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Starman (Bilingual)

4.3 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Jaeckel, Robert Phalen
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Writers: Bruce A. Evans, Dean Riesner, Raynold Gideon
  • Producers: Barry Bernardi, Bruce A. Evans, Larry J. Franco, Michael Douglas
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Aug. 25 1998
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 0767812166
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,371 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Director John Carpenter presents a romantic science fiction odyssey starring Jeff Bridges as an innocent alien from a distant planet who learns what it means to be a man in love. When his spacecraft is shot down over Wisconsin, Starman (Bridges) arrives at the remote cabin of a distraught young widow, Jenny Hayden (Karen Allen), and clones the form of her dead husband. The alien convinces Jenny to drive him to Arizona, explaining that if he isn'lldie. Hot on their trail are government agents, intent on capturing the alien, dead or alive. En route, Starman demonstrates the power of universal love, while Jenny rediscovers her human feelings forpassion.


While most movie buffs are likely to call Halloween the best movie from John Carpenter, others--die-hard romantics and anyone who cried while watching E.T.--might vote in favor of the director's 1984 hit Starman. It's easily Carpenter's warmest and most beguiling film, and the only one that ever earned an Oscar nomination. That honor went specifically to Best Actor nominee Jeff Bridges for his performance as an alien visitor to Earth who is knocked off course and must take an interstate road trip to rendezvous with a mothership from his home planet. To complete this journey he assumes the physical form of the dead husband of a Wisconsin widow (Karen Allen) who responds first with fear, then sympathy, and finally love. Carpenter's graceful strategy is to switch the focus of this E.T.-like film from science fiction to a gentle road-movie love story, made believable by the memorable performances of Bridges and Allen. It's a bit heavy-handed with tenacious government agents who view the Starman as an alien threat (don't they always?), but Carpenter handles the action with intelligent flair, sensitivity, and lighthearted humor. If you're not choked up during the final scene, well, you just might not be human. --Jeff Shannon

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Format: DVD
Although this film is one of the most intelligent and imaginative of its genre, with brilliant acting and a superb storyline, Columbia/Tristar has completely bungled the labeling and formatting of its multiple and differing releases of this great movie. Even Amazon.ca, the prime seller of the film for which this review is written, remains oblivious to the mislabeling of the DVD, despite my personal return of the product for a full refund, and my informing the company of the bogus, misleading nature of how the movie is described on Amazon.ca's own web-page. So I'll try one more time to explain to all potential customers, that this film is not the "Widescreen/Full Screen" version Amazon keeps insisting it is. It is not. What it is, in actuality, is the inferior Full Screen, pan & scan version that no real fan of any film ever wants by choice. The movie is virtually ruined with one-third of its image chopped-off of each side, and a five-star film is quickly reduced to a one-star rip-off of the original. That being said, the widescreen version of Starman is simply not available for any price from any seller that I could find. If you simply must have this otherwise outstanding gem, settle for the Full Screen version. A Blu-ray version is due soon, and that's the one to get, which is the one I'll be getting. Since almost all Blu-ray discs are widescreen, I needn't worry about a mislabeling problem. Don't bother writing Columbia, either; they're not interested in hearing how some great films are mishandled and virtually destroyed by marketeers who obviously know little or nothing about the film business.
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Though made almost 20 years ago, this incredible movie never fails to move me every time I view it. John Carpenter has shown his multi talents and ability to create a masterpiece outside of his traditional genre and the stars Karen Allen and Jeff Bridges gave Oscar-deserving performances (at least the community had the smarts to nominate Bridges for Best Actor). A somewhat implausable theme of an alien visitor assuming the body of a deceased man allows Bridges to enchant his audience with his "becoming human". His teacher (Ms Allen) exemplifies the purity of the true human spirit in all of its kindness and truth. Starman is able to appreciate the purity of spirit and in the supporting cast we see our foibles mixed with what makes humankind so special in it's purest form. This is a love story that transcends all others and a masterpiece that might make you feel good about being a member of the human race...Bridges sums it up when comparing humans to other life forms he has observed in the universe with "what makes humans different is... that you are at your very best when things are at their worst" So true...so thought provoking! We owe Ms. Allen's Jenny Hayden character much thanks for showing us at our best and Mr. Bridges for showing us how to acknowledge the heart and grow to feel human love.
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By A Customer on May 6 2002
Format: DVD
John Carpenter's STARMAN can be accused of stealing from everyone from Spielberg to every science fiction picture that came before, but there is a lot more to this film than most and its a surprise from John Carpenter. An alien comes to earth and somehow takes on the form of a widoed woman's (Karen Allen) late husband (Jeff Bridges). The military finds out about it, and as usual they go after him/it. The movie is part road picture, romance, and sci-fi. Everything about this movie would dictate predictability , but the main ingredient is that it has characters to really care about. Karen Allen's character is still in mourning for her late husband and the alien/husband Jeff Bridges is a shock to the system. Then comes the road picture where she relunctantly helps him for his rendezvous to be saved by his alien kin for he can only survive a short time in the human form. And in all road pictures of this sort, these people will fall in love. Again, the plot is somewhat predictable. It has conventional military characters especially the George Fox character played by the late great character actor Richard Jaeckel and the government scientist played by Charles Martin Smith. Through all the conventionalism, the movie works partly because of Jeff Bridges quirky performance way ahead of Dustin Hoffman's Rain Man or Tom Hanks' Forrest Gump, and the romantic angle of the two main leads. The movie generates more repeat viewings than Spielberg's E.T. because it doesn't have all those kids running around trying to be cute, it is less manipulative, and it is light on the sugercoating. A great piece of work from the guy who directed horror classics like Halloween and The Thing.
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My dad used to watch this movie a lot and we'd watch it w/him. It took me a long time to understand it. It was the first time I'd ever seen Jeff Bridges acting. So, when my dad told me that he was the voice of Prince Lir in "The Last Unicorn", I didn't believe it because he didn't talk funny like he did in Starman. At any rate, what a great movie. The actors were wonderful, I have always liked Karen Allen. And Charles Martin Smith was great as well (remember him as Toad in American Graffiti?). This movie is not as sappy as E.T. and far from Independence Day. The music and effects are a little cheesy, but this was made in 1982 and I thought they did ok.
The picture quality is great, I remember it being grainy on VHS. There wasn't much for special features, unfortunately, but hopefully that's not why you'd buy the DVD. Over all, I'd say it's well worth the money.
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