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Barbra Streisand Reveals What She Really Thinks About The 'A Star Is Born' Remake

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Barbra Streisand's A Star Is Born is being reborn online with scenes she'd cut from the 1976 movie.

Long known as a perfectionist, Streisand tinkered with the film to restore an exchange between the star-crossed lovers played by her and Kris Kristofferson and an instrumental take on the Oscar-winning tune "Evergreen."

The romantic drama, coming to Netflix along with other Streisand projects, isn't the only "Star" on the horizon: A new version with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will be in theaters this fall.

Bradley Cooper, left, and Lady Gaga in a scene from the latest reboot of the film, "A Star is Born."Neal Preston/Warner Bros. via AP

Streisand is giving an early thumbs-up to the fourth version of the romance between a rising young performer and a fading one, which Cooper directed.

"What I saw of it was very good," Streisand said. "It's just it feels reminiscent of mine, but they added some new things which I liked, too. ... I'm sure it'll work."

Lady Gaga and Bradley Copper star in 'A Star Is Born'Variety

She compared A Star Is Born to other classic tales that remain compelling.

"The story works. It worked in 1937. It worked in 1954, it worked in 1976 and it's going to work in 2018. ... It's Romeo and Juliet — everyone knows the ending, but they like watching how we get there."

The original 1930s film starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, with Judy Garland and James Mason in the '50s remake.

In this Dec. 23, 1976 file photo, producer Jon Peters, from left, Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson appear at a preview of the film, "A Star is Born," in New York.AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis, File

Streisand's revised "Star" will be available on Netflix as part of a deal that includes her 1960s TV specials My Name Is Barbra, Color Me Barbra and Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park, among other projects. Release dates were not announced.

The singer, filmmaker and Oscar-winning actress took the opportunity with A Star Is Born to right an error of omission for the film that was directed by Frank Pierson but on which she had the final edit.

"It's a scene that never should have been cut out in the first place and I cut it out, so I have only myself to blame. I was trying to move the picture along," Streisand told The Associated Press.

Streisand and Kristofferson topped the 1976 version of the romantic drama about a rising performer and a fading star.Collider

In the restored sequence, Streisand's aspiring actress-singer Esther takes guitar in hand to play "Evergreen" for Kristofferson's character. Streisand wrote the music, with lyrics by Paul Williams.

Streisand said she realized the moment helped illuminate the pair and their relationship. She also added footage to the movie's finale that features a medley of the "With One More Look At You" and "Watch Closely Now."

The movie and some of its songs are part of a concert film, Barbra: The Music. The Mem'ries. The Magic! that's on Netflix and has been submitted for consideration for this year's Emmy nominations, coming in July.

In this Sept. 12, 2017 file photo, Barbra Streisand attends the Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief in Universal City, Calif. Streisand is giving an early thumbs-up to the remake of “A Star Is Born” with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File

Streisand, who has made no secret of her reluctance to perform onstage, paused only briefly when asked why she agreed to the 2016-17 concert tour.

"My motivation was that I wanted a painting by Modigliani, and so I worked for it. I don't enjoy live performing. I love recording, I love making movies, but I don't enjoy being on the stage."

Did she purchase the Italian artist's work?

"I did," Streisand said, happily.

You can watch the trailer for the upcoming remake, which also stars Sam Elliott, Dave Chappelle, and Andrew Dice Clay, below:

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- With files from The Associated Press.

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