Mar 312022

A Star is Born comes to Blu-ray finally getting the long-awaited restoration work from the folks at the Warner Archive Collection. This original 1937 version stars Janet Gaynor and Fredric March.



A Star is Born
— Warner Archive Collection —

Genre(s): Drama
Warner Archive | NR – 111 min. – $21.99 | March 29, 2022

Date Published: 03/31/2022 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: William A. Wellman
Writer(s): Dorothy Parker & Alan Campbell & Robert Carson (screenplay), William A. Wellman & Robert Carson (story)
Cast: Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou, May Robson, Andy Devine, Lionel Stander

Features: Theater Broadcast, Classic Cartoon, Classic Short, Theatrical Trailer
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono)
Video: 1080p/Full Frame 1.37
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 46.76 GB
Total Bitrate: 38.74 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C



When a young actress (JANET GAYNOR) arrives in Hollywood with hopes of stardom, a chance encounter places her under the wing of older actor Norman Maine (FREDRIC MARCH). Adopting the stage name Vicki Lester, she co-stars with Norman in a major motion picture, but his success is clearly fading even as her career begins. After the couple wed, Vicki’s fame continues to grow, but Norman descends into alcoholism, and she must decide between pursuing her dream and caring for him.



Features include A Star is Hatched (8:08) cartoon; three WB Shorts “Mal Hallett and His Orchestra” (9:23), “Taking the Count” (21:40) and “Alibi Mark” (13:20); two Lux Radio Theater presentations of A Star is Born from 1937 (1:00:38) and 1942 (58:27); and last the Theatrical Trailer (2:49).


VIDEO – 4¾/5, AUDIO – 4¼/5

A Star is Born (1937) debuts on Blu-ray courtesy of the Warner Bros. Archive Collection where it’s presented with a 1.37 full frame aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer taken from a new 4K scan of the original nitrate Technicolor camera negatives. To no surprise for me, this looks great in high-definition, detail is sharp and the balance between the blacks and whites is well balanced, with the former not appearing crush or the latter too bright.

The disc includes the usual DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track which offers ups clear dialogue throughout. There weren’t any noticeable hissing or pops making this a well done lossless track, very likely a solid upgrade over any previous DVD release.




Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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