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7th January 2012 15:56:00
Posted by Dave Foster

Dark Star (UK BD) in January

Blu-Ray News
Following numerous delays, Fabulous Films are now saying the UK Blu-ray Disc release of Dark Star will finally arrive on 23rd January 2012. John Carpenter’s pulp science fiction classic follows a warped intergalactic mission to blow up unstable planets. Dark Star was intended to be a 68 minute student film. Hollywood Producer Jack Harris managed to convince the film-makers to shoot 15 minutes of extra footage and released the expanded version theatrically.

This all new Blu-ray edition has been sourced from an original 16 x 9 35mm theatrical print. The film was originally shot on 16mm, and then blown up to 35mm for theatrical distribution. The new master has been subject to a new grade and extensive manual frame by frame digital restoration with enhance and restored to Dolby Digital 5.1.

Priced at Ł19.99 RRP, features include:
  • Includes the Original Theatrical Version (83mins) and the Director’s Cut version (68mins)
  • An all new feature length documentary entitled Let There Be Light (116mins): The Odyssey of Dark Star. Exploring the controversial making of the John Carpenter and writer Dan O’Bannon (Alien) student film.
  • Archival interviews with John Carpenter and many more
  • Plus the final interview with Dan O’Bannon
  • Interview with Brian Narelle, cinematographer Doug Knapp, art director Tommy Lee Wallace, visual effects artist Greg Jein, voice artist Cookie Knapp, film director Jack Harris, Dianne O’Bannon, USC Alumni / director Jeff Burr
  • Original Directors Cut of the Feature & Theatrical Cut of the Feature
  • Original Film Trailer
  • Stills Gallery – Poster Gallery – Lobby Gallery
  • New CGI Menus
  • Cast & Crew Biographies
  • English & Spanish Subtitles

About Dave Foster
Dave has been loitering the virtual halls of TDF for a decade now and the majority of that time has been spent as Editor of the Home Cinema section (formerly DVDTimes). He doesn't contribute reviews anywhere near as much as he once did (or indeed would like to) but when he does it will invariably be something in the anime or Asian film area.

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