April 23, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Further evidence of the influence of Harry Knowles’ movie-gossip website Ain’t It Cool News is Space Truckers, a $27 million sci-fi flick seen at ’97’s Sundance Film Festival, and very few other places, but coming to video April 27. According to Sundip Shah, CEO of Sterling Home Entertainment, his B-movie emporium picked up the film — which stars Dennis Hopper, Stephen Dorff, and Debi Mazar as intergalactic long-haulers — largely on the basis of Knowles’ glowing review. ”He loved it, and we think that his audience is the audience for this film,” says Shah. Yet while Sterling blurbs Ain’t It Cool on the box, the company is marketing the film as a ”sci-fi action adventure” rather than the Spaceballsy spoof that Knowles adored. According to Shah, ”It makes for ”a more striking visual presentation.”

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