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#1 of 36 Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 28 2010 - 05:07 AM

“[Garland, in A STAR IS BORN] gives just about

 the greatest one-woman show in modern movie history.”

– TIME

 

“One of the grandest heartbreak dramas that has drenched the screen in years.”

 – Bosley Crowther, The New York Times

 

  STAR IS BORN (1954)

GLORIOUSLY RESTORED

2-DISC DELUXE SPECIAL EDITION ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY

JUNE 22

 

Highly Anticipated Debut On Blu-ray Disc Featuring An Impressive Selection Of Bonus Content And Rare Extras

 

Burbank, Calif., March 2, 2010 – Honoring the gripping masterpiece that marked Judy Garland’s triumphant return to the screen, A Star is Born (1954) will reveal its stunning restoration by Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging (MPI) when it debuts on Blu-ray Disc June 22, 2010 from Warner Home Video (SRP $34.99) in a dazzling 2-disc book format with 40 pages of gorgeous photography, film history and more.

Winner of two Golden Globes(Best Actress, Judy Garland and Best Actor, James Mason) and nominated for six Academy Awards®**, this powerfully moving and glamorous story reawakens when it arrives on Blu-ray Disc for the very first time. Offering the best possible way to see the film at home, the Blu-ray release will also feature impressive bonus content including alternate takes, deleted scenes, excerpts from Garland’s audio recording sessions, a collectible book of rare photos, press materials and an illuminating essay by film historian John Fricke. The film will also be released as a Deluxe Special Edition 2-Disc DVD (SRP $20.97) and will be available day and date on Video on Demand from cable and satellite providers and for electronic download from online retailers including Amazon Video on Demand. 

 

*GOLDEN GLOBE(S)®

**©Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

 

Famously reconstructed in the early eighties under the leadership of late film historian Ronald Haver, MPI has meticulously preserved and restored Haver’s 176-minute version of A Star is Born to its original luster, bringing back the brilliant, saturated colors and crisp picture. Using cutting edge digital restoration tools, MPI removed heavy chemical staining that affected several portions of the film and utilized an ultra-resolution recombine process to correct the heavily damaged sections. Without this painstaking preservation, the fragile negative stock in which the film was created would surely be near extinction.

“Our colleagues at MPI have not only done a phenomenal job in restoring the impeccable visual style of this great motion picture, but through their work, they have also ensured the survival of this cinematic treasure,” said George Feltenstein, senior vice president, theatrical catalog marketing, Warner Home Video. “The unparalleled superiority of Blu-ray combined with one of the best musical dramas ever made, come together to create an unforgettable home entertainment experience that is now preserved for the ages.”

 

A timeless story, sophisticated in the way it conveys its controversial themes, particularly considering the period of time in which it was made, A Star is Born brought together a cadre of extraordinary talent to portray this evocative contemplation of show business. The film became such a major part of American cinematic heritage that the Library of Congress selected it for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

MARKETING SUPPORT

Leading up to Warner Home Video’s much anticipated release, the beautifully restored musical will make its world premiere at the Opening Night Red Carpet Gala of the TCM Classic Film Festival at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on April 22, 2010.

Additionally, TCM will be offering the following in support of the June release of A Star is Born:

  • Programming – Will be Included in The Essentials Programming Event in June
  • Classic Movie News Feature
  • Online – Shopping Newsletter Mention
  • Social Networking – Facebook and Twitter Messaging
  • Search Engine Marketing
  • Ad in the Now Playing Guide (tentative)

 

ABOUT THE FILM

George Cukor directed this classic musical drama about the doomed marriage of an entertainer whose career is on the rise (Judy Garland) and her husband whose career is in decline (James Mason). A Star is Born marked Judy Garland's return to movies after a four-year absence, director George Cukor's first musical and first color film, and a showcase for great Harold Arden and Ira Gershwin songs in state-of-the-art stereo. One of the most beloved show business stories of all time, the film 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 career decline. Their intense love transforms them both. Only one will survive Hollywood's slings and arrows. The film sports an impressive supporting cast including Jack Carson, Charles Bickford and a host of Hollywood luminaries.  

Songs include "The Man That Got Away," "Lose That Long Face" and Garland’s tour de force performance of "Born in a Trunk."


