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Dan O'Bannon's special effects sequences are incredible, especially since the entire budget for the whole film wouldn't buy coffee for an effects house working on teevee commercials today; i am especially taken with the utterly convincing planet-buster bombs made from an HO-scale piggyback trailer turned upside down with engine parts from a 1/25th scale model car attached (if you look closely on a good copy you can still read the logo of the car manufacturer on the valve cover used as part of the bomb's drive mechanism).
So many great lines and sequences in this film -- Pinback and the beachball and the elevator may exceed the Maximum Allowable Funny Quotient for a minor film, and Doolittle's conversation with the bomb (capable of destroying an entire planet) that plans to detonate right alongside the ship, as he leads it into beginning philosophy and convinces it that maybe it *didn't* really hear the "go" code...
The theme song, "Benson Arizona", one of the more warped contry songs one will ever hear, is a hoot; the original is by Carpenter and a lyricist whose name i have lost, and SF fans have been adding verses to it for years.
Watch for the "THX-1138" gag -- for many years (if not still) the only time the *whole* title has been used in a film reference.
O'Bannon worked on special effects on the first "Star Wars" film, and basically borrowed his own "computer search of the blueprints" sequence from "Dark Star" for that film.Read more ›
Please Note: Amazon lists the "Special Features" as "None." Which is wrong. I believe it was changed because it initially stated that both the 68 min. student film, and 83 min. feature film version of the film, were each present on this release -- and that isn't true. So they simply deleted that information and substituted "None" in the Special Features field. A common mistake made by Amazon. There "are" Special Features. They are the same as VCI's previous Hyperdrive DVD edition, and are as follows:
1. Let There Be Light: The Odyssey of Dark Star The Extended Version (feature length documentary in HD)
2. Audio commentary track by "super fan" Andrew Gilchrist
3. On-camera interview with science fiction author Alan Dean Foster (SD)
4. 3D Visual Guide to the Dark Star spaceship (SD)
5. An interview with actor Brian Narelle (Doolittle)(SD)
6. Text trivia
7. Original theatrical trailer.
** AGAIN: Missing from this edition is the shorter, 68 minute "student film" version of the film **
John Carpenter may be known for his other really big hits (Halloween, In the Mouth of Madness [his best, in my opinion], or Vampires), but before fame arrived, he was a student. This was his film. Along with co-conspirator Dan O'Bannon, the two made this student film with zero budget (the chest plate on the star suit is a muffin pan), until it was viewed by a producer. $60,000 and a few extra scenes later, it was released and immediately picked up a cult following. I first saw it on PBS, back in the days when they showed such classic films.
Funny, irreverent, and strikingly enough, deep and meaningful. Don't look for famous actors here, go rent a Bond flick for that. Look for insight into the human spirit, the plight of the isolated, and one of the most humorous sci-fi movies ever made! I highly recommend it for fans of a good comedy or science fiction flick. You won't be disappointed!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Incredibly dorky and laugh out loud funny. My platonic life partner despised it, but I thought it was hilarious. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Dawn Ray
The only thing I liked about Dark Star was the DVD cover. It was so bad, it went in the trash instead of my library.Published 2 months ago by Randolph H Millar
Well it's a terrible movie, but I bought it knowing that. It's one of those things you keep as a conversation piece.Published 2 months ago by Midge
This is John Carpenter's first theatrical release. He got better. It has high camp factor. You have to remember that it's supposed to be a parody of Sci-Fi and not a serious... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bruce C.
Do not buy this movie, unless you enjoy psychedelic drugs!!Published 7 months ago by Karl R. Bibb, Jr.
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