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A Star Is Born (1954) Judy Garland Blu-Ray Book Packaging
Esther Blodgett is a talented aspiring singer with a band, and Norman Maine is a former matinee idol with a career in the early stages of decline. When he arrives intoxicated at a function at the Shrine Auditorium, the studio publicist Matt Libby attempts to keep him away from reporters. After an angry exchange, Norman rushes away and bursts onto a stage where an orchestra is performing. Blodgett takes him by the hand and pretends he is part of the act, thereby turning a potentially embarrassing and disruptive moment into an opportunity for the audience to greet Norman with applause.
As a band singer guided to heights of show-business success by an alcoholic ex-matinee idol, Judy Garland performs one superb song after another (most by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin) in a production – also starring James Mason and directed by George Cukor – that exhilarates with its craft and style even as it moves toward a heartbreaking finale. Shortened after its 1954 premiere and reconstructed to near its original length in 1983, A Star Is Born endures as one of Hollywood’s supreme triumphs. Alternate filmings of four musical numbers and one dramatic sequence, most new to this release.
The songs include “The Man Who Got Away” (brilliantly performed by Garland in one long take, sans dubbing), “It’s a New World,” “Somewhere There’s a Someone,” “I Was Born in a Trunk,” “Lose That Long Face” and “Gotta Have Me Go With You
Hollywood premiere telecast and newsreel, exhibitor reel plus expanded post-premiere party footage
Audio-only bonuses: Original recording session music and vintage radio show
Trailers of all three A Star Is Born versions and much more
|Actor||Judy Garland, James Mason|
|Number of Discs||2|
|Language||English, English, French, Spanish|
|Item Dimensions||7 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches|
|Item Weight||0.6 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||7 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches|
|Package Weight||0.6 pounds|