Dark Star (Director's Cut) 
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Australia released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), Uncut, SYNOPSIS: What would you be like after 20 years aboard DARK STAR the spaced-out spaceship. The ultimate cosmic comedy! In the mid twenty-first century, mankind has reached a point in its technological advances to enable colonization of the far reaches of the universe. Dark Star is a futuristic scout ship traveling far in advance of colony ships. Armed with Exponential Thermostellar Bombs, it prowls the unstable planets. But there is one obstacle that its crew members did not count on - one of the ship's thinking and talking bombs is lodged in the bay, threatening to destroy the entire ship and crew! Director John Carpenter and writer Dan O'Bannon combine their writing, creative, and technical talents to bring you this thrilling and extraordinary science fiction parody. ...Dark Star (1974) ( John Carpenter's Dark Star )
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In summary if you've not seen it before it's worth watching, the special effect are good as long as you aren't expecting something like Avatar. However if you have seen it before don't bother, you'll just spoil any good memories you have of it.
Spaced-out hippes travel the cosmos blowing up unstable stars on a pre-colonization mission plagued by continual mishaps, including an intelligent bomb with an existential death wish.
Dark Star is a black comedy which pokes fun at the underlying issues facing a group of hacked-off astronauts who have succumbed to the deep psychological problems associated with being trapped in a confined space - within the realms of infinite space. A perfect handle upon which to hang their subsequent disintegration. And, boy, do these guys fall apart at the seams (even the cryogenically maintained head of their former commander has stopped dispensing good advice and begun a steady decline into gibberish). Only when presented with imminent destruction by a short-tempered and fractious Thermostellar bomb do they actually pull themselves together for a brief but hilarious ethical debate, man and machine in imperfect harmony. Futile, of course, and it's clear by now that things have gone beyond pear-shaped. But moments before what appears to be the bleakest of endings, earlier foreshadowings are thrown into sharp relief (then cleverly realised) and the result - thanks to the sheer AUDACITY of universal order and chaos - is an unexpected pleasure.Read more ›
A new text introduction to the film written by Dan O'Bannon who died just before this release.
The original version of the film (68 minutes).
A full-length audio commentary of the final version (83 minutes) by Andrew Gilchrist who tells you everything that is known about the film.
Let There Be Light (115 minutes) is a new, excellent 2010 documentary and includes interviews with many of the surviving cast and crew and archival interviews with John Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon. You will find out how the students made the film over three years, exactly where the props and sets came from and how Carpenter and O'Bannon worked with each other.
An interview with Alan Dean Foster (34 minutes) who talks about his novelisation of Dark Star, his meetings with John Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon and his other novelisations which included Star Trek and Star Wars, and how he met George Lucas.
An interview with Brian Narelle (40 minutes) who plays Lt Doolittle. He talks about his work on Dark Star, working with John Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon, and other work in acting and animation.
A 3D Guide to the Dark Star ship which is a short animation showing you around a few areas of the ship.
The original trailer which gives away a few of the surprises in the film.
A trivia section which details 22 text items.
Unfortunately, it's a port of the original US edition. Pretty good in and of itself - 2 versions of the film, a handful of extras - but NOT anamorphic/enhanced for 16x9 format.
The film itself is terrific. Funny, touching, tense, imaginative, beautifully designed, raw, bleak. And surprisingly sad coming from Howard Hawks-worshipping man's man John Carpenter. Dan O'Bannon's so funny, you wonder why he didn't really act again.
So... best available edition, but not what it claims.
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I read the reviews and thought I would give it a go. Usually I love a good B movie or old sci fi. I just found this almost unwatchable though. Read morePublished 10 days ago by jamieh
Great quality, great sound too. The problem is because it is the theatrical version, or a mix of the theatrical version (as it is different to my copy on DVD of the theatrical... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Jeff Davies
I saw this years ago on TV, its funny but the only reason why I purchased this was to see the final scene of the logical debate between human and computer...let there be light... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Clinton Jeffrey
Supposed to be a cult movie but I found it totally boring, so much so that I didn't finish watching it.Published 1 month ago by Mr. Nigel G. Edwards