- Actors: Marjoe Gortner, Caroline Munro, Christopher Plummer, David Hasselhoff, Robert Tessier
- Directors: Luigi Cozzi
- Writers: Luigi Cozzi, Nat Wachsberger, R.A. Dillon
- Producers: Nat Wachsberger, Patrick Wachsberger
- Format: Dolby, NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 2
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- Studio: Shout Factory
- Release Date: Sept. 14 2010
- Run Time: 92 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- ASIN: B003NHMYHO
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,181 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Roger Corman's Cult Classics: Starcrash
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Prepare yourself for a vintage science fiction adventure film you will never forget, as the sultry Stella Star (Caroline Munro) and her alien sidekick Akton (Marjoe Gortner) team up with robot lawman Elle (Judd Hamilton) on a high adventure to save the universe. It is a cosmic mash-up of daring escapes, wild special effects, beautiful women in sexy space bikinis and nonstop action on a dozen alien worlds. Roger Corman presents the ultimate European space opera, a colorful and dazzling chase through the galaxy that will blast you through the blackness of a hundred million nights!
Kicked into hyperspace by a maelstrom of ingenious low-budget special effects and the talents of Academy Award winning composer John Barry, the film was a smash hit in 1979 when the wild and humorous sci-fi adventure hit theatres. For over 30 years the film has gained a massive cult following, inspiring devoted legions of Crashers fan clubs and more. Now, for the first time on DVD, the film is presented in a deluxe two-disc special edition.
Is there anything Starcrash doesn't have? Robots, hyperspace, troglodytes, Caroline Munro in a space bikini, "reality" star Marjoe Gortner as an alien, a pre-everything David Hasselhoff, and--most incredible of all, under the circumstances--a terrific score by the great John Barry. This jaw-dropping 1979 Star Wars knock-off is something of a cult item, prized in equal measure for its anything-goes visual attack (the universe glitters with Christmas-tree lights) and its ludicrous dialogue and acting. Munro plays Stella Star, a space smuggler traveling the stars with sidekick Gortner (the former child evangelist who had a run of roles after the success of the 1972 documentary Marjoe). There is a plot of sorts, but mostly Munro stands around trying to channel Raquel Welch while director Luigi Cozzi kicks the story from one outlandish set to the next. Hasselhoff shows up halfway through, looking as though he's auditioning to be a dancer at Studio 54--but everybody else in the picture looks that way too, even veteran villain Joe Spinell, as the universe's cape-clad personification of evil. Cozzi tosses in a little Ray Harryhausen-style stop-motion animation, multiple references to other sci-fi classics, and lofty Christopher Plummer as a space Emperor demanding his forces to "Halt the flow of time!" Barry's music (this is the same year he did The Black Hole) is truly enjoyable, and one theme suspiciously resembles a key melody in his subsequent Out of Africa score. The dialogue, meanwhile, sounds as though it's been translated into English from Japanese, and is delivered in styles that range from the incompetent (Munro) to the deranged (Gortner). Clearly, this is a prime candidate for Bad Movie Night, something that becomes clear even before the "Amazons on horseback" come galloping into view. Shout! Factory's two-disc Special Edition has lots of goodies, including a long interview with Cozzi that explains a lot. --Robert Horton
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Fans of "Starcrash" aka "The Adventures of Stella Star" will be blown away with what they see and hear in this new two disc collector's edition from Shout! The brand new 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is truly amazing and a real treat for any fan of this movie. Shout factory definitely spent some money on the video and sound remastering because I've never seen this film look and sound so good. The picture is crystal clear and the colors are crisp and vibrant. The new 5.1 Digital Surround Sound has breathed new life into this old Drive-In classic and I'm happy to finally own it on DVD.
Released from Shout! Factory under the "Roger Corman Cult Classics" collection this is not Luigi Cozzi's Italian Director's Cut version of "Starcrash" This is the American theatrical version and the one shown in theatres back in 1979, it's roughly 5 minutes shorter than the Italian version. This ultimate two disc version is filled with tons of special features and hours of bonus material along with interviews, still photos, behind the scenes footage as well as deleted footage from Cozzi's Director's Cut. Disc packaging and disc artwork for this collector's edition is well done, even the slip cover is reversible.
If a newly remastered picture and 5.1 Surround Sound aren't enough reasons to make you purchase the "Starcrash" Collector's Edition DVD then maybe the scantly clad Caroline Munro will!
Caroline Munro - Stella Star
Marjoe Gortner - Akton
David Hasselhoff - Simon
Christopher Plummer - The Emperor
Joe Spinell - Count Zarth Arn
Judd Hamilton - Elle - Voiced by (Hamilton Camp)
Robert Tessier - Thor
Nadia Cassini - Corelia, Queen of the Amazons
DVD Special Features: Disc One
- Interview with Luigi Cozzi
- Starcrash; The music of John Barry
- New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.78:1) and 5.1 DTS Surround Sound
- Two Commentararies by Writer and Starcrash Expert Stephen Romano
- Behind the scenes Image Gallery
- Promotional Art Gallery
- Fan Art Gallery
- Theatrical Trailer with Commentaries by Eli Roth from trailers from Hell and commentary from Joe Dante
- TV Spots and Radio Spots
DVD Special Features: Disc Two
- New Interview with Actress Caroline Munro
- 17 Deleted and Alternate Scenes
- The Complete Original Screenplay (DVD-ROM)
- 12-Page Booklet with Liner Notes by Stephen Romano
- Exclusive 20-minute Behind the Scenes Footage Reel
- Making of Special Effects by Armando Valcauda
Here's the rub though, Shout! Factory has a nice gallery of the stuff that Corman cut out, courtesy of some lower grade Euro print, but the whole Euro version should have been included as a directors cut like they did with, Forbidden World, where the second disc held the director's cut, and as this set has two discs as well, they could easily have included the uncut version.
I have the, Substance version that came out years ago, and it's got all of the missing line included, but the major problem with that release is about 10 insanely loud pop sounds on the audio track that occur at odd intervals through out the movie (which tend to strike when you're least expecting them, thus startling the bejesus out of you) so it would have been nice if the international cut had been included here (minus the loud sound glitches) because as it stands, the Corman version takes a lot of the fun out of this film, which is too bad.
So if you have the, Substance version, you're gonna want to hold onto it (sound glitches and all) because that's the better cut of this film, even if the quality on the Corman version is better (and to think, I almost sold my, Substance version, having no idea that the, Shout! Factory version was going to be the far inferior Corman cut, dodged a bullet there :)
***UPDATE: In a letter I received from, Shout Factory concerning the non-inclusion of the long sought after Director's Cut on their recent release of, StarCrash, they said that (and I quote): "Yours is the first complaint we have received. If there were a lot of complaints, we'd look to see about maybe doing another version at some point", so apparently if they get enough complaints concerning this problem, then they will eventually do what they should have done in the first instance (and failed to do so).
So goto the, Shout Factory site and inundate them with emails requesting that the director's cut be included in a new version of this DVD (I had the email link here, but for some inane reason on Amazon's part, they bleeped it out (!!!)
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