A Star is Born (1976): 30th Anniversary Edition

The incomparable talent of Barbra Streisand, the iconic magnetism of Kris Kristofferson and the reckless world of rock n roll create a winning combination in A Star Is Born which celebrates its 30th Anniversary by making its debut on DVD November 28, following Streisands highly anticipated national concert tour, which began October 4 and ended November 20, eight days prior to the DVDs introduction.

The deluxe presentation from Warner Home Video (WHV) of this 1976 box-office blockbuster based on the original screen love story includes an all-new audio commentary from Streisand (who not only starred in the film, but produced it as well), a remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, additional scenes and wardrobe tests, also with Streisand commentary.

The story centers around rock star John Norman (Kristofferson) whose career has peaked. One night, after a concert, he stumbles into a club where he sees a singing group fronted by young singer Esther Hoffman (Streisand). The two quickly fall in love, although Esther has trouble with John’s rock star lifestyle. One night, a typically burned-out John lets Esther sing a few songs at one of his shows and before long she’s the talk of the record business. While Esther’s star begins to rise, John’s continues to sink, and while she desperately tries to help him clean up and focus on his music, it may be too late to save him.

Oscar Alert

A Star Is Born was nominated for four Oscars and won five Golden Globes, including Best Picture, Actress, Actor and Original Score. Paul Williams, Kenny Loggins, Leon Russell and others worked with Streisand on the popular song score, topped by the Streisand/Williams hit Evergreen which won both the Oscar and Golden Globe as Best Original Song.

Previous Versions of the Story

The 1937 version of A Star Is Born, starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, captured seven Academy Award nominations and won one (Best Screenplay). The 1954 version, directed by George Cukor, starring Judy Garland and James Mason, was nominated for six Oscars.

A Star Is Born DVD Special Features include:
Commentary by Barbra Streisand
Wardrobe tests: with commentary by Barbra Streisand. Includes montage cut to the song Queen Bee from the original wardrobe tests.
Additional scenes with optional on/off commentary by Barbra Streisand
A Star Is Born trailer gallery
Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1

Streisand’s Career

Now in its fifth decade, Barbra Streisands extraordinary career has earned her recognition and popularity as an actress, singer, director, producer and activist. A true Renaissance woman, Streisand has received two Oscars, including one for Best Actress, eleven GoldenGlobes, six Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, ten Grammy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute and others. Streisand also has achieved sales unequaled by any other female recording artist, and with 49 gold albums, she is second in the all-time charts, exceeded only by Elvis Presley.

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