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Starman [Blu-ray] (1984)

Jeff Bridges , Karen Allen  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (259 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Jaeckel, Robert Phalen
  • Format: 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 (259 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,053 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen. An alien assumes the human form of an Earth woman's dead husband and falls in love with her-but the reunion" is short-lived when the two are pursued by both the FBI and the military. Directed by John Carpenter. 1984/color/115 min/PG.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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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86 of 99 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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17 of 19 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked gem... April 12, 2005
Starman is easily the most accessible film John Carpenter has made yet. He shows surprising deftness in his handling of this sweet, touching movie. It's pretty amazing to think that a couple of years previous he was releasing the gore-fest, The Thing.

This alien being however is only interested in learning about our planet and maybe making it better. The deer scene is a classic, and the final image on screen before the fade out is marvelous. Karen Allen's expression sums up how many people feel after they see this fine film. A great movie? Bingo!

Now we need a release with extras including Carpenter's commentary.
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7 of 7 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars They love!
Great film, despite one flawed major plot point, with a fantastic performance by Jeff Bridges, and an even better one from Karen Allen!! Read more
Published 1 day ago by Surferofromantica
5.0 out of 5 stars An olden goldie is still great every time!
Our children liked this when they saw it, Now our preteens and teenage grandchildren like it. We often have to "force ourselves" to join them. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Geri H. Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars Old But Still Fabulous
This movie is old and the CGI really marginal but the acting is fabulous and the story actually unique and engaging.
Published 12 days ago by M. D. Wider
5.0 out of 5 stars Starman DVD
The rating is high because I love this movies subject matter, feel good ending and the performances of the actors.
It was in perfect condition when it arrived. Read more
Published 18 days ago by R. B. Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie with No bad language
Safe and entertaining enough for kids and adults. Good story to keep anyones interest. A clever sci-fi slant on aliens
Published 26 days ago by Shelly B
4.0 out of 5 stars Really a three star movie but the deer seen alone makes it a 4 star.
I love this movie when I first saw it but not as much today. It was different, and it was a John Carpenter movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lawrence Larson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie, DVD case broken in shipment
The movie was great. Jeff Bridges does an unbelievably wonderful job is acting by portraying an alien trying to adapt after his space ship crashed landed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by krb
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi romance
Great story line. Great romance. Great actors. Love the older movies. Hate that I can't find these in the stores any more.
Published 2 months ago by Rhonda Nagel
5.0 out of 5 stars Starman
I actually purchased it for someone else but I am sure it was what he wanted. Everything about the quality of package , shipping and etc was great also
Published 2 months ago by Gracie Gunnell
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
this movie is epic,its so romantic and mysterious. I wish they made a part two because this movie has a twist.
Published 2 months ago by David Lee
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