legendary, but the result is a screen classic. Using the American Songbook and new songs by Ira Gershwin and , Cukor developed a sharp, almost despairing look at the corrosive star-making and star-breaking studio system that had dominated Hollywood since its inception. James Mason plays Norman Maine, an alcoholic matinee star whose best days are behind him. He discovers Esther Blodgett and helps turn her into a new musical super star Vicki Lester. Garland's musical numbers are among the finest in film history and run the gamut from "Sewanee" to the torch classic "The Man Who Got Away." Mason's performance may be his finest in a great career. Beneath his cocky, handsome demeanor is a shell of man who knows he is beyond hope. There are also sharp performances from Jack Carson and Charles Bickford. A STAR IS BORN is full of drama, great singing, and the best performances Garland and Mason ever gave.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie, while it has its flaws, shines most of the way through. Its not a happy-go-lucky musical by any means, so don't expect it to be. Its tragic. But there are stand-out scenes such as some of Esther's stage performances and of course the wonderful screen moment of Judy singing "The Man That Got Away" in an empty club. It gives me chills every time and is worth buying the dvd for ALONE.
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