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Starcrash (Roger Corman Cult Classics) (1978)

David Hasselhoff , Christopher Plummer , Luigi Cozzi  |  PG |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Hasselhoff, Christopher Plummer, Caroline Munro, Marjoe Gortner
  • Directors: Luigi Cozzi
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,997 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Starcrash (Roger Corman Cult Classics)" on IMDb

Special Features

New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.78:1) And DTS 5.1 Surround Sound

Audio Commentary By Writer And Starcrash Expert Stephen Romano

A Look At The Film’s Special Effects With Special Effects Director Armando Valcauda Including Unused Footage, Rare Photos, Original Drawings And More

New Interview With Writer/Director Luigi Cozzi (aka Lewis Coates)

New Interview With Actress Caroline Munro Discussing Her Time As Stella Star And A Look At Her Career

Extensive Stills Galleries Including Behind-The-Scenes Photos, Posters, Stills, Original Production Art And Storyboards

Behind-The-Scenes Footage With Commentary

Deleted And Extended Scenes

Theatrical Trailer

Theatrical Trailer With Commentaries By Eli Roth And Joe Dante, Courtesy Of Trailersfromhell

12-Page Booklet With Liner Notes By Stephen Romano

The Original Script (DVD-ROM)

And Much More!!

Editorial Reviews

Is there anything Starcrash doesn't have? Robots, hyperspace, troglodytes, Caroline Munro in a space bikini, "reality" star Marjoe Gortner as an alien, a pre-everything David Hasselhoff, and--most incredible of all, under the circumstances--a terrific score by the great John Barry. This jaw-dropping 1979 Star Wars knock-off is something of a cult item, prized in equal measure for its anything-goes visual attack (the universe glitters with Christmas-tree lights) and its ludicrous dialogue and acting. Munro plays Stella Star, a space smuggler traveling the stars with sidekick Gortner (the former child evangelist who had a run of roles after the success of the 1972 documentary Marjoe). There is a plot of sorts, but mostly Munro stands around trying to channel Raquel Welch while director Luigi Cozzi kicks the story from one outlandish set to the next. Hasselhoff shows up halfway through, looking as though he's auditioning to be a dancer at Studio 54--but everybody else in the picture looks that way too, even veteran villain Joe Spinell, as the universe's cape-clad personification of evil. Cozzi tosses in a little Ray Harryhausen-style stop-motion animation, multiple references to other sci-fi classics, and lofty Christopher Plummer as a space Emperor demanding his forces to "Halt the flow of time!" Barry's music (this is the same year he did The Black Hole) is truly enjoyable, and one theme suspiciously resembles a key melody in his subsequent Out of Africa score. The dialogue, meanwhile, sounds as though it's been translated into English from Japanese, and is delivered in styles that range from the incompetent (Munro) to the deranged (Gortner). Clearly, this is a prime candidate for Bad Movie Night, something that becomes clear even before the "Amazons on horseback" come galloping into view. Shout! Factory's two-disc Special Edition has lots of goodies, including a long interview with Cozzi that explains a lot. --Robert Horton

Product Description

Prepare yourself for a vintage science fiction adventure film you will never forget, as the sultry Stella Star (Caroline Munro) and her alien sidekick Akton (Marjoe Gortner) team up with robot lawman Elle (Judd Hamilton) on a high adventure to save the universe. It is a cosmic mash-up of daring escapes, wild special effects, beautiful women in sexy space bikinis and nonstop action on a dozen alien worlds. Roger Corman presents the ultimate European space opera, a colorful and dazzling chase through the galaxy that will blast you through the blackness of a hundred million nights!

Kicked into hyperspace by a maelstrom of ingenious low-budget special effects and the talents of Academy Award winning composer John Barry, the film was a smash hit in 1979 when the wild and humorous sci-fi adventure hit theatres. For over 30 years the film has gained a massive cult following, inspiring devoted legions of Crashers fan clubs and more. Now, for the first time on DVD, the film is presented in a deluxe two-disc special edition.

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87 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Entertainment September 8, 2010
Luigi Cozzi's Star Crash (a/k/a The Adventures of Stella Star) is one of my all-time favorite movies. Usually dismissed as a cheap Italian Star Wars knock-off, it's actually much, much more than that: it's a cheap Italian knock-off of all three Flash Gordon serials, Barbarella, hundreds of pulp space operas and comic books, and a half-dozen Ray Harryhausen movies.

It literally has everything: a scantily clad heroine, a comic relief robot, stop-motion monsters, lightsabre duels, space amazons, space troglodytes, a galactic villain with a beer belly, ray guns, ludicrous spaceship miniatures, beach ball planets, blinking Christmas tree light stars, an eclectic international cast that includes Joe Spinell, David Hasselhoff, Marjoe Gortner, Robert Tessier, and an apparently stoned-out-of-his-mind Christopher Plummer... and a marvelous musical score by Academy Award-winning composer John Barry!

I've long lamented that there wasn't a quality, authorized DVD edition of this personal favorite available, and the thought that in a few days I'll have a high-definition, widescreen copy on Blu-Ray is exciting. Ever since I read director Cozzi's article about the origins of and the making of the film in Future magazine (anyone remember that companion mag to Starlog, later known as Future Life?) back in '77, I've been fascinated with the film, and when I finally saw it on VHS with some friends around 1990, I couldn't believe just how much giddy, shameless, stupid fun it was.

