The Last Starfighter (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
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That was my first thought when I heard this movie was being released on Blu-ray. My second thought was that my ever burgeoning Blu-ray collection would be increasing by at least one more movie in August.
I will discuss the plot later in this review but I am suspecting that most customers checking this Blu-ray catalog item out on Amazon are perhaps more interested in the Picture and Audio and the special features.
I have never seen the HD-DVD but have read that the HD-DVD transfer was simply horrible and was bracing myself to be disappointed with the quality of the Blu-ray release.
While the transfer is a far cry from anything that anyone would cite as reference quality with a lot of the scenes suffering a smoky look at times, the colors are OK with some distinct black and white levels, but on other occasions muted too much. Still it is an improvment over the previous DVD release, though it''s questionable if this should be enough to double-dip.
The audio has some nice surround and great bass but again is also somewhat average, so if you are expecting an audio track to rival more recent movies you will likely be disappointed.
The highlight of the special features is the audio commentary between director Nick Castle and production designer Ron Cobb. This is evidently an old audio track but the two seem to have an enjoyable time. There is also a Making of featurette called "Crossing the Frontier" and, as one would expect with a movie touting itself as a 25th Anniversary Edition, a new featurette that includes cast and crew looking back on the movie and their roles as mentors.
The movie follows the adventures of Alex Rogan (played by Lance Guest).Read more ›
The story is pretty simple: Evil leader of evil aliens wants to attack good aliens, so in walks a single hero who is the last hope for freedom. That's about it. The movie doesn't deviate too far from this premise other than to further flesh out the fish-out-of-water scenario of an 80's Earthling thrust into space (as well as a little fun with an alien in 80's Earth) as well as the inner battle of said Earthling to stay and fight for a Star League he doesn't know or stay home and go to community college. A serviceable story, if not deep.
The acting does make the simple story enjoyable to watch. Lance Guest seems to have fun with the role, which works for the character. Biggest props go to esteemed Robert Preston's Centauri, who plays the role with the style of a magician and the charisma P.T. Barnum. Another esteemed actor, Dan O'Herlihy, does a surprisingly good performance. Especially when you consider he is wearing full prosthetics with less facial mobility than the costumes from the original Planet of the Apes. Yeah there is a bit of theatrical "drama", but that works with the whole space opera motif.
Special effects are a benchmark here because this is the first film to incorporate live action elements to computer generated animation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just Perfect !! This is a GREAT Movie , Buy it ! You will be glad you did ! ThanksPublished 3 days ago by James Perry
One of our all-time favorites. We were so happy to find this 25th Anniversary Edition being offered. Lots of extras included.Published 5 days ago by Gramma Jill
I like the movie. I like having my own disc. It arrived quickly. I'm happy!Published 7 days ago by jp lars
Great movie. Still as good today as when I watched as a teenager in the 80's. Good quality Blu Ray. No complaints at all.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Grew up on this movie, now my kids can enjoy it as well. Truly awesome movies, need to be made classics one day :)Published 13 days ago by Jennifer Bombay
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|The Last Starfighter 25th Anniversary Edition (F/X shots redone)||
That is a terrible idea. Why in the world would anyone out there want to ruin something that- while maybe not perfect- was pretty dang good already. Honestly!
George Lucas should be sent to the Spice Mines for what he did to the beloved films of my childhood. Leave it alone man! The effects... Read More
Jul 17, 2009 by Amazon Customer | See all 8 posts
|Run Time 60 Minutes??||
Yes it is an error. Amazon does that from time to time, and leaves it to us to fix.
Mar 26, 2011 by Eric Pregosin | See all 2 posts
|Hmmm I will wait untill I see reviews on this.||
I too will wait for a review on this one. I skipped the HD DVD version due to it being full screen. I hope they do what is right for this version. If not, I will stick with my DVD version I purchased several years back.
Aug 2, 2009 by KenKobra | See all 6 posts
|Lance Guest? Mary Catherine Stewart? Dan O'Herlihy? Robert Preston?||
Except for mayble Robert Preston. He was great in the original(and best)movie adapation of the Music Man.
Aug 5, 2009 by E.H. Stevens | See all 2 posts
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