18 year old Alex Rogan (Lance Guest) wants some excitement to come his way. He is tired of living in a trailer park, and having nothing to look forward to, except beating his own score on his favorite arcade game. Then one day, adventure finally beckons, when an alien named Centauri (Robert Preston) comes to Earth. Centauri wants to recruit Alex to help fight the evil KO-DAN and keep them from destroying The Star League Of Planets. Starfighters are being called to duty from every corner of space. Alex will represent the last starfighter of earth...He accepts the mission.
THE LAST STARFIGHTER is an enjoyable space fantasy from director Nick Castle from 1984. The film has a cult film following, thanks to fine performances from Guest, Preston, and Dan O'Herlihy as Grig. The film was made just as CGI was being launched, which helped to emphasize the other worldly aspects. Sure, by today's standards, the FX may seem quaint, but that only adds to the film's appeal. For me, the film works, due to its likeable characters and story, rather than just its FX. If you have ne never seen the film before, do yourself a favor, and check it out.
The Collector's Edition DVD has a good commentary track with Castle and Production Designer Ron Cobb that is light and informative. The 35 minute retrospective pretty good too, but at times, rather redundant to the commentary. There are production photos, cast/crew info, and 2 theatrical trailers. All in all a solid disc for an often over-looked cult favorite. Recommended