ABOUT THE 1983 RECONSTRUCTION


A Star is Born triumphed anew in 1983 after archivist/historian Ronald Haver spent months ransacking studio vaults to spearhead a reclamation of George Cukor’s original edit, ultimately funded by Warner Bros. He located the entire 181-minute soundtrack, along with footage for three lost musical numbers and portions of the deleted dialogue scenes. Where no film existed, Haver used stills-over-track for transition and only slightly trimmed the audio when photographic coverage for some sequences was deemed inadequate. Haver’s A Star is Born debuted at the sold-out New York Radio City Music Hall on July 7, 1983, with James Mason, Sid Luft, and Garland’s daughters Lorna Luft and Liza Minnelli in attendance. Cukor, who had died six months before, was extolled from the stage by Fay Kanin, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which had encouraged Haver on his search and co-sponsored the screening. It is Haver’s assemblage of the picture that is presented in Warner Home Video’s June 2010 release on Blu-ray and DVD.

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

·         Academy Award® for Best Actress (Judy Garland, nominee)

·         Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Judy Garland, winner)

·         Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (James Mason, winner)

·         Award for Best Written American Musical by Writer’s Guild of America

·         Academy Award® for Best Actor (James Mason, nominee)

·         Academy Award® for Best Art Direction (Malcolm C. Bert, Gene Allen, Irene Sharaff, and George James Hopkins, nominees)

·         Academy Award for Best Costume Design (Jean Louis, Mary Ann Nyberg, and Irene Sharaff, nominees)

·         Academy Award® for Best Original Song ("The Man that Got Away," nominee)

·         Academy Award® for Original Music Score (Ray Heindorf)

·         BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress in a Leading Role (Judy Garland, nominee)

·         Directors Guild of America Award (George Cukor, nominee)

·         Writers Guild of America Award for Best American Musical (Moss Hart, nominee)

·         # 43 on AFI’s “100 Years…100 Passions” list and # 7 on AFI “Best Musicals” list

·         “The Man that Got Away” listed as # 11 on AFI’s “Top 100 Tunes in Films” list

·         Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." (2000)


ENHANCED CONTENT

 

A Star is Born (1954) 2-Disc Deluxe Special Edition DVD Enhanced Content:

  1. Introduction: Run time 3:01
  2. The Man That Got Away - Pink Dress: Run time 5:11 – Additional Take
  3. The Man that Got Away - Brown Dress #1: Run time 4:49 - Additional Take
  4. The Man that Got Away - Brown Dress #2: Run time 4:24 - Additional Take
  5. The Man that Got Away - Brown Dress #3: Run time 4:00 - Additional Take
  6. The Man That Got Away - Brown Dress #4: Run time 4:00 - Additional Take
  7. Here's What I'm here For - Alternate Take: Run time 2:36 - Additional Take
  8. Lose That Long Face - Alternate Take: Run time 4:55 - Additional Take
  9. Trinidad Coconut Oil Shampoo - Alternate Take: Run time 1:24 - Additional Take
  10. When My Sugar Walks Down the Street - Outtake: Run time 0:58 – Additional Take Suicide Scene - Alternate Take: Run time 2:15 - Additional Take
  11. Film Effects Reel: Run time 0:54 
  12. A Report by Jack L. Warner: Run time 6:24 - Vintage Featurette
  13. Huge Premiere Hails 'A Star is Born' Newsreel Montage: Run time 7:49 - Vintage Featurette
  14. 'A Star is Born' Premiere in Cinemascope: Run time 2:05
  15. Pantages Premiere TV Special: Run time 29:30 - Vintage Featurette
  16. A Star is Bored (1956 WB Cartoon): Run time 7:00
  17. A Star is Born (1937): Run time 2:46 - Trailer
  18. A Star is Born (1954): Run time 3:52 - Trailer
  19. A Star is Born (1976): Run time 3:46 - Trailer
  20. Audio Vault - Oliver on the Phone with the Director Discussing Norman - Outtakes: Run time 2:00 - Audio Only
  21. Audio Vault - Norman and Esther on the Roof of the Hotel Lancaster - Outtakes: Run time 2:00 - Audio Only
  22. Audio Vault - 12/28/1942 Lux Radio Theater Broadcast with Judy Garland and Walter Pidgeon: Run time 60:00 - Audio Only
  23. Audio Vault - Judy Garland Radio Interview: Run time 4:00 - Audio Only
  24. Audio Vault - Born in a Trunk: Run time 9:05 - Audio Only
  25. Audio Vault - Someone At Last – Rehearsal: Run time 10:34 - Audio Only
  26. Audio Vault - Someone At Last: Run time 7:16 - Audio Only
  27. Audio Vault - My Melancholy Baby: Run time 7:06 - Audio Only
  28. Audio Vault - Black Bottom: Run time 1:48 - Audio Only
  29. Audio Vault – Swanee: Run time 4:57 - Audio Only

 

A Star is Born (1954) 2-Disc Deluxe Special Edition Blu-ray Book Enhanced Content:

