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Supergirl (1984)

Helen Slater , Faye Dunaway , Jeannot Szwarc  |  PG |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (311 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Helen Slater, Faye Dunaway, Peter O'Toole, Hart Bochner, Mia Farrow
  • Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
  • Writers: Al Plastino, David Odell, Otto Binder
  • Producers: Ilya Salkind, Timothy Burrill
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, THX, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: August 8, 2000
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (311 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305842051
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,504 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Supergirl" on IMDb

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Supergirl qualifies as one of the most bizarre comic book adaptations ever to hit the silver screen. Bereft of logic or sensible plotting, but featuring a strong cast and slick special effects, the film follows Superman's cousin Kara (played by Helen Slater in her film debut) as she leaves Krypton to venture to Earth to retrieve the "Omegahedron," a life-force globe vital to her people's survival. She tracks down the device, unaware that it's fallen into the hands of aspiring black magician Selena (Faye Dunaway), which leads to an inevitable showdown.

All of the strong characters in Supergirl are women, making for a nice change of pace from traditional superhero machismo. However, none of the players seem to notice that many things are left unexplained, including how the naive Kara knows so much about Earth while having never been there, how a novice sorceress can attain power so quickly from something she does not understand, and how hardly anyone notices Supergirl flying around their city! (And hey, where's Superman?)

Taken as a campy 1980s comic book relic rather than a serious adaptation, Supergirl is fun because of its engaging special effects and sets, tongue-in-cheek humor, and Dunaway's truly inspired performance. Look for Marc McClure reprising his Superman role of Jimmy Olsen, while Mia Farrow and Peter O'Toole have small supporting roles as Kara's mother and mentor, respectively. The director's cut DVD features 24 minutes of newly restored footage that has never been seen before, which should enthrall Supergirl aficionados, although the additional material doesn't make the story any more logical. --Bryan Reesman


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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Supergirl seems to grow on you after a while. It's not the powerhouse that the first two Superman films were, but it definately has it's own unique story to tell. Helen Slater does a very nice job in the title role. She comes across as goodnatured, if not a bit naive since she knows very little about the people of Earth. Catch Matt Frewer (Max Headroom, Honey I Shrunk The Kids) as one of the thugs who tries to take advantage of her when she first arrives.
The interaction between Selena (a nicely wicked Faye Dunaway) and her friend Bionca (Brenda Vaccaro) make for some fun dialogue. Just a couple of gals having fun and dabbling in black magic. It's a nice bit of comic relief that fits quite nicely in the film.
...on the radio in one scene it is stated that Superman is off on another planet doing some diplomatic business and this is why he's not around. Actually, Christopher Reeve was considering being in the film. He would've been the one to show Supergirl around, and at the end, Supergirl would end up saving his life, but this would never come to pass after he decided not to be in the film. But one of my favorite moments is when Kara (Slater) walks into Lucy Lane's dorm room and sees the poster of Superman on the wall and just slowly puts her hand on it. I really liked that.
I highly recommend you pick up this 2 Disc Set before it's no longer available. Only 50,000 copies were made and once they're gone...they're gone. And although a single disc version will remain available, what you lose on the 2nd disc is the director's cut which adds on an additional 15 minutes of footage that rounds out more of the story and character development, paticularly, Jimmy Olsen (Marc McClure) and Lucy Lane (Maureen Teefy)'s relationship.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It took 22 years, but........ December 27, 2006
By Stan
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
....it was good for Warner Bros. to finally release Supergirl under its own label, after being previously released by Anchor Bay. Interesting, seeing as WB abandoned the film as a whole during its 1984 theatrical release.

The film is virtually the same transfer of the international version as used on the Anchor Bay release, along with the commentary track by Bosco and Szwarc. (Interestingly, WB uses the famed John Williams Superman theme on the menu screens, despite the theme not being used in the film.)

The film was one of the most underappreciated entries of 1984, but is really worth watching, and only in the famed "international version", and not in the heavily butchered theatrical version, which will hopefully never see the light of day on DVD ever. The film focuses heavily on fantasy aspects, with most of the Sci-fi aspects that made the whole Superman franchise.

