In the mid twenty-first century, mankind has reached a point in its technological advances to enable colonization of the far reaches of the universe. DARK STAR is a futuristic scout ship traveling far in advance of colony ships. Armed with Exponential Thermosteller Bombs, it prowls the darkest reaches of space on a mission to seek out and destroy unstable planets ahead of the colonist. But there is one obstacle that its crew members did not count on -- one of the ship's thinking and talking bombs is lodged in the bay, threatening to destroy the entire ship and crew! DARK STAR was originally intended to be a 68 minute film. Jack Harris, the Hollywood producer, convinced the filmmakers to shoot 15 minutes of extra footage and he released the expanded version theatrically in 1975 through Bryanston Pictures. To honor the filmmakers wishes, this new DVD will contain both the shorter 1974 Original version and the longer 1975 Theatrical release version. The 2010 Hyperdrive Edition DVD has been sourced from a new 16x9, 35mm transfer, with a further pain-staking, frame-by-frame digital restoration of the video master to produce the best picture ever seen. The soundtrack has also been digitally enhanced and restored to Dolby Digital 5.1. Bonus Features: LET THERE BE LIGHT: THE ODYSSEY OF "DARK STAR" An all new, feature-length documentary exploring the controversial making of the John Carpenter (HALLOWEEN) and Dan O Bannon (ALIEN), Exclusive interviews with actor Brian Narelle, cinematographer Doug Knapp, art director Tommy Lee Wallace, visual effects artist Greg Jein, voice artist Cookie Knapp, film director Jack Harris, Diane O Bannon, USC alumni/director Jeff Burr, as well as archival interviews with John Carpenter and many more! Plus the final interview with Dan O Bannon, Directed by Daniel Griffith, 2010, Interview with Sci-Fi author Alan Dean Foster, 3D guide to the DARK STAR ship, Full-length audio commentary by super-fan Andrew Gilchrist, Written Intro by Dan O Bannon, Trivia. Product Specs: DVD9; Dolby Digital 5.1; RT - 83 minutes; Color; Aspect Ratio - 1.85:1; MPAA - G; Year - 1974; SRP - $19.99
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Dark Star - you need to see Dark Star. If nothing else it's a testament to human ingenuity - proof that a bunch of people in a room who have only the slimmest idea of what they're doing can yet, with a bit of gumption, create something marvelous. A little rough around the edges, but marvelous. It's...sometime in the future. A bunch of guys have spent 20 years blowing up unstable planets. Their captain recently died a stupid and embarrassing death. They have a pet alien that nobody likes. And that's...sorta it as far as plot goes. Made by a bunch of film students with about the same amount as money spent on providing half decent catering on a Hollywood film for a week, Dark Star overcomes its humble origins with better than you'd expect special effects and a really winning story from fledgeling writer Dan O'Bannon, later to pen the infamous 'Alien'. The crew are a desperate bunch of bored, shaggy loosers, but there's pathos in the story of a working joe who realizes that he...
I hope everyone's aware that when something is described as a "cult classic", that usually means there're quite a few rough edges but it is essentially sound. That's a fair description of Dark Star, a product of two college students with a budget of around sixty thousand dollars (in 1970s era dollars). Technologically-wise, sixty grand didn't go very far back in those days, and Carpenter and Bannon seem to have made the most of it judging by the non-so-bad quality of the sets and effects.
The acting is wanting but workable (the cast is also college-age).
The story is spotty. It starts with a message from mission control on Earth in which their request for increased radiation protection is denied. "Cutbacks in congress" don't allow the dispatch of a supply ship to the Dark Star. We proceed with the destruction of a planet in order to clear a way for the following colony ships. This scene serves to show the viewer the Dark Star's mission to destroy...
To some, this will appear to be nothing more than a low budget sci-fi film. To others it's the movie that marked the launching point of two distinguished film careers (in O'Bannon's case, a much too short one.) Like all good movies, it's the nuances that make them great and this one has plenty of them. If you don't think that aliens that look like beach balls.... having conversations with your dead ship captain and semi-intelligent nuclear devices with a God complex are funny... then don't bother with this movie. If those types of things pique your interest... than you'll love this film as much as I did and still do.
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