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Starman [Blu-ray] (1984)

Jeff Bridges , Karen Allen  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Jaeckel, Robert Phalen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: August 11, 2009
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,083 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Director John Carpenter presents a romantic science fiction odyssey starring Jeff Bridges as an innocent alien from a distant planet who learns what it means to be a man in love. When his spacecraft is shot down over Wisconsin, Starman (Bridges) arrives at the remote cabin of a distraught young widow, Jenny Hayden (Karen Allen), and clones the form of her dead husband. The alien convinces Jenny to drive him to Arizona, explaining that if he isn'lldie. Hot on their trail are government agents, intent on capturing the alien, dead or alive. En route, Starman demonstrates the power of universal love, while Jenny rediscovers her human feelings forpassion.

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88 of 102 people found the following review helpful
Movie-5 stars, extras 0 stars, tranfer for Blu-ray (anamorphic widescreen I might add) 4 stars

Really what is Columbia thinking? "Starman" is one of John Carpenter's finest films with an Oscar nominated performance by Jeff Bridges, a moving score by Jack Nitsche and a clever, thoughtful script that takes the same themes as Spielberg's "E.T." and develops them better. We get no extras. Nada. Nothing. We also get to pay a fairly hefty amount for the Blu-ray (it's retailed at $29.00). Warner does a better copy of releasing their Blu-rays. Heck, even Fox and Universal have been making an effort to do a decent job with their films and TV shows on Blu-ray of late. "Starman" on Blu-ray is at least in widescreen and has a nice presentation with nice detail.

Sony didn't really have to do much. England got a DVD edition of this with a commentary by John Carpenter. All they had to do was port that version over for this edition and throw on the original promotional featurette made back in the day. It wouldn't have been hard. Don't get me wrong, this is a terrific movie and it looks great but it's a LOUSY effort on behalf of Sony. That's surprising given that they won the format war. You'd expect a better effort than this truly lazy package.

What can you do? I suppose write Sony or wait to see if the UK version has the commentary track and other extras ported over to the Blu-ray. Since it'll be region free buy that. If you must buy this cheap edition of the film try and pay as little as possible as this nearly bare bones (it has BD Live capacity and-whoopee!--trailers) editon of an exceptional film SHOULD retail at about $15.99 for what we get.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impossible not to like--a love story with a twist. January 1, 2004
This film is simply impossible not to like. Jeff Bridges is unforgettable as an alien from an incomparably advanced race who is stranded on Earth (after taking human form) and seeking to return to his own civilization, and his excellent performance as such earned him an Oscar nomination. He really gets into the role, and plays it to perfection. His gestures and mannerisms as the alien trying to understand human beings are uncannily plausible. Karen Allen is also superb in her role as an ordinary human being caught up in the struggle between Bridges, seeking to escape the Earth, and those darned nasty Big Government agents who fear the alien and seek to capture and destroy him. Darned gummint, isn't that just like them?
There are few special effects in the movie, and none are needed--this is a movie that gets through by sheer excellent storytelling and wonderful acting by Bridges and Allen. It manages to be touching without being sappy, and although our human government is viewed as being narrow-minded and overly paranoid, the alien in the end forms a high and joyous opinion of mankind, which I found uplifting and optimistic.
Well worth watching and owning.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As good today as when it was first released. April 10, 1999
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"Starman" is a top notch sci-fi movie that boasts a wonderful performance by Jeff Bridges. It is a story of first contact with a twist--an alien flys to Earth after receiving a welcome message from Voyager, only to find the human race hostile (the U.S. Air Force shoots down his ship). The alien takes the form of a dead house painter via some DNA trickery (yes, the plot is thin), then abducts the widow and makes her drive to Arizona where he will meet his mothership. The 3-day journey is one of discovery, not only for the alien, but the bewildered widow as well. Alternatively funny and touching, "Starman" turns into a love story, and it works quite well. What doesn't work is the standard Government/Military `capture-and-kill-the-threat' scenario. In spite of this weakness, "Starman" gets 8 out of 10. If by chance you haven't seen this film, by all means pick it up. It is well worth the time, even for people who don't normally like sci-fi.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
"STARMAN", the entertaining 1984 film from Director John Carpenter that combined sci-fi, romance and action.

Known for films such as "The Fog", "Escape from New York", "The Thing" and "Christine", Carpenter made his return to the science fiction realm. Having directed space-driven films in the 1960's such as "Terror from Space", "Gorgo versus Godzilla", "Sorcerer from Outer Space" and "Dark Star", Carpenter is joined by screenwriter Bruce A. Evans ("Stand By Me") and Raynold Gideon ("Stand By Me" and "Mr. Brooks"), composer Nack Nitzsche ("Nine 1/2 Weks", "Stand By Me", and "The Crossing Guard") and cinematographer Donald M. Morgan ("Crossing Jordan" and "Sybil").

The film would star Jeff Bridges ("Tron", "The Last Picture Show" and "The Fabulous Baker Boys"), Karen Allen ("Raiders of the Lost Ark", "Malcolm X" and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"), Charles Martin Smith ("Drive", "Left Behind: World at War" and "Dead Heat") and Richard Jaeckel ("Baywatch", "Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection" and "Black Moon Rising").

The film revolves around grieving widow Jenny Hayden (Karen Allen). Her husband Scott was killed in an accident and she finds herself at her home watching old home films of the two.

Meanwhile, an alien probe has crashed and the alien being ends up at the home of Jenny. The surviving alien immediately looks at photos of the deceased Scott Hayden and from the DNA taken from the lock of hair of Scott, the cloning transformation begins.

Jenny sees a blue pulsing light in her living room and discovers a baby that suddenly grows into a young boy, then a teenager and then all of a sudden, a clone of her deceased husband.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My mother loves it!
Published 10 days ago by Mayasultana
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good intertaining sci fi movie. Fairly non-violent.
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good movie, great dvd and great service
Published 13 days ago by Jane StPierre
5.0 out of 5 stars Tears every time
I DO NOT like Sci-Fi films but this movie didnt feel like that for me. It pulls you in from the beginning and keeps you breathless through the entire film. Read more
Published 26 days ago by VSmith
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Gem of a Film!
I am not one for watching science fiction films. But this film pulled me so cleverly into it, I was just mesmerized! Read more
Published 1 month ago by krankenhaus 63
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, excellent Jeff Bridges
Timeless adventure and a nice love story!
Published 1 month ago by Steve L
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
JB's second best film out side of Stick It, Fabulous Baker Boys & Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, a classic
Published 1 month ago by Joshua W
4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend it.
Sorta a sleeper. I recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by dtstrmar
5.0 out of 5 stars Extra-terrestrial 'Contact' done right = Story full of insights,...
Here is a prime example of the concept of Extra-terrestrial visitation = done right, and in a mostly believable way with a Story that makes the viewer actually care about the fate... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Where is a Widescreen release?
I ordered this DVD from because their web site "Full Frame" but also "Widescreen" so I thought I'd be getting the DVD with both versions on it. When it arrived today, it only said "Full screen 1.3:1" on the back of the box so I didn't open it. It'll go... Read More
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