Star Crash

Star Crash

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Director: Lewis Coates, Luigi Cozzi

Cast: Lewis Coates, Luigi Cozzi, Marjoe Gortner, Caroline Munro

     
 

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Italian schlock-master Luigi Cozzi (billed as Lewis Coates here) directed this low-budget Star Wars rip-off in 1978, right when the sci-fi craze was hitting audiences on a world-wide scale. The story begins familiarly enough, with a huge spaceship tracking through an extremely colorful space scene while under attack by some kind of unknown and deadly forceSee more details below

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Italian schlock-master Luigi Cozzi (billed as Lewis Coates here) directed this low-budget Star Wars rip-off in 1978, right when the sci-fi craze was hitting audiences on a world-wide scale. The story begins familiarly enough, with a huge spaceship tracking through an extremely colorful space scene while under attack by some kind of unknown and deadly force resembling a lava lamp. Being no match for the '60s acid-flashback rays, they manage to jettison a few escape pods just before being blown to kingdom come. Fast forward now to the other end of the galaxy, where we find the best smugglers in town -- gorgeous Stella Star (Caroline Munro) and space-pimp Akton (Marjoe Gortner) -- outrunning a band of cops on their tail. Eventually, they're caught, taken into custody, and sentenced to intense Labor Camps, where Stella is forced to wear a skimpy Barbarella-like outfit by the extreme, merciless guards. A break-out ensues, and in the intense laser shoot-out, Stella manages to escape, only to be captured again by the semi-green-skinned Thor (Robert Tessier) and his annoying southern-drawled robot, Elle (voiced by genre veteran Hamilton Camp). Brought in front of the Emperor of the Galaxy (Christopher Plummer) and reunited with Akton, the sexy duo find themselves suddenly in charge of finding Prince Simon (David Hasselhoff). Thus begins the heroes' amazing adventure through space and time as they search for Hasselhoff and end up fighting Amazons, Cavemen, and the Evil Count Zarth Arn (Joe Spinell) along the way.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Star Crash is what all Star Wars rip-off fans have been searching for: Everything one loves about Lucas' epic is here, except multiply that by a hundred, and make it extremely cheap! Lightsabers, space battles, and even a whiny, nervous sidekick robot (with a Texan accent!) are all here -- right alongside some of the best perms, egg-carton model work, and the worst that 1978 Italian special effects had to offer! As a precursor to the glossy and surreal productions of his later Lou Ferrigno Hercules movies, director Luigi Cozzi fills each frame with as many garish colors as humanly possible. Creating a virtual assault on all the senses through super-sexy costumes, space-age sets, and extreme sound effects, Cozzi fills the frame with enough eye candy so that as little attention can be payed to the barely comprehensible plot that his gorgeous leads all work their way though -- and what thespians they are! Look up "charisma" in the B-movie handbook and sure enough, one would find Marjoe Gortner! With every appearance, his fiery eyes and pearly white teeth light up the screen as he chews up every terrible line of babble with enough gusto to kill a large elephant. And how about that dialogue? Endless cheesy lines are spewed out in scene after scene of this magnificently charming film. In fact, the dialogue and dubbing are so over-the-top in Star Crash, it's amazing that Luigi Cozzi managed to convince real-deal actor Christopher Plummer to even be in this flick! And just what is he doing here anyway? Hard to say, but it's just another reason that this terrible sci-fi opera is so great. Look out for TV hunk David Hasselhoff in an early role as he battles two stop-motion robots with his trusty lightsaber and feathered hair.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2010
UPC:
0826663116588
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
NR
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
22,208

Special Features

Audio commentary by writer and Starcrash expert Stephen Romano; A look at the film's special effects with special effects director Armando Valcauda including unused footage, rare photos, original drawings and more; New interview with writer/director Luigi Cozzi (aka Lewis Coates); Ne interview with actress Caroline Munro discussing her time as Stella Star and a look at her career; Extensive sills galleries including behind-the-scenes photos, posters, stills, original production art and storyboards; Behind-the-scenes footage with commentary; Deleted and extended scenes; Theatrical trailer; Theatrical trailer with commentaries by Eli Roth and Joe Dante, courtesy of Trailersfromhell.com; 12-page booklet with liner notes by Stephen Romano; The original script (DVD-ROM)

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marjoe Gortner Akton
Caroline Munro Stella Star
Christopher Plummer The Emperor
David Hasselhoff Prince Simon
Robert Tessier Thor
Nadia Cassini Queen of the Amazon
Judd Hamilton Elle/Jiakta
Hamilton Camp Elle
Joe Spinell Count Zarth Arn

Technical Credits
Lewis Coates Director,Screenwriter
Luigi Cozzi Director,Screenwriter
John Barry Score Composer
Paul Beeson Cinematographer
Aurelio Crugnola Production Designer
Sergio Montanari Editor
Germano Natali Special Effects
Roberto D'Ettorre Piazzoli Cinematographer
Armando Valcauda Special Effects
Matteo Verzini Special Effects
Patrick Wachsberger Producer
Nat Wachsberger Producer,Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Star Crash
1. The Colour Out of Space [4:28]
2. Go For Hyperspace! [8:14]
3. Blowups Happen [4:39]
4. By Imperial Command [5:10]
5. Next Stop, the Stars/Queen Coralia's Revenge [10:43]
6. The Icy Adventure of Stella Star [12:28]
7. Nightmare Planet [7:17]
8. The Tunnel Under the World [7:15]
9. Operation Terror [9:59]
10. R is For Rocket/To the Last Man [11:07]
11. Attack From the Fourth Dimension! [7:41]
12. Doomsday Deferred [2:29]

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