Blu-Ray | Arrow | 1984 | 102 mins | Rated PG | October 27, 2020
Director: Nick Castle
Starring: Lance Guest, Robert Preston, Dan O'Herlihy, Catherine Mary Stewart
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (31.94 Mbps)
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 4.1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
| Film Synopsis |
"Greetings, Starfighter! You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Kodan Armada." So begins an adventure of galactic proportions in The Last Starfighter. After Earthling Alex (Lance Guest) conquers the Starfighter video game, he is recruited by alien Centauri (Robert Preston) to be part of an elite legion of fighters. Leaving behind his trailer park home for the outer regions of space, Alex becomes the last hope for the beleaguered Star League and hundreds of worlds - including Earth. The Last Starfighter is the ultimate video game fantasy come true!
| Video |
'The Last Starfighter' is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Arrow Video with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 2.35:1
| Audio |
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio 4.1 and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0.
| Special Features |
Maggie's Memories: Revisiting The Last Starfighter (1080p) is an interview with Catherine Mary Stewart.
Into the Starscape: Composing The Last Starfighter (1080p) features Craig Safan. Semi-tangentially, for those who may be interested, there's a rather charming musical version of the film by Skip Kennon and Fred Landau that fans of the film might enjoy checking out.
Incredible Odds: Writing The Last Starfighter (1080p) is an interview with screenplay author Jonathan Betuel.
Interstellart Hit Beast: Creating the Special Effects (1080p) features special effects supervisor Kevin Pike.
Excalibur Test: Inside Digital Productions (1080p) is an interview with sci-fi author Greg Bear, who discussed Digital Productions, the company which did the film's CGI.
Greetings Starfighter! Inside the Arcade Game (1080p) features arcade game collector Estil Vance.
Heroes of the Screen (1080p) is an archival making of featurette.
Crossing the Frontier: Making The Last Starfighter (720p) is another archival making of featurette.
Audio Commentary with Lance Guest and Jackson Guest
Audio Commentary with Nick Castle and Ron Cobb
Audio Commentary with Mike White
| Overall Reaction |
Freaky is a fun genre-blending flick that brings the Horror from traditional slashers while finding the humor and levity associated with the body swapping genre. It's an inventive film that plays to its strengths but can't quite build a story with enough worthwhile depth to match the superficial fun. The lead performances are terrific and truly the reason to give this one a watch. Universal's Blu-ray is very good, delivering solid video, excellent audio, and a quality assortment of extra content. Recommended.
Summary (out of 5)
Film: 4.5 Video: 5.0 Audio: 5.0 Extras: 4.0 Overall: 4.5