  1. Introduction: Run time 3:01
  2. The Man That Got Away - Pink Dress: Run time 5:11 - Additional Take
  3. The Man that Got Away - Brown Dress #1: Run time 4:49 - Additional Take
  4. The Man that Got Away - Brown Dress #2: Run time 4:24 - Additional Take
  5. The Man that Got Away - Brown Dress #3: Run time 4:00 - Additional Take
  6. The Man That Got Away - Brown Dress #4: Run time 4:00 - Additional Take
  7. Here's What I'm here For - Alternate Take: Run time 2:36 - Additional Take
  8. Lose That Long Face - Alternate Take: Run time 4:55 - Additional Take
  9. Trinidad Coconut Oil Shampoo - Alternate Take: Run time 1:24 - Additional Take
  10. When My Sugar Walks Down the Street - Outtake: Run time 0:58 - Additional Take
  11. Suicide Scene - Alternate Take: Run time 2:15 - Additional Take
  12. Film Effects Reel: Run time 0:54
  13. A Report by Jack L. Warner: Run time 6:24 - Vintage Featurette
  14. Huge Premiere Hails 'A Star is Born' Newsreel Montage: Run time 7:49 - Vintage Featurette
  15. 'A Star is Born' Premiere in Cinemascope: Run time 2:05
  16. Pantages Premiere TV Special: Run time 29:30 - Vintage Featurette
  17. A Star is Bored (1956 WB Cartoon): Run time 7:00 - New Featurette
  18. A Star is Born (1937): Run time 2:46 - Trailer
  19. A Star is Born (1954): Run time 3:52 - Trailer
  20. A Star is Born (1976): Run time 3:46 - Trailer
  21. Audio Vault - Oliver on the Phone with the Director Discussing Norman - Outtakes: Run time 2:00 - Audio Only
  22. Audio Vault - Norman and Esther on the Roof of the Hotel Lancaster - Outtakes: Run time 2:00 - Audio Only
  23. Audio Vault - 12/28/1942 Lux Radio Theater Broadcast with Judy Garland and Walter Pidgeon) Run time 60:00 - Audio Only
  24. Audio Vault - Judy Garland Radio Interview: Run time 4:00 - Audio Only
  25. Audio Vault - Born in a Trunk: Run time 9:05 - Audio Only
  26. Audio Vault - Someone At Last – Rehearsal: Run time 10:34 - Audio Only
  27. Audio Vault - Someone At Last: Run time 7:16 - Audio Only
  28. Audio Vault - My Melancholy Baby: Run time 7:06 - Audio Only
  29. Audio Vault - Black Bottom: Run time 1:48 - Audio Only
  30. Audio Vault – Swanee: Run time 4:57 - Audio Only

 

Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.

 

 

STAR IS BORN

2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY BOOK AND DELUXE SPECIAL EDITION 2-DISC DVD

Street Date: June 22, 2010

Order Date: May 18, 2010

Blu-ray Book Catalog # UPC #: 1000115111 / 883929096749

Deluxe Special Edition 2-Disc DVD Catalog # / UPC #: 1000093202 / 883929065837

SRP: $34.99 Blu-ray Book $20.97 / Deluxe Special Edition DVD

 

Warner Home Video Blu-ray Discs offer resolution six times higher than standard definition DVDs, as well as extraordinarily vibrant contrast and color and beautifully crisp sound. The format alsoprovides a higher level of interactivity, with instant access to extra features via a seamless menu bar where viewers can enjoy features without leaving or interrupting the film.

 

For more information visit: http://warnerblu.warnerbros.com/

   


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#2 of 36 John Morgan

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Posted February 28 2010 - 07:57 AM

 Darn. I was hoping the complete 1937 version would be one of the extras, but I can't find it listed. It would be terrific to have the earlier version restored and in Hi Def for this release. Wasn't there some mention of this version being on the BluRay at one time? Double darn!

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Posted February 28 2010 - 09:58 AM



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 Darn. I was hoping the complete 1937 version would be one of the extras, but I can't find it listed. It would be terrific to have the earlier version restored and in Hi Def for this release. Wasn't there some mention of this version being on the BluRay at one time? Double darn!
Yes there was a lot of discussion about it being included and WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD? not be included. 

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#4 of 36 felipenor

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Posted February 28 2010 - 11:30 AM

Wow, a two-disc blu-ray? Warner doesn't usually do it...


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Posted March 01 2010 - 12:20 AM


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 Darn. I was hoping the complete 1937 version would be one of the extras, but I can't find it listed. It would be terrific to have the earlier version restored and in Hi Def for this release. Wasn't there some mention of this version being on the BluRay at one time? Double darn!
Yes, it was mentioned several places.  This is a MAJOR disappointment for me.....and while I may still pick this title up it is now far from being a mandatory purchase.  /img/vbsmilies/htf/thumbsdown.gif



#6 of 36 Robert Crawford

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Posted March 01 2010 - 12:50 AM

I wished Warner would have released an "ultimate" edition with the 1937, 1954 and 1976 films included in such a release.