There isn't much I don't love about the movie, to be honest. Caroline Munro is gorgeous, the special effects are psychedelic, the characters so ridiculous and earnest... it's pure, rainy Saturday afternoon bliss, and vastly more entertaining than ANY of the Star Wars prequels or the mind-numbingly boring and overrated Avatar.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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A piddly 3 stars as average rating? C'mon Basic Instinct 2 has the same rating (at least as I'm writing this), and it's nowhere near as fun (or any fun at all, actually)! I don't know that I have anything to really add to the reviews that tout this as extremely entertaining camp; I can tell you that I only became aware of this film in September 2010 when it came out on DVD and Blu-ray. I read the reviews from the DVD reviewing sites and decided that, being a lover of science fiction and of campy movies, I would love it. So I bought it sight unseen and have become completely obsessed by it. A framed poster is now in my living room, I check ebay periodically for other Starcrash merchandise, and have seen it numerous times. Now, I'm not saying that everyone will love it in the (possibly maniacal) way I do, but I will say there's a very good chance those who enjoy science fiction and cheesy movies will at least like it. And there are numerous positives to a film that I may be making sound completely disposable: the score by John Barry is frequently beautiful, the often colorful cinematography looks great (especially on the Blu-ray) and it has David Hasselhoff! You can't lose...
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starcash June 13, 2010
This film simply lacked "true" space opera common sense and seemed from the outset to be nothing but an awful Star Wars (1977) copy. I was hesitant to go as high as 5 stars but I suppose the basic premise of the film is acceptable enough, it is an enjoyably awful, cheese space film.

I find Starcrash (1978) very stirring and exciting. At its heart, it is a close relative of the klutzy Italian giallo films, a swashbuckling Star epic full of political space color, ridiculous special effects, dumb intrigue, and moral danger in space. Christopher Plummer emerges as a memorable villain, and David Hasselhoff's presence is enough to further increase the mystique of the Hasselhoff cheese legacy. I sense some unbalance in this movie. The script is so bad that it makes Marjoe Gortner and Joe Spinell look lame but Caroline Munro wearing a bikini is hot.

Starcrash (1978) is underrated cheese and more imaginative than most cheese space films ever shot.

Not only does this movie entertain kids of all ages but it holds up well to repeat viewings and earns the right to be called a "cheese space classic".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BLU RAY TREATMENT February 23, 2012
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I finally got my copy of the blu ray dvd and have to say..I Love it!!! Great job guys at restoring this memorable cult classic. No dirt or white specs anywhere to be found. The picture is bright and colorful, well defined edges as you would expect from a Blu Ray title. Not to compare with movies just released of course but well worth the Blu Ray brand. I for one did not expect it to look this good.

Caroline Munro,..It is so nice to see this lovely lady in all of her cinematic beauty. Lets face it, it's because of Caroline Munro this movie found it's place in cinematic history.

Also included is an hour long chat with this gorgeous woman and her start in the business. Included in her interview are most of the movies she also appeared in and what she thought about each role she played. Also how the dialogue was changed in "Star Crash" at the last minute to include dubbed versions of most of the actors instead of the original that was recorded in each take. Something she was never aware of until the screening.

All in all I am very happy with this release and am very proud to have it in my DVD collection. Hats off to SHOUT for this wonderful treat.

Now please see about releasing "Alienator" and "Interzone" starring another beautiful lady Teagan Clive.")
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Mystery Science Theater Worthy
This caught my eye because it had Marjoe Gortner and Christopher Plummer. Basically an attempted Star Wars ripoff that's noteworthy because it's so wretched. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Daniel Coulter
2.0 out of 5 stars Stupid movie.3 rd rate sci-fi.
I can't believe I liked this when I was a kid.I am almost embarassed to say I brought it.There are a few things that keep the boat afloat. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Bent steel.
3.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past
I could see how people would find this movie silly but for a low budget movie it's pretty entertaining . Read more
Published 3 days ago by Randy L. Cain
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
Just awful. Don't bother. Makes grade B movies look like Academy Award winners. Doesn't deserve one star. Not even for hard core sci-fi fans.
Published 10 days ago by Paul LoGrasso
1.0 out of 5 stars Starcrash
Awful, a poor spaghetti sci-fi flic. This is one I won't watch a second time. I usually watch movies many times.
Published 12 days ago by Lawrence Ellerbruch
1.0 out of 5 stars what a complete waste of time
I can't believe someone paid to have this film made. Hollywood obviously believes America will blow money on anything...well they are right about that.
Published 20 days ago by Damian Hebert
1.0 out of 5 stars A Very Entertaining Early Star Wars Knockoff
This is a bad film. Unquestionably. It's a cheap imitation of Star Wars made by people who didn't understand Star Wars. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Arch Stanton
5.0 out of 5 stars campy with hard sifi elements
pretty good! like a B movie with an A list director.
A little bit campy with hard sifi elements.
Published 26 days ago by Fenir
1.0 out of 5 stars wow
I don't know what makes a bad movie bad. is it the writing, the acting, directing who knows. it's amazing that a year before star wars was released to the world and that had all... Read more
Published 26 days ago by brian j hester
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheap Italian nock-off of Star Wars
Very dated attitudes and weak screenplay. It is laughable when the models shake while riding the motion tracks. If you are older than 12, skip it.
Published 26 days ago by Joe H. Justice II
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