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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2007
This imaginative space sci fi adventure was originally called Star Quest which was aired on the Sci Fi Channel. Now with improved special effects and tighter scenes it is renamed Outerworld. But wait: What if you're a fan of the original Star Quest untouched? No problem there, because this DVD also contains the full version of the original Star Quest digitally remastered and color corrected. So you can see and compare both films on one DVD. You will see how the explosions look better, the ships flying are now done by CG giving them more realistic movements, there are more complicated scenes that never could have been done by models and the best part is the story flows better now. So, if you're a fan of sci fi, the original Star Quest or just want to experience Outerworld for yourself, I highly recommend it. Kuriyama's Promethean ship is a force to be reconded with as the genetically engineered superbeing Pentan (Tracy Davis) fights for her life and to stop the evil Kuriyama's coorporation gaining one of the most important scientific finds ever in human history. Good acting, nice story, great use of models and special effects. Outerworld is guranteed to take you to another universe!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2006
Writer/director/cinematographer/editor/special effects designer Philip Cook is known for throwing himself into his movies. This is more than just another indie science fiction flick, it contains great action and thrills, good characters, a lot of heart, and a wealth of imagination. The effects work is simply stunning and really helps augment the world of intrigue, greed, and hope found in the story. The backdrops are especially dazzling, including the detailed miniatures, though Cook never gets overindulgent and concentrates on them for too long. In fact, one of the most rewarding parts of this production is that the characters always come first, despite the inventive effects and CGI work. Maybe Hollywood can't figure that equation out but Cook seems to do it with every film that he makes. He makes movies about people. True, his characters are often engaged in incredible circumstances, but that doesn't negate the fact that the front burner issues in the stories are Cook's interesting mediations about humanity.

CultCuts Films -- Craig Hamman

This imaginative outer-space tale traverses the galaxy, offering three different planetary environments, aerial dogfights, and a climactic duel with atomic warheads...provides a number of thrills, and neither the filmmakers nor viewers can say they didn't get their money's worth.

TV Guide

Philip Cook, an industrial filmmaker in the Washington area has turned out three live-action science-fiction gems [OUTERWORLD, INVADER & DESPISER] that contain entire fantasy universes worthy of C.S. Lewis....

Joe Bob Briggs -- United Press International

I was so often left in awe of Cook's ambitious vision....In every frame there's something new to blow your mind. If I thought [DESPISER] showed gusto, then it's nothing compared to OUTERWORLD.

b-independent -- on-line cult-entertainment

Outerworld is good fun and you can't really ask more than that. The leads are likeable, the plot is internally consistent and there are some interesting quirks that make it stand out from the morass of the 1980s science fiction boom. Most importantly, Cook's reworking of the film nearly 20 years later works to make it better, unlike a certain trilogy of big budget `special editions' which seemed to just have new effects inserted at random irrespective of whether they added anything or not.

MJSimpson -- Cult Movies & The People Who Make Them
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2007
I love it! When I purchased this DVD the box stated 2004, how delighted I was to find a 1987 hiding in that box! Being a fan of 80's cheese I find this far from it. If you liked Trancers this is 100% better. The model work is quite good for a low budget film and I would recomend it to anyone who likes low budget but be prepared for a suprise!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 25, 2011
This one is marginal as sci-fi movies go; not really bad but certainly not great. The familiar plot of the bionically engineered human is pulled off the shelf and given another workout; in this case it happens to be a beautiful female who has been crafted by a corporation to do its dirty work.

One of the down sides of the extra effort put in to this one's design was a developing sense of self and a desire to be free of corporate constraints. When a discovery sends Pentan, played by Tracy Davis, on a mission to recover some key information from a rival corporation she decides to improvise on her assignment and do her own thing.

During the course of her adventure Pentan begins to discover some new things about herself with the assistance of Captain Brickman who she hires to take her to the discovery which will change their lives. Her former employer, the evil Kuriyama Corporation, doesn't take well to her defection with key information and gives hot pursuit. The major part of the movie involves Pentan and Captain Brickman trying to find the discovery and stay alive in the meantime.

