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This DVD offers both good news and bad news for fans. The good news is that it serves up Night Of The Comet with a quality transfer but the bad news is it doesn't do much else beyond that. The film is treated to a widescreen, anamorphically enhanced transfer. The end result is colorful and well-detailed, which allows the viewers to appreciate the care the filmmakers took in achieving the film's look. Both stereo and mono options are provided for the soundtrack, with each offering a crisp, well-balanced mix for ...
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This DVD offers both good news and bad news for fans. The good news is that it serves up Night Of The Comet with a quality transfer but the bad news is it doesn't do much else beyond that. The film is treated to a widescreen, anamorphically enhanced transfer. The end result is colorful and well-detailed, which allows the viewers to appreciate the care the filmmakers took in achieving the film's look. Both stereo and mono options are provided for the soundtrack, with each offering a crisp, well-balanced mix for the viewer to enjoy. Unfortunately, that's all there is on the disc. No extras are included, not even a trailer. This is tragic, especially because Night Of The Comet is the kind of offbeat cult movie that fans would love to hear stories about. It's a shame that Fox couldn't have put a bit more effort into assembling extras. That said, fans will be happy to finally have the film on disc and looking nice, especially at a decent mid-line price.
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This is one of the more unusual entries into the post-apocalypse genre of the early 1980's. Instead of going for the usual Mad Max ripoff, writer/director Thom Eberhardt takes a clever tack by building the story around a pair of teenage heroines living in Los Angeles. This opens up the story for all manner of unusual takes on the usual post-apocalypse motifs: the wittiest is the girls celebrating their independence by going on a shopping spree in a deserted department store to the tune of "Girls Just Want To Have Fun." He counterbalances these light-hearted moments with a few effective moments of drama (there's a good scene where Kelli Maroney gets teary-eyed thinking about a boy who had a crush on her that she never got to meet) as well as a few shocks and some suspense. He also chose a quality cast for the film, making good use of reliable character actors Geoffrey Lewis and Mary Woronov as a pair of shady, inscrutable government scientists and also providing a nice role for Robert Beltran as a Mexican trucker who helps out the two heroines. The end result might not have enough action for those expecting a typical post-apocalyptic film but others are likely to appreciate its quirky sense of humor and its inventive knack for blending genres. In short, Night Of The Comet is a fun riff on 1980's sci-fi that is likely to appeal to cult film fans who don't normally go for this sort of genre fare.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2007
  • UPC: 027616067760
  • Original Release: 1984
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Beltran Hector
Catherine Stewart Regina
Kelli Maroney Samantha
Sharon Farrell Doris
Mary Woronov Audrey
Geoffrey Lewis Carter
John Achorn Oscar
Michael Bowen Larry
Ivan Roth Willy
Chance Boyer Brian
Andrew Boyer Rogers
Stanley Brock Mel
Alex Brown Monster in Alley
Wilson Camp Party Guest
Chris Chesser Radio Spot Announcer
Devon Ericson Minder
Peter Fox Wilson
Dale E. House Helicopter Pilot
Karl Johnson Guard No. 1
Janice Kawaye Sarah
Lissa Layng Davenport
Joel Levine Guard No. 2
Raymond Lynch Chuck
Anna Mathias Party Guest
Chris Pederson Stock Boy
Bob Perlow News Reporter
Marc Poppel DMK
Bob Porter Monster Kid
Dick Rude Stock Boy
John Stuart West Monster Cop
Technical Credits
Thom Eberhardt Director, Screenwriter
Arthur Albert Cinematographer
Annette Benson Casting
H. Gordon Boos Asst. Director
David Richard Campbell Score Composer
Thomas Coleman Executive Producer
Wayne Crawford Producer
Nancy Israel Associate Producer, Production Designer, Production Manager
Andrew Lane Producer
David Brian Miller Makeup, Makeup Special Effects
John Muto Production Designer, Special Effects
Steve Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Perry Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Don Perry Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Rosenblatt Executive Producer
Fred Stafford Editor
David Wasco Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Night of the Comet
1. Main Titles/World Celebration
2. Night of the Comet
3. The Morning After
4. Danger in the Alley
5. Just Us
6. At the Radio Station
7. 555-HITS
8. Nightmares
9. Family
10. Hector's Trip Home
11. Acceleration
12. Having Fun
13. Attention, Shoppers
14. Russian Roulette
15. Blood Tests
16. Medical Interview
17. Adolescent Escapee
18. What's That Smell?
19. Burden of Civilization
20. DMK/End Titles
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Night of the Comet
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   Language Selection
      Audio: English Mono
      Audio: English Stereo
      Audio: Spanish Mono
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Valley Girls Master the Apocalypse

    NIGHT OF THE COMET (1984) is an adventure greatly entertaining for anybody able to suspend disbelief a bit (and not notice a few continuity gaffes). As with IN THE DAYS OF THE COMET (1906) by H. G. Wells, a comet's passage transforms civilization--in the movie catastrophically. Most humans are rendered a fine, red dust. Some affected survivors live for a time but decline rapidly toward death, becoming marauding zombie-like creatures for a period toward the end.
    The true survivors, by circumstance shielded that fatal night, are our heroes, uncommonly appealing ones--Regina and Samantha Belmont, two L. A. valley girls who center their activities around an abandoned radio station, and Hector, a truck driver they encounter. Besides avoiding zombies, the girls worry about their new life. How will they find boys? Well, at least concerns about school and tests are in the past. And the malls are always open! The sisters have their limitations but care about each other, are quick studies in wielding automatic weapons and are athletic and formidable fighters.
    Catherine Mary Stewart, who dominates the movie, is wonderful as the older sister, Regina. By turns fun-loving, romantic, witty, seductive, resourceful, fearful and calculating, she is convincing in all aspects and a dynamic physical action heroine hard to equal. Her sexiness remains intact through it all. Robert Beltran, the stalwart male lead, and Kelli Maroney as the younger cheerleader sister are very winning--especially Beltran.
    The movie has a number of good things to mention. There is a government research facility whose scientists show themselves to have villainous intentions(of course!), but their distinctive personalities are depicted economically and well. There is a brief, but truly bravura performance by Ivan E. Roth as Willy, leader of a small band of--yes--stockboys. Finally, demanding mention is a terrific song played during a romantic point in the film and over the final credits: "Learn to Love Again," written by Chris Farren. It is a duet sung beautifully by Farren and Amy Holland.

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