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Starman [Blu-ray] (1984)

Jeff Bridges , Karen Allen  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (280 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 (280 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AQMBNC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,918 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Starman [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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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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86 of 100 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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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28 of 30 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
Format:DVD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gentle sci-fi romance December 10, 2000
Format:DVD
"Starman" is one of the sweetest science fiction films of all time. Exploring it's subject matter where "E.T." left off, "Starman" is an engaging story about love against all odds. The "Starman" of the title is played by Jeff Bridges in an Oscar nominated performance. He's a being of pure energy who assumes the form of Karen Allen's dead husband to travel to his alien rendevous. Allen's first reaction to Starman is that of horror, then fear, but eventually through thier adventure together Allen's character falls in love with the Starman, and he learns what it is like to experience human emotion.
The film is directed by John Carpenter who was responsible for such horror masterpieces like "Halloween", and "The Thing". Like his earlier masterpieces, Carpenter's "Starman" is a character study however unique considering it is essentially a love story between a human and an man from outer space. Carpenter shows more patience in story telling here. In "Halloween" and "The Thing" and other films of his like "The Fog", the strange being in those films was the monster, here he's the sympathetic one.
Perhaps the most appealing thing about "Starman" is Jeff Bridges performance. He gives a totally unique prescence that is not entirely unfamiliar. At the beginning he seems like an infant, spastic in movement and speech. He is amazed with the most simple of acts. Bridges' Starman then matures with feelings and observations of human behavior and love. He makes a heart breaking decision and although his face is a blank slate we feel what is in his heart.
"Starman" is basically "E.T." for adults or at least for those wanting a little more romance. It is a sweet little film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Oldie but goodie!
Published 1 day ago by Richeena M Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great movie
Published 2 days ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I just love this movie. Jeff Bridges does an excellent job.
Published 7 days ago by Faye E. Bileddo
5.0 out of 5 stars This is very good.
I watched this years ago and then again now. This is very good.
Published 15 days ago by Boo Boo
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make movies like this anymore
They don't make movies like this anymore. AAA++ actiing, directing, storytelling. Assumes audience are not complete morons, unlike endless sequels of comicbook movies aimed at an... Read more
Published 18 days ago by j2013amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
still super movie... Bridges is outstanding!!!! :)
Published 20 days ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this story ,done well even for today
Published 24 days ago by Az Val
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellant movie
Published 24 days ago by Thomas E Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars held up well
I always liked this movie. when I realized I didn't own it picked the blu ray. this is a older title so the blu is not crystal clear but it is the best I have ever seen the movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Leonard
3.0 out of 5 stars A Change of Pace for Carpenter
Up until this point John Carpenter has directed the likes of Halloween, The Fog, Escape From New York, The Thing and Christine, all of which have a very distinguished John... Read more
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