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Please Note: Amazon lists the "Special Features" as "None." Which is wrong. I believe it was changed because it initially stated that both the 68 min. student film, and 83 min. feature film version of the film, were each present on this release -- and that isn't true. So they simply deleted that information and substituted "None" in the Special Features field. A common mistake made by Amazon. There "are" Special Features. They are the same as VCI's previous Hyperdrive DVD edition, and are as follows:
1. Let There Be Light: The Odyssey of Dark Star The Extended Version (feature length documentary in HD)
2. Audio commentary track by "super fan" Andrew Gilchrist
3. On-camera interview with science fiction author Alan Dean Foster (SD)
4. 3D Visual Guide to the Dark Star spaceship (SD)
5. An interview with actor Brian Narelle (Doolittle)(SD)
6. Text trivia
7. Original theatrical trailer.
** AGAIN: Missing from this edition is the shorter, 68 minute "student film" version of the film **
Dan O'Bannon's special effects sequences are incredible, especially since the entire budget for the whole film wouldn't buy coffee for an effects house working on teevee commercials today; i am especially taken with the utterly convincing planet-buster bombs made from an HO-scale piggyback trailer turned upside down with engine parts from a 1/25th scale model car attached (if you look closely on a good copy you can still read the logo of the car manufacturer on the valve cover used as part of the bomb's drive mechanism).
So many great lines and sequences in this film -- Pinback and the beachball and the elevator may exceed the Maximum Allowable Funny Quotient for a minor film, and Doolittle's conversation with the bomb (capable of destroying an entire planet) that plans to detonate right alongside the ship, as he leads it into beginning philosophy and convinces it that maybe it *didn't* really hear the "go" code...
The theme song, "Benson Arizona", one of the more warped contry songs one will ever hear, is a hoot; the original is by Carpenter and a lyricist whose name i have lost, and SF fans have been adding verses to it for years.
Watch for the "THX-1138" gag -- for many years (if not still) the only time the *whole* title has been used in a film reference.
O'Bannon worked on special effects on the first "Star Wars" film, and basically borrowed his own "computer search of the blueprints" sequence from "Dark Star" for that film.Read more ›
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This no-budget film school project, tag-teamed by a young John Carpenter and a young Dan O'Banon, is not only the funniest and smartest sci-fi satire before "Galaxy Quest,"... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jack Ryan
This film itself is a cult classic. This, in fact, was John Carpentar's first feature picture. It's a little zany, but movie buffs everywhere enjoy it for its absurd plot and low... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Randall C Kemp
I love this cult classic!
Low budget, and inovative with what available at their dispense in 1973/74. Read more
Replaced VHS Copy
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A delightful, on a budget, eccentric sci-fi film. Plenty of sardonic humor. Perhaps a little dated for the 21st century.Published 4 months ago by HistoryNut
I saw this movie at the Drive-In back in the 70's, I found it funny then and I found this DVD and I find this movie just as funny nowPublished 5 months ago by PMC
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