When his spacecraft is shot down over Wisconsin, an alien (Jeff Bridges) arrives at the remote cabin of a distraught young widow, Jenny Hayden (Karen Allen), and clones itself into the form of her recently deceased husband. The alien coerces the shell-shocked Jenny to drive him to a pickup point hundreds of miles away, explaining that if he doesn’t meet his mothership in three days, he’ll die. Hot on their trail are government agents, intent on seizing him, dead or alive. En route, Jenny turns from captive to captivated as the alien re-awakens her humanity.
Starman is a Sci-Fi film, released in 1984, and directed by John Carpenter. It stars Jeff Bridges as an alien that comes to earth, assumes a human form, after an invitation from the Voyager 2 space probe for intelligent life to visit our planet. The film also stars Karen Allen as Jenny, who recently list her husband. Much to her surprise, the Alien life form has taken the shape of her dead husband Scott. The pair set off on a Cross country road trip to rendezvous with his alien brethren in Arizona. Of course, the federal government being what they are, are hot on their train, wanting to capture and experiment on the alien.
I’ve seen Starman a good few times. I remember it constantly being on HBO when I was young. Though at the time, I had no idea that it was a John Carpenter film. While Carpenter didn’t write the film, it still looks and feels like a Carpenter film. The performances, especially from Jeff Bridges are phenomenal. So much so that Bridges was nominated for an Oscar for his work on the film. Starman is an odd fit for the Scream Factory brand, but they company has released so may John Carpenter films that it kinda makes sense. It would have probably fit better under the Shout! Select banner, but it is what it is, and I’m just glad to have the film on Blu-ray, both because I’m a fan, and to make my John Carpenter collection just a bit more complete.
Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of the film is great, though I haven’t seen the previous release that SONY released in 2009. I can’t compare transfers, but I can say that Scream Factory’s transfer looks very nice, with crystal clear clarity, and colors that really pop. The blacks are black, and the whites are white, and I never noticed any kind of print damage or even any excessive use of DNR. The video is presented as a full HD 1080p transfer in 2.39:1. The audio is equally presentable, presented in the form of a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. The extras are mostly comprised of old featuretettes and such ported over from previous releases, but there is a lengthy retrospective documentary featuring John Carpenter, Jeff Bridges, and Script supervisor Sandy King Carpenter. Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release is highly recommended for fans of the film, fans of John Carpenter, and fans of Sci-fi in general. If you would like to purchase a copy of your own, click here to visit the Shout! Factory website.
- NEW They Came from Hollywood: Re-visiting STARMAN – Featuring Director John Carpenter, Actors Jeff Bridges And Charles Martin Smith, And Script Supervisor Sandy King-Carpenter
- Audio Commentary With Director John Carpenter And Jeff Bridges
- Vintage Featurette
- Teaser Trailer
- Theatrical Trailer
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