Dark Star [Hyperdrive Edition]


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The directorial debut of horrormeister John Carpenter comes in the way of Dark Star a parody of Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece, 2001--A Space Odyssey. The story follows four hippyish techno-nerds in their mission through deep space to destroy planets and ward off boredom and loneliness as they attempt to hold on to what little they can remember of Earth. When their weapons system malfunctions, they are forced to deal with a "smart" bomb trapped in the launching mechanism, and the acting captain must debate phenomenology with the device in order to dissuade it from destroying them all. The film also features an imaginative and amusing struggle between one crew member and an inflatable alien he attempts to keep as a pet, a long reflection on the virtues of surfing, a series of personality struggles, and a cryogenically-frozen captain whose brain is preserved on computer for the purpose of consultation. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi


Review Text As the directorial debut of John Carpenter, Dark Star has achieved a degree of cult status over the years. It's no masterpiece by any stretch and the acting, dialogue, and pace are a bit stale, but this spacey 1974 parody of Stanley Kubrick's classics, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Dr. Strangelove, is intriguing in that it features many of the elements that became staples of Carpenter films: a simple but effective score, anti-establishment sentiments, blue-collar characters, and a downbeat ending. Taking inspiration from 1958's It! The Terror from Beyond Space, Carpenter began the film while attending USC in 1970 and later expanded it to feature length. He was assisted significantly by future screenwriter Dan O'Bannon (who later wrote the very similar Alien), whose multiple credits on the film include a starring role. One scene featuring O'Bannon's character Pinback playing a game in which he stabs an ice pick between his fingers was later used by James Cameron in Aliens. O'Bannon's most impressive contribution to the film, however, were his special effects, which are startling for a film with such a low budget. ~ Patrick Legare, Rovi

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Release Date
Magic Lantern
MPAA Rating
G -- General audience
1 hour, 23 minutes
  • Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
  • Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Blu-ray region A (North America, Central America, South America, Japan, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia)
  • English
  • Spanish
Video Features
  • 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
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