Movie Review: STARMAN (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

STARMAN was directed by John Carpenter from a screenplay by Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon and stars Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Jaeckel, Robert Phalen, Tony Edwards and Mickey Jones.

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’t picked up by his mothership in three days, he’ll die. 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 for passion.

This 1984 sci-fi romantic drama follows this alien being that receives messages sent into space by NASA so it attempts to make contact and the military ends up shooting the unidentified object down. This sounds just like something the human race would do doesn’t it. Send out peaceful messages into space hoping to make contact and then a peaceful alien responds and we automatically think it’s hostile so we shoot at it. Anyway, the alien crash lands in rural Wisconsin and its first contact is with newly-widowed Jenny Hayden (Karen Allen) where it’s able to take the identity of her late husband, Scott (Jeff Bridges) by sampling his DNA. This freaks out Jenny and things get really crazy because the feds are in hot pursuit so the Starman innocently kidnaps her that takes them on a thrilling road trip to Arizona which is where he’ll rendezvous with his own kind. 

Jenny and Scott 2,0 hit the road and meet up with several troublemakers along the way but they always find a way to get out of the awkward situations. The Starman also carries a handful of small energetic spheres that allow him to perform all kinds of miracles and Jenny gets to witness some of these incredible acts. She also tries to escape several times but ends up realizing her new friend is peaceful so she decides to sleep with him. I know, crazy right?! Anyway, Jenny’s not supposed to be able to get pregnant but Scott 2.0 lets her know that he’s given her a gift and it’s going to be a boy. After a few explosive detours and accidental speed bumps, their exciting adventure finally comes to an end when they arrive at the Starman‘s rendezvous point in Arizona and his out of this world ride arrives to pick him up. 

The packaging comes with a slipcover/0-card. The front features the all-new artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some original artwork and movie credits so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use for the front cover. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. 

Bottom line is, Starman might be one of John Carpenter’s lessor known movies because it’s one of his few ventures outside of the horror genre but nonetheless it’s a well made cult classic that’s one part sci-fi adventure and one part romantic drama. We’ve gotten stories similiar to this one in quite a few movies so the standouts here are Karen Allen who plays this heartbroken woman just right and Jeff Bridges who delivers an unforgettable performance as this peaceful alien visitor that falls for this human female. Bridges portrayal as this alien is both quirky and innocent. The movie does feature some old school special effects but some of it does look a little dated now. I really like how John Carpenter brought this romantic sci-fi story to life on screen. As simple as it is, the movie plays much bigger because of its emotional content and that’s what makes it such an interesting watch. The movie made a big enough splash back in the day that it spawned a short-lived television series that aired in 1986 and has a remake in the works. Starman will be available on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on December 18th. 

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 105 Minutes

Rated: PG

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:!)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include new interviews with some of the cast and crew, audio commentary, a vintage behind-the-scenes featurette, teaser trailer, theatrical trailer, four TV spots and a still gallery. 

  • NEW They Came from Hollywood: Re-visiting STARMAN – featuring director John Carpenter, actors Jeff Bridges, Charles Martin Smith and script supervisor Sandy King-Carpenter (23:55)
  • Audio Commentary with director John Carpenter and Jeff Bridges
  • Vintage Featurette (11:20)
  • Teaser Trailer (00:50)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:18)
  • TV Spots (01:51)
  • Still Gallery (08:02)

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