Blu-ray Release: A Star is Born (1976)

Blu-ray Release Date: Feb. 5, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $27.98
Studio: Warner


A Star Is Born movie scene

Streisand and Kristofferson in A Star is Born.

The 1976 musical drama-romance film A Star Is Born starring Barbra Streisand (Little Fockers)  and Kris Kristofferson (Heaven’s Gate) is a remake of two earlier films—a 1937 drama starring Janet Gaynor and Frederic March and a 1954 musical version with Judy Garland (Easter Parade) and James Mason (Bigger Than Life).

The ’76 version tell the story of a talented young singer, Esther Hoffman (Streisand) who enters the music business, and meets and falls in love with veteran talented rock star John Norman Howard (Kristofferson) only to find her career ascending while his goes into decline. As their relationship grows, her success only makes John’s downward spiral more apparent.

The R-rated movie won five Golden Globes, including Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy, as well as an Academy Award for Best Original Song (“Evergreen,” written by Paul Williams and Streisand).

Warner’s Blu-ray Digibook version of A Star is Born, which represents the film’s U.S. Blu-ray debut, contains 40 pages of color performance shots and behind-the-scenes photos, as well as the following bonus features:

-Commentary by star Barbra Streisand
-Additional scenes
-Wardrobe tests
-Trailer gallery

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.