A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born

Blu-ray Disc - 2013
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A young rock star rises to the top while her husband plummets downward.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2013
Edition: High definition
ISBN: 9781622242313
Call Number: BLU F STAR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (140 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Mar 30, 2020

I honestly think this is the best version. It is also the most depressing.

Jun 23, 2019

"You can trash your life, but you can't trash mine!"
The third version of the story switches the setting from acting to music. Kris "Double K" Kristofferson is a hard-living rock star, whose career is in decline when he discovers Babs Streisand singing a little club and. . .a star is born! Kristofferson and Streisand don't have much chemistry and very different acting styles, which clash. It's also bloated and long and for a film about music, well, the music is pretty bad. Streisand's then boyfriend Jon Peters produced, Gary Busey co-stars, and, surprisingly, Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne did the screenplay. This is the one that the Gaga/Cooper version remakes. I prefer the Judy Garland version from 1954.

Jun 16, 2019

Music is good. Movie...not so much. Shame because I like all the actors in that one. Here's my ranking of "A Star is Born" movies from best to worst:

1. Lady Gaga (2018) 4.5/5 stars
2. Janet Gaynor (1937) 4.5/5 stars
3. Judy Garland (1954) 4/5 stars
4. Barbara Streisand (1976) 2.5/5 stars

May 23, 2019

Did not hold up well. Couldn't finish.

Apr 08, 2019

I was expecting a real stinker from reviews, but this movie isn't so much bad as it is unimpressive compared to the earlier versions. Streisand's pretty good, Kristofferson less so (it doesn't help that Frederic March and James Mason were just fantastic in the earlier versions).
The cinematography is pretty good, the 1970s fashions are atrocious. The story's core is still there, but it just doesn't pack as much of an emotional punch as the 1937 and 1954 versions.

Jan 30, 2019

Of the five versions of this story made to date, this is by far the worst. Not being a fan of Barbra is a real handicap because she is, of course, the Stah! Gary Busey is really good in his role, but Kris K I just don't get in this role. What in the world is so magnetic about Esther? I can't see any of this happening in real life. I mean you have a "rock" star who brings a pop/ballad singer to the stage and all the "rock" fans suddenly adore the pop/ballad singer? I'm sorry, but this just doesn't work.

Do me a favor and watch the better versions: 1937 with Janet Gaynor or the 50's version with Judy Garland. The original version was called "What Price Hollywood" made in 1932. I have been told the Lady Gaga version is excellent, but I haven't seen it yet.


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