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A Star is Born Blu-ray

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DigiBook Warner Bros. | 1976 | 140 min | Rated R | Feb 05, 2013

A Star is Born (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (25.96 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital Mono
German: Dolby Digital Mono
Italian: Dolby Digital Mono
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono
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English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German SDH, Italian SDH, Czech, Korean… (more)

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Video 4.4 of 54.4
Audio 3.4 of 53.4
Extras 3.2 of 53.2
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Movie appeal

 
Romance100%
Drama96%
Musical78%

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A Star is Born

 (1976)

A Star is Born Blu-ray delivers stunning video and solid audio in this fan-pleasing Blu-ray release

The tempestuous love affair between two rock singers, whose careers are on opposite trajectories.

For more about A Star is Born and the A Star is Born Blu-ray release, see A Star is Born Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Kris Kristofferson, Barbra Streisand, Gary Busey, Marta Heflin, Sally Kirkland, Paul Mazursky
Director: Frank Pierson

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A Star is Born Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Three-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Surtees (Ben-Hur, The Bad and the Beautiful and King Solomon's Mines) shot A Star Is Born, for which his photography netted him another Oscar nomination. Films of the Seventies are often noted for their "in your face" grit, but Surtees cast an old-school sheen of studio glamor over the whole of A Star Is Born, imbuing every frame with the romance of show biz success, even when the events happening on screen were less than ennobling. An obvious measure of Surtees' achievement is the number of times that Streisand, recording her commentary thirty years later, exclaims over how good he made everything look.

Warner is in top form with their 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray. The source material is in pristine condition (or flawlessly restored), and the resolution of fine detail is some of the best I have seen. In the various concert performances, the ability to distinguish individual faces in the massive crowds is especially impressive. Fine details of clothing and hair styles (for better or worse, the Seventies not having been a great era for fashion or style) are readily identifiable. Black levels are excellent, and colors are beautifully delineated, ranging from the garish lighting of the concerts to the earth tones of John Norman's ranch. I can't recall a single frame where I thought, "This doesn't look right."

The film has a fine, natural-looking grain pattern, and nothing about it looks digital or artificially manipulated. Compression errors were not an issue, with an average bitrate of 25.96 Mbps.


A Star is Born Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

A Star Is Born is reputedly the first film released in Dolby Surround (though not the first in "surround"). The Blu-ray's DTS-HD MA 5.1 track is presumably based on the original mix. However, until the success of Star Wars initiated a push for theaters to upgrade their audio capabilities, sound designers remained conservative in their use of rear channels, except for big-budget extravaganzas (which this was not). The mix is front-centered, with the rear channels largely limited to providing a sense of a spaciousness for the musical performances, many of which were sung live on camera, at Streisand's insistence. (It was as much a novelty then as it is today, when director Tom Hooper employed it on Les Misérables.) Mixed by Phil Ramone and differing, often considerably so, from the enormously successful soundtrack album released simultaneously with the film, the musical numbers sound excellent on this Blu-ray's track, with clarity and dynamic range that convey the sense of a live performance without blurring into the kind of aural mud into which so many overamplified concerts often degenerate.

The dialogue is generally clear, except occasionally when Kristofferson swallows a word here and there.



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