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Shout Factory Press Release: Starcrash (Blu-ray)

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#1 of 4 Ronald Epstein

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Posted July 30 2010 - 01:43 AM







Starring Caroline Munro, David Hasselhoff, Christopher Plummer,

Joe Spinell and Marjoe Gortner


Digitally Remastered and Presented in Widescreen for the First Time

 with a Galaxy’s Worth of Special Features!

Crashing Home Entertainment Shelves Nationwide September 14, 2010 From Shout! Factory


One of the most eagerly awaited inter-galactic science-fiction adventures, released by Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, will finally be made available for the first time to the home entertainment shelves as StarCrash, directed by Luigi Cozzi, will debut September 14, 2010 on 2-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD from Shout! Factory, in association with New Horizons Picture Corporation. An adventure like no other, theStarCrash 2-Disc Special Edition contains anamorphic widescreen presentation of the movie with DTS HD 5.1 surround sound (Blu-ray), a reversible cover featuring vintage art for original movie posters and a payload of bonus content including all-new interviews and commentaries with cast and crew, rare behind-the-scenes footage and much more!  A must-have for loyal fans of Roger Corman and Luigi Cozzi, science fiction enthusiasts and collectors, StarCrash 2-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD mark the latest installments from the popular ROGER CORMAN’S CULT CLASSICS home entertainment series from Shout! Factory.  Each Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD is sold separately. Blu-ray is priced to own at $26.97; and DVD is available at $19.93.

Produced in Italy in the wake of Star Wars’ phenomenal success, StarCrash (also known as The Adventures of Stella Star in overseas territories) became an international blockbuster in its own right. This 1979 film became one of New World Pictures’ biggest box-office hits. Critics might have laughed, by so did audiences, who grooved to its campy humor, wildly imaginative special effects (some of them quite good!) and non-stop adventure. Where Star Wars dared not go, StarCrash went -- at warp speed!

The lasting peace of the galaxy is threatened by the diabolical and relentless Count Zarth Arn (cult icon Joe Spinell, Rocky, The Godfather and The Godfather - Part II), who is determined to take the universe for himself and make each planet his plaything, each inhabitant his slave. There is no question that the Count is evil, given his propensity for cackling at every opportunity.

Can anyone save the universe from this megalomaniacal madman? Indeed there is, and she’s quite a beauty.

Brave, bikini-clad star warrior Stella Star (Caroline Munro, The Spy Who Loved Me, At the Earth’s Core) and her co-pilot Akton (child evangelist-turned-actor Marjoe Gortner, Food of the Gods, Mausoleum) are pressed into service to thwart the evil Zarth Arn’s plot. If they succeed, galactic peace will be achieved. If they fail, the universe will fall into decay and destruction at the hands of its sadistic new overlord.

Have no fear, because Stella Star is here!

The film’s zesty, star-studded cast also includes People’s Choice Award winner David Hasselhoff (Knight Rider, Baywatch) in one of his first big-screen roles, noted screen tough guy Robert Tessier (The Longest Yard, The Cannonball Run) and legendary two-time Emmy® and Tony® Award winner, and Academy Award® nominee Christopher Plummer (The Last Station, Murder by Decree, The Sound of Music) as The Emperor.

StarCrash was written and directed by fan favorite Luigi Cozzi (AKA Lewis Coates), whose other cult masterworks include Alien Contamination (an “homage” to Alien) and the unforgettable Lou Ferrigno vehicle Hercules (an “homage” to Conan the Barbarian). The film also boasts a rousing score by five-time Academy Award® winner John Barry (Dances With Wolves, Out of Africa, 10 James Bond films).

Alas, StarCrash would prove to be the only big-screen Stella Star adventure ... but as its worldwide legion of fans will attest, it was one to remember!


New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.85:1) and DTS HD 5.1 Surround Sound (Blu-ray), Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound (DVD)

Disc One:

· Interview with writer/director Luigi Cozzi

· StarCrash: the music of John Barry, a detailed analysis of the score by

  Mars of Deadhouse Music

· 2 feature-length commentaries by StarCrash historian Stephen Romano:

  Commentary 1: the history of StarCrash, the making of the film and its importance in 1970s fantastic cinema.

  Commentary 2: StarCrash scene-by-scene: production trivia, anecdotes and critical analysis.

· Behind-the-scenes image gallery, featuring storyboards, art, and rare, never-before-seen


· Promotional art gallery, featuring photos, posters, lobby cards and early poster designs

   by Drew Struzan

· Fan art gallery, featuring an exclusive look at the all-new, sexy Stella Star art from

   fantasy illustrator Robin Greenville Evans

· Theatrical trailer with commentary by Eli Roth from Trailersfromhell.com and

  an all-new exclusive trailer commentary by filmmaker/editor Joe Dante!

· TV spots and radio Spots


· Interview with actress Caroline Munro (60 min.)

· 17 Deleted and alternate scenes

· The complete, original StarCrash screenplay, illustrated with original storyboards

   and early, full-color concept art

· Exclusive 20-minute behind-the-scenes footage reel, with commentary

· The making of the special effects of StarCrash by Armando Valcauda with

   exclusive, never-before-seen special-effects footage

Shout! Factory will continue to present ROGER CORMAN’S CULT CLASSICS home entertainment releases on a monthly basis. Upcoming highlights include The Slumber Party Massacre collection, The EvilTwice DeadThe Warrior and The SorceressBarbarian QueenNot of This EarthTerror WithinStreetsAngel in RedLady in RedCrazy MamaBig Bad Mama, among others.

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#2 of 4 Paul_Scott


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Posted July 30 2010 - 06:01 AM



I still can't believe this release is going to happen. And in high definition do less.

I've been waiting on pins and needles for this press release, and I'm in awe of those special features specs.

Never knew Drew Struzan did poster art for this- 17 deleted/alternate scese?!? WOW- concept art/production art/ TV spots to send me back to summer of 1979 /img/vbsmilies/htf/drool.gif Can't wait.

Ironically, I'm going to be hitting the road for a month and a half when this finally streets so I won't be able to see it until I finally get home in late October. It's going to be very difficult trying to focus on work when I know this is out there.

#3 of 4 Fritz Nilsen

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Posted July 30 2010 - 08:04 AM

Originally Posted by Paul_Scott 

Never knew Drew Struzan did poster art for this-

Here's one:


#4 of 4 Paul_Scott


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Posted July 31 2010 - 03:04 PM

 Fritz- thanks for digging that up.That doesn't look to me like it would have been one of his stronger pieces, but cool to see nonetheless.

I've seen a bunch of the international ones and none of them were all that impressive to me. Out of all of them, I like the typical US art (that Shout is using here) the best- although there is really no likeness there with Munro.

It's going to be great to finally toss out that French disc set. In the absence of any other alternative it was appreciated, but when Synapse released their first trailer collection with this film on there, it was easy to see how lacking it was. At one point I think Synapse had put a bid in on it, but claimed they wanted way too much to license this one.

And then a couple years ago, just before BCI folded, they announced they would be putting this out on a double feature disc with Galaxina. I don't how they could have accomplished that given what Don May jr had said about the cost of the rights, but in any case I didn't expect to see it and was happy they didn't release it after all.

Ironically, I think Cliff Mac was heading up BCI at that time, and is now overseeing the Corman stuff at Shout!. Stephan Romano, who put out an interesting book and disc set with faux exploitation trailers and one-sheets, titled Shock Festival, is producing this disc, and it looks like he went all out.

the last four  months of the year are looking packed, but this is one of the releases I'm most excited for.

No way it will live up to my anticipation for it, but what the hell- in that respect, it will be just like I was 12 years old again. It didn't live up to my anticipation then either /img/vbsmilies/htf/biggrin.gif

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