TAKE A RIDE WITH STELLA STAR!
The Critic | Windsor | 09/18/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If a newly remastered picture and 5.1 surround sound aren't enough reasons to make you purchase the "Starcrash" Collector's Edition DVD then maybe the scantly clad Caroline Munro will!
Prepare for Hyperspace! A pair of Galactic bandits, Stella and Akton her alien sidekick come across a badly damaged ship and its lone survivor while trying to outrun the galactic authorities. Unknown to the two of them, the lone survivor was sent by the Emperor on secret mission to destroy a mysterious super-weapon designed by the evil Count Zarth Arn. Stella and Akton are soon captured by the intergalactic robot lawman Elle and sentenced to prison for their space crimes. After escaping from prison Stella learns that along with Akton she has been recruited by the Emperor to complete the mission to destroy Count Zarth Arn's super-weapon as well as rescue the Emperor's only son Simon who has vanished somewhere in space. Can Stella Star save the universe from annihilation? You'll have to buy your own copy to find out.
Fans of "Starcrash" aka "The Adventures of Stella Star" will be blown away with what they see and hear in this new two disc collector's edition from Shout! The brand new 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is truly amazing and a real treat for any fan of this movie. Shout factory definitely spent some money on the video and sound remastering because I've never seen this film look so good. The picture is crystal clear and the colors are crisp and vibrant. The new 5.1 Digital Surround Sound has breathed new life into this old Drive-In classic and I'm happy to finally own it on DVD. The disc packaging and disc artwork is well done, even the slip cover is reversible.
Released from Shout! Factory under the "Roger Corman Cult Classics" collection this is not Luigi Cozzi's Italian Director's Cut version of "Starcrash" This is the American theatrical version and the one shown in theatres back in 1979, it's roughly 5 minutes shorter than the Italian version. This ultimate two disc version is filled with tons of special features and hours of bonus material along with interviews, still photos, behind the scenes footage as well as deleted footage from Cozzi's Director's Cut. If you want a fantastic picture and awesome sound than this is the only version to own.
Caroline Munro - Stella Star
Marjoe Gortner - Akton
David Hasselhoff - Simon
Christopher Plummer - The Emperor
Joe Spinell - Count Zarth Arn
Judd Hamilton - Elle - Voiced by (Hamilton Camp)
Robert Tessier - Thor
Nadia Cassini - Corelia, Queen of the Amazons
DVD Special Features: Disc One
- Interview with Luigi Cozzi
- Starcrash; The music of John Barry
- New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.78:1) and 5.1 Surround Sound
- Two Commentararies by Writer and Starcrash Expert Stephen Romano
- Behind the scenes Image Gallery
- Promotional Art Gallery
- Fan Art Gallery
- Theatrical Trailer with Commentaries by Eli Roth from trailers from Hell and commentary from Joe Dante
- TV Spots and Radio Spots
DVD Special Features: Disc Two
- New Interview with Actress Caroline Munro
- 17 Deleted and Alternate Scenes
- The Complete Original Screenplay (DVD-ROM)
- 12-Page Booklet with Liner Notes by Stephen Romano
- Exclusive 20-minute Behind the Scenes Footage Reel
- Making of Special Effects by Armando Valcauda"
Finally, a quality version.
Big John | 10/10/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am so happy to see a quality print of this film, this is the only you should buy. Filled with lots of trivia and extras on this copy, it is meant as pure fun. Do not take it too seriously.
Caroline Munro in boots, need I saw more?"
Crasher for life!
Mykol | BALTIMORE, MARYLAND United States | 10/10/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Who would think that seeing StarCrash beautifully restored and in 1080p would totally change my opinion of this obscure gem?
You see my first run-in with this film was via the French DVD release from a few years back. I can safely say that I was not impressed. Sourced from what looked like an actual exhibition print, colors were muddy and dull. Sound on the English track was even worse. Added to this I went in expect what most online reviews have incorrectly called a Star Wars rip-off.
Oh, how things have changed! I now absolutely love this film! In order to understand and appreciate StarCrash you have to know it's background. Director Luigi Cozzi is like a kid in a candy shop. Every genre he grew up loving and admiring in Italy has been stuffed into StarCrash! From Harryhausen, Barbarella, cliffhanger serials, and beyond. It may be set in space, but Star Wars it ain't (thankfully).
StarCrash is a romp. Cheesy, yes! Fun as hell! Mesmerizing and absolutely engrossing! It's not high art and it was never meant to be. Everything that should be wrong (scripting, production values, special effects, some of the acting) is somehow right for this film. Plus it's all wrapped up in John Barry's glorious score.
Shout Factory has done wonders with this release. Rescuing Roger Corman's decaying elements and producing an eye-popping transfer. The film has probably never looked this good. I know some were complaining about the bit rate on this, but it only dips down low in scenes with optical effects.
Enlisting Stephen Romano to produce bonus content was a no brainer. The man absolutely is nuts about this film, and thank God for that! I'm sure Shout regretted getting him involved when the bills came in! It is the most packed of the Roger Corman releases so far and there isn't a duff feature included. The interview with Luigi Cozzi is very enlightening. He explains his early years and the genesis of the film, the writing process, casting, and production. We also get the true story of Star Riders, the StarCrash sequel that never was - in more ways than one!
Caroline Munro is on hand to give a lengthy interview about her career and her time as Stella Star! Now this feature has been criticized by some and the points raised are certainly valid. However, I would rather have it than not have it! I appreciate that Shout went through the trouble of getting Caroline involved. The final product may not be as technically polished as the others on the disc, but I'm glad it's here.
The star of the release though is Stephen Romano. His two audio commentaries will tell you everything you need to know about the film (including who dubbed Caroline's voice!). There is no overlap between the two and it feels like one is listening to a film school professor preparing you for a final exam! I honestly feel that once you understand the background of why StarCrash came to be, and the actual production of the film, you will walk away with a better appreciation of it.
Now add to this, deleted scenes, trailers with commentary by Joe Dante and Eli Roth, a fun feature on special effects by Armando Valcauda, rare photos, and a music feature. Shout has totally spoiled us! I am eternally grateful for everyone involved in making this such a special release. My love of StarCrash is now never ending. I am officially a Crasher for life!"