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#7 of 36 john a hunter

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Posted March 01 2010 - 08:16 AM

I can understand wanting to see the 1937 version,but thank the gods we have been spared the 1976 "version".

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Posted March 01 2010 - 12:29 PM



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 Darn. I was hoping the complete 1937 version would be one of the extras, but I can't find it listed. It would be terrific to have the earlier version restored and in Hi Def for this release. Wasn't there some mention of this version being on the BluRay at one time? Double darn!
Even if it were included among the special features in standard definition, it would no doubt be a glorious improvement over the myriad of public domain versions.



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Posted March 01 2010 - 01:34 PM

Doesn't seem to be much additional content from what was released in the previous standard DVD. I have recently seen the film on HD Net.
I will probably pick this up one day but based on what I am reading it will be when the price is low. Nothing mentioned has made me excited.


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Posted March 01 2010 - 01:55 PM

Would it be possible to get confirmation from WB that the '37 version is definitely not being included?


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Posted March 01 2010 - 03:17 PM



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Would it be possible to get confirmation from WB that the '37 version is definitely not being included?
If it is not listed in the press release it currently is not included. However there is a is disclaimer in the press release

Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.
This usually means something listed might not be in the final released version.  I guess it could mean additional content could be added
but I doubt it




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Posted March 01 2010 - 03:33 PM

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Posted March 01 2010 - 04:06 PM

Awesome!! Can't wait!!

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Posted March 01 2010 - 05:16 PM

The '37 version is definitely not included.

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"When we looked at the master of the ’37 'A Star is Born,' we realized that it really needed, more importantly, deserved a special restoration…using our Ultra Resolution process to bring out the glorious Technicolor of that film,'' said a Warner rep in an e-mail. "So rather than it be an add on…some less than-terrific extra content, we pulled it back so as not to diminish the importance of either versions.''


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Posted March 01 2010 - 05:29 PM

Can't wait for this one/img/vbsmilies/htf/cool.gif

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Posted March 01 2010 - 09:26 PM



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If it is not listed in the press release it currently is not included. However there is a is disclaimer in the press release

Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.
This usually means something listed might not be in the final released version.  I guess it could mean additional content could be added
but I doubt it


 

It's even more than that, too many times to count, these press releases have misinformation in them such as material included and even MSRP information.






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Posted March 02 2010 - 12:30 AM


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"When we looked at the master of the ’37 'A Star is Born,' we realized that it really needed, more importantly, deserved a special restoration…using our Ultra Resolution process to bring out the glorious Technicolor of that film,'' said a Warner rep in an e-mail. "So rather than it be an add on…some less than-terrific extra content, we pulled it back so as not to diminish the importance of either versions.''

I guess that's good news, but it's hard to tell.  I would like to hear something from direct from WB regarding this ongoing effort and when (if ever) they expect to complete it.  I would like to support this effort and if it means purchasing the Blu-Ray of the Garland version, I will do so.  Right now, the above statement is a bit too vague for me.



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Posted March 02 2010 - 03:57 AM

Is there information available on the UCLA restoration of the 1937 original? Does the 3 strip negative of the film still exist? Have there been any showings of the UCLA restoration? Given today's economy, how many people would be interested in a stand alone 1937 version of " A Star Is Born" with stars that most people today don't remember. And in blu-ray. While I would buy it on release day, and " What Price Hollywood" if it ever was released, it seems more likely to become a Warner Archive release. I don't see the 1937 version on blu-ray in the near future unless demand for older films on pressed discs improves. Warner Bros. has not yet released better known films that already received the Ultra Resolution treatment on blu-ray. Films such as "Singin' In The Rain" ( needs to be redone for blu from 1080i to 1080p), "Meet Me In St Louis", "Easter Parade", "The Band Wagon" etc. I think they would be released before the 1937 version. I hope I am wrong.


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Posted March 02 2010 - 04:38 AM

From Lou Lumenick's blog at the New York Post:

UPDATE: "When we looked at the master of the ’37 'A Star is Born,' we realized that it really needed, more importantly, deserved a special restoration…using our Ultra Resolution process to bring out the glorious Technicolor of that film,'' said a Warner rep in an e-mail. "So rather than it be an add on…some less than-terrific extra content, we pulled it back so as not to diminish the importance of either versions.

"Hopefully, this means the earlier version will also be released in Blu-ray."

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Posted March 05 2010 - 11:26 PM

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