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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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  • 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (340 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AQMBNC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,921 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Roger J. Buffington TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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Movie-5 stars, extras 0 stars, tranfer for Blu-ray (anamorphic widescreen I might add) 4 stars

As those who have seen the film know Bridges plays an alien sent to Earth after having encountered the a voyager space craft. Using DNA from the deceased husband of a woman (Karen Allen) still grieving, she ends up helping the alien elude the government.

"Starman" plays as an adult version of "E.T." Minus the manipulation and had the misfortune of being released after "E.T." Even though it was written around the time.

Sadly the special features of the deluxe DVD from the UK are not included. It's odd that So y elected not to port over the commentary track with Carpenter and featurettes from that edition as they already paid for them and own the rights. Unfortunately we haven't seen an anniversary edition released with the MIA special features.

The transfer itself is exceptionally good with solid blacks, no evidence of fading and excellent detail. The audio also sounds terrific with a lossless, crisp presentation but dialog remains clear. Subtitles are available in English for the film.

I'd still recommend the Blu-ray even without special features but am really surprised that so little effort was put into this release.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By dsrussell VINE VOICE on 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 8 people found the following review helpful By wblobsta on February 25, 2003
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Though made almost 20 years ago, this incredible movie never fails to move me every time I view it. John Carpenter has shown his multi talents and ability to create a masterpiece outside of his traditional genre and the stars Karen Allen and Jeff Bridges gave Oscar-deserving performances (at least the community had the smarts to nominate Bridges for Best Actor). A somewhat implausable theme of an alien visitor assuming the body of a deceased man allows Bridges to enchant his audience with his "becoming human". His teacher (Ms Allen) exemplifies the purity of the true human spirit in all of its kindness and truth. Starman is able to appreciate the purity of spirit and in the supporting cast we see our foibles mixed with what makes humankind so special in it's purest form. This is a love story that transcends all others and a masterpiece that might make you feel good about being a member of the human race...Bridges sums it up when comparing humans to other life forms he has observed in the universe with "what makes humans different is... that you are at your very best when things are at their worst" So true...so thought provoking! We owe Ms. Allen's Jenny Hayden character much thanks for showing us at our best and Mr. Bridges for showing us how to acknowledge the heart and grow to feel human love.
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Format: Blu-ray
"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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WTF is with the price of $157 for Blu-ray?
Get it from the amazon UK. The UK blu-ray is region free.
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