A Star is Born (1954): Extended Cut HD

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The ideal hybrid, with 3 more musical numbers than the Theatrical Cut
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Original Release Date:
1954
Original Running Time:
154
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Fanedit Running Time:
166
Time Added:
12
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Available in HD?
Brief Synopsis:
This version adds to the reconstructed Theatrical Cut 3 musical numbers including the crucial proposal scene.
There is no Intermission, Exit Music or Overture.
This is my GOTO version and includes the newly constructed ending as intended by George Cukor in HD.
Intention:
To expand the theatrical cut without any of the reconstruction of the roadshow version challenges.
Additional Notes:
The Restoration of A Star is Born was a tremendous accomplishment which was also the first of its kind. It is also one which many believe to be flawed, due to its use of stills to fill in the visual gaps on what is a complete audio of the roadshow version. This version constructs a hybrid EXTENDED 166 min Version adding back into the Theatrical version the 3 musical numbers that were cut from the Roadshow version including the famous proposal scene. It does not include any other extra material and is I believe the GO TO version of this outstanding movie. This has been created for academic, entertainment and Educational purposes including journalistic comment. You MUST own an HD version of the movie to watch this edit.
Other Sources:
2009 CD Restored Score
Theatrical Version DVD
Special Thanks:
Spence, ArtisDead
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
This edit takes the reconstrcuted Theatrical cut and expands it with only full sequences.
Cuts and Additions:
This edit takes the reconstrcuted restoration and does a number of things:
1. Remove ALL the stills used to pad out the full audio that was discovered.
2. Retain all the removed musical numbers.
3.. Reconstrcut George Cukor's orginally intended orchestration and editing to the final scene now that a stereo version of the music exits and to do so in HD for the first time (previously this was an SD recreation that was on the DVD and Blu Ray)

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Second viewing of the 1954 film, having been introduced to the story by watching its 1983 restoration and 2018 re-re-remake (of the 1937 original) on consecutive days back in January, and probably my best experience of the lot so far.

While part of it may be a result of greater familiarity with the story, and thus being able to better appreciate the more subtle details, I think the trims make the film flow better. I completely agree that the preservation of the cut sequences is vital, but substituting stills to make up for lost footage within the film itself can have the effect of disconnecting the viewer from the story on an emotional level and (to paraphrase Wraith) make it more of an "academic exercise", same sort of feelings I have towards the restoration of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad. Mad World.

It is more difficult to determine what my feelings would be if the film had survived fully intact but I think that Maine's arc may be clearer here than in the uncut version, giving the impression that he is (somewhat) more in control at the start by removing scenes showing (in the broadest definition) him trying and failing certain tasks. This excision does result in an orphaned reference, but that is probably invisible to new viewers.

Many thanks Wraith, I look forward to seeing your Re-Born version before too long!

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