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The Last Starfighter (Collector's Edition) (Widescreen)

Lance Guest , Robert Preston , Nick Castle    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
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At the time of its original release in 1984, this modestly budgeted sci-fi excursion had the distinction of offering some of the first examples of purely computer-generated animation, an apt (and frugal) special-effects solution for a movie with a plot line rooted in computer games. Both the computer-generated visuals and the arcade game now look quaint, but writer-director Nick Castle's affable, good- hearted adventure holds up nicely, thanks to a clever premise--the title game is actually a test for prospective starship pilots, planted by embattled aliens under siege from an evil invader. When a restless teenager (Lance Guest) racks up an impressive score, he finds himself spirited away to the besieged planet and thrust into the midst of an intergalactic war. Apart from Castle's skill at contrasting his extraterrestrial settings with the mundane details of his hero's earthbound life, the movie gets lift-off from two thorough pros, Robert Preston, who makes the alien recruiter, Centauri, a planet-hopping cousin to The Music Man's Harold Hill, and Dan O'Herlihy, the alien copilot, who suggests a scaly Walter Brennan. Older fans will snicker, but kids and young teens will find this rite of passage absorbing, while their folks will savor Preston's brash charm. --Sam Sutherland

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Maybe there is a Starfighter left." Sept. 8 2010
By LeBrain HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Hot on the heels of the then-defunct Star Wars franchise came The Last Starfighter. There had been other copycat films before (see: Battlestar Galactica) but none were as successful as The Last Starfighter. The theme that they both have in common was the young boy, stuck in the doldrums of his daily life, aching to get away and make something of himself. The Last Starfighter wore its theme on its sleeve. Like Otis says in the opening scenes, "When life gives you a chance, you gotta grab on with both hands and hang on tight!"

I recently re-watched my old DVD and was shocked to see how bad that 1998 release looked. Certain frames had sections that were washed out, I could see a hair on the film, and there were plenty of scratches that begged for digital restoration. I immediately went out and bought the blu-ray. Suddenly, everything was crisp and clear in glorious 1080p hi-def. All the defects I noticed before had been cleaned up. The film looks great!

Alex Rogan (Lance Guest) is your average American teen living somewhere in the southern states (Arizona? New Mexico?) in a trailer park. His application for a loan has been rejected and it looks like he's going to be stuck going to city college with the locals. His dream of finally getting out has been quashed. However, Alex has a talent -- more accurately, "the gift" -- to be a Starfighter. Only he doesn't know it yet. All he knows is that he just scored 1,000,000 points on a video game called "Starfighter".

Light years away, the peaceful planet of Rylos is about to be invaded by the traitor Xur, who has declared himself Emperor (Star Wars?), and the deadly Kodan armada. Rylos' best hope are the Starfighters: an elite group of fighters who have mastered the gunnary station aboard the powerful Gunstar starships.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just a Fun Movie Jan. 9 2014
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This movie may be a bit hoke, but it is a fun movie.
If you like SiFi you will like this. It's ok for kids to watch as well
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4.0 out of 5 stars classic Jan. 7 2014
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this is a classic. still enjoy every moment. will always have a following in each generation. great for the kids
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5.0 out of 5 stars love Oct. 19 2013
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I love the moive it reminded me of when I was a kids at the moives would love to buy more good moives
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5.0 out of 5 stars the last starfighter Aug. 10 2013
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everything was in perfect standing order.this a great movie i love very much..and i love answer about movie and good in my collection..

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 80's Flick June 18 2013
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Love this classic film! I ordered on Saturday and got it on the Monday I don't know how they did it but Wow!
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5.0 out of 5 stars buy me April 17 2013
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yes very good cast and thrilling with comedy thrown in with the story. amazing movie for all people of all ages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Last Starfighter Jan. 17 2013
By Red the Wonderer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Nostalgia makes me like this movie more than it probably deserves. I'm puzzled by the absence of a funny line, when Lewis comes into the yard, wearing his helmet and says 'Bacon, bacon, bacon'. Where did it go?
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