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Streisand's ‘Star' Rises on DVD

11 Sep, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Thirty years after its theatrical debut, A Star Is Born — which swept the 1977 Golden Globes with awards for best picture, actor, actress, original score and original song — will make its long-awaited DVD debut Nov. 28 (prebook Oct. 24) at $19.97 from Warner Home Video.

The release follows star and producer Barbra Streisand's national concert tour, which begins Oct. 4. The DVD includes a newly recorded commentary by Streisand; wardrobe tests, also with commentary; and additional scenes cut from the theatrical version.

The film puts Streisand in the role of rising singer Esther Hoffman, who hooks up with famous rock star John Norman (played by Kris Kristofferson) after he stumbles into a club and catches her act. Her career takes off as quickly as his falls. In the end, she desperately tries to save him from booze and depression.

The 1976 A Star Is Born is a remake of a remake. The original 1937 film, with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, won seven Academy Award nominations and won the Oscar for best screenplay. The 1954 version, with Judy Garland and James Mason, was nominated for six Oscars.

The Streisand-Kristofferson Star was nominated for four Academy Awards and won one, best original song, for “Evergreen.”

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