A Star Is Born (1937) DVD

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Authorized edition from the estate of David O. Selznick from the collection of George Eastman House

From maverick filmmaker William A. Wellman (The Public Enemy, Nothing Sacred) comes the original, timeless tale of Hollywood fantasy and heartbreak: A Star Is Born.

Esther Blodgett (Janet Gaynor) comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom only to have them shattered by a ruthless, cold-hearted town without pity, where the chances of finding fame are one in a hundred thousand.

Enter falling (and falling down drunk) movie star Norman Maine (Fredric March), whom Esther meets at a Hollywood party. Maine gets Esther a screen test and she's an instant success, and the publicity machine sets about recreating the small-town girl. But as Esther (reborn as Vicki Lester) rises to celebrity, Norman's stardom plummets, landing him in an alcoholic depression from which true love and Tinseltown fantasy may not be able to rescue him.
Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 111 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Kino Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 7, 2012
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Color: Color
  • Includes:
    Original Theatrical Trailer
    Wardrobe Test
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How about a restoration, Warner Bros?

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  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining
  • Great Cinematography
  • Original


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The original A Star Is Born is fast-paced, witty (Dorothy Parker was one of the writers) and heart-breaking. Fredric March was never better, and Janet Gaynor gets to slyly parody the newer actresses (Kate Hepburn, Mae West) who were nipping at her heels. It's an hour shorter and considerably less maudlin than the Cukor-Garland-Mason remake.

Alas, despite the Kino brand, this is not much of a restoration. It's marginally better than the bargain-bin versions. But compared to other Selznick Technicolor films (GWTW, Tom Sawyer) of the era, its visual condition is disappointing. Warner Bros no doubt has the original 35 mm materials, which it purchased along with remake rights. How about a decent restoration of one of the great early Technicolor classics, WB?

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