The Last Starfighter [DVD] [1984]

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  • Release Date: 10/11/2016
  • Rating: PG
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (26 out of 26)

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



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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

    A truly fantastic movie

    Posted
    applegirl25

    I love the The Last Starfighter. But fair warning, the movie came out in 1984 and the special effects are pretty weak. Computer technology has advanced so massively that the climatic sequence at the end looks like a carton that a junior high student could create on his computer in his afternoon. BUT, once you just accept the fact that the special effects are laughably bad, what you are left with is an incredibly clever and truly fun sci-fi movie. Also the greatness of Robert Preston can not be denied. His Centauri clearly is a direct descendant of Harold Hill from the music man. And amazingly despite being released in 1984, the movie does not feel all that dated. Basic plot, Alex Rogan lives in a trailer court with his mom and brother. After beating the Starfighter Video Game he meets Centauri who informs him that the game is not just a game but a test to find the greatest starfighters in the galaxy. And that is where the adventure begins. See this movie, you will not be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Adequate Transfer/Features for Entertaining Film

    Posted
    hairmetalman
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    Hot off the heels of computer-generated effects advanced by the Star Wars saga, "The Last Starfighter" upped the ante on effects, which helped masked a less-than-stellar script. It's simple, but clumsy -- but the acting is very down-to-earth and the effects (though dated) still impress. The score also adds to the excitement. Slow at times, including the first half of the film, which may struggle to keep younger viewers involved; but rewards with action-packed second half and satisfying finale. The Blu-Ray transfer is nothing stellar, though a clear upgrade from prior DVD issues; and the features are somewhat lackluster for an anniversary edition.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Good 80's Movie!

    Posted
    AckiNaviMan
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    I didn't make it to the theater to see this movie but after owning it I really enjoyed it. I have it on VHS and was ok with that for a while till I saw it was available on Blu and UV(UltraViolet#. I'm tying to build my UV collection and saw this as an opportunity and took it. It has drastic improvements over the VHS version. Widescreen is a plus all the way. The picture itself is stunning. The sound is 5.1 surround#which the VHS version lacks). I haven't looked at the extras yet because my PS3 took a dive and I'm trying to decide if I am gonna get another one or just get a Blu-Ray player.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Classic 80's HBO Movie

    Posted
    klossdog
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    If you look up and watch the movie preview (trailer) on Youtube, it's funny because they condense the entire movie down into a 90 second movie preview. Alex Rogan lives in a trailer park. He plays video games. He is not smart enough to get into college. His favorite game is the Last Starfighter. One night he beats the game. Then an alien pulls up in a spacship car and takes him to a planet called Rylos. There he becomes the best starfighter pilot ever. In the end, he gets the girl and saves the world. If you just read my review, I spoiled everything for you.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great 80's adventure/sci-fi movie

    Posted
    Maverick1988
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    Love this movie. One of my all time favorite 80's movies. I really liked the main song, even have that song downloaded on my iPod! Like the idea of the reason behind the video game in the movie. Really liked the way they portrayed the clone of Alex too. He was very funny. The special effects for this movie were awesome for an 80's movie. Wish they had made a second one that continued the story in the future.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Far Better than Star Wars

    Posted
    kevman79

    'The Last Starfighter' would rank in my top five favorite films of all time and is just a fantastic time. The story is very heartwarming and the special effects both pioneered and paved the way for the future of computer generated effects. Don't miss this movie, offered here in an excellent dvd package featuring an array of bonus features and the first ever anamorphic widescreen transfer of the film on home video.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    the classic story

    Posted
    FranktheFixer
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    the movie follow the classic heroes journey. the effects are now outdated but at the time were cutting edge. the movie is well acted and proved that a good story doesn't have to be completely original if the story is told well.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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