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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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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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As good as I remembered it when it first came out at the movies. A pleasant time waster. An unusual movie from John Carpenter, not his usual fare but still good.Published 2 months ago by cpsteamer
Excellent movie; excellent vendor! Can't say anything more! THANKS.Published 4 months ago by Vijay Bimbrahw
DVD didn't work when I received it and have not heard back from the companyPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very enjoyable! Great memories of my childhood! Very family friendly!Published 14 months ago by Brad MacDoanld
I watched it back in the 80', now its in Blue Ray, that is even better,
picture is great. I still love the story.
I love the comparisons to the alien reactions to what we consider normal life experiences. The actors helped to make the experiences so real and believable.Published on Feb. 17 2014 by D. Squires-Fraser
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