The Last Starfighter
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“Greetings, Starfighter! You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Kodan Armada.” So begins an adventure of galactic proportions in The Last Starfighter. After Earthling Alex (Lance Guest) conquers the Starfighter video game, he is recruited by alien Centauri (Robert Preston) to be part of an elite legion of fighters. Leaving behind his trailer park home for the outer regions of space, Alex becomes the last hope for the beleaguered Star League and hundreds of worlds – including Earth. Loaded with out-of-this-world bonus features and digitally remastered for optimum picture quality, The Last Starfighter 25th Anniversary Edition is the ultimate video game fantasy come true!
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Bonuses: retrospective documentary w/ cast and crew; making of The Last Starfighter; Image gallery; feature commentary w/ director Nick Castle and production designer, Ron Cobb.
Blu ray is pristine and invludes digital copy and works w/ Itunes.
I guess my memory is failing me - I thought I liked it when I was younger.
Robert Preston is the only thing worth watching in this awfully scripted movie, and he is greatly under used and given horrible lines to speak.
The movie is hurried and has huge opportunities for character and plot development which it shamefully wastes.
And the special effects are dreadful - not even up to par for the technology available at that time.
What a waste of a good story and talent.
"Greetings, Starfighter! You have been recruited by The Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and The Kodan Armada." So begins an adventure of galactic proportions in ‘THE LAST STARFIGHTER.’ After Earthling Alex Logan [Lance Guest] conquers the Starfighter video game, he is recruited by alien Centauri [Robert Preston] to be part of an elite legion of fighters. Leaving behind his trailer park home for the outer regions of space, Alex becomes the last hope for the beleaguered Star League and hundreds of worlds – including Earth. Loaded with out-of-this-world bonus features and digitally remastered for optimum picture quality, ‘THE LAST STARFIGHTER’ 25th Anniversary Edition is the ultimate video game fantasies come true!
FILM FACT: ‘THE LAST STARFIGHTER’ is one of the earliest films to make extensive use of computer graphics for its special effects. In place of physical models, 3D rendered models were used to depict space ships and many other objects. The Gunstar and other spaceships were the design of artist Ron Cobb, who also worked on ‘Alien,’ ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Conan the Barbarian.’ The computer graphics for the film were rendered by Digital Productions on a Cray X-MP supercomputer. The company created 27 minutes of effects for the film. This was considered an enormous amount of computer generated imagery at the time
Cast: Lance Guest, Robert Preston, Dan O'Herlihy, Catherine Mary Stewart, Norman Snow, Kay E.Read more ›
The Last Starfighter 25th Anniversary Edition is the ultimate video game fantasy come true!
saw it when it was first released in 1984 & again when it was showing at the
Cinesphere Ontario Place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and
is the world's first permanent IMAX movie theatre, built in 1971
bought it on VHS then again on DVD & now I hav it on [Blu-ray]
What brings the two sides together is an arcade starfighter game which the hero learns to use so well he breaks the record. On the heels of that success comes an alien, a galactic headhunter, drawn there by the hero's success. Eventually , the hero trained by the arcade game as a gunner is teamed with a reptilian mercinary pilot, to whom the hero refer as a "gung ho iguana". Through circumstances, the pair become all that is left of the defence force.
What separates this plot and its characters from a rejected Star Trek episode is Centauri, the headhunter, played with great gusto by Robert Preston in his best Prof. Harold Hill voice and manner from The Music Man. He lights up the sky and the film.
The special effects are primitive but adequate; the aliens interesting enough. For all its limitations, the film is a pleasant enough evening's entertainment.
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had not seen in years. now seems a little cheesy,ok for nostalgiaPublished 5 months ago by ellen chevarie
This movie is pretty horrible, but holds sentimental value for me. I remember this movie from childhood, so was quite excited to get my hands on it.Published 6 months ago by Canadian Consumer