All in all, this DVD as a whole allows WB to make amends for giving up on this film before it ever got out of the gate. Hopefully, WB can go in when we see the next round of DVD tie-ins in 09 when the next Superman movie comes out, and revisit this film and even give us the "Director's Cut" with a more wider release than the utterly expensive and limited edition that Anchor Bay gave us.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
Supergirl the Limited Edition DVD has proven itself (to me anyway), that it is possible to have an almost perfect Limited/Special Edition DVD, despite a campy storyline.
On this very special edition DVD created by Anchor Bay, there are 2 versions of Supergirl. The first vesion is a Digitally Mastered, THX quality of the International Version of the movie (Yes, the one not shown in US theatres). The second version is an unrealeased Director's Cut, which contains about 24 mins of never before seen footage of the movie. Both were spectacular (in terms of quality and sound) despite its weak storyline. Included in the DVDs are: a featurette on "The Making of" the movie, Trailers, TV spots, stills, poster galleries, star bios, and even an Audio commentary by the director, on the various scenes throughout the movie. Above all these goodies, there is even a 16 page full-color booklet on the various aspects of the movie (and a mini-poster)!
Its too bad that the movie was a flop when it was shown in the theatres back in 1984 (due to the weak plot, no doubt). Helen Slater was simply meant to play Supergirl (she's a natural). Her portrayal of Supergirl's innocence and beauty could be seen in the ballet scene; and the night flight scene over the Chicago Skyline was simply awesome! Together with the music by Jerry Goldsmith, it was a match made in heaven (or Hollywood anyway).
This DVD set, in my opinion, is much better produced (in terms of it's contents) than Superman : The Movie, Special Edition. More movie special editions should be made like this one. I hope the Indiana Jones, and Star Wars Trilogy (if and when it comes out in DVD) could be produced exactly like this one.
This Limited Edition set is limited to 50,000 copies (every copy is numbered).
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much Better in Hindsight May 5, 2001
By S. R.
Format:DVD
It is safe to assume that I have never been fond of this movie, but I decided to check out this release after hearing it was packed with extras that Superman fans should not miss. Much to my surprise, I was glued to my TV for hours simply going through all of the bonus features! There is the 1984 'Making of Supergirl' one hour documentary, which chronicles everything from day 1. Then there are several TV spots, domestic and foreign trailers (these are fun, especially the German one), storyboard art, talent bios, and tons of color and black & white stills from the movie. In addition to all of this, there is a neat 16 page color booklet which reprints some of the original promotional movie tie-ins like contests and games. I can't believe somebody actually managed to dig all of this up!

The movie itself is a nice, crisp transfer with 5.1 digital surround sound. The audio commentary by the director and the special project consultant is among the most informative and fun I have ever listened to. The consultant manages to get the somewhat wooden director to reveal a lot of tidbits like Christopher Reeve's proposed cameo and the reasons behind why and how they created so many of the special effects and set pieces. To its credit, this film performs much better as a major motion picture after viewing the 138 minute director's cut included on disc 2 and seeing the original intent of the filmmakers. Cutting out a half-hour of footage from any movie is bound to affect the flow of the plot and characterization. Anchor Bay Entertainment should be commended for taking a widely panned movie and giving it the VIP treatment, proving irrefutably that it is possible to produce a great DVD for an under-appreciated movie.
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2.0 out of 5 stars ... the CBS television show of the same title much better.
'Hope they do the CBS television show of the same title much better.
Published 4 days ago by The Darkknight
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Super girl
Published 14 days ago by Antonio Asik Alonso
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Kind of funny and I like Slater.
Published 20 days ago by Baboo
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as bad as a lot of other reviewers have said
Not quite as bad as a lot of other reviewers have said... But it's still pretty ridiculous. It needed a much more extensive rewrite to be viable. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Andrew Joshua Talon
3.0 out of 5 stars Helen Slater!!!!!!!
I didn't relize how bad this was, but thanks to Helen Slater for being easy on the eye's that alone is good enough to give it a Like!
Published 28 days ago by jgali38
4.0 out of 5 stars ... was wrapped the wife really wanted this movie very satisfied
We got the dvd in no time and was wrapped the wife really wanted this movie very satisfied
Published 1 month ago by mercedes e madera
5.0 out of 5 stars "..CLASSIC COMIC BOOK MOVIE.."
SuperGirl sexy Helen Slater is amazing in this movie and quite frankly a reason worth owning it, she plays the hot cousin of Superman who has to go to earth to find an artefact... Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Drury
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie wish there were more
This version is different than the cable version because alot of scenes are longer and tells you alittle more about the movie so you understand it better. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Harangozo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Looks great thanks.
Published 1 month ago by Grant Marlowe
1.0 out of 5 stars false add
the movie sucks i did not have the European version like it told you it did that why i bought it in the first place
Published 1 month ago by mike young
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