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Dark Star Blu-ray

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Thermostellar Edition VCI | 1974 | 83 min | Rated G | Nov 06, 2012

Dark Star (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1 (18.00 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: LPCM 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
English: LPCM 2.0 (48kHz, 16-bit)

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English, Spanish

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Single disc (1 BD)

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Video 3.2 of 53.2
Audio 3.4 of 53.4
Extras 4.4 of 54.4
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Dark Star

 (1974)

Dark Star Blu-ray features mediocre video and decent audio in this still fan-pleasing Blu-ray release

Hilarious romp set in the deepest reaches of outer space. The haggard crew of the dilapidated Dark Star spaceship--Doolittle, Boiler, Pinback, and Talby -- is on an extended mission to seek out and destroy unstable planets. But after 20 years of the same routine, each crewmember is reaching the end of his tether. The journey is fraught with mishaps, and danger seems to lurk around every corner. There are misbehaving pet aliens, suicidal bombs that dream of detonating, frozen crewmates dispensing advice from beyond the grave, and a surly, unhelpful main computer that holds the men it serves in total contempt. Despite all these problems, the crew is still bored to the brink of madness.

For more about Dark Star and the Dark Star Blu-ray release, see Dark Star Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Brian Narelle, Cal Kuniholm, Dre Pahich, Dan O'Bannon
Director: John Carpenter

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Dark Star Blu-ray, Video Quality

  2.5 of 5

Dark Star is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of VCI with a VC-1 encoded 1080p transfer in 1.85:1. Dan O'Bannon's printed prologue to the film states how horrible it's looked virtually from its inception (though his comments are mostly geared toward home video releases), so one has to have reasonable expectations when approaching this title. The first thing to remember is that large swaths of it are sourced from 16mm, and so any judgments must be predicated upon an understanding of that smaller format. The bulk of this film is therefore quite soft looking, without the incredible fine object detail that modern day audiences have come to expect, even from older catalog films that originated in larger formats. (To be fair, it should also be stated that well curated 16mm source elements can provide quite good results, as in the recent Acorn releases of some of the old Poirot series.) The insert in the keepcase states that the "new Blu-ray master has been sourced from a 35mm theatrical print and lovingly subjected to an extensive manual frame by frame digital restoration", which of course casually skirts the issue that quite a bit of the film was blown up to 35mm from 16mm, surely part of whatever issues are endemic to this transfer. Colors here are reasonable, though at times variable—they often pop with at least adequacy, while other shots seem fairly faded in comparison. There is some very minor ringing on display as well. And now to the big issue: noise reduction. Smaller millimeter formats tend to produce more grain, and while there is grain apparent throughout this presentation, it certainly seems like there has been some DNR applied to this release, albeit not to extreme levels. Grain is most noticeable in the (relatively few) brightly lit segments, where it can plainly be seen "dancing" in the background, albeit not as heavily as one might expect. All of this said, the lack of fine object detail is more the product of the source elements than any egregious digital tweaking, at least from my perspective.


Dark Star Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.0 of 5

Dark Star features both an uncompressed LPCM 2.0 track as well as an "enhanced" LPCM 5.1 surround repurposing. The 5.1 track tends to occasionally place discrete sound effects (and some of Carpenter's electronica music score) in the sides and rears to give a fitful approximation of immersion, but it's inconsistent at best (which some may actually prefer to overly "tarted up" surround mixes which push the remixing envelope way too aggressively). The LPCM 2.0 mix is obviously narrower but still gets the job done, with clearly delivered dialogue, effects and score. Both of these tracks suffer from occasional distortion, especially in the midrange, where you can clearly hear crackling from time to time. It's nothing so horrible that you can't hear what's going on, but it's noticeable enough that even those who normally don't pay attention to such things will no doubt become aware of it.



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Dark Star Blu-ray, News and Updates



This Week on Blu-ray: November 6-13 - November 4, 2012

This week begins with Blu-rays from cult horror favorite John Carpenter: 1974's Dark Star, and 1988's They Live. Viewed together, the two pictures depict the progression of the genre auteur's movie-making gifts; Dark Star is an expansion of Carpenter's USC student ...

Dark Star Blu-ray - August 4, 2012

VCI Entertainment have announced that they will release on Blu-ray director John Carpenter's Dark Star (1974), starring Dan O'Bannon, Dre Pahich and Brian Narelle. The release will be available for purchase online and in shops across the country on October 2.


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