John Carpenter's directorial debut is a low-budget, sci-fi satire which focuses on a group of scientists whose mission is to destroy unstable planets. During their journey, they battle their alien mascot (who closely resembles a walking beach ball), as well as a "sensitive" and intelligent bombing device which starts to question the meaning of its existence. Hilarious early feature from John "Halloween" Carpenter and Dan "Aliens" O'Bannon. Fun, weird, and unpredictable.
DARK STAR was originally intended to be a 68 minute film. Hollywood producer, Jack Harris, convinced the filmmakers to shoot 15 minutes of extra footage and released the expanded version in 1975 through Bryanston Pictures. To honor the filmmakers' wishes, this new DVD contains both the shorter 1974 "Original" version and the longer 1975 "Theatrical" release version. This 2010 "Hyperdrive Edition" DVD has been sourced from a new 16x9, 35mm transfer, with additional frame-by-frame digital restoration of the video master to provide the best picture ever seen. The soundtrack has also been digitally enhanced and restored to Dolby Digital 5.1.
Actors/Credits: Brian Narelle, Dan O'Bannon
·INTERVIEW WITH SCI-FI AUTHOR ALAN DEAN FOSTER ·INTERVIEW WITH BRIAN NARELLE – "Lt. Doolittle"
·3D GUIDE TO THE DARK STAR SHIP
·FULL-LENGTH AUDIO COMMENTARY by 'super-fan' Andrew Gilchrist
·WRITTEN INTRO by Dan O'Bannon
·THEATRICAL VERSION OF THE FILM
· ORIGINAL TRAILER
· English subtitles
·LET THERE BE LIGHT: THE ODYSSEY OF "DARK STAR"
– An all new, feature-length documentary 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 alumni/director Jeff Burr, as well as archival interviews with John Carpenter and many more! Plus the final interview with Dan O'Bannon, 116 mins.
·ORIGINAL VERSION OF THE FILM
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