After literally years of rumors and teases, it looks like VCI Entertainment finally will be bringing the Dan O'Bannon-John Carpenter classic, Dark Star, back to DVD in a new, improved, "Hyperdrive Edition."
This new DVD will contain both the shorter 1974 “Original” student film version and the longer 1975 “Theatrical” release version. The 2010 “Hyperdrive Edition” DVD has been sourced from a new 16x9, 35mm transfer, with a further painstaking, frame-by-frame digital restoration of the video master to produce "the best picture ever seen." The soundtrack has also been digitally enhanced and restored to Dolby Digital 5.1.
The disc will also include 2 hours of bonus features, including a new retrospective documentary featuring interviews with actor Brian Narelle, cinematographer Doug Knapp, art director Tommy Lee Wallace, SFX artist Greg Jein, distributor Jack C. Harris, and the late Dan O' Bannon. Additional supplemental material includes an interview with novelization author Alan Dean Foster, a "3-D Guide to the Dark Star ship," an audio commentary by fan Andrew Gilchrist, and more.
Dark Star - Hyperdrive Edition is already available for pre-order at Amazon (see link below), and is due to hit the streets on October 26, 2010.
Pre-Order from Amazon: Dark Star - The Hyper-Drive Edition