Dark Star (Hyperdrive Edition)

Starring: Brian Narelle & Dan O'Bannon Director: John Carpenter  Rated: G: General Audiences
What Do You Say To A Talking Bomb? All Systems Snafu!!!
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: G
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 23 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1974
  • Label: VCI Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Let There Be Light: The Odyssey of "Dark Star"
    • An all new, feature-length documetnary exploring the controversial making of the John Carpenter (Halloween) and Dan O'Bannon (Alien) student film
    • Includes exclusive interviews with Actor Brian Narelle, Cinematographer Doug Knapp, Art Director Tommy Lee Wallace, Visual Effects artist Greg Jein, Voice artist Cookie Knapp, Film Director Jack Harris, Diane O'Bannon, USC Alumi/Director Jeff Burr, as well as Archival Interviews with John Carpenter
    • Plus the final Interview with Dan O'Banna, Directed by Danil Griffith 2010
    • Interview with Sci-Fi Author Alan Dean Foster
    • Interview with Brian Narelle - "Lt. Dootlittle"
    • 3D Guide to the Dark Star Ship
    • Full-Length Audio Commentary by 'super-fan' Andrew Gilchrist
    • Written Intro by Dan O'Bannan
    • Trivia
    • Both Versions of the Film
    • Original Trailer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Subtitles - English, Spanish

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"I think therefore I am. But what is my purpose'"
  - Bomb 20, contemplating a deep philosophical paradox

Entertainment Reviews:

Sight and Sound - 07/01/2004
"[A]n affectionate, anarchic sci-fi satire featuring hippie astronauts, talking bombs and cosmic surfing."

Product Description:

John Carpenter's low-budget debut feature is a hilarious romp set in the deepest reaches of outer space. The haggard crew of the dilapidated Dark Star spaceship--Doolittle (Brian Narelle), Boiler (Cal Kuniholm), Pinback (Dan O'Bannon), and Talby (Dre Pahich)--is on an extended mission to seek out and destroy unstable planets. But after 20 years of the same routine, each crewmember is reaching the end of his tether. The journey is fraught with mishaps, and danger seems to lurk around every corner. There are misbehaving pet aliens, suicidal bombs that dream of detonating, frozen crewmates dispensing advice from beyond the grave, and a surly, unhelpful main computer that holds the men it serves in total contempt. Despite all these problems, the crew is still bored to the brink of madness. Co-written by the multitasking O'Bannon, who is also credited as the film's production designer and editor, DARK STAR brims with giddy jabs at the science-fiction genre (including George Lucas's THX 1138), an approach that Mel Brooks would later take in his own sci-fi spoof, SPACEBALLS (1987). In addition to writing, directing, and acting, Carpenter also composed the film's atmospheric score.

Plot Synopsis:

Sci-fi cinema geniuses, the early years! DARK STAR is John Carpenter's directorial debut, aided and abetted by future ALIEN writer Dan O'Bannon. A knowing satire of sci-fi flicks, the film follows three astronauts as they embark on their mission to seek and destroy unstable planets that are hazardous to space colonies. However, their onboard computer and weapons systems have different ideas.

Plot Keywords:

Cult Film | Essential Cinema | Futuristic | Science-Fiction | Space | Space Travel | Spaceships | Theatrical Release | Thriller

Production Notes:

  • 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.

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  • Sales Rank: 104,486
  • UPC: 089859855023
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