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Starman (1984)

NOTE: As of now, this commentary is only available on the various Region 2 and 4 DVD releases.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director John Carpenter and actor Jeff Bridges Rating:7.9/10 (11 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by badge on January 28th, 2010:Find all reviews by badge
As any fan will tell you, it's the Carpenter/Russell audio tracks that are THE Carpenter commentaries, but the director is just at ease with Jeff Bridges here as they revisit the movie and share all kinds of observations and memories. There's a nice balance between the technical considerations of the movie (filming dialogue scenes in cars) and the acting between Bridges (who was nominated for an Oscar) and Karen Allen. Carpenter is a generous commentator, always asking his audio collaborators for their views and experiences; together he and Bridges cover not just STARMAN but general opinions about movies past, present, and future. These two guys are so casual, open, enthusiastic and unpretentious that it's like eavesdropping on two old friends.
Reviewed by frankasu03 on October 19th, 2012:Find all reviews by frankasu03
This track really needs to find its' way to a Region 1 disc, either on Blu-Ray or another Special edition release. Recorded in 2000 (Mr. Bridges mentions playing the president in an upcoming film "Contender"), this commentary pairs 2 true artists in Carpenter and Jeff Bridges. On par with the greatest efforts of Carpenter and Russell in the past, both filmmakers engage one another in all manner of film chat. Influences, favorite films, actors, approaches to their respective craft, you name it. All this, and John Carpenter seemlessly notes the various shots, locations, and behind-the-scenes insight you would expect. I was fascinated by Jeff's ruminations on acting, how he feels about closeups and rehearsal. He even entertains in some humorous "bits," channeling "the Dude" and the "Starman" himself. It's a thrilling listen, to accompany a magical film. BTW, the "drill sgt" from "Full Metal Jacket" is safely still alive and kicking, possibly the only error on this track. 10/10
Reviewed by musíl65 on September 12th, 2014:Find all reviews by musíl65
This track is great. Carpenter and Bridges have a lot of respect for each other and they like this movie. The commentary touches nearly every aspect of Starman. The focus is the acting, the lighting, the shooting of talking actors in cars and the f/x stuff. The confidence of the studio to this movie is also mentioned.

Carpenter wants to make more romantic movies, but he is still the guy for the horror movies. Both have good time watching Starman together. Bridges has to laugh about the gags in the film sometimes. That’s nice. They talk also about other movies. Directing und acting in general are also big points.

The team Carpenter/Russell is great, but Carpenter/Bridges is nearly as good. Don’t miss this track. 10 out of 10.