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Star Crash



When "Star Wars" broke box-office records, producer Roger Corman responded by putting the Italian-made "Star Crash" into wide release in 1978, hoping it'd be the start of a blockbuster sci-fi franchise of his own.

It wasn't. But I am totally and completely serious when I say that "Star Crash" is better than "Star Wars." I'd much rather watch the colorful, shiny rip-off than the soulless real thing. (You can leave your hateful cries of "Sacrilege!" below.)

But it's good to know I'm not alone. By enlisting "'Star Crash' expert" Stephen Romano in several facets of the package, from design to liner notes and commentary, this becomes the best entry in Shout! Factory's "Roger Corman's Cult Classics" line yet.

The film's Luke Skywalker is Stella Star (one-time James Bond beauty Caroline Munro), an intergalactic ingenue who prances about the galaxies in a tight, black, barely there uniform apt to turn on many a lightsaber. Her Han Solo is Akton (former evangelist Marjoe Gortner), while her C-3PO and R2-D2 rolled into one is the robot Elle (Munro's then-hubby Judd Hamilton, but voiced by Hamilton Camp).

And, perhaps most notably, "Star Crash" has the Hoff. Yes, David Hasselhoff.

Extras are stretched across the set's two discs, including a healthy smattering of production photos, storyboards and international art. In a real find, Romano contributes three of five poster sketches by the great Drew Struzan. Plus, you get several minutes of scenes Corman cut out for American audiences, the film's way-out TV spot and the original trailer, with informative and amusing commentary from "Trailers From Hell" regulars Joe Dante and Eli Roth, respectively. "?Rod Lott

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