Will they succeed or die in the effort; you'll have to watch it to find out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is a low budget sci-fi movie from the late 1980's that I decided to give a chance, and I'm glad I did. The first few minutes were sort of hokey, but I stuck it out and was rewarded by seeing convincing-enough acting and a unique and beautiful approach to special effects in a sci-fi movie that was done on a low budget before CGI became mainstream (It looks like some CGI is in this movie, and it boggles my mind to think of the computers and software they did it with in 1987.)

Tracy Davis is an adorably cute woman who plays the part of the genetically engineered killing-machine-with-a-conscience perfectly. I actually looked her up to see what other movies she was in and was saddened to find that this was about it for her.

This movie may be "bad" compared to the mainstream sci-fi classics like Blade Runner and Star Wars, but it comes across a someone's labor of love that was done with little money and a lot of care. Give it a try. The price is right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2013
I am giving Outerworld 5 stars with the qualification that this is a B movie so my grade reflects certain allowances. The film is low budget so they could only afford amateur actors, amateur special effects, amateur fight scenes, etc. That is to say that you can't hold Outerworld, or other B films, to the same standards as big budget movies. What you need to do is to keep your expectations low and let the film speak for itself.

I must say that I was taken by Outerworld after about 5 to 10 minutes. Most films I want to turn off after 5 to 10 minutes but Outerworld has soul/spirit. By the end of the film, I found myself genuinely worried for Pentan, especially when she was in her space fighter and chose to take out the bad guys in order to guarantee her and Brickman's freedom forever. I thought, "Oh my gosh, they are going to kill off her character here!" Brickman's character also grew on me. The relationship between he and Pentan was unique because she was this incredible killer and he was a weakling in comparison but her feelings evolved for him. I found myself really believing what I was seeing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Original title "Beyond the Rising Moon" (1987)

An above average hybrid named Pentan (Tracy Davis) is trained to do the dirty work for the corporation with the threat of being dispatched on failure. She sissies on an opportunity to escape and become normal but rich and makes her break for it. The rest of the movie is the obligatory chase scenes.

If you like this type of movie than you can not miss "Serenity" (2005).
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon October 22, 2014
There really is a big difference between bad sci-fi and sci-fi that is bad. Many life forms can find something redeeming in a bad ("Starcrash") sci-fi flick. Conversely sci-fi that is bad ("Battlefield Earth") can cause irreparable brain damage, sterilization & possibly extinction of species.

And don't get sucked into the swirling vortex that exists between "Low" budget and "no" budget. The classic "Dark Star" was low budget. This 1980's film aka "Star Quest" aka "Beyond the Rising Moon" is zero budget. And yet the creators were still able to muster a movie based upon an extremely weak premise, with painful dialog, stilted acting & laughable effects. The "story" goes something like this:

An emultion creates a sassin who hires a spilot. The sassin needs sport from the spilot to anotet where old asslics of unilue crashed. Compatters is the emultion whits own wickans. Thus begins the ingalace agaime. Will the sassin leave? Will the spilot leact? And will the emultion ruis bud romanture?

Ooops! Let's try that one more time but with more modern CGI added:

An evil multinational corporation creates a synthetic assassin who hires this space pilot. The synthetic assassin needs transportation from the space pilot to another planet where old assembled relics of unimaginable value lie crash landed. Complicating matters is the evil multinational corporation who has its own wicked plans. Thus begins the intergalactic race against time. Will the synthetic assassin learn to love? Will the space pilot learn to act? And will the evil multinational cooperation ruin this budding romantic mixture?

Better? Should you remain coherent enough to arrive at the extras they have generously included an original copy of this movie sans the new CGI improvements. I suppose this is to show us how much better the crappy flick we just watched was. Lastly, a movie this awful that has a "blooper reel"...now that's entertaining!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2013
An older movie but well done with good actors and a reasonable story. Worth watching but you have to stick with it as it starts slow.
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on August 25, 2013
This is an older film from the 80's. I thought that the "effects" were sub par at best. The actors were poorly trained, and the whole thing didn't really hold together all that well. If you want something mindless, then this is just the ticket. If you're looking for something that hangs together throughout and makes you believe whatever they're showing, then don't watch this one.
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