Trailer-park teenager Lance Guest regularly escapes from his humdrum existence by playing the video game Starfighter. His expertise at this recreational endeavor attracts the attention of affable stranger Robert Preston. Before he knows what's happening, Guest is whisked by Preston into the outer reaches of the galaxy! It turns out that the Starfighter game is being played in deadly earnest in outer space, and that Guest is expected to join Preston's Star League, then do battle with the wicked Kodan forces. Guest's principal ally is the lizardlike Grig (Dan O'Herlihy--and we didn't recognize him either). His great rival is the traitorous Xur (Norman Snow). The contrast between Guest's earthbound life as the son of single-mother Barbara Bosson and his new position as Starfighter is daunting at first, but soon the boy is manning a spacecraft and zapping the baddies as though he's been doing it all his life. The Last Starfighter was clearly designed with "sequel" in mind: giveaways include the resurrection of a "dead" character and the surprisingly casual escape of the villain. While the film didn't stir up enough business to warrant a sequel, the Starfighter video game remained a much-sought-after commodity by joystick-happy "warriors" all over the country.~Hal Erickson
Heroes of the Screen: All-new restrospective documentary with the cast and crew as they revisit the scripting, casting and grounbreaking computer effects
Crossing the Frontier: Making The Last Frontier: An Original documentary on the creation of the film and it innovative visual effects
Image Gallery: Rare production photos, promotional material and an alternate ending
Feature Commentary: with Director Nick Castle and Production Designer Ron Cobb
Nick Castle, Jr.
Lance GuestAlex Rogan
Barbara BossonJane Rogan
Maggie CooperRylan Sergeant
John MaioFriendly Alien
John O'LearyRylan Bursar
George McDanielKodan Officer
Charlene NelsonRylan Technician
Al BerryRylan Spy
Peter NelsonJack Blake
Meg WyllieGranny Gordon
Ellen BlakeClara Potter
Britt LeachMr. Potter
Bunny SummersMrs. Boone
Owen BushMr. Boone
Wil WheatonLouis' Friend
Bob KenastonUncle Bob
Ed BerkeCop #1
Bruce AbbottAlien soldier
Edward O. DenaultProducer
Craig SafanComposer (Music Score)
Jack SolomonMusical Direction/Supervision
C. Timothy O'MearaEditor
Ron CobbProduction Designer
James D. BissellArt Director
Lee RichExecutive Producer
Merv AdelsonExecutive Producer
Jim TeegardenSet Designer
Linda SpheerisSet Designer
Robert FletcherCostume Designer
Jack SolomonSound/Sound Designer
Brian FrankishFirst Assistant Director
Space Adventure,Sci-Fi Action,Sci-Fi Comedy
The Last Starfighter
Year of Release
25th Anniversary Edition, DVD
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
English, French, Spanish
The Last Starfighter [25th Anniversary Edition] [DVD] 
'The Last Starfighter' ('84) is an age and era defining classic. Possibly the zenith of post-Star Wars sci-fi before the decade began moving away from this kind of sincere, fantasy adventure. I adore every aspect of this film from the early '80s setting, the thrill of cabinet arcade games, the "call to adventure," Catherine Mary Stewart in pig tails, robot clones, intergalactic bounty hunters, Craig Safan's powerhouse film score, to the cutting edge early CGI. It's all awesome to me!
Arrow Video does it again by releasing this definitive 4k transfer of director Nick Castles classic film. The video quality is incredible with great shadow contrast, rich detail and a warm cinematic feel with film grain intact. The audio is fantastic with three options (5.1, 4.1 and original 2.0). Plus packed with several special features and gorgeous new packaging. For any true fan of this movie this release from Arrow is a must have. No question. This is the best the film has ever looked. Highly recommended!
Another classic film that was one of the early examples of CGI effects. When they do use them it is impressive for that time decades ago. It just has that video game feel to it. It gets exciting and just gives you that feeling that anyone could be the lead in this film since the the premise is so surprising and cool. Arrow finally has given it the proper restoration and you get a huge set of bonus features. Video and audio are both very good.
Really great movie, one of the all-time greats. Hard to find movies like these today. The acting to the action was really nice, watched twice before the week was over. Couldn't be more pleased with this purchase!
An absolute classic! My wife and I saw it in the theaters when it first came out all those many years ago. Loved it then, love it now! Great sci fi and terrific story telling put together. You get to love the characters and root for them as the movie goes on. So glad they did a reissue for the 25th Anniversary. Just one of those movies you can watch with the whole family and thoroughly enjoy!
I was able to share this movie with my kids after loving it as a teenager! The CGI by today’s standards is more like that found in a cinematic (or pre-render) that Director’s use, but the story is awesome! :) THE Blu-Ray is OK with not a lot of extras, tho.
Nostalgic for childhood memories? A simpler time? A tried and true story? Look no further!
First feature film to use computer imagery instead of models for its visual effects (movies previously only used computer graphics to represent computer graphics). Oh and the theme is so epic! After hearing it I feel like I could take on the entire Ko-Dan Armada myself!
Enjoyed the "Heroes of the Screen" retrospective that lets you see some of the cast and crew look back on the film. Wish this movie would get the 4k UHD treatment, but I doubt that'll ever happen. This is the next best thing though. A no-brainer at $6.
Arrow does it again! Not only is the remastering of the video and audio elements create the absolute best viewing experience of this 80’s classic, but the special features and behind the scenes making of elements make this a MUST-OWN for any true fan of sci-fi or 80’s movies.
The rating really is solely for the 4K remaster that this 80’s Sci-Fi classic gets from the amazing team at Arrow. The special features are mostly ported over from previous releases with a couple new ones in the mix. Pick it up if you were a fan of this movie