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A Star Is Born

by Jim Halterman
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Monday Jun 28, 2010
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It’s a common practice in the home video industry to suck as much of the consumer’s dollars as possible so you often see new editions, commemorative editions and any other kind of edition a marketing guru can think of to re-release any title. Usually, the differences are not that great but every once in awhile one comes out that can wow you.

I’ve had the DVD for the Judy Garland/James Mason version of A Star is Born for years now, and have been very happy with it. So when I saw that Warner Brothers Home Video was releasing a new version, I was a little skeptical... until I actually received it.

The release of this new A Star Is Born edition is the first time ever that the 1954 classic is available on Blu-Ray. In keeping with the times, this new edition can also be found on DVD, On Demand, and for Download, which just shows how the multi-platform business is changing.

First the movie, just in case you’re a newbie who hasn’t come across it yet (though it’s a prerequisite for serious movie fans and, well, Judy fans): directed by George Cukor, A Star Is Born stars none other than Judy Garland as Esther Blodgett, a singer who is discovered by the once-famous Norman Maine (James Mason). When he helps make her into a singing sensation things don’t necessarily end up, shall we say, happy.

The Blu-Ray edition is just what film enthusiasts dream of: a hard covered box holding both discs with the film and extras as well as a behind-the-scenes book built into the cover box. And the film has never looked better with the vibrant colors and sets popping in this Blu-Ray version.

There is also over an hour of never-before-seen-bonus content including alternate takes, deleted scenes, and audio excerpts. The A Star Is Born (Blu-ray Book) and A Star Is Born (Deluxe Edition) on DVD is available now, but I’d definitely go with the Blu-Ray version.

Special Features include:

- Alternate takes
- Deleted scenes
- Audio excerpts

Jim Halterman lives in Los Angeles and also covers the TV/Film/Theater scene for www.FutonCritic.com, AfterElton, Vulture, CBS Watch magazine and, of course, www.jimhalterman.com. He is also a regular Tweeter and has a group site on Facebook.

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