A Star is Born, Part Two (A) (1954)

I’ve uploaded the review of the 1954 Judy Garland version of A Star is Born (Warner Home Video) separately because this strep throat thing is now very angry, since it knows its being killed off by stuff. See, the bug likes to throw in distractions like Battery Acid Burning (BAB), incessant coughing, and no way of sleeping for periods longer than an hour or two.

Back to the review.

The Blu-ray review is long, detailed, and offers comparisons of the characters, plot changes and dialogue modifications between (primarily) the 1937 and 1954 versions. I’ve also delved into the extras a fair bit, assessing the promo materials as well as the 1942 Lux Radio drama where Garland actually performed an adaptation of the ’37 film.

For more info on the production of WHV's release, I'd suggest checking out Dick Dinman's Classics Corner On the Air. The site doesn't appear to have direct links to the 3 parts, but as detailed at DVD Savant, Parts 1 and 2 feature a dialogue with author and film historian John Fricke, and Part 3 has WHV's bigwig George Feltenstein. Nice to see the hard work of preservationists getting some acknowledgement, and a venue for them to elaborate on their venerable efforts.

Coming next: a tally of new soundtrack releases this week, followed by a review of the 1976 A Star is Born.

Mark R. Hasan, Editor


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