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  • Actors: Dan O'Bannon, Dre Pahich, Brian Narelle, Cal Kuniholm, Adam Beckenbaugh
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Writers: Dan O'Bannon, John Carpenter
  • Producers: John Carpenter, J. Stein Kaplan, Jack H. Harris
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • Release Date: Sept. 1 2004
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000F169
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,232 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 8 2007
Format: DVD
For the first 20-25 minutes of Dark Star, I sat here thinking this could well be one of the most awful science fiction movies of all time. By the end, though, my tune had changed rather drastically. I would say the film is brilliantly funny despite its treasure trove of bad movie qualities. It is definitely uniquely absurd, the rare science fiction black comedy that actually manages to deliver. Undoubtedly, some viewers will label Dark Star a disaster and wonder how anyone could like a single thing about it. If you appreciate droll humor and are willing to conform your own thinking to that of the film (rather than waiting for it to conform to your expectations), you're liable to be in for a most unusual treat here. In case you haven't noticed, this is indeed a John Carpenter film. Carpenter co-wrote (along with Dan O'Bannon), directed, and produced it. Don't be expecting a Hollywood theatrical production, though. Dark Star is by and large a student film brought to life by Carpenter and O'Bannon. It was later picked up for a theatrical release (for which an additional 15 minutes or so of action was filmed and added), but the whole movie was made on the smallest of budgets. Some of the special effects aren't bad at all, surprisingly enough, but there's no mistaking the fact that Carpenter and company had to make due as best they could in scene after scene.

Here's the premise. It's the future, and the crew members of the Dark Star have been sent out on an extraordinarily long mission to blow an array of unstable planets throughout the galaxy to smithereens. I'm not sure these guys were perfectly sane to begin with, but twenty years in space, trapped inside a cramped spaceship, have definitely taken a toll on each of them.
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By Ross on Dec 20 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Dark Star doesn't forget to include liberal doses of the Human Condition in its depiction of The Future (tm). The crew of the Dark Star are no longer the super rational Golden Boys that they must have been at the time of their mission launch : they're tired, lonely, more than a little loopy, and more than ready to head home. There's just one little problem : they can't go home until they've successfully deployed all of their bombs. yes, I said bombs. The ship carries a load of actually smart smart-bombs that are used to fulfill the primary mission agenda of destroying unstable planets in star systems that may be, or may not be, colonized by humanity. Needless to say, after twenty years the ship, the crew & the bombs are becoming more than a little...quirky.
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One of my old time favourite science fiction movies. Early classic from John Carpenter.
Good effects, story everything a movie must have.
When you watch that movie, think like John Carpenter and you understand the movie.
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Very good extras including the true story behind the cult classic Dark star. I'd say a must have for every fan.
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Format: DVD
Much has been written about this movie, so I will spare you any repetitions. Anyway, chances are you will be interested in Dark Star" only if you already know it...
What I must mention is the DVD quality: On a scale from zero to ten it would rank minus 25! It is letterbox format and so poor that no amount of fiddling with my projector settings could make a difference. Grainy picture, lots of artifacts, washed out colours.. you name it, this edition has it. What a pitty.
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Format: DVD
Dark Star (G) **/5
Brian Narelle, Dre Pahich, Ycal Kuniholme, Dan O'Bannon, Joe Saunders.
Directed by: John Carpenter.
Synopsis: A group of astronauts who destroy unstable planets must try to survive when a bomb gets lodged in the launch bay.
Special Features: Contains Extended and Theatrical Cut of the Film, Trailer, Biographies.
Review: A loopy cult sci-fi comedy. This was made as a student film, but somebody decided to release it. It has a lot going for it, but you know it just didn't have the budget. Several great scenes are in there though like attack of the killer beach ball, and philosophy discussions with a bomb. So the plot is what you ask? Several astronauts are on a ship that destroys unstable planets, but a bomb gets lodged in the bomb bay, and they must scramble to save their lives. The actors all do a respectable job with what they have to work with. Carpenter comes through in directing, and he gives us a hint of the greatness to come. As for the DVD? While the special features and two versions of the film are fascinating this is really only a pick up for Carpenter fans, or perhaps fans of cult sci-fi films.
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Format: DVD
I've noticed many of the reviews for this little gem have been positive. However, to the folks who bagged on it, perhaps they should do a little reading about the history of the film and then look at it from that perspective.
The movie was the final USC film project of John Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon and has excellent production design by Ron Cobb (who went on to other classics like Blade Runner). It was originally about 45 minutes long, but Jack Harris provided funds to add footage so that it could make the rounds at drive-ins. So, yes the film is low budget. But, the work and effort that went into shows through every frame.
Yes, it was a beach ball. Its a joke. Get it.
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