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March-in-March Contest Giveaway

March-in-March starts tomorrow! In celebration, I am giving away a copy of William Wellman’s A Star is Born, starring Fredric March and Janet Gaynor. After years of poor quality transfers, fans of this film will appreciate the exceptional quality of the new Kino Classics release. The winner of the giveaway will have his/her choice of either the Bluray or DVD versions.

Rules: To enter, send an email to sittinonabackyardfence (at) gmail (dot) com and tell me your favorite Fredric March performance. Please use the subject line “March-in-March Giveaway.” Only one entry per person. Contest begins today, March 14th, 2012 (Happy Pi Day!) and ends at Midnight EST on Saturday, March 31, 2012. This is a random drawing and the winner will be notified on Sunday, April 1st (no foolin’!). U.S. residents only.

Don’t forget to come back throughout the rest of the month for all the wonderful submissions for March-in-March!

 

Update: Contest closed

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Jill Blake

Jill Blake is the owner of the classic film website Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence. She is also a co-founder and editor of the film site The Black Maria and film editor at CC2K. In 2012, she was interviewed on-air by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. In 2013, she was a featured guest on the TCM podcast. In her spare time Jill is a stay-at-home mom, wife, fried okra connoisseur, and the neighborhood’s own L.B. Jeffries.

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whistlingypsy
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Hi Jill, I’m fascinated by the possibility of “A Star Is Born” in a restored version. Can you tell me if the color has improved in the restoration? The reason I have stayed away from this film, as well as “Nothing Sacred”, is the deterioration of the color over the years. However, if you look at the restored version of “Divorce of Lady X”, which was made around the same time, you see how bright and crisp these early color films can be.

kittenbiscuits
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I feel like the color has improved significantly. That said, I wouldn’t say it’s as crisp as Gone With the Wind or Wizard of Oz, but I think those two films are a rare exception. You should definitely check it out!

Bobby Rivers
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Oh, man, how I love Fredric March as the first Norman Maine. He just has the soul of that character. Frightening yet tender. My favorite moment of his in A STAR IS BORN is the terrace scene after Vicki’s successful movie preview. He’s still, subdued, sober and honest about how he’s wasted his life. “Dancing in the Dark” plays in the background. You know he’s deeply in love with her and wonders if he’s worth her love. And hopes stardom won’t taint her. Beautiful scene.

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