For Immediate Release
"[Garland, in A STAR IS BORN] gives just about
the greatest one-woman show in modern movie history."
"One of the grandest heartbreak dramas that has drenched the screen in years."
– Bosley Crowther, The New York Times
A STAR IS BORN (1954)
2-DISC DELUXE SPECIAL EDITION ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY™
Highly Anticipated Debut On Blu-ray Disc™ Featuring An Impressive Selection Of Bonus Content And Rare Extras
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.
**©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 SUPPORTLeading 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:
ABOUT THE FILMGeorge 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 RECONSTRUCTIONA 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.
· Academy Award® for Best Actress (Judy Garland, nominee)
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
· 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)
A Star is Born (1954) 2-Disc Deluxe Special Edition DVD Enhanced Content:
A Star is Born (1954) 2-Disc Deluxe Special Edition Blu-ray Book Enhanced Content:
Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.
A 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
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