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2.0 out of 5 stars Odd at best., 31 Mar 2011
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This review is from: Dark Star HyperDrive Edition [1974] [DVD] (DVD)
American Sci-fi slapstick comedy.
Unfortunately, whilst "Dark Star" may be amusing to the Yanks, it is not ideal for us Brits.
It is rare when the adjectives "American" and "comedy" are synonymous. Let alone slapstick. There are exceptions, for example, "MASH" on both film and TV.
However, the only laugh this film gave me was when I thought how stupid I was to have bought it.
It amazes me because I bought this film when I heard it had caused the original writing of "Red Dwarf" for BBC TV.
I seriously cannot imagine any 2 programmes less alike than "Red Dwarf" and "Dark Star".
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Initial post: 8 Apr 2011 12:37:47 BDT
DV Barrett says:
I agree with your comments on the disjunction between American and British comedy, but I think you've missed the point of this film.

It's a spoof on 2001. It's Truckers in Space -- manky, unwashed -- that's exactly where Red Dwarf's Lister comes from. And it's a study in ennui -- Carpenter called it "Waiting for Godot in Space". I wouldn't call it a masterpiece, but it has some wonderful moments: the beachball alien, the long liftshaft scene, the philosophical conversation with a bomb that only wants to fulfil its purpose in life...

The extras, the documentary and interviews, add a huge amount to understanding the background to this film, and the two versions of it on these DVDs.

Posted on 30 May 2011 14:41:19 BDT
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Posted on 11 Oct 2011 09:33:28 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2011 17:13:44 GMT
claymore45 says:
Couldn't agree more! Reviewer obviously juvenile and Dark Star went into orbit over his head. DS is probably the first comic masterpiece in movie SF

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2012 20:44:46 GMT
Cropes says:
<I seriously cannot imagine any 2 programmes less alike than "Red Dwarf" and "Dark Star".>

Really?

How about "In the Night Garden" and "Gone With the Wind"?
or "The Mr Men" and "Dirty Harry"?

Posted on 30 Apr 2012 21:35:16 BDT
Aeomer says:
Say, how can it write reviews if it's just an empty ball of gas?

Posted on 6 May 2012 14:52:04 BDT
Superb riposte DV Barrett I agree completely

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2012 17:07:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 May 2012 17:09:09 BDT
Claymore45:
If reviewer is juvenile... it must be at least my second childhood... because I am 57.
Dark Star obviously went into orbit, because NONE of my friends aged from teenage to 60's have ever heard of it.

Posted on 16 Jun 2012 19:46:34 BDT
Kirk Douglas says:
Quote: PetePortsmouth "it is not ideal for us Brits."

Speak for yourself Pete I'm a "Brit" and I found this extremely witty and full of pathos. One of my favourite sci-fi films. Personally I can easily see the parallels between this and early Red Dwarf - the same kind of bleak empty universe with nothing to do but reminisce and invent pointless ways to kill time.

I'll get round to giving this a 5 * review at some point...but for now I need to put on a pair of googley eyes and annoy my wife.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jun 2012 01:15:51 BDT
Scott & Max,
I'm sorry, but since I wrote that blog, I have discussed it with my friends.
They agree with me. Red Dwarf is wonderful and Dark Star is incredibly UNFUNNY!
But if you like it, OK.
The "pointless" ways of Rimmer, Lister, the Cat and Kryten are mostly very witty.
In Dark Star, the humour is hard to understand.
Still, different people, different sense of humour.
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