LAST STARFIGHTER, THE
Reviewed June 19th, 1999 by Staff
Universal has done a great job this DVD!
The Last Starfighter's story is a timeless tale of a young man who desires so much more than what he has. You take Alex Rogan [Lance Guest] who lives in a trailer park who spends his time fixing broken items, being with his girlfriend and playing a video game called “Starfighter”. One night after breaking the record, the maker of the video game, Centauri [the late Robert Preston], shows up and offers Alex a chance of a lifetime.
Centari takes him to the “real” Rylos to be a starfighter just like in the game. He must them prove to himself, that he has the “gift” to be a good starfighter so that he can go off and save the universe.
At the time of it's release, The Last Starfigher made ground breaking visual effect through the use of computers. Even though outdated compared to today's standards, it had it's place in movie making history.
The video presented in 2.35:1 widescreen, is enhanced for 16x9. The quality of the video is astounding. Black levels and sharpness seem dead on during most of the film. There are a few sequences when some grain can be seen.
The audio is remixed in Dolby Digital 5.1 which is a nice (and welcomed) change from VHS. However, don't expect an impressive show of sound. This movie will not give your sub a workout by any means, nor does their seem to be many split surrounds.
Universal gets an A+ for the supplements on this one. Besides the chapter stops and the semi-cool menus, there is a commentary by the directory and production designer, a still gallery and a WONDERFUL 30 minute documentary that should NOT be missed!
If you are a long-time fan of the movie, it is highly recommended.
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