The Last Starfighter [25th Anniversary Edition] [DVD] [1984]

  • SKU: 9397716
  • Release Date: 08/18/2009
  • Rating: PG
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (26 out of 26)

Special Features


  • 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

Synopsis


The Last Starfighter
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, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Lance Guest
    Lance Guest - Alex Rogan
  • Robert Preston
    Robert Preston - Centauri
  • Dan O'Herlihy
    Dan O'Herlihy - Grig
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    Catherine Stewart - Maggie
  • Barbara Bosson
    Barbara Bosson - Jane Rogan



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars with 26 reviews

100%of customers would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic sci-fi reborn on Blu-Ray

    Posted
    XAvenger
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    This is one of my all-time favorites! The Last Starfighter is a great sci-fi adventure in the best tradition of Flash Gordon! The story follows Alex Rogan, a young man who dreams of making a better life for himself. One night, he beats the record on the 'Starfighter' arcade game and later finds out this was a recruiting tool used by the fast talking Centauri. Centauri whisks Alex away and he becomes a Starfighter embroiled in an alien war, one that could strike Earth! This was one of the first movies to use CGI visual effects, a new technology in the mid-80s. The laptop you are using right now actually has more power than the super computers used to make this movie. I remember being amazed at the visual effects when I saw this movie in theaters and the visuals still look pretty cool, the Hi-Def tranfer gives all the visual effects scenes a clear and crisp look, everything is very sharply defined. This is the best 'The Last Starfighter' has ever looked! The make-up effects are all well done. All the aliens look real and make sense in this movie's world. The Rylans look great and so do the Ko-Dans. My favortie alein was Grig. I would have liked some more new extras on the Blu-Ray. Maybe some tech specs on the Gunstars and the Starcar or some character profiles. The Blu-Ray could have even had the 'Starfighter' game as a bonus feature for PS3 owners like myself. I always wanted to play that game (I remember looking for it in arcades)! For outer space fun and adventure, you can't go wrong with The Last Starfighter! A classic movie in a brilliant Hi-Def transfer. Essential for any sci-fi fan's Blu-Ray collection!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Perfect HI-DEF MOVIE Experience

    Posted
    butterfly4wolf

    A whole new retrospective of effects and script. Great cast put together with a b-rated script can produce so much more. This transfer of the movie to blu-ray was just an awsome experience like watching it for the first time again. =)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Video games do help you!!!

    Posted
    Horrorman

    This is a great story about a kid that plays a video game and then is recruited too help fight an alien battle in space. Lots of fun. The effects are not the greatest, but they work. This movie too me is a must have.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    Posted
    Bearsfan
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    • My Best Buy® Member

    Must have classic. Get it before it’s out of print

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Movie

    Posted
    Dennis
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    Classic movie on a great format with decent features.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie.

    Posted
    dealhunter3
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    Had this in VHS when it first came out. Was so glad to see it on DVD. A classic movie about video gaming as it used to be with a great twist.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome movie

    Posted
    Galvn
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    A rare movie among the pile of great 80's flicks. Non the less a classic.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Can't go wrong with 80s Scifi

    Posted
    Saucy77
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    Great movie on a better format, might not be appropriate for those over 90.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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