STARMAN Blu-ray Review
Answering a NASA message intended for aliens, a space being tries to contact mankind, but an American missile grounds his ship. Scrambling, the so-called Starman (Jeff Bridges) inhabits the body of a late Wisconsinite and kidnaps the dead man’s widow, Jenny Hayden (Karen Allen). Determined to reunite with a vessel from his home planet at a predetermined site, Starman and Jenny travel to Arizona. Pursued by military officials trying to kill him, Starman forges a lasting bond with Jenny.
Directed By: John Carpenter
Written By: Bruce A. Evans & Raynold Gideon
Starring: Jeff Bridges (Starman), Karen Allen (Jenny Hayden), Charles Martin Smith (Mark Shermin), Richard Jaeckel (George Fox), Robert Phalen (Major Bell), Tony Edwards (Sergeant Lemon), John Walter Davis (Brad Heinmuller) and more.
Genre: Romance & Sci-Fi
Runtime: Approx. 115 Minutes
- English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
- English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)
- Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
- Resolution: 1080p
- Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
- Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
- Subtitles: English SDH
- New Interviews with Director John Carpenter, Actor Jeff Bridges, and Script Supervisor Sandy King Carpenter
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
- Still Gallery
I give the Starman Blu-ray a B.
Starman is about an alien being who answers a message sent out by NASA but when a missile takes down his ship, he takes the form of a man who had passed away (Jeff Bridges) and kidnaps his widow (Karen Allen) taking a trip to find a vessel from his home located in Arizona.
Carpenter best known for his horror films definitely broke out of his norm with this film. Starman with its Sci-fi elements is a basically simple love story.
There are many things I loved about this film and couldn’t really find anything I didn’t like about it. Jeff Bridges portrayal of an alien learning about the human race is on point. The over annunciating of words was brilliant. It added to the character making it/him believable. It was like a child learning how to speak. Though Jenny Hayden (played Karen Allen) felt that she was being held against her will by this “creature” that happened to look like her dead husband. She saw the innocence of it and fell in love with the alien herself. It was beautiful to see unfold on screen how much the two cared for each other. I did see this film years ago and the only thing I could remember before rewatching it was the driving scene. Jenny Hayden asks, “I thought you knew how to drive?!?” and Starman proceeds to explain it with his simple innocence. It made me laugh because it’s exactly what we do. We go on a green light. Stop on a red light and speed-up on a yellow light.
Catch Starman out on Blu-ray December 18th!