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The fire of Barbra Streisand. The magnetism of Kris Kristofferson. The reckless world of big-time rock 'n' roll. All three bring a new passion and timeliness to A Star Is Born, one of the screen's classic love stories previously filmed in 1937 and 1954 and winner of five Golden GlobeO Awards, including Best Picture, Actress and Actor Musical/Comedy. Paul Williams, Kenny Loggins, Leon Russell and others worked with Streisand on one of the most popular song scores ever, topped by the Streisand/Williams Evergreen winning the Academy AwardO and Golden GlobeO Award as 1976's Best Original Song. Their teamwork resulted in a box-office triumph as well as "a considerable achievement" Clive Hirschhorn, The Hollywood Musical.
DVD Features: Additional Scenes:Additional Scenes/Alternate Takes Audio Commentary:Commentary by Barbra Streisand Other:Wardrobe Tests Theatrical Trailer:A Star Is Born Trailer Gallery
This film actually began with the idea of remaking A Star Is Born with the then-hot couple James Taylor and Carly Simon. Eventually, it evolved into this vanity production for Barbra Streisand, with Kris Kristofferson as the designated stud muffin. The story remains the same: A superstar on the decline meets a young singer on the way up. They marry as their career trajectories intersect, and his eventual demise is meant as a sacrifice to further boost her career by ridding her of the burden of him. Kristofferson's rock & roll numbers are decidedly lousy--Hollywood's idea of rock music--and Streisand looks good and always sounds fine she won an Oscar for cowriting the song "Evergreen". But you can feel her heavy hand guiding every shot; she seems to serve as puppet master for director Frank Pierson, framing every image of herself for maximum glow. The ultimate date flick if the guy can sit still through it. --Marshall Fine