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- Widescreen Presentation
- 2 Versions of the Film: 68 Minute Version (As It Was Originally Intended) and Theatrical Version (Digitally Remastered)
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 20 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 16, 1999
- Originally Released: 1974
- Label: VCI Entertainment
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Dan O'Bannon, Dre Pahich & Brian Narelle|
|Featured:||Joe Sanders, Carl Kuniholm & Dre Pahich|
|Directed by||John Carpenter|
|Edited by||Dan O'Bannon|
|Written by||Dan O'Bannon & John Carpenter|
|Composition by||John Carpenter|
|Cinematography by||Douglas Knapp|
|Produced by||John Carpenter|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"[A]n affectionate, anarchic sci-fi satire featuring hippie astronauts, talking bombs and cosmic surfing."
Description by OLDIES.com:
- John Carpenter's THE RESURRECTION OF BRONCO BILLY won an Oscar in 1970 for Best Live Action Short Film.
- Screenwriter Dan O'Bannon's terrifying script for ALIEN was based on a segment of DARK STAR.
The "alien" in DARK STAR is simply a beachball with plastic feet stuck on it.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 4 ratings.
Dark Star is one of those flicks that you have to watch a few times to catch everything that was going on. The Reason: You'll be laughing too hard to see anything in the film.
The visual quality on this disk is rough, and the sound is iffy.
Truthfully those two issues added to my watching enjoyment of the film.
Any fan of Sci Fi, and comedy should see this.
One of the Great "Bad Movies"
Hey out there (and do I mean "out there"!) - here's one of the very first movies John Carpenter ever made with Dan O'Bannon (of Alien fame) when they were in college! It's really cheesey on the special effects but actually makes a very poignant point for those who watch it to the end.
Here you have several astronauts cooped up in a spaceship for 18 years or so, going around the galaxy finding uninhabitable planets and blowing them up! (good thing that they did not do this to the habitable ones - although Earth would be the best candidate!). It's sort of a paen to "2001 - A Space Odyessy" and "Star Trek" - there's some haywire computers on board - and of course, an alien that looked like a tye-dyed beach ball with webbed feet, and of course, the crew - all of them "spaced out" so to speak. Don't expect great special effects, but do expect some very heady things in this flick - Oh, and as I indicated in the title, this has nothing to do with the Grateful Dead's song "Dark Star" - no Jerry Garcia here, but several of the crew members can resemble him at times.
Worth seeing and worth keeping - Enjoy!
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