A Star Is Born Encore Edition Blu-ray Review

  • The Movie
  • Video Quality
  • Audio Quality
  • Supplements
4.5

A Star Is Born is a 2018 American musical romantic drama film produced and directed by Bradley Cooper (in his directorial debut) and written by Eric Roth, Cooper and Will Fetters. A remake of the 1937 film of the same name, it stars Cooper, Lady Gaga, Dave Chappelle, Andrew Dice Clay, and Sam Elliott, and follows a hard-drinking musician (Cooper) who discovers and falls in love with a young singer (Gaga).

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THE MOVIE:

A Star Is Born Encore Edition Features 12 minutes of additional footage that add just a few more subtle elements to an already masterful film. Featuring extended musical performances, intimate jam sessions, and all new scenes available everywhere June 4th.

Rocker Jackson “Jack” Maine makes music for his fans show after show with the help of his alcohol and pain killers. One night after a performance and out of liquor, his driver takes him to what ends up being a drag bar. There, singing in French, is Ally. When she finishes her song, he is intrigued by her music and meets her in the dressing room. He becomes infatuated with her and she is sort of starstruck but as the night progresses, she sees that he is just a guy. A few drinks later and a solid punch to a bar patron’s face, Jack takes her to a grocery store to ice her hand so she doesn’t damage it permanently. She does some impromptu singing in a parking lot and he knows that her talent needs to be shared.

In the morning, he asks her to come to a show of his but she tells him that she has to get back to the real world. She changes her mind and comes to the show. After some coaxing, he gets her onstage to do a duet and wows everyone there.

The real star in the film (yeah, I said it) is Lady Gaga. She has done a few smaller roles in movies before and this film allows audiences to see that talent that she has for the craft. Her role as Ally has her take this emotional journey from a very real place in her life. She opens up about how hard it was for record labels to take her seriously because of her looks. Her alluring voice has a power that can be felt without waver. Her music gives you the feels because it comes from a place deep within her soul and the emotion is so raw that in a way, you feel what she feels. You get this from her time while she is on stage at the start of the film as well as the last. I feel like it is difficult to convey the feeling in words but it is something that makes the entire experience worth it.

Bradley Cooper is the perfect choice to play the aging rocker. So that he could look as authentic as possible on stage, he learned the guitar and even mimics Neil Young’s unique style of obliging the note from the instrument. The character’s mannerisms off stage remind me of a young Sam Elliot from movies like ROADHOUSE and this makes it more believable that they are brothers. Over the years in my past, I have been around a good amount of people who need drugs and alcohol to get themselves right. It an unmistakable and easy to spot if you know what you’re looking for. Cooper makes it feel completely authentic and masterfully done.

VIDEO QUALITY:

The video is a 1080p AVC presentation that has some incredible imagery on-screen to go with the sound. The images are clean and sharp. The skin tones are naturally warm and show Jack’s sunburnt face in contrast to Ally’s complexion. The colors are bright where they need to be in clubs and bars but the overall look is toned properly. Skin textures are almost always prominent and show every little facial line as well as imperfection. Other details such as fabrics and dress patterns look fantastic. The blacks are inky and dark. Shadows also look great but there are a few moments such as the bar scene at the start of the film where some of the contrasting fades slightly. Some detail is lost but we are talking about only a few seconds at a time.

AUDIO QUALITY:

The default audio is a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix but there is a Dolby Atmos mix included. You actually have to select the Atmos mix in the disc’s menu and if you have the equipment, make sure to change it. The way that the music sounds in the stadiums, festivals and concert halls is astounding. The overhead speaker use is perfect with the layers of the instruments, the crowds, and the singing. It doesn’t just fill the room but the directionality of sound as the camera moves immerses you. The LFEs are robust and deep. Even the little intricacy can be heard including the slow burn of cigarettes/joints and the smallest clink of ice. Dialogue is clear and layered properly. Also worth mentioning is that the TrueHD mix that plays when there is no Atmos equipment might be better than the 5.1 mix with the extras channels.

SUPPLEMENTS:

The Road to Stardom: Making A Star Is Born (30:02): A look into Bradley Cooper’s direction, research, characters, and all things A Star Is Born.

Jam Sessions and Rarities: Rehearsal musical performances. Baby What You Want Me to Do (Jam Session, 2:22), Midnight Special (Jam Session, 2:41), plus Is That Alright by Lady Gaga (1:58)

Music Videos: Shallow by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (3:37), Always Remember Us This Way by Lady Gaga (4:04), Look What I Found by Lady Gaga (3:18), plus I’ll Never Love Again by Lady Gaga (4:54).

Musical Moments: Black Eyes (1:36), La Vie en Rose (2:53), Maybe It’s Time (1:23), Shallow (Dialogue) (2:09), Alibi (2:59), Shallow (3:34), Maybe It’s Time (1:20), Always Remember Us This Way (3:26), Why Did You Do That? (2:51), Oh, Pretty Woman (1:34), and I’ll Never Love Again (4:42).

It marks the third remake of the original 1937 film, after the 1954 musical and the 1976 musical. – wikipedia

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