A Star is Born (1976)
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The third remake of the 1932 drama What Price Hollywood?, this adaptation of A Star Is Born moved the story into the mid-1970's and changed the milieu from the movie business to pop music. John Norman Howard (Kris Kristofferson) is a rock star whose career has peaked; he is numbed by booze and cocaine, his music has lost its edge, and his performances have become painfully haphazard. One night, after a concert, he stumbles into a club where he sees a singing group fronted by Esther Hoffman
Dec 17, 1976 Wide
Sep 21, 2004
Warner Bros. Pictures
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A dreary and bloated production that can't sustain its 140-minute running time (the 1954 version is even longer at 176 minutes, but it feels like a live-action short when compared to this one).
While in its romantic and romanticized particulars, this A Star Is Born can often seem silly, hoary, disjointed or meandering, the essence of the showbiz narrative still exerts a powerful pull... [Blu-ray]
Warner Home Video rolls out the red carpet for A Star Is Born on Blu-ray with a great A/V transfer and a solid helping of extras, proving they know full-well how to polish their turds.
The slow-burn melodramatic love story takes a while to get where it's going, but Streisand's star power is in full effect and Kristofferson is deliciously bitter enough to keep things watchable.
The plot and characters must have seemed clichéd to audiences seventy years ago, and they haven't improved with age.
Ms. Streisand has a great voice and a great stage presence, and she has made a number of good films in her career. For me, A Star Is Born is not one of them.
If only the Colonel had let Elvis play Streisand's John Norman, it might have been the camp classic closeted (very closeted) Streisand freaks insist A Star Is Born really is.
Barbara Streisand. Is. A Star Is Born. And two-shots have never been so completely arbitrary.
An ego project for Streisand and then companion Jon Peters, or a director (Frank Pearson), who can't handle his leading lady. Either way: This remake, marred by a fake, overly sentimental ending, is only worth seeing for Streisand's singing.
The weakest of the 3 versions, this one is tolerable due to Streisand and Kristoferson's charisma and some of the songs; Streisand's comments offer some interesting insights.
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