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Director John Carpenter presents a romantic science fiction odyssey starring Jeff Bridges in his Oscar(R)-nominated role 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't picked up by his mothership in three days, he'll die. 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 for passion.
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The blu-ray on the other hand is a disappointment. The only highlight is that you get the film enhanced for 16x9, as the previously available DVD was a chopped up pan & scan (I REFUSE to use the term "full screen", that term is criminally inaccurate as we are no longer in 1997). The picture is fairly soft and flat, but nothing horrible. I've seen worse, but I've seen better. On the bright side the transfer is fairly clean, and really, you aren't buying Starman as a reference quality disc anyway. Audio is fine, dialog is clear and the score is beautiful. There are no extras of any kind which is both hugely disappointing and mind boggling. Carpenter has commentaries available on most of his releases, and they are always entertaining, so I don't understand why there is not one recorded for his most commercially successful film. Disappointing.
To sum up, if you love the movie then this is an easy purchase, just remember that you are getting the movie and nothing else. Still recommended.
The alien takes on the DNA structure of a dead painter whose wife is still grieving for him and the movie starts as she watches old films of her dead husband. The album is on the table and the alien transforms right before our very eyes into human form. Karen Allen plays the part of the widow, who at first believes she had a dream, but soon goes from fear to acceptance to falling in love with the likes of her dearly departed.
It is nice to see one of our favorite actors from "The Untouchables" playing the part of the government agent who investigates the alien sighting and ultimately saves his life. Don't miss this 1984 movie that shall leave you with the gentle feelings evoked by the likes of E.T.
He doesn't exactly have the name star man in the movie. All he is is the image of Jenny Haiden's (Karen Allen's) deceased husband who she misses. He must also learn stuff as well.