Starman has aged so incredibly well. However, don’t bother looking up the ABC spin-off TV series starring Robert Hays. Not only does that show have one of the longest opening credit sequences in TV series, the entire project plays like sequel Fan-Fiction.
Jeff Bridges deserved his Oscar nomination, but everyone knew he didn’t have a shot at winning. Much like Sigourney Weaver scoring an Oscar nom for Aliens, it’s about saying this performance rises above the genre. While that might feel insanely dismissive, it has been the state of things for decades.
Still, I have to say that this might be Carpenter’s most human film. Taking a step back from the horror theatrics, Carpenter made an E.T. tale for the rest of us. A film about mourning, longing and what it takes to connect with the wider world.
Scream Factory has done a terrific job upgrading the previous Blu-ray release. Jeff Bridges and John Carpenter contribute new interviews, while we get a better version of the trailer. That might not sound like a lot to the casuals, but films like this are the purview of the hardcore Sci-Fi fans. Give it a shot.
Starman: Collector’s Edition special features
- NEW They Came from Hollywood: Re-visiting STARMAN – Featuring Director John Carpenter, Actors Jeff Bridges And Charles Martin Smith, And Script Supervisor Sandy King-Carpenter
- Audio Commentary With Director John Carpenter And Jeff Bridges
- Vintage Featurette
- Teaser Trailer
- Theatrical Trailer
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