The Last Starfighter [DVD] [1984]

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  • Release Date: 10/11/2016
  • Rating: PG
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (17 out of 17)

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



Customer rating

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  • 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: 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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • 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: 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Early sci-fi graphics that we thought was cutting

    Posted
    Grandfreckster
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    Early sci-fi with what we thought was cutting edge graphics back then. Still guy leaves girl, guy saves cosmos, guy still gets girl. Corny now but cute back then.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The Last Starfighter

    Posted
    ITDEFX
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    One of the early good CG sci fi films. The blu ray is ok, better than the DVD release but could use a full restoration. This movie SHOULD be remade as it's a cult classic.

    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




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