Release Date: June 22, 2010

A Star Is Born received the deluxe Blu-ray treatment in 2010.  It also was the premiere film for the premiere edition of the new Turner Classic Movies Film Festival on April 22, 2010.  The premiere featured this newly restored print of the film, the first film to be restored in 6K resolution.

From the Warner Home Video Press Release (full press release below):

Honoring the gripping masterpiece that marked Judy Garland’s triumphant return to the screen, A Star Is Born (1954) will reveal its stunning restoration by Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging (MPI) when it debuts on Blu-ray Disc June 22, 2010, from Warner Home Video (SRP $34.99) in a dazzling 2-disc book format with 40 pages of gorgeous photography, film history and more.

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.

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.”

*GOLDEN GLOBE(S)®
**©Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Details of the "digi-book" and the discs

Left to right below:  The front and back of the single-disc rental version in the clamshell packaging; the front and back of the 2-disc standard DVD edition.

The Warner Archive re-released the two-disc Blu-ray version on May 14, 2019.

A Star Is Born Blu-ray logo

Press Release

“Garland [in A STAR IS BORN] gives just about the greatest one-woman show in modern movie history.” – TIME

“One of the grandest heartbreak dramas that has drenched the screen in years.” – Bosley Crowther, The New York Times

A STAR IS BORN (1954) GLORIOUSLY RESTORED

2-DISC DELUXE SPECIAL EDITION ARRIVES ON BLU-RAYTM JUNE 22

Highly Anticipated Debut On Blu-ray Disc Featuring An Impressive Selection Of Bonus Content And Rare Extras

Burbank, Calif., March 2, 2010 – Honoring the gripping masterpiece that marked Judy Garland’s triumphant return to the screen, A Star is Born (1954) will reveal its stunning restoration by Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging (MPI) when it debuts on Blu-ray Disc June 22, 2010, from Warner Home Video (SRP $34.99) in a dazzling 2-disc book format with 40 pages of gorgeous photography, film history and more.

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.

*GOLDEN GLOBE(S)®
**©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 SUPPORT

Leading 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:

  • Programming – Will be Included in The Essentials Programming Event in June

  • Classic Movie News Feature

  • Online – Shopping Newsletter Mention

  • Social Networking – Facebook and Twitter Messaging

  • Search Engine Marketing

Ad in the Now Playing Guide (tentative)

ABOUT THE FILM

George 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 RECONSTRUCTION

A 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.

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

  • Academy Award® for Best Actress (Judy Garland, nominee)

  • 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)

 

ENHANCED CONTENT

A Star is Born (1954) 2-Disc Deluxe Special Edition DVD Enhanced Content:

  1. Introduction: Run time 3:01

  2. The Man That Got Away – Pink Dress: Run time 5:11 – Additional Take (NEW)

  3. The Man that Got Away – Brown Dress #1: Run time 4:49 – Additional Take (NEW)

  4. The Man that Got Away – Brown Dress #2: Run time 4:24 – Additional Take

  5. The Man that Got Away – Brown Dress #3: Run time 4:00 – Additional Take

  6. The Man That Got Away – Brown Dress #4: Run time 4:00 – Additional Take (NEW)

  7. Here’s What I’m here For – Alternate Take: Run time 2:36 – Additional Take

  8. Lose That Long Face – Alternate Take: Run time 4:55 – Additional Take

  9. Trinidad Coconut Oil Shampoo – Alternate Take: Run time 1:24 – Additional Take

  10. When My Sugar Walks Down the Street – Outtake: Run time 0:58 – Additional Take

  11. Suicide Scene – Alternate Take: Run time 2:15 – Additional Take (NEW)

  12. Film Effects Reel: Run time 0:54 (NEW)

  13. A Report by Jack L. Warner: Run time 6:24 – Vintage Featurette with New Intro

  14. Huge Premiere Hails A Star is Born Newsreel Montage: Run time 7:49 – Vintage Featurette with New Footage

  15. A Star is Born Premiere in Cinemascope: Run time 2:05 (NEW)

  16. Pantages Premiere TV Special: Run time 29:30 – Vintage Featurette with New Intro

  17. A Star is Bored (1956 WB Cartoon): Run time 7:00 New to the DVD

  18. A Star is Born (1937): Run time 2:46 – Trailer

  19. A Star is Born (1954): Run time 3:52 – Trailer

  20. A Star is Born (1976): Run time 3:46 – Trailer

  21. Audio Vault – Oliver on the Phone with the Director Discussing Norman – Outtakes: Run time 2:00 – Audio Only

  22. Audio Vault – Norman and Esther on the Roof of the Hotel Lancaster – Outtakes: Run time 2:00 – Audio Only

  23. Audio Vault – 12/28/1942 Lux Radio Theater Broadcast with Judy Garland and Walter Pidgeon: Run time 60:00  – Audio Only

  24. Audio Vault – Judy Garland Radio Interview: Run time 4:00 – Audio Only (NEW)

  25. Audio Vault – Born in a Trunk: Run time 9:05 – Audio Only

  26. Audio Vault – Someone At Last – Rehearsal: Run time 10:34 – Audio Only (NEW)

  27. Audio Vault – Someone At Last: Run time 7:16 – Audio Only (NEW)

  28. Audio Vault – My Melancholy Baby: Run time 7:06 – Audio Only (NEW)

  29. Audio Vault – Black Bottom: Run time 1:48 – Audio Only (NEW)

  30. Audio Vault – Swanee: Run time 4:57 – Audio Only (NEW)

A Star is Born (1954) 2-Disc Deluxe Special Edition Blu-ray Book Enhanced Content:

  1. Introduction: Run time 3:01 – All New

  2. The Man That Got Away – Pink Dress: Run time 5:11 – Additional Take (NEW)

  3. The Man that Got Away – Brown Dress #1: Run time 4:49 – Additional Take (NEW)

  4. The Man that Got Away – Brown Dress #2: Run time 4:24 – Additional Take

  5. The Man that Got Away – Brown Dress #3: Run time 4:00 – Additional Take

  6. The Man That Got Away – Brown Dress #4: Run time 4:00 – Additional Take (NEW)

  7. Here’s What I’m Here For – Alternate Take: Run time 2:36 – Additional Take

  8. Lose That Long Face – Alternate Take: Run time 4:55 – Additional Take

  9. Trinidad Coconut Oil Shampoo – Alternate Take: Run time 1:24 – Additional Take

  10. When My Sugar Walks Down the Street – Outtake: Run time 0:58 – Additional Take

  11. Suicide Scene – Alternate Take: Run time 2:15 – Additional Take (NEW)

  12. Film Effects Reel: Run time 0:54 (NEW)

  13. A Report by Jack L. Warner: Run time 6:24 – Vintage Featurette with New Intro

  14. Huge Premiere Hails A Star is Born Newsreel Montage: Run time 7:49 – Vintage Featurette with New Footage

  15.  A Star is Born Premiere in Cinemascope: Run time 2:05 (NEW)

  16. Pantages Premiere TV Special: Run time 29:30 – Vintage Featurette with New Intro

  17. A Star is Bored (1956 WB Cartoon): Run time 7:00 – New to the DVD

  18. A Star is Born (1937): Run time 2:46 – Trailer

  19. A Star is Born (1954): Run time 3:52 – Trailer

  20. A Star is Born (1976): Run time 3:46 – Trailer

  1. Audio Vault – Oliver on the Phone with the Director Discussing Norman – Outtakes: Run time 2:00 – Audio Only

  2. Audio Vault – Norman and Esther on the Roof of the Hotel Lancaster – Outtakes: Run time 2:00 – Audio Only

  3. Audio Vault – 12/28/1942 Lux Radio Theater Broadcast with Judy Garland and Walter Pidgeon) Run time 60:00 – Audio Only

  4. Audio Vault – Judy Garland Radio Interview: Run time 4:00 – Audio Only (NEW)

  5. Audio Vault – Born in a Trunk: Run time 9:05 – Audio Only

  6. Audio Vault – Someone At Last – Rehearsal: Run time 10:34 – Audio Only (NEW)

  7. Audio Vault – Someone At Last: Run time 7:16 – Audio Only (NEW)

  8. Audio Vault – My Melancholy Baby: Run time 7:06 – Audio Only (NEW)

  9. Audio Vault – Black Bottom: Run time 1:48 – Audio Only (NEW)

  10. Audio Vault – Swanee: Run time 4:57 – Audio Only (NEW)

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

Warner Home Video Blu-ray Discs offer resolution six times higher than standard definition DVDs, as well as extraordinarily vibrant contrast and color and beautifully crisp sound.  The format also provides a higher level of interactivity, with instant access to extra features via a seamless menu bar where viewers can enjoy features without leaving or interrupting the film.

For more information visit: http://warnerblu.warnerbros.com

About Warner Home Video

With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, a division of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace.  Warner Home Video’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top-quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video, and New Line Home Entertainment.

About Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging

Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging (MPI) is a state-of-the-art post-production facility.  Located on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, MPI’s services and experts are equally available and have been used by Warner Bros. films as well as those of outside clients.  MPI is also a leader in the field of film preservation and restoration and has developed a unique and patented process to digitally restore classics from the vast Warner Bros. Studios film and television library as well as those of other clients.  The facility has received safety certification to store and work with nitrate film stock.

About the TCM Classic Film Festival

The TCM Classic Film Festival, which is set to take place in Hollywood April 22-25, 2010, will be a landmark celebration of the history of Hollywood and its movies, presented in a way that only TCM can, with major events, celebrity appearances, panel discussions and more.  The four-day festival will also provide movie fans a rare opportunity to experience some of cinema’s greatest works as they were meant to be seen – on the big screen. TCM will announce additional special events, guests, and programming in the weeks and months ahead.  The central hub for the festival will be Club TCM, located inside the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.  The Roosevelt, which served as the site of the first Academy Awards® ceremony, will be the official hotel for the festival.  Only pass holders will be allowed entry into Club TCM, which will include a festival lounge, panel discussions, social events, a boutique, and poolside screenings.  Event locations include Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Egyptian Theatre.

Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world.  Currently seen in more than 80 million homes, TCM features the insights of veteran primetime host Robert Osborne and weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests.  As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, 31 Days of Oscar, and Summer Under the Stars.  TCM also stages special events and screenings, such as the upcoming TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of materials at its Web site, www.tcm.com.  TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation, and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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