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UHD Review While we wait for A few words about...™ A Star is Born (2018) -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Oct 5, 2018.

  1. battlebeast

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    Saw the new version... I hope Bradley Cooper wins the Oscar. And Gaga was fantastic! She should be nominated, too.

    Loved it!
     
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    Totally agree Matt and totally disagree with Colin. I would say even It's a New World pushes the plot along as that's what Esther sings to Norman on the first night of their honeymoon and Lose That Long Face is especially poignant juxtaposed against the gut-wrenching scene in the dressing room where Esther talks to Oliver about Norman and her crumbling marriage. Somewhere There's a Someone (done in an effort to lift Norman's spirits) is a great parody of the ballet and dream sequences that were so popular in the 1950s. In a way, it's a spoof of Born in a Trunk. Anyway, still looking forward to seeing the latest incarnation with Cooper and Gaga. I'm a fan of both.
     
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    Hey, I have Noel Coward on my side, so ha ha! :D
     
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    Now that's a podcast I'd listen to :D
     
  5. Colin Jacobson

    Colin Jacobson Lead Actor

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    Raise Noel from the dead and I'm in! ;)
     
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    I defer to your expertise in that area :D
     
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    Streisand didn’t play a rock star in the film. She played a pop star. Far more Carly Simon or Linda Ronstadt than Janis Joplin or Grace Slick.
     
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    Yeah, but the movie tries to convince us she appealed to a rock audience, such as in the scene where she dazzles a rowdy crowd of rock fans...
     
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    Interesting video comparing and contrasting all the versions (save for What Price Hollywood).

     
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    "Mutiny on the Bounty" re-makes are now two behind "A Star is Born";
    so, maybe Hollywood ought to take its cues from the law firm of Cooper, Cukor & Coward.
    The next version should be a musical, with the mutinous crew singing their uprising number of "Anchors and Cankers";
    followed by Captain Bligh's counter-point lament of "Born in a Sea-Chest".
    Oh, and let's not forget, we're also gonna need a major Tahitian number, as well.
    How about "Bountiful Breadfruits and Brando's"?
    I'll get back to you as further ideas develop.;)
     
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    Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Marlon Brando and Mel Gibson: all as Mr Christian. That's four versions. I believe the Flynn version is lost (may be wrong).
     
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    Betcha I would've known about that 4th version if it hadn't been lost.;)
    And now, back to our regularly scheduled program of "A Star is Born".:cool:
     
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    No - I won't be adding this to my 4K collection. It peaked right when Gaga and Cooper did their first duet and then after the first hour or so the songs stopped coming. I don't see myself watching this more than once, despite the good performances. I only ever watched 12 Years A Slave once too.
     
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    I always felt that "New York, New York" was sort of a variation to George Cukor's "A Star is Born".
    Both Judy and Liza have their epic numbers of "Born in a Trunk" and "Happy Endings".
    And both films involve a show-biz marriage that falls apart, due to the rise of one and descent of the other.
    Does anyone know if there was a possible a tip of the hat from Scorsese to Cukor in any manner, shape or form?
     
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    I’m sure there was probably some of that. But he said he took his inspiration from several sources, notably Doris Day’s marriage to saxophonist George Weidler in the 1940’s which ended because he saw her star rising and said he didn’t want to be “Mr. Doris Day.” Scorsese also said he looked hard at Day’s early Warner Bros. Michael Curtiz musical My Dream is Yours, which is a slight fictionalization of Day’s career story to that time. He said he also looked at MDIY in terms of its production design.
     
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    What Price Hollywood? is definitely the original prototype! Long ago revival film houses in the DC area (before AFI) did a great job of educating audiences in film history and would show all 3 (before Streisand's). My question is will there ever be any more footage to complete the 1954 restoration?
     
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