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Judy Garland’s restored ‘A Star is Born’ arrives on Blu-ray June 22

Judy Garland’s A Star is Born arrives on Blu-ray from Warner Home Video on June 22.

It’s a somewhat odd date to release the disc – the 41st anniversary of her death. Garland’s 88th birthday, which would have been 12 days earlier on June 10, seems a better choice.

Here’s the official Warner announcement:

A Star is Born BD 3D

“[Garland, in A STAR IS BORN] gives just about the greatest one-woman show in modern movie history.” – TIME

“One of the grandest heartbreak dramas that has drenched the screen in years.”  – Bosley Crowther, The New York Times

A STAR IS BORN (1954)

GLORIOUSLY RESTORED 2-DISC DELUXE SPECIAL EDITION ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY™  JUNE 22

Highly Anticipated Debut On Blu-ray Disc™ Featuring An Impressive Selection Of Bonus Content And Rare Extras

Burbank, Calif., March 2, 2010 – Honoring the gripping masterpiece that marked Judy Garland’s triumphant return to the screen, A Star is Born (1954) will reveal its stunning restoration by Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging (MPI) when it debuts on Blu-ray Disc June 22, 2010 from Warner Home Video (SRP $34.99) in a dazzling 2-disc book format with 40 pages of gorgeous photography, film history and more.

Winner of two Golden Globes* (Best Actress, Judy Garland and Best Actor, James Mason) and nominated for six Academy Awards®**, this powerfully moving and glamorous story reawakens when it arrives on Blu-ray Disc for the very first time. Offering the best possible way to see the film at home, the Blu-ray release will also feature impressive bonus content including alternate takes, deleted scenes, excerpts from Garland’s audio recording sessions, a collectible book of rare photos, press materials and an illuminating essay by film historian John Fricke. The film will also be released as a Deluxe Special Edition 2-Disc DVD (SRP $20.97) and will be available day and date on Video on Demand from cable and satellite providers and for electronic download from online retailers including Amazon Video on Demand.

Famously reconstructed in the early eighties under the leadership of late film historian Ronald Haver, MPI has meticulously preserved and restored Haver’s 176-minute version of A Star is Born to its original luster, bringing back the brilliant, saturated colors and crisp picture. Using cutting edge digital restoration tools, MPI removed heavy chemical staining that affected several portions of the film and utilized an ultra-resolution recombine process to correct the heavily damaged sections. Without this painstaking preservation, the fragile negative stock in which the film was created would surely be near extinction.

“Our colleagues at MPI have not only done a phenomenal job in restoring the impeccable visual style of this great motion picture, but through their work, they have also ensured the survival of this cinematic treasure,” said George Feltenstein, senior vice president, theatrical catalog marketing, Warner Home Video. “The unparalleled superiority of Blu-ray combined with one of the best musical dramas ever made, come together to create an unforgettable home entertainment experience that is now preserved for the ages.”

A timeless story, sophisticated in the way it conveys its controversial themes, particularly considering the period of time in which it was made, A Star is Born brought together a cadre of extraordinary talent to portray this evocative contemplation of show business. The film became such a major part of American cinematic heritage that the Library of Congress selected it for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

MARKETING SUPPORT

Leading up to Warner Home Video’s much anticipated release, the beautifully restored musical will make its world premiere at the Opening Night Red Carpet Gala of the TCM Classic Film Festival at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on April 22, 2010.

Additionally, TCM will be offering the following in support of the June release of A Star is Born:

  • Programming – Will be Included in The Essentials Programming Event in June
  • Classic Movie News Feature
  • Online – Shopping Newsletter Mention
  • Social Networking – Facebook and Twitter Messaging
  • Search Engine Marketing
  • Ad in the Now Playing Guide (tentative)

ABOUT THE FILM

George Cukor directed this classic musical drama about the doomed marriage of an entertainer whose career is on the rise (Judy Garland) and her husband whose career is in decline (James Mason). A Star is Born marked Judy Garland's return to movies after a four-year absence, director George Cukor's first musical and first color film, and a showcase for great Harold Arden and Ira Gershwin songs in state-of-the-art stereo. One of the most beloved show business stories of all time, the film represents a career peak for many involved. Garland is singer Esther Blodgett, an undeniable talent on the rise. She catches the eye of Norman Maine (James Mason), an alcoholic actor in career decline. Their intense love transforms them both. Only one will survive Hollywood's slings and arrows. The film sports an impressive supporting cast including Jack Carson, Charles Bickford and a host of Hollywood luminaries.

Songs include "The Man That Got Away," "Lose That Long Face" and Garland’s tour de force performance of "Born in a Trunk."

ABOUT THE 1983 RECONSTRUCTION

A Star is Born triumphed anew in 1983 after archivist/historian Ronald Haver spent months ransacking studio vaults to spearhead a reclamation of George Cukor’s original edit, ultimately funded by Warner Bros. He located the entire 181-minute soundtrack, along with footage for three lost musical numbers and portions of the deleted dialogue scenes. Where no film existed, Haver used stills-over-track for transition and only slightly trimmed the audio when photographic coverage for some sequences was deemed inadequate. Haver’s A Star is Born debuted at the sold-out New York Radio City Music Hall on July 7, 1983, with James Mason, Sid Luft, and Garland’s daughters Lorna Luft and Liza Minnelli in attendance. Cukor, who had died six months before, was extolled from the stage by Fay Kanin, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which had encouraged Haver on his search and co-sponsored the screening. It is Haver’s assemblage of the picture that is presented in Warner Home Video’s June 2010 release on Blu-ray and DVD.

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

· Academy Award® for Best Actress (Judy Garland, nominee)

· Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Judy Garland, winner)

· Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (James Mason, winner)

· Award for Best Written American Musical by Writer’s Guild of America

· Academy Award® for Best Actor (James Mason, nominee)

· Academy Award® for Best Art Direction (Malcolm C. Bert, Gene Allen, Irene Sharaff, and George James Hopkins, nominees)

· Academy Award for Best Costume Design (Jean Louis, Mary Ann Nyberg, and Irene Sharaff, nominees)

· Academy Award® for Best Original Song ("The Man that Got Away," nominee)

· Academy Award® for Original Music Score (Ray Heindorf)

· BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress in a Leading Role (Judy Garland, nominee)

· Directors Guild of America Award (George Cukor, nominee)

· Writers Guild of America Award for Best American Musical (Moss Hart, nominee)

· # 43 on AFI’s “100 Years…100 Passions” list and # 7 on AFI “Best Musicals” list

· “The Man that Got Away” listed as # 11 on AFI’s “Top 100 Tunes in Films” list

· Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." (2000)

ENHANCED CONTENT

A Star is Born (1954) 2-Disc Deluxe Special Edition DVD Enhanced Content:

  1. Introduction: Run time 3:01
  2. The Man That Got Away - Pink Dress: Run time 5:11 – Additional Take
  3. The Man that Got Away - Brown Dress #1: Run time 4:49 - Additional Take
  4. The Man that Got Away - Brown Dress #2: Run time 4:24 - Additional Take
  5. The Man that Got Away - Brown Dress #3: Run time 4:00 - Additional Take
  6. The Man That Got Away - Brown Dress #4: Run time 4:00 - Additional Take
  7. Here's What I'm here For - Alternate Take: Run time 2:36 - Additional Take
  8. Lose That Long Face - Alternate Take: Run time 4:55 - Additional Take
  9. Trinidad Coconut Oil Shampoo - Alternate Take: Run time 1:24 - Additional Take
  10. When My Sugar Walks Down the Street - Outtake: Run time 0:58 – Additional Take Suicide Scene - Alternate Take: Run time 2:15 - Additional Take
  11. Film Effects Reel: Run time 0:54
  12. A Report by Jack L. Warner: Run time 6:24 - Vintage Featurette
  13. Huge Premiere Hails 'A Star is Born' Newsreel Montage: Run time 7:49 - Vintage Featurette
  14. 'A Star is Born' Premiere in Cinemascope: Run time 2:05
  15. Pantages Premiere TV Special: Run time 29:30 - Vintage Featurette
  16. A Star is Bored (1956 WB Cartoon): Run time 7:00
  17. A Star is Born (1937): Run time 2:46 - Trailer
  18. A Star is Born (1954): Run time 3:52 - Trailer
  19. A Star is Born (1976): Run time 3:46 - Trailer
  20. Audio Vault - Oliver on the Phone with the Director Discussing Norman - Outtakes: Run time 2:00 - Audio Only
  21. Audio Vault - Norman and Esther on the Roof of the Hotel Lancaster - Outtakes: Run time 2:00 - Audio Only
  22. Audio Vault - 12/28/1942 Lux Radio Theater Broadcast with Judy Garland and Walter Pidgeon: Run time 60:00 - Audio Only
  23. Audio Vault - Judy Garland Radio Interview: Run time 4:00 - Audio Only
  24. Audio Vault - Born in a Trunk: Run time 9:05 - Audio Only
  25. Audio Vault - Someone At Last – Rehearsal: Run time 10:34 - Audio Only
  26. Audio Vault - Someone At Last: Run time 7:16 - Audio Only
  27. Audio Vault - My Melancholy Baby: Run time 7:06 - Audio Only
  28. Audio Vault - Black Bottom: Run time 1:48 - Audio Only
  29. Audio Vault – Swanee: Run time 4:57 - Audio Only

A Star is Born (1954) 2-Disc Deluxe Special Edition Blu-ray Book Enhanced Content:

  1. Introduction: Run time 3:01
  2. The Man That Got Away - Pink Dress: Run time 5:11 - Additional Take
  3. The Man that Got Away - Brown Dress #1: Run time 4:49 - Additional Take
  4. The Man that Got Away - Brown Dress #2: Run time 4:24 - Additional Take
  5. The Man that Got Away - Brown Dress #3: Run time 4:00 - Additional Take
  6. The Man That Got Away - Brown Dress #4: Run time 4:00 - Additional Take
  7. Here's What I'm here For - Alternate Take: Run time 2:36 - Additional Take
  8. Lose That Long Face - Alternate Take: Run time 4:55 - Additional Take
  9. Trinidad Coconut Oil Shampoo - Alternate Take: Run time 1:24 - Additional Take
  10. When My Sugar Walks Down the Street - Outtake: Run time 0:58 - Additional Take
  11. Suicide Scene - Alternate Take: Run time 2:15 - Additional Take
  12. Film Effects Reel: Run time 0:54
  13. A Report by Jack L. Warner: Run time 6:24 - Vintage Featurette
  14. Huge Premiere Hails 'A Star is Born' Newsreel Montage: Run time 7:49 - Vintage Featurette
  15. 'A Star is Born' Premiere in Cinemascope: Run time 2:05
  16. Pantages Premiere TV Special: Run time 29:30 - Vintage Featurette
  17. A Star is Bored (1956 WB Cartoon): Run time 7:00 - New Featurette
  18. A Star is Born (1937): Run time 2:46 - Trailer
  19. A Star is Born (1954): Run time 3:52 - Trailer
  20. A Star is Born (1976): Run time 3:46 - Trailer
  21. Audio Vault - Oliver on the Phone with the Director Discussing Norman - Outtakes: Run time 2:00 - Audio Only
  22. Audio Vault - Norman and Esther on the Roof of the Hotel Lancaster - Outtakes: Run time 2:00 - Audio Only
  23. Audio Vault - 12/28/1942 Lux Radio Theater Broadcast with Judy Garland and Walter Pidgeon) Run time 60:00 - Audio Only
  24. Audio Vault - Judy Garland Radio Interview: Run time 4:00 - Audio Only
  25. Audio Vault - Born in a Trunk: Run time 9:05 - Audio Only
  26. Audio Vault - Someone At Last – Rehearsal: Run time 10:34 - Audio Only
  27. Audio Vault - Someone At Last: Run time 7:16 - Audio Only
  28. Audio Vault - My Melancholy Baby: Run time 7:06 - Audio Only
  29. Audio Vault - Black Bottom: Run time 1:48 - Audio Only
  30. Audio Vault – Swanee: Run time 4:57 - Audio Only

Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.

A STAR IS BORN

2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY BOOK AND DELUXE SPECIAL EDITION 2-DISC DVD

Street Date: June 22, 2010

Order Date: May 18, 2010

Blu-ray Book Catalog # / UPC #: 1000115111 / 883929096749

Deluxe Special Edition 2-Disc DVD Catalog # / UPC #: 1000093202 / 883929065837

SRP: $34.99 Blu-ray Book $20.97 / Deluxe Special Edition DVD

Warner Home Video Blu-ray Discs offer resolution six times higher than standard definition DVDs, as well as extraordinarily vibrant contrast and color and beautifully crisp sound. The format also provides a higher level of interactivity, with instant access to extra features via a seamless menu bar where viewers can enjoy features without leaving or interrupting the film.

For more information visit: http://warnerblu.warnerbros.com/

About Warner Home Video
With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, a division of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

About Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging
Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging (MPI) is a state-of- the-art post-production facility. Located on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, MPI's services and experts are equally available and have been used by Warner Bros. films as well as those of outside clients. MPI is also a leader in the field of film preservation and restoration and has developed a unique and patented process to digitally restore classics from the vast Warner Bros. Studios film and television library as well as those of other clients. The facility has received safety certification to store and work with nitrate film stock.

About the TCM Classic Film Festival

The TCM Classic Film Festival, which is set to take place in Hollywood April 22-25, 2010, will be a landmark celebration of the history of Hollywood and its movies, presented in a way that only TCM can, with major events, celebrity appearances, panel discussions and more. The four-day festival will also provide movie fans a rare opportunity to experience some of cinema’s greatest works as they were meant to be seen – on the big screen. TCM will announce additional special events, guests and programming in the weeks and months ahead. The central hub for the festival will be Club TCM, located inside the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The Roosevelt, which served as the site of the first Academy Awards® ceremony, will be the official hotel for the festival. Only passholders will be allowed entry into Club TCM, which will include a festival lounge, panel discussions, social events, a boutique and poolside screenings. Event locations include Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Egyptian Theatre. 

Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. Currently seen in more than 80 million homes, TCM features the insights of veteran primetime host Robert Osborne and weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, 31 Days of Oscar and Summer Under the Stars. TCM also stages special events and screenings, such as the upcoming TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of materials at its Web site, www.tcm.com. TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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