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A Star Is Born Blu-ray Review

10 July 2010 7:28 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Judy Garland, every once in a while, could deliver a great performance. It seems now she’s better known for her personal problems, The Wizard of Oz, and her adoring fanbase. But in A Star is Born she gives one of her best performances in what appears to be a mirror of her own life. Garland plays Esther Blodgett, a singer with great pipes discovered by Norman Maine (James Mason). The two fall in love, but he’s a boozy mess and as she finally achieves stardom he recedes from the spotlight. My review of the gorgeous Blu-ray of A Star is Born follows after the jump.

A Star is Born is also known as a saved film, as the film got (and deserved) a restoration in the 1980’s when archivists put together as much of they could of the original “premiere” cut. That version was 181 minutes, the released version »

- Andre Dellamorte

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[DVD Review] A Star is Born

6 July 2010 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Film-making (and all of its offshoots in film writing and film-whining-about over the internet) tends to attract a certain kind of person; they’re the kind of people who can afford to take the chance on film school. They tend to be from the suburbs, they tend to be male, and they tend to have grown up proving their masculinity in areas other than sports (there’s a reason that so many films on the IMDb top 250 are about crime).  As a result, there are some blind spots when film history is considered by our generation, and one of those spots covers up film musicals. Though the notion of people breaking out into song and dance to express their thoughts has generally become fodder for satire (alternative theater festivals are filled with titles like Chlamydia: The Musical and Bosnia: The Musical), there was once a time when the industry devoted »

- Anders Nelson

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