Strategy First. Darkstar One offers a fantastic amount of freedom of choice. The story-based missions gradually lead you deeper into the galaxy to new races, new technologies and ever stronger opponents. Explore a vast array of solar systems in search of hidden artifacts of ancient races, essential objects for upgrading your ship--the Darkstar One.
In addition to artifacts, acquire credits to purchase better equipment, such as weapons and shields. Earn credits in a myriad of ways: by taking on assignments, bounty hunting, piracy, smuggling, trading, escorting, transporting, rewards and more. A vast, simulated universe with many unique races, space ships and battle tactics. Elaborate story, related by more than fifty minutes of video sequences. Configure and upgrade your ship, Darkstar One, any way you choose--build a fast attack ship with many light weapons or a near-invincible cruiser with heavy weaponry.
Over two hundred different weapons, shields and equipment items. Pinback plays practical jokes , maintains a video diary, and has adopted a ship's mascot in the form of a mischievous " beach ball "-like alien who refuses to stay in a storage room. After it attempts to push him down an elevator shaft, he eventually kills it with a gun.
He claims to really be Bill Froug and says that the real Pinback has committed suicide. En route to their next target in the Veil Nebula ,  the Dark Star is hit by electromagnetic energy during a space storm, resulting in another on-board malfunction. Thermostellar Bomb 20 receives an erroneous order to deploy, but the ship's computer talks it back into the bomb bay. An accident with a laser then causes more mayhem, damaging the ship's computer. Bomb 20 deploys again, and this time the crew cannot convince it to stand down.
Doolittle revives Powell, who advises him to teach the bomb phenomenology. Doolittle space walks out to have a philosophical conversation with the bomb. It agrees to disarm itself for the moment. Pinback opens the airlock to admit Doolittle, but accidentally ejects Talby, who was in the airlock attempting to repair the laser.
Doolittle leaves the ship to retrieve Talby, who is in a space suit but has no maneuvering device. The bomb, having learned Cartesian doubt , trusts only itself. It is convinced that only it exists , and that its sole purpose in life is to explode, it does so. Dark Star is destroyed, along with Pinback and Boiler.
Talby and Doolittle, at a distance from the ship, are thrown clear. The former drifts into the Phoenix Asteroids, a cluster with which he has long been fascinated. Doolittle, falling toward the unstable planet, finds an oblong hunk of debris, and surfs into the atmosphere, to die as a falling star. The screenplay was written by Carpenter and O'Bannon while they were film students at the University of Southern California.
The film began as a minute 16mm student project with a final budget of six thousand dollars. To achieve feature film length, an additional fifty minutes were shot in , with the support of Canadian distributor Jack Murphy credited as "Production Associate". These scenes included the asteroid storm, Doolittle playing bottles on strings as a musical instrument, the scenes in the crew sleeping quarters, the scenes in the hallways of the ship Pinback with the sunlamp, Boiler with the laser gun, etc.
Kuniholm and Pahich had shorter hair by this time, and wore wigs for continuity with the footage. Harris , who obtained the theatrical distribution rights. Deeming about 30 minutes of the film "boring and unusable" including a protracted scene of the crew sleeping in their quarters, not responding to the computer voice , he insisted that cuts be made, and additional 35mm footage be shot to bring the movie back up to a releasable length. O'Bannon created many of the special effects.
To depict the transit of the Dark Star into hyperspace , O'Bannon devised an animated effect in which the stars in the background turn into streaks of light while the ship appears to be motionless. He achieved this by tracking the camera while leaving the shutter open. This is considered to be the first depiction in cinema history of a spaceship jumping into hyperspace.
It is thought that O'Bannon was influenced by the striking "star gate" sequence created by Douglas Trumbull for A Space Odyssey The same effect was later employed in Star Wars Dark Star' s score mainly consists of electronic music created by Carpenter, using a modular synthesizer.
The album was remastered for a limited vinyl rerelease, which included an additional seven-inch record containing remakes and other bonus tracks. The song played during the opening and closing credits is "Benson, Arizona". The lead vocalist was John Yager, a college friend of Carpenter. Yager was not a professional musician, "apart from being in a band in college. At the time, Carpenter described the movie as " Waiting for Godot in outer space. A new video master was sourced from O'Bannon's personal 35mm print,  and a widescreen "Special Edition" of the film was released by O'Bannon later re-edited the movie into a seventy-two minute director's cut , removing much of the footage that had been shot and added after Harris had bought the distribution rights.
This version was released on LaserDisc in The film was released on DVD March 23, Both the original theatrical version and a shorter, sixty-eight minute "special edition" were included. Along with the two versions of the movie previously released on DVD, it included a feature-length documentary, Let There be Light: The Odyssey of Dark Star , which explores the origins and production of the film.
In , a "Thermostellar Edition" was released on Blu-ray. It included the special features of the release, but not the shorter special edition of the movie, only the theatrical version. While greeted enthusiastically by the crowd at Filmex, the film was not well-received upon its initial theatrical release. Carpenter and O'Bannon reported nearly empty theatres, and little reaction to the humor in the movie. The "Beachball with Claws" segment of the film was reworked by O'Bannon into the science fiction-horror film Alien Doug Naylor has said in interviews that Dark Star was the inspiration for Dave Hollins: Space Cadet , the radio sketches that evolved into science fiction sitcom Red Dwarf.
Dark Star has also been cited as an inspiration for the machinima series Red vs. Blue by its creator Burnie Burns. Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima revealed the iDroid's voice was inspired by the female computer voice from Dark Star. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the John Carpenter film. For other uses, see Dark Star disambiguation. John Carpenter Dan O'Bannon. Jack H. Harris Enterprises University of Southern California.
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