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"Dark Star: The Hyper-Drive Edition"
Release Date: October 26, 2010
Number of Discs: 2
Approximate Running Time: 257 Minutes
Special Features: Let There Be Light Documentary, Audio Commentary, Trailers, Trivia
Suggested Price: $19.99
A newspaper advertisment for Dark Star that promotes the tie-in paperback edition.
The Dark Star uses her force field to avoid a mysterious energy mass.
The cramped bridge is only one of the problems the crew of the Dark Star face.
The film is permeated with in-jokes and innovative scenes that betray Carpenter and O’Bannon’s love of classic science fiction. Rather than be hindered by the restraints of their tight budget, rumored to be in the vicinity of $60K, Dark Star uses this to maximum effect. What they cannot deliver in the form of flashy special effects is sufficiently compensated for with clever scenes like communicating with their dead Captain for advice or a philosophical discussion with a malfunctioning bomb. Even an incredibly cost conscious alien creature that looks like nothing more than a beach ball with rubber monster hands still manages to provide amusement on a budget. The scenes added to expand the running time add little to the story but only cause minimal drag to an otherwise solid production.
Dan O'Bannon as Sgt. Pinback tries to recapture the beach ball alien.
There is literally something for just about everyone on this exhaustive two disc set that is bound to please anyone who is already a fan of the film and introduce new generations to it. The film is historically significant in launching the careers of numerous people who would go on to create some of the greatest cult films of the last several decades but it stands on its own as an entertaining piece of creative filmmaking. This DVD set is highly recommended with the documentary justifying the purchase price on